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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III believes President Rodrigo Duterte will not sign the controversial vape bill, as health authorities continue to rally against it.

"I am concerned with this vape bill. Ang end goal namin is it will not be enacted into law, kung mavi-veto sana. I doubt the president will even sign that bill into law," he said, adding he has been in constant communication with the Office of the President. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III believes President Rodrigo Duterte will not sign the controversial vape bill, as health authorities continue to rally against it.

 

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Over the past months, several new research studies have released with surprisingly positive results regarding the most contentious issues around e-cigarettes.

One study indicates that adult smokers who switch to e-cigarettes may have more chances to improve their health and well-being.

Joining us today to discuss the study are Dr. Rick Kosterman and Dr. Marina Epstein, research scientists from the Social Development Research Group at the University of Washington. Their study found better physical health, increased exercise, and more active social engagement. Amazing!

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We're repeating the mistakes of the war on drugs.

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The Czech Republic is set to become the main EU proponent of tobacco harm-reduction policy following a change in philosophy among leaders, and is planning to implement a new decree for nicotine pouches in the near future as a result.

A new action plan is now expected to be debated, which will set harm reduction as part of the country’s public health strategy going forward, according to Ondřej Jakob, a spokesperson for the Czech Ministry of Health.

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The proportion of hospital patients in the UK who were offered a referral to tobacco dependency services fell from 44% in 2019 to 40% in 2021, an audit of more than 14 000 patient records has found.1

The British Thoracic Society’s national audit of 120 acute care hospitals in the UK between July and August 2021 examined how tobacco dependency standards have been implemented. [...]

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Children are routinely being sold cheap disposable vaping pens online that contain as much nicotine as up to 50 cigarettes, experts have said.
A craze for brightly coloured, sweet-flavoured e-cigarettes is emerging in British schools, with TikTok and other social media sites filled with posts of young people smoking them. Disposable vapes sold by brands such as Elf Bar and Geek Bar come in flavours such as candy floss and blue raspberry, do not require charging and filling and cost as little as £4 a pen. Teenage users have said this low price is appealing if the e-cigarettes have to be quickly disposed of to avoid detection while vaping at school.

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THE Child Rights Network (CRN) reiterates its position that the Vape Bill essentially relaxes regulations on the sale, distribution, use, and promotion of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or e-cigarettes, and vaporized nicotine products (VNPs), giving the tobacco industry a free pass to reach even children.

Sponsors of the bill parrot the tobacco industry’s line that the Vape Bill seeks to strengthen regulations to discourage minors from using cigarette alternatives. This is far from the truth.

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Mayor Todd Gloria signed into law Friday a bill that will stop the sale of flavored tobacco in San Diego .
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The City Council approved the SAAFE Act, introduced by von Wilpert, to prohibit the sale of specified flavored tobacco and nicotine products in the city. It targets flavored tobacco and nicotine products that "appeal to children through candy and fruit flavors, as an attempt to hide the harshness of nicotine and as a direct attempt to appeal to a younger audience," von Wilpert said.

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Medical groups renewed their appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to veto a proposed measure seeking to lower the age of access to vaporized nicotine and non-nicotine products to 18 from 21.

In a briefing Wednesday, doctors from various medical societies stressed that lowering the age of access to vapor products will expose Filipinos, especially the youth, to harmful substances. Dr. Minerva Calimag, president of the Philippine Medical Association, said [...]

“We oppose the vape bill because we cannot risk endangering the health and safety of Filipinos, especially the youth,” [...]

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The AMA supports the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes, a move that will save hundreds of thousands of lives in the coming decades while reducing health inequities. The AMA joined a 2020 lawsuit (PDF) to compel the FDA to fulfill its mandate to take action on the agency’s own conclusions that banning the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes would benefit the public’s health. AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD, said the organization was pleased the FDA is moving to “finally remove these harmful products from the market.”

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The tobacco industry comes in for criticism on many fronts, from the health effects and addictive nature of its core product, to concerns about child labour on tobacco farms and the risks of green tobacco sickness, a type of nicotine poisoning caused by handling tobacco leaf without the correct protective equipment. What is less talked about is its environmental effects.

new report from global industry watchdog STOP looks at the crop’s ecological impacts and questions the role of sustainability platforms and award schemes in giving the industry what it says is an unwarranted veneer of sustainable respectability.

