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CBD and vaping - they are two topics that have been trending like crazy over the past 12 to 18 months. It should, therefore, come as no real surprise that more recently, people have started to put the two together. Forget your oils, capsules and gummies, the best way to get your CBD hit is straight through the lungs via your vape pen. That, at least, is what the advocates tell us. To a certain extent, they are right. [...]

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As the Spanish Ministry of Health is preparing to amend the current Tobacco Act to include some provisions related to vaping products, it has now also launched an anti-vaping campaign that sadly not only ignores all the scientific data in favour of the products as harm reduction tools, but also makes several untrue claims. Last August, Spain’s Ministries of Finance and Health started separately working on amendments for the Regulation of the Tobacco Market and Taxation Regulations, which had not been amended since 1998. [...]

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The Anchorage Assembly, the legislature for the city, approved a municipal ordinance to include vapes and e-cigarettes in the tobacco tax that’s currently on the books.

These products will then be taxed at a rate of 55 percent of the wholesale price. Liquids and cartridges are also covered in the tax, per this new law.

The ordinance passed unanimously, 10 votes to zero. An amendment to the ordinance was passed by the assembly, too. This measure excludes vaping devices that are sold by marijuana dispensaries and marijuana liquids and oils from the tobacco tax.

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THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should consider the difference between combustible cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) in drafting the guidelines for the regulation of the electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd said. “They are better than cigarettes,” he said [...] “We have to admit that, especially heated tobacco. There is a big difference, even in terms of second-hand smoke from cigarettes. The heated tobacco does not have a second-hand smoke, but the actual cigarettes have,” Sotto added.

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Taiwan is considering banning flavored e-cigarettes and new tobacco products like heat-not-burn sticks. Health authorities are considering the flavor ban as a way to curb the rise in vaping and smoking rates in young people.

The Health Promotion Administration [...] had earlier proposed a complete ban on e-cigarettes in the country. That motion was not adopted by the government.

Now, public health officials are proposing a half-measure that would ban flavored vapor products as a way to dissuade people, especially, young people from vaping or using heat-not-burn products like PMI’s IQOS.

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Now is the time to demonstrate that the leadership seen during the pandemic can also be shown to address the other great public health challenges facing Aotearoa, write the University of Otago's Richard Edwards, Janet Hoek and Andrew Waa. [...] The Health Coalition Aotearoa has set out a framework of priority actions, including increasing taxes on alcohol and sugary drinks, restricting the promotion of alcoholic drinks and unhealthy food, removing nicotine from tobacco products, strengthening community input into alcohol licensing, and greatly reducing the supply of tobacco products.

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Submit and give up. This is the demand made by tobacco control officials in their effort to destroy vaping as a viable alternative to smoking.
While vapers have been the target of this type of harassment for many years, tobacco harm reduction researchers are increasingly coming under fire.

In this episode of RegWatch meet Dr. Marewa Glover, Director at the Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking, New Zealand. Learn why Dr. Glover believes a tightly networked cabal of tobacco control officials are blacklisting and bullying THR researchers; [...]

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All drugs, whether illegal drugs or prescription medication, carry risks.

The PHA strongly recommends that you do not take anything unless it has been prescribed to you by a medical professional and in accordance with your prescription.

The PHA’s drug and alcohol lead Michael Owen said: “If you have taken drugs or have misused a medication and are feeling unwell, or if someone you know is experiencing this, please seek medical help urgently.

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“Glaring gaps” in India’s tobacco control legislation make it “ineffective for regulating tobacco consumption and exposure to second-hand smoke,” argues a new report.

The concern is not new. “Compared with many countries around the world, India has been proactive in introducing tobacco control legislation since 2003…. However, the legislation currently in place is not delivering the desired results — in terms of dissuading tobacco use and encouraging quitting,” Geoffrey Fong, a professor of psychology [...] told Reuters. Fong is the co-author of a 2015 report drawing urgent attention to India’s “tobacco epidemic.”

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As I wait to interview respiratory physicians in a high-end private medical clinic in Chennai, a sprawling metropolis in the state of Tamil Nadu, southern India, I look around the outpatient setting and see few women clients.

After professional introductions, the women clinicians ask me what has become a standard question in my visits, as a public health researcher, to five private medical institutions in the city during the past four months.

