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Philip Morris, the company that markets the Marlboro brand of cigars, announced that it will leave cigars in Mexico, a market in which it has a 65% share, to promote other forms of smokeless tobacco consumption with its IQOS device.

“We want to have a positive impact on the 15 million smokers in the country. For this reason, we have decided to open the way to science and innovation through revolutionary products such as IQOS, and to achieve a smoke-free future in the country as part of our goals for 2030 ”, said Andrzej Dabrowski, CEO of Philip Morris Mexico, a statement.

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Adolescent use of e-cigarettes and vaping products is at epidemic proportions, yet the adverse health effects are understudied, with almost no data on younger patients. The problem is sizable as children start vaping at a younger and younger age.

Recent estimates show that 9.6 percent of eighth graders vape nicotine or THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active ingredient of cannabis), along with 19.9 percent of 10th graders and 25.5 percent of 12th graders. Many young people vape daily.

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In 2015, SSS managers were surveyed about their opinions about the use of e-cigarettes in pregnant women who wish to quit smoking. Subsequently, a sub-sample of managers were interviewed to gather explanations about their position on the topic. The responses were thematically analysed.
After analysing the compiled responses, the researchers found that 67.8% (72/106) of overall managers reported that 2.2% (range 1.4–4.3%) of pregnant clients were using e-cigarettes.

Most SSS managers said they support the use of e-cigarettes amongst pregnant women who already vaped prior to the pregnancy. [...]

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Saudi Customs have just banned the importation of shisha and vaping products through shipping companies and individuals' websites, from now on allowing only licensed companies to import the products for commercial purposes. As a result of this measure, anyone caught importing the products unlawfully will have them confiscated, forced to pay a fine, and have the offence recorded. On the other hand, said Saudi Customs, there are three circumstances under which importers can claim a refund of customs duties. [...]

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When it comes to regulating smoking and nicotine products, people want science — not scaremongering. That’s the finding of a recent survey of more than 19,000 adults in 19 countries released by Philip Morris International (PMI).

According to the survey’s findings, people want “science-based” decision-making when governments deal with challenges like ending smoking-related deaths or working to expand the access of smoke-free nicotine products. And 77 percent of the people surveyed said that they are “hopeful that advances in science will solve many of society’s biggest problems.”

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Industry associations are calling on the government to allow small businesses who currently sell cigarettes and other nicotine products to be given access to less harmful alternatives such as vaping or e-cigarettes.

The Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) and the National Retailers Association (NRA) have both recently highlighted that the Federal Government’s decisions regarding the sale of smoke free tobacco products will hurt Australian retailers.

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Traditional cigarettes continued to gain momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic in October, according to the latest Nielsen convenience store report out Wednesday.

Higher pricing by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. helped offset a slight decline in sales volume, according to the report for the four-week period that ended Oct. 17. 

On Sept. 28, Reynolds raised by 13 cents the list price that wholesalers pay manufacturers for their products. The increase typically is passed on to customers at retail.

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Tobacco harm reduction (THR) is a health strategy implemented to curtail the risks associated with tobacco products to users and society at large. The concept of THR dates back to 1976 when Professor Michael Russell, also considered the father of tobacco harm reduction, stated that people smoke for nicotine but they die from the tar. Russell’s advocacy that the ratio of tar to nicotine could be the key to a less harmful smoking experience has served as a stencil for strategies implemented against tobacco harm by health organizations today.

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A criminal past isn't a deal-breaker for Kiwis lovers, but the thought of smooching someone who has been smoking cigarettes is a solid yeah-nah.

That is according to a new survey which found that New Zealanders find smoking more unattractive in a potential partner than a criminal record, with a massive 38 per cent of Kiwis saying they detest the habit.
Psychologist Sara Chatwin says it's interesting to see how offensive Kiwis find smoking and says it "flies in face of the emphasis we put on good health".

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Last year, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer enacted an “emergency” six-month flavor ban on vaping products, including mint and menthol, via an executive order and cooperation with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Gov. Whitmer is now proposing another executive order that would harm Michigan vape shops and tobacco cessation efforts. This time, she is proposing a permanent ban on all flavors of nicotine-containing e-liquids, except for tobacco-flavored products.

