Aterrible menace has descended on a small town.
It appears to be a plague, an ever-spreading green vapor that targets high school students and transforms them into zombies. Soon, half the students in the school are walking around with frighteningly blank, pale-green eyes. [...] This is The Mind Control Menace. It’s a fresh title from Marvel Comics and the newest campaign from “The Real Cost” platform—an educational program formed by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products in 2014.
The Department of Education on Sunday expressed its full support for stricter measures to Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems or Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems, also known as e-cigarettes or “vapes.”
“On matters related to substance use prevention, education alone is not enough. In their classes, we teach our learners how to reject harmful substances. Outside these classes, we need policies and structures that will help reinforce our learners’ health-promoting choices, complementing what we teach them in school,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said in a news release on Sunday.
Vape store owners in the province aren’t thrilled after Saskatchewan introduced a new tax on vape products in its 2021-22 budget Tuesday.
The vapour products tax (VPT) is a 20 per cent tax on the retail price of all vapour liquids, products and devices effective Sept. 1.
As of that date, the province said only retailers with a VDT licence are allowed to sell those products. “It wasn’t a surprise. We kind of expected it to happen based on other provinces implementing a similar tax,” said Mike Smider, Queen City Vapes owner in Regina.
Impact of smoking on insurance premium: The smoking habit not only makes you sick slowly but also financially weak over a period of time. When it comes to managing personal finances, smokers face double whammy. First, they blow their hard-earned money, which could be invested, in the smoke. Second, they also have to pay a penalty in terms of higher premiums while buying insurance products like term cover.
Ankit Agrawal, Co-founder and CEO, InsuranceDekho, says it is a well-known fact that smoking is injurious to health and people who smoke have a higher mortality rate. [...]
Several states are considering introducing or increasing taxes on vapor products to make up declining tax revenue from traditional tobacco products or to fill budget holes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, lawmakers should approach the issue carefully because flawed excise tax design on vapor products could drive consumers back to more harmful combustible products like cigarettes. Since vaping entered the market in the mid-2000s, it has grown into a well-established product category and a viable alternative to smokers. So far, 28 states and the District of Columbia have imposed an excise tax on vaping products. [...]
More than 60% of U.S. adults who vape are interested in quitting, according to a study [...] And among those who vape to help them to quit smoking, some are successful while others continue smoking and using electronic cigarettes. According to the findings, former cigarette smokers had the highest intentions and interest in quitting. This is likely due to an increasing number of smokers using e-cigarettes to transition away from cigarettes, said the study's authors.
Big Tobacco has been planning for this moment for decades.
A 1983 industry list titled New Product Ideas, made public as part of a court settlement, reveals that tobacco companies even then were anticipating the opportunity to blend marijuana into cigarettes if the government legalized cannabis. Now tobacco behemoths are pouring billions of dollars into the new legal marijuana industry, seemingly determined to target marijuana consumers and patients as their next prey. We don’t have to let them.
Bloomberg scrutinised. Unusually, a journalist decided to take a sceptical look at Bloomberg Philanthropies and its many proxies and the impact of their war against vaping. The result is an excellent must-read piece by Mark Gunther [...] The response. The interesting thing is that this drew a joint response from Kelly Henning of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Matthew Myers [...] What is unusual about this letter is that Henning, Myers and Koval actually try to defend their positions. Normally, they don’t defend their positions, they just assert them with millions of dollars of amplification. It offers a rare opportunity to provide a critique of their stance. [...]
Hungary once again raised the excise tax on tobacco, taking the price of a pack of cigarettes to historic heights. According to a survey, this could eventually drive many to give up cigarettes.
After failing to comply with the EU regulations on the tobacco excise tax for years, it was eventually the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU) recent statement that drove Hungary to hike the tobacco tax. While the EU reasoned that by failing to reach the threshold, Hungary was distorting competition within the bloc and violating EU health protection regulations, the government said it wanted a gradual hike [...]
The health risks of nicotine are well known, but there is some evidence of its beneficial effects on cognitive function. The present review focused on the reported benefits of nicotine in the brain and summarizes the associated underlying mechanisms. Nicotine administration can improve cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease (AD), and dyskinesia and memory impairment in Parkinson's disease (PD). [...]
ENDS stands for electronic nicotine delivery systems.
According to the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA), the first e-cigarette-like product was submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 for consideration as a drug delivery device. Despite the agency denying the application, it wasn’t long before e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) devices were lighting up international markets. By 2006, the first e-cigarette hit U.S. store shelves, and within a few years, ENDS found a permanent placement on c-stores’ back bars.
E-cigarettes may be more effective in helping smokers quit than nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum, according to University of Queensland research.
Lead author Dr Gary Chan from UQ’s National Centre for Youth Substance Use Research said there was increased global evidence to support the effectiveness of using e-cigarettes to assist smokers in quitting.
“Our study found e-cigarettes are 50 per cent more effective than nicotine replacement therapy, and more than 100 per cent more effective than the placebo,” Dr Chan said.
The American Cancer Society estimate that about 235,760 people in the U.S. will receive a new diagnosis of lung cancer in 2021. Around 131,880 people in the country will die from the condition this year alone.
Lung cancer can affect mental well-being in addition to physical health. The condition is widely stigmatized due to its association with smoking. This only adds to the challenges that people with lung cancer face.
“Lung cancer is the one type of cancer that people tend to be blamed for because of a lifestyle choice or behavior that they made,” Dr. Lisa Carter-Harris, Ph.D., APRN, ANP-C, FAAN, told Medical News Today.
The Alabama House has just passed a bill that would ban the sales of e-cigarettes and vaping products to people under 21. “There are certainly other changes and reforms that have been recommended that we strongly support, however this bill is a starting point which will result in greater accountability for manufacturers and retailers,” said state Rep. Barbara Drummond, D-Mobile, the main sponsor of the bill, HB273. “The simple truth is that these products are dangerous, highly addictive, and they are killing our young people.”
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The Therapeutic Goods Administration has stated from 1 October 2021, importing nicotine containing e-cigarette products from overseas websites without a valid prescription will be illegal.
But with reportedly over half a million e-cigarette users already in Australia, what do we actually know about the harms of vaping nicotine?
WHO TobLabNet SOP11 is a new analytical method and standard operating procedure (SOP) for measuring nicotine, glycerol and propylene glycol in e-liquids. It is a WHO Global Public Health Good, to support countries strengthen nicotine and tobacco product regulation and thus the implementation of Articles 9 and 10 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). This is in response to Member States’ request to WHO to provide technical leadership in tobacco product testing. The SOP operationalizes the recommendation of the WHO Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation (TobReg).
Research that my colleagues and I recently conducted demonstrates that electronic cigarette product placement in music videos is associated with vaping among minors.
The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement of 1998 prohibits product placement for cigarettes and chew tobacco in television, music videos and motion pictures, but those restrictions do not apply to electronic cigarettes. In a recent study, we found that participants exposed to any electronic cigarette product placement or imagery in music videos were more likely to have used an electronic cigarette in the past month compared to participants with no exposure.
Smoking will be banned at some of Mornington Peninsula’s most popular beaches and public areas in a bid to reduce the tens of thousands of cigarette butts littering the coastline.
The beaches and foreshore areas at Rye, Safety Beach and Mount Eliza will be subject to the smoking bans from this month. The Point Leo Foreshore Reserve management committee said it was also considering a ban this week. The strategy to reduce smoking and litter is part of a six-month trial that is likely to result in a permanent ban.