“Why are you interested in doing this research?” [...]

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Looks like I picked the wrong time to quit smoking. That line, uttered by the late great Lloyd Bridges, is one of the most quoted from the 1980 comedy classic Airplane! It is also one that resonates right now, with stress and anxiety at record levels due to the effects of the ongoing pandemic.  

 

However, South African smokers are increasingly getting the feeling that this is a decision being taken out of their hands. 

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A coalition representing the tobacco industry said Tuesday it has turned in more than 1 million signatures as it seeks to qualify a referendum for the November 2022 ballot aimed at overturning a law banning the retail sale of flavored tobacco products in California.

If the Secretary of State’s office determines there is a sufficient number of signatures to qualify the referendum, the new law, which was scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, would be suspended until the voters act on the ballot measure in November 2022.

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Easy access to kid-friendly flavored tobacco is driving today’s youth tobacco and vaping epidemic. Fruit, mint and candy flavors mask the harsh taste of tobacco, making these products highly alluring to kids.

In recent years, e-cigarette use has skyrocketed among middle school and high school students. But e-cigarettes aren’t the only tobacco products that kids are using in high numbers: Menthol cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and hookahs have all become more popular among kids because they, too, come in sweet flavors. Today, over 30 percent of high school students report using tobacco, [...]

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New Delhi: There are “glaring gaps” in the laws governing tobacco consumption, including the rampant sale of single stick cigarettes, says a report by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) released Wednesday.

The 50-page report, which was submitted to the Ministry of Health, calls for an amendment in the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COTPA), 2003, and proposes several recommendations.

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Vaping is no safer than tobacco cigarettes, according to a Tasmanian researcher, who's concerned the devices are being marketed as a smoking cessation tool, despite known health impacts. Led by Dr Sukhwinder Sohal, with $80,000 in funding from the Clifford Craig Foundation, the project will evaluate the effects of nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes, in inducing airway inflammation and the associates risks of lung cancer.

It will also investigate the susceptibility of these changes, in relation to making people more vulnerable to COVID-19.

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It’s taken a long time but when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, the concept of harm reduction is increasingly accepted as both humane and an effective approach to addressing addiction by public health authorities and the general public. But when applied to smoking, the concept of harm reduction has not yet broken through.

Tobacco harm reduction is not a new concept. The Holy Grail for the tobacco industry and others has been to find a less harmful product that appeals to smokers.

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It’s surprising finding oneself involuntarily part of a research study. Given no chance to contribute, perhaps I can offer privileged insight into the processes the authors seek to describe. [...] The article asserts that tobacco industry money is behind this activity. But it is beyond this study’s narrow methodological reach to illuminate why nicotine consumer advocates tweet. My discussions with nicotine consumer advocates – the majority of whom are volunteers - demonstrate passionate interest in the policymaking that influences their lives. Having found safer alternatives to smoking, they fear that inappropriate regulation including bans will see their options disappear. [...]

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Lead study author Professor Richard Edwards from the University’s Department of Public Health, the study found that e-cigarette use was most common among individuals aged 18-24 years and among those who had recently quit smoking. The research also indicated, that between 2016 and 2018 the level of awareness, as well as the use of e-cigarettes, increased among smokers and those who had recently quit smoking. [...] the study comprised of surveys with 1,155 people between 2016 and 2017 and 1,020 people in 2018 (400 of them Māori) who smoked or had recently quit smoking. 

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Johannesburg – Imposing excise on vapour products in a country like South Africa could prove detrimental, instead encouraging the kind of illicit trade that was seen for contraband cigarettes during the COVID-19 hard lockdown, Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) has warned.

The warning came from the Vaping Conversations series, hosted by VPASA, by Arshad Abba, a partner at management consultancy Quantum Logik Consulting and the lead on the 2018 Canback study on vaping and its economic impact in South Africa.

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Senate President Vicente Sotto III asked the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) to guarantee that the guidelines for vape and heated tobacco products (HTPs) are faithful to their enabling law, noting that regulations for these better nicotine alternatives should not be more difficult for them to compete against cigarettes. “We don’t want it to appear that introducing a cigarette product to the Philippines is easier than introducing a heated tobacco product (HTP) or a vapor product,” Sotto said [...]