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We examine the plausibility of aerial transmission of pathogens (including the SARS-CoV-2 virus) through respiratory droplets that might be carried by exhaled e-cigarette aerosol (ECA). Given the lack of empiric evidence on this phenomenon, we consider available evidence on cigarette smoking and respiratory droplet emission from mouth breathing through a mouthpiece as convenient proxies to infer the capacity of vaping to transport pathogens in respiratory droplets. Since both exhaled droplets and ECA droplets are within the Stokes regime, the ECA flow acts effectively as a visual tracer of the expiratory flow. [...]

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The Vapour Products Association is concerned with how vaping has been described by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its latest report.

And chief executive Asanda Gcoyi said labelling vaping as “harmful” was reckless. “The WHO, along with many other groups opposed to e-cigarettes and vaping, has once again demonstrated a lack of understanding of the fundamental difference between tobacco and nicotine, the former of which is addictive and kills millions of people due to its carcinogenic properties. In contrast, nicotine, whilst addictive, is not as harmful,” says Gcoyi.

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Philip Morris International Inc. [...] announced the launch of IQOS ILUMA, the latest and most innovative addition to their growing portfolio of smoke-free products for adults who would otherwise continue to smoke or use nicotine products. Today, this range of better and satisfying alternatives to cigarettes includes multiple generations of the IQOS tobacco-heating system, the No. 1 heated tobacco product in the world.1 Uniquely, the new IQOS ILUMA becomes the brand’s first tobacco-heating system to introduce induction-heating technology, which utilizes no blade and requires no cleaning.

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Despite the WHO’s categorical framing, the actual science around electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) like e-cigarettes makes a strong case for their value as a harm reduction tool. In the face of disappointing smoking cessation rates in Europe and rising uptake in developing countries, the WHO and other public health bodies might look to the hard-earned lessons of the COVID pandemic to define an updated approach to fighting tobacco.

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Iam rather happy that my country is widely regarded as a global leader in tobacco harm reduction. Enthusiastic take-up of vaping products has led to the UK boasting the second lowest smoking prevalence rate in Europe, behind only Sweden. Sadly, it hasn’t always been this way.

Our government used to prefer the stick to the carrot. In 2007, after years of hiking taxes on tobacco, it implemented a nationwide smoking ban in indoor public spaces. Post-implementation reviews by tobacco control activists spoke of the potential for making life so inconvenient for smokers that they would surely quit. [...]

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The medicines regulator is urging e-cigarette users to make an appointment with a doctor before new laws kick in banning the import of nicotine vaping products without a prescription. The laws will mean vapers must organise for a copy of their prescription to be included in any packages being sent to them. Border Force will be allowed to stop imports and destroy products if they do not see a valid script, according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Australians also need a prescription to buy nicotine vaping products and liquids from Australian pharmacies.

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The medicines regulator is urging e-cigarette users to make an appointment with a doctor before new laws kick in banning the import of nicotine vaping products without a prescription.

The laws will mean vapers must organise for a copy of their prescription to be included in any packages being sent to them. Border Force will be allowed to stop imports and destroy products if they do not see a valid script, according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

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With the goal of creating the world’s largest collection of successful vape stories, two leading consumer advocacy groups have launched the RightToVape.org site. Already boasting nearly 14,000 testimonials, the site demonstrates growing anger from across the globe that evidence is being ignored and many people’s right to choose safer alternatives is being denied.

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The banning of snus, and the elaborate efforts made by the custodians of public health to maintain the ban, is one of the more baffling prohibitions of the twentieth century.

The disputes over data, the scare stories, the lobbying and the recriminations continue in Sweden, but all of it is ultimately a distraction from the simple issue at stake. What no one denies is that snus is, to quote the World Health Organisation, “considerably less hazardous than cigarettes.” For all the wrangling over this study or that study, all that is really being argued over is whether snus is 99% safer, or merely 97% or 95% safer than the world’s most commonly used tobacco product.

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Smoking by California high school students is at such a low level that state-funded researchers consider it “negligible,” according to recently released survey results from last year. The state’s youth vaping rate is also low, with less than half as many students using e-cigarettes than in the country as a whole. Just 1.2% of California’s high school students smoked cigarettes in the past 30 days—a 40% decrease over the already low 2.0% from the last survey two years earlier. Among that same age group, 8.2% vaped in the past 30 days—down from 10.9%. Marijuana use, however, was unchanged at 15%.

