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moking kills. Quit now.” There was no missing the blunt warnings plastered on the cartons of Marlboro cigarettes as the flight attendants half-heartedly paraded the duty-free cart down the aisle of my plane to Switzerland. In case the message wasn’t clear, graphic photographs drove it home: a blackened lung, a close-up of a tracheostomy. There are still plenty of smokers in the world — about a billion of them, actually — but the glamour of smoking has nearly been extinguished.

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Easier access to better smoking alternatives woulf usher the decline of smoking prevalence, according to a British physician and tobacco control expert.

“Governments should make e-cigarettes easily available, introduce modest regulations to reduce the risk of irresponsible marketing and product safety approaches, and give a medical endorsement,” said Dr. John Britton, director of the United Kingdom Center for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, stressing that these were considered the key approaches for countries to adopt if they want to see smoking rates decline.

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A study published in JAMA Pediatrics reported that almost half of teens who vape e-cigarettes seriously contemplate quitting, suggesting that interventions focused on vaping cessation are “urgently needed,” researchers said.

Tracy T. Smith, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, and colleagues assessed national survey results from 14,798 children aged between 12 and 17 years, including 498 (3.6%) who smoked an e-cigarette within the past 30 days.

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California voters could be asked to overturn a new law banning the sale of flavored tobacco after opponents notified the state Monday of plans to seek a referendum on the measure.
A notice was filed with the state by an attorney who has represented firms including R.J. Reynolds, which led the opposition campaign to Senate Bill 793. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill on Friday and it takes effect Jan. 1.

Attorney Aaron Agenbroad is one of a group of three people who submitted papers to the state attorney general’s office for preparation of a title and summary for a possible referendum petition. [...]

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An affiliate of Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) has opened four stores in the Philippines to offer a “smoke-free” alternative to combustible cigarettes.

The PMFTC Inc. is offering the IQOS brand or its tobacco heating system. This is a smoke-free alternative to cigarettes for adult smokers 21 years old and above.

“We see smoke-free products as an opportunity to reduce the smoking incidence in the Philippines for the benefit of the public health and society at large,” PMFTC President Denis Gorkun said in a statement.

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Regulators plan to open up a process that’s normally secretive by listing which e-cigarette makers want permission to sell their products in the U.S., a move that could help consumers and retailers spot illegal products more easily.

The Food and Drug Administration now plans to publish a list of all the products subject to the agency’s Sept. 9 deadline, and which have filed applications, Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said in a blog post Monday. [...]

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E-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. is planning to lay off more than half its employees, according to people familiar with the matter, and is considering halting its sales across Europe and Asia. That could mean pulling out of as many as 11 countries and shrinking the startup’s footprint to its core markets, the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Juul cut about one-third of its 3,000 workers earlier this year and already has halted sales of its vaporizers in several countries. [...]

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One million cigarette smokers have apparently given up since the start of lockdown. It’s like a massacre. (OK, arguably, the massacre is what would have happened if they had not given up.) I didn’t even know there were that many smokers left. The youngest were most likely to quit – about one in six of the 16- to 29-year-olds, which is coupled with the endearing hypothesis that a lot of them moved temporarily back in with their parents, who didn’t have a clue about their habit.

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The Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act mandates that all new tobacco products must receive a premarket tobacco application authorization to be sold on the U.S. market. Any product without a PMTA approval cannot be legally sold in the United States and is considered “adulterated” or “illicit” under federal statute. Believe it or not, the FDA and economic advisers to President Barack Obama at the time feared that quickly implementing the new tobacco regulations would result in catastrophe for a blossoming vaping industry.

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Brussels - More than 80 percent of smokers who switched to e-cigarettes have completely stopped smoking. Around 65 percent of vapers in Europe use fruit or sweet liquids. These are two important results of a survey carried out by the European Independent Vape Alliance (IEVA). More than 3,300 european e-cigarette users took part.

The European survey shows: E-cigarettes are a widely used method in Europe to stop tobacco use. 81 percent of vapers have completely stopped using tobacco. Further twelve percent have reduced smoking with the help of e-cigarettes.

