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A few years ago the vape industry fought hard against a complete ban on e-cigarettes. We met with whatever politicians would talk to us. We encouraged customers to write to their representatives. I appeared on TV and radio (which I hate!), reached out to media and wrote numerous articles.

While we won compromises, they were often unsatisfactory. For example, the nicotine limit was set at 2% – not enough to work for every smoker. The tank capacity was set at 2ml, which means frequent topping up for heavy users, and plastic 10ml bottles were mandated, which meant more plastic waste.

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Earlier this week, Swedish Match announced plans to sell off its remaining cigar business. The move, expected to be completed in late 2022, would make the company the world’s first major smoke-free tobacco company.

While many tobacco harm reduction advocates applauded the move, at least one leading voice in international tobacco policy is uncertain it will silence critics of the Stockholm-based manufacturer of Swedish-style snus and nicotine pouches.

“I don’t think the move out of combustibles will end the attacks on Swedish Match because the attacks have long been moralistic, irrational, and decidedly counterproductive,” says David Sweanor, [...]

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ACT Social Development and Children spokesperson Karen Chhou, said that having only low nicotine cigarettes available on the market only pushes smokers to consume more and therefore spend more on their habit, also leading to an increase in poverty. As part of the proposals put forward by the Kiwi government aiming to make New Zealand Smokefree by 2025, the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill, limits the amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes to 20 mg/mL and 50 mg/mL for freebase nicotine, whilst setting the local tobacco age limit at 18.

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E-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without tobacco or combustion, are the most important harm-reducing alternative to smoking ever developed, one that could prevent millions of premature deaths in the United States alone. Yet bureaucrats and politicians seem determined to negate that historic opportunity through regulations and taxes that threaten to cripple the industry.

When a court-set deadline for “premarket” approval of vaping products came and went Sept. 9, the Food and Drug Administration had received millions of ­applications but had not approved any. [...]

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Last month Denver students, parents, and teachers made the shift back to in-person learning after almost 18 months away from the classroom. With school in session, local educators are tasked with navigating an array of concerns about students’ health and safety — the least of which should be concern about a resurgence of vaping and e-cigarette use among Denver’s kids.

Before the COVID-19 shutdown last year, youth e-cigarette use was a huge problem nationwide. It is estimated that roughly 3.6 million kids were using e-cigarettes across the country. [...]

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The international scientific scene is constantly enriched by new evidence and scientific studies that confirm the positive health effects for smokers who can’t quit and decide to switch to vaping products.

Data that come from many scientific researches on smokers who switch from cigarette to combustion-free products (such as vaping products or heated tobacco products) show significant improvements not only in terms of overall quality of life, but also for clinical parameters of a variety of diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, COPD and asthma.

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Mathematician Jacob Bronoski once said, “No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.”

Unfortunately, in the last six years, I have spent advocating for the life-saving capabilities of vapor products when used by adult smokers as a less harmful alternative, I have experienced this first hand in many ways on multiple occasions.

The anti-vape lobby continually harps on a so-called epidemic of youth vapor product use, yet they consistently fail to mention that they are combining the youth usage numbers of nicotine vaping products and THC vaping products. [...]

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The World Health Organization has been badly caught out ahead of the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in November.

COP9 organisers declared months ago there would be no discussions or decisions around Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) products at COP9. That work would be delayed until COP10 in 2023, they said.

“It’s now clear, however, that was a complete pretence aimed at minimizing a growing backlash against the WHO’s anti-vaping agenda,” says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA).

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The UK government has recently been mulling lifting the age limit on buying cigarettes and vaping products to 21.

There are complex arguments around raising the age limits on cigarettes (think personal freedom, whether you have a choice when you are addicted, net public health gain and so on). [...]

To help put this article together I spoke to Louise Ross. Decades in smoking cessation, running a stop smoking service, chairing the New Nicotine Alliance and being business development manager for an innovative stop smoking app means there are few better people to understand the consequences of vape legislation.

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A 2016 Health Ministry study showed that at least 600,000 children between 11- to 18-years-old in Malaysia are vaping.

This is an unacceptable number, and begs the need for a new and stronger Tobacco Act.

 

Decisions are currently being made about vaping in Malaysia, which has long-term harms, without adequate public scrutiny during this Covid-19 pandemic.

In today’s column, we examine the facts of vaping, how invisible policy decisions can damage the lives of Malaysians, and propose three solutions.