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Last month, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is developing “product standards to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and prohibit all characterizing flavors (other than tobacco) in cigars.”

This is trodden ground for Mainers. Even before President Joe Biden signaled this move, nanny-state politicians and west coast activists have tried to import more radical policy into the Pine Tree State, with some success.

Just three years ago, Maine lawmakers passed and Gov. Mills signed into law a more-than-doubling of the tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes from 20% to 43% of the wholesale price. [...]

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Abrutal culture war is raging on the role of harm reduction to hasten the end of smoking. But as the Twitterstorms rumble on, the evidence is mounting that safer nicotine products—vapes, pouches, snus and heated tobacco—are helping millions of people around the world switch away from combustible cigarettes and other risky tobacco use.

Cigarettes are a harmful delivery mechanism for nicotine—and nicotine doesn’t cause tobacco-related disease. Options now available deliver nicotine at vastly reduced risk. More Swedes use snus than smoke cigarettes, resulting in the lowest lung cancer rates of any EU country. [...]

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Marijuana is being decriminalized across the US. Most are celebrating, but there is a real (and sometimes serious) public health threat that tags along. Most of you will be unaware of what you're about to read. Dr. Roneet Lev, the former head of the Scripps Mercy Hospital emergency department and also an addiction specialist shares some eye-opening information in the following interview.

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Members in Belleville have voted to send a letter to health minister, Jean-Yves Duclos, and his next provincial counterpart asking for several amendments to current vaping regulation, including a reduction in the number of permitted flavours. The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) continues to caution regulators that flavour restrictions have unintended consequences such as increased smoking, a strengthened black-market and the closure of small businesses.

Increasingly, studies have found that “adults who began vaping nontobacco-flavoured e-cigarettes were more likely to quit smoking than those who vaped tobacco flavours.” [...]

 

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The most recent pandemic has served as a catalyst for us to restructure how we adapt to new problems and devise new measures to mitigate future shocks. Reduced harm caused by substance addiction is one of the most important components of eliminating vices in the world.

The Economic Times convened a group of prominent specialists to investigate and track the consequences of substance usage over time for the fourth edition of the Consumer Freedom Conclave. David Sweanor, [...] provided greater perspectives into the various aspects of harm reduction, challenges faced in the reduction of tobacco abuse, and the importance of evidence-based harm reduction.

 

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The Food and Drug Administration’s recently announced proposal to ban menthol cigarettes is ill advised on multiple fronts. Not only does this proposal make no economic sense but it also fails to recognize a simple fact: People in a free society should be free to choose their poison.

The FDA has recently stated that it intends to use congressionally approved powers to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products in an attempt to reduce youth initiation into tobacco, thus curbing tobacco-related illness.

The plan rests on the assumption that youths will be deterred by sales bans. But they won’t.

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Available in an enticing array of flavors, electronic cigarettes have exploded in popularity since they hit the market about 15 years ago, particularly among middle and high school students. But research indicates that e-cigarettes—even just being around their use—may not be as "safe" as some people believe. While the dangers of breathing in secondhand cigarette smoke are well-understood, the science is still unfolding on how inhaling secondhand vapor, or aerosol, affects the body. And people may be underestimating the health risk, said Dr. Talat Islam, an assistant professor of research population and public health sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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Following China’s new GB standard on e-cigarettes that we summarized in early May 2022, the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) has now published a rule outlining the process for Chinese e-cigarette manufacturers to obtain the required manufacturer license. This rule applies not only to manufacturers producing e-cigarettes for the domestic Chinese market, but also to the manufacturing of e-cigarettes solely for export. This article summarizes the major requirements for obtaining an e-cigarette manufacturer license in China. [...]

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The most common source of plastic pollution in our environment is not bottles, plastic bags or food wrappers, but cigarette butts. Smokers stub out nearly 800,000 metric tonnes of cigarettes every year, enough butts to cover New York’s Central Park. They are in every country on the planet, from city streets to rubbish tips, rivers and beaches.

Cigarettes contain single-use plastics because they are engineered and manufactured that way. Butts take a decade to degrade, releasing more than 7,000 toxic chemicals into the environment. Wildlife is also at risk: researchers found partly-digested cigarette butts in 70% of seabirds and 30% of sea turtles sampled for one study.