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There are different ways to consume tobacco; you can smoke cigarettes, cigars, or even chew tobacco. One of the lesser-known forms of getting tobacco in your system is through using Snus. Although Snus does not look like regular tobacco, it does a pretty good job of giving those who use it a lasting feel and taste.

Snus is a tobacco product that comes in the form of a powder that people can consume to get a robust and unmatchable kick of nicotine. However, if you have not used Snus before, it might be challenging at first to figure out how it can be properly used. [...]

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Rutgers researchers are urging for a nationwide ban of menthol cigarettes, particularly for the sake of vulnerable populations, according to an article from Rutgers Today.

Cristine Delnevo, director of the Rutgers Center for Tobacco Studies and a professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health, and Ollie Ganz, [...] recently co-authored a paper that said banning menthol cigarettes should be considered a social justice issue, according to the article.

“A menthol ban is essential for the protection of youth, and African American youth in particular,” Ganz said.

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Environment Minister Rebecca Pow has warned local tobacco companies to do something about the millions of cigarette butts littering the streets in the UK, or else face tougher laws. Minister Pow has summoned the major players in the industry focusing her fire on the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association and cigarette giants Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco International [...] “If we cannot progress this discussion… we will have to reflect on what steps the Government can take to ensure the tobacco industry takes increasing responsibility for the litter its products create,” she said in a letter addressed to the tobacco firms.

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As youth vaping rates surged, a powerful state lawmaker repeatedly held up anti-vaping laws while accepting nearly $20,000 in campaign contributions from tobacco companies and lobbyists. Sylvia Luke, who represents the Honolulu neighborhoods of Makiki, Nuuanu, and Punchbowl in the state House of Representatives, was identified to HPR by multiple independent sources as a primary reason that legislation aimed at curbing the underage use of electronic cigarettes and vape devices has failed in recent years.

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Traditional cigarette sales are slumping slightly, but still continuing to perform better than expected during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest Nielsen convenience store report.

Overall sales volume for traditional cigarettes was down 2.1% for the four-week period that ended Aug. 22, according to the latest Nielsen survey of convenience stores.

By comparison, the sales volume was down 0.8% in a four-week period in May.

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Session: Clinical Assessment and Research 3rd Scientific Summit on Tobacco Harm Reduction - Novel products, Research & Policy, 24 25 September 2020 - Virtual event

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Saudi Customs have banned the import of shishah, e-cigarettes and their accessories through shipping companies and individuals' websites.

In the event that they are imported, they would be confiscated, a fine imposed, and a record of seizure will be registered. Companies licensed by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) are allowed to import such products in commercial quantities.

In another development, Saudi Customs revealed three cases that enable the importer to claim a refund of customs duties. [...]

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Filter magazine published a tremendous analysis of the debate related to vaping and COVID-19. Authors Annie Kleykamp and Helen Redmond point to several instances in the venue of peer-reviewed research. Nicotine & Tobacco Research published an editorial by journal editor-in-chief Marcus Munafò and deputy editor Richard Edwards arguing that there’s very little evidence to make effective claims about vaping and COVID-19.

If we translate such observations to the realm of litigation, claiming exposure liability in a lawsuit will not stand in a U.S. court. [...]

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Although COVID-19 has caused people to change a lot of their behavior, habits such as vaping are not so easily dropped.

Physical contact and the sharing of unsanitized items during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those that have regular contact with mouths has been limited. But when people share electronic cigarettes, they ignore these precautions, said Hope Frazier, an IU health and wellness educator.

E-cigarette users often carry them in pockets and purses, creating an opportunity to spread bacteria, in addition to the germs they carry from going in and out of mouths, Frazier said.

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As coronavirus lockdown took hold of Australia, drug use soared to record highs, new data from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission reveals.

The 2020 wastewater report, which samples sewage for traces of illicit drugs, shows record highs of methylamphetamine and heroin use in regional areas throughout April and record highs in cities of cocaine and cannabis use in June.

Meanwhile, the population-weighted average consumption of fentanyl in regions and oxycodone in capital cities dropped to record low levels in April.