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Kenneth E. Warner is among a group of prominent tobacco control experts who warn that focusing too much on nicotine’s potential risks for youth has resulted in an “unbalanced” debate that overlooks the potential benefits of tobacco harm reduction.

Warner, from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, is among 15 past presidents of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco who express their concerns in a jointly-authored paper published recently in the American Journal of Public Health. “All nicotine and tobacco products should be regulated on the basis of their relative risk,” Warner tells Snusforumet.

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The World Health Organization has introduced to the world Florence, their digital health worker who is determined to help you quit tobacco. The 24/7 virtual health also shares WHO public health messages and recommendations on tobacco and Covid-19. After a short conversation via video or text, Florence, WHO’s AI health worker, can help you build your confidence to quit smoking, make a plan, and recommend toll-free quitlines or apps.

 

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Small- and medium-sized e-cigarette makers and vendors are fighting to keep their doors open after the Food and Drug Administration ordered them to stop selling more than 6 million flavored vapes.

The agency shook up the market in the run-up to a Sept. 9 deadline for determining which vaping products could stay on the market by denying nearly 300 companies’ applications to continue selling e-cigs with flavors like cotton candy and cinnamon toast. It also informed several that their paperwork was missing key information. But the FDA has yet to act on applications from the biggest manufacturers, including Juul, Vuse and NJOY.

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Imperial Brands PLC, parent company of ITG Brands of Greensboro, said Monday it is expanding the rollout of its heat-not-burn traditional cigarette in Europe.

The group is making its Pulze device and iD heat sticks available throughout Greece. It also is testing the products in the Czech Republic.

“Insights from Greek consumers ... will help inform the potential for further launches in a focused number of European markets,” Imperial said.

Heated tobacco products account for more than 10% of the total tobacco sector in Greece.

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With Canada’s general election now over and the federal Liberals returned to power, the future for nicotine vaping in Canada appears bleak.

Without political intervention, it’s likely nothing could stop Health Canada from implementing its proposed flavour ban, which is certain to decimate the industry.

Joining us today on RegWatch is Clive Bates, tobacco control policy expert and former Director of Action on Smoking and Health (UK). He issues a blistering critique of Health Canada’s cost-benefit analysis, which the regulator is using to justify its dangerous new policy.

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A new epidemiology paper - the good kind of epidemiology, not the kind that says bacon is as bad for your health as plutonium or that coffee strained through a cheap paper filter increases lifespan - found that smokers get less COVID-19.

The claims were made using results from a school of 700 teachers and pupils and their families in a section of France with high levels of COVID-19. Only about 7 percent of smokers were infected while the rate among non-smokers was 400 percent higher. Obviously that's not an endorsement of smoking, smoking kills. It is, like alcohol, a known carcinogen. The benefit, the authors say, is derived from the nicotine, not the cigarettes. Smoking kills people, but nicotine does not.

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Chicago is easing zoning restrictions that will allow recreational marijuana stores to expand.

The City Council on Monday voted to lift the cap of seven marijuana zones in the municipality while limiting the number of retail stores, Chicago real estate news site The Real Deal reported.

The city, the largest in Illinois, has permitted 18 adult-use cannabis retailers so far; there are 110 statewide.

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To make big vapour cloud with your e-cigarette, you first need to get hold of a clearomizer or an atomizer that lets you inhale directly. We’ve talked a lot about direct inhalation on the site already. It just means inhaling the vapour directly into your lungs without holding it in your mouth first.

Just like smoking with a shisha, direct inhalation means you can hold a large volume of vapour in your lungs and create a huge cloud. But be careful, because direct inhalation uses a lot more e-liquid.

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[...] A ubiquitous British slang word for a cigarette is also an offensive slur in the States. But if social media is anything to go by, the nicotine taboos run deeper than vocabulary.

Specifically, I’ve noticed regular tweets from US-based accounts which express surprise, amusement or even disgust about older people vaping. Examples include: “Seeing old people vaping will never not be funny to me,” “Anyone else cringe x 10 when they see old people vaping?” and “Old people vaping is just as shocking as babies smoking cigarettes.”

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Many smokers are unable – or at least unwilling – to achieve cessation through complete nicotine and tobacco abstinence; they continue smoking despite the very real and obvious adverse health consequences. Conventional smoking cessation policies and programs generally present smokers with two unpleasant alternatives: quit, or die.

The third approach to smoking cessation, tobacco harm reduction, involves the use of alternative sources of nicotine, including modern smokeless tobacco products.