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Both teens and adults who have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD are more likely to smoke cigarettes and turn nicotine-dependent compared to their peers without ADHD.

According to a Verywell Mind report, youngsters are also more likely to begin smoking at such an early age. They have a more challenging time quitting the habit successfully compared to the general populace.

This is evidently a public health concern as the regular use of cigarettes is linked to a host of adverse health effects. Additionally, for many people, cigarettes can be an access to the use of the drug.

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Beware! There is an air of imperialism ballooned by WHO and various Bloomberg funded NGOs seeking to control public health policy in Low & Middle Income Countries (LMICs). This air reeks of pure idealism, zero need for collaborative decision making and neo-colonialism disguised as philanthropy and goodwill. In recent times, it blew across India, causing a blanket ban on Safer Nicotine Products (SNPs) and risking 1.3 million lives in annual deaths due to tobacco related illnesses. Furthermore, if Kenyan advocate, Joseph Magero’s sentiments of prohibitive tax regimes on Safer Nicotine Products (SNPs) in his country are anything to go by, then the imperialistic air is already in Africa. Malawi is yet to be on (...)

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Helping smokers in Africa quit is an uphill battle and smokers on the continent have said nicotine pouches can help. But knee-jerk reactions by policymakers have removed this important lifeline, hurting people’s chances of quitting, argues Joseph Magero, Chair of the Campaign for Safer Alternatives (CASA).

Millions of Africans who are desperate to quit smoking are instead being unnecessarily condemned to an early grave.

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On July 27, 2021, the WHO released the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2021: Addressing New and Emerging Products. The report urges the continued uptake of the WHO’s tobacco control guidelines, known as MPOWER, while simultaneously denouncing the presence of ENDS in the marketplace. Doubtlessly, some of the WHO’s concerns about ENDS are valid; however, the WHO’s complete rejection of ENDS as a tobacco harm reduction tool disregards a growing body of literature that shows how ENDS can contribute positively to the tobacco control landscape. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated (...)

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The TGA said its changes mean people will need a prescription to legally obtain nicotine vaping products from overseas websites, including nicotine e-cigarettes, pods and liquid nicotine.

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Leading experts in the field of science and technology as well as policy and consumer advocacy believe that harm reduction can play an important role in improving public health. At the fourth Asia Harm Reduction Forum 2021 which was held virtually in late July, they gathered to discuss and share information on various harm-reduction approaches. Professor David Sweanor, the Chair of the Center for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and an adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa, Canada said harm reduction as a way to tackle tobacco consumption is necessary as an estimated eight million people die (...)

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On August 9, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered that 4.5 million vaping products from a single company be removed from the market.

The FDA’s press release, available online, states that it issued the company—JD Nova LLC, which owns Vapolocity—a Refuse to File (RTF) letter because “the company’s applications for these products lacked an adequate Environmental Assessment.”

“Under FDA’s regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA),” the memo reads, “an EA must be prepared for each proposed authorization, and an EA adequate for filing addresses the relevant environmental issues.”

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My friend Maria is an enthusiastic vaper. If I go to her office, she usually will have three vapes on the go (...) Some people would call her a nicotine addict but she refutes the label. She says that she enjoys vaping and that it is not doing her or anyone else any harm. In fact, she says that she has had fewer respiratory illnesses since she switched from smoking, and nicotine helps her concentrate.
In less than a year, all this may be gone. She may be back to smoking cigarettes. The store may be (...)

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About 7.69 million people worldwide, including some 200,000 in Japan, died in 2019 from a variety of smoking-related diseases, an estimate by an international team of researchers showed earlier this year.

 

 

China accounted for the largest number of deaths with about 2.42 million, nearly 30 percent of the world total, followed by India at 1.01 million, the United States at 530,000, Russia at 290,000 and Indonesia at 250,000, according to the estimate published in the British medical journal the Lancet.

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In less than two months, Australian consumers will be able to obtain medically licensed nicotine-containing e-cigarettes from community and online pharmacies – but there is still some mystery around how the new system will be implemented. The Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA) confirmed that it is not known yet how many e-liquids the pharmacies will have in stock. “The government’s idea is that pharmacies can compound liquid nicotine but not provide flavours, which would need to be purchased elsewhere,” said an ATHRA spokesperson. And users will not be able to find e-liquids on the shelves as in some other countries. Instead, they will be held in the (...)