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HYDERABAD:  Health experts, advocacy professionals and business owners have raised objections to the guidelines issued by the Union government to ban smoking breaks at the workplace in the wake of Covid-19. In a webinar organised by Council for Harm Reduced Alternatives (CHRA), the panel pointed out difficulties in enforcing such a measure, along with the possibility of workplace discrimination and harassment of corporates. 

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Smoking rates in the UK are at an all-time low but this masks considerable inequalities; prevalence amongst adults who are homeless remains four times higher than the national average. The objective of this trial was to assess the feasibility of supplying free e-cigarette starter kits to smokers accessing homeless centres and to estimate parameters to inform a possible future larger trial. In this feasibility cluster trial, four homeless centres in Great Britain were non-randomly allocated to either a Usual Care (UC) or E-Cigarette (EC) arm. Smokers attending the centres were recruited by staff. [...]

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The National Agency for Food Safety and the Environment
and work (ANSES) has dissected nearly 34,000 e-liquid products from electronic cigarettes, the results of these analyzes published Wednesday October 28 reveal the presence of banned products suspected of being carcinogenic or of promoting sterility or malformations in babies. These include Acetal Dehyde, Furfural and Furfuryl Alcohol found in 4% of electronic cigarette products.

Another revelation of this study, there are the nicotine dosages which absolutely do not correspond to what 40% of the manufacturers indicated. [...]

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CANCER COUNCIL AUSTRALIA and the Heart Foundation circulated a ‘fact sheet’ on vaping nicotine last week to federal Members of Parliament. Unfortunately, this document contains a number of significant factual errors and omits important evidence. It cannot be regarded by policy makers or the media as reliable.

We examine six of the more egregious claims made in the document. [...]

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If you’ve been looking for a good reason to quit smoking, here’s one: your premium rates for life insurance as a smoker are roughly two or three times more than what they would be if you were a non-smoker. Smokers are one group of people who pay a serious penalty when buying life insurance. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get a policy for a smoker, and it is still possible to find reasonable rates if you do your homework, get multiple quotes and ask questions while you research. [...]

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One of the most hotly contested issues with regard to vaping is whether or not e-cigarettes are an effective tool in the battle to stamp out smoking. Joining us today on RegWatch is Dr. Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, from the Cochrane Tobacco Review Group. She is the lead researcher on the Cochrane review of electronic cigarettes for smoking cessation, which released this month and further supports the growing evidence that vaping is an effective tool to quit smoking.

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It has been a year since the Indian government banned electronic cigarettes, enough time to gauge its impact, whether it has served the intended purpose of preventing teen access and strengthened tobacco policy, and if there are any negative outcomes.

Long before India prohibited e-cigarettes last September, some other low- and middle-income countries – Mexico, Brazil and Thailand – had enacted a similar sale ban. In each of these nations, e-cigarettes are now widely available, smuggled and sold illegally as demand continues to rise. [...]

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As the four-year anniversary of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts nears, the state has made monumental progress in moving an entire industry from the alleyways into the light.

As of Oct. 9, a total of 689 licenses have been approved in Massachusetts, which includes 268 retail establishments. In total, the commission has received 904 completed applications to operate in over 160 municipalities. As of Oct. 10, 77 dispensary locations have commenced operations in the state.

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As South Africa prepares for finance minister Tito Mboweni’s medium-term budget speech this week, it is becoming increasingly clear that the country needs a new post-Covid-19 approach to the tobacco industry, says Zacharia Motsumi, [...]

The alliance represents approximately 11,000 tobacco farmers, processors and manufacturers across five growing provinces who are committed to supporting transformation in the industry.

Motsumi said that if drastic action is not taken soon, the more than 150 black tobacco farmers who are struggling to make a living in rural South Africa will soon go out of business.

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The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce and a number of local businesses are voicing opposition to a flavored tobacco product ban that the Missoula City Council will take up for vote on Monday, Oct. 26.

The Chamber said it does not support the proposed ban in a letter to Council last week, saying it would punish retailers who follow the law and only sell to legal-aged customers, and would not address the passage of legally-purchased products to underage users.