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Long-term use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping products, can significantly impair the function of the body’s blood vessels, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the use of both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes may cause an even greater risk than the use of either of these products alone. These findings come from two new studies supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  

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This study aims to compare biomarkers of potential harm between people switching from smoking combustible cigarettes (CC) completely to electronic cigarettes (EC), continuing to smoke CC, using both EC and CC (dual users) and using neither (abstainers), based on behaviour during EC intervention studies

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The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday rejected a company's application to sell menthol-flavored vaping products, citing a lack of public health benefit and potential risk to youth vapers.

The FDA said Logic Technology Development didn't show its menthol products are more likely than non-flavored products to help people quit or reduce smoking. Combined with the risk of enticing youth vapers who like menthol vapes, the agency rejected the company's marketing of Logic Pro and Logic Power menthol e-liquid packages.

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On October 21, Juul Labs published its administrative appeal of the marketing denial order (MDO) issued by the Food and Drug Administration at the end of June 2022. The move, and Juul’s decision to make it public, reflects the company’s apparent offensive pivot from its longstanding defensive strategy. It calls into question the decision made by the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)—which Juul maintains came from an incorrect and incomplete assessment of its data, leading to an insufficient review of its premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs).

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Authorities have requested importers and manufacturers of vape products to review the nicotine concentrations, with the potential for products to be withdrawn if they exceeded limits.

This comes as TVNZ's Fair Go reported the Ministry of Health may have been given false or misleading information about the amount of nicotine in some products.

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act required products to be accurately labelled with the concentration of nicotine in mg/mL.

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In the past decade, nicotine–containing e-cigarettes have emerged as the most popular tobacco and nicotine delivery modality among adolescents and were introduced in the United States tobacco market in 2007, as a tobacco cessation tool. E-cigarettes have gained widespread popularity among adolescents and vaping has become pervasive among middle and high school students. [...] In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Sanket Jain, Consultant Chest Physician - Pulmonologist at Masina Hospital in Mumbai, revealed, “E-liquid aerosols are associated with direct harm to respiratory epithelium, leading to altering of lung function, lung inflammation, decrease mucociliary clearance and lung histology.

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A new study at Dalhousie University is looking into whether vaping can cause permanent lung damage in young adults. According to the researchers, nearly 15 per cent of youth in Canada use vapes regularly. Vaping requires users to inhale an aerosol mist created by an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. The e-juice in the cartridges typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol, chemicals and flavourings. Dr. Sanja Stanojevic, an assistant professor at the university’s Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, was prompted to research the topic while working with a colleague who was visiting high schools to discuss the harmful effects of vaping.

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 China's Ministry of Finance will impose a consumption tax on e-cigarettes from Nov. 1, according to a notice published on Tuesday.

A tax rate of 36% will be placed on the production or import of e-cigarettes, while an 11% tax will be placed on the wholesale distribution of e-cigarettes.

The taxation policy will further entrench China's once-scattered e-cigarette industry into the state-backed tobacco monopoly, a major generator of tax revenue.

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health expert has revealed the consequences of vaping, and how e-cigarettes could affect your health in the future.

Vaping researcher Lynne Dawkins said that “harmful compounds” had been found in the vapour, though their levels were much lower than the toxic elements found in tobacco smoke.

Dr Dawkins said: “If cigarettes were introduced to the market today, we'd know straight away that these are extremely harmful because technology and methods have improved so much.

“We now know that there are 7,000 different compounds in tobacco smoke, 70 of which are known to cause cancer.

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The War on Vaping continues unabated, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control states in a group call with anti-vaping lobbyists that the teen vaping “epidemic” is NOT over.
And the FDA digs in, refusing to set the record straight with the American public over the perceived risks and harms of vaping.
Regulators and government have created a “chaotic hot mess” in the U.S., says Clive Bates, tobacco control policy expert and former Director of Action on Smoking and Health (UK), in today’s episode of RegWatch. [...]

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Germany on Wednesday set out plans to legalise cannabis, in a move promised by Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government that would make it one of the first countries in Europe to make weed legal.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach presented a cornerstone paper on planned legislation to regulate the controlled distribution and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes among adults.

Acquiring and possessing up to 20 to 30 grams of recreational cannabis for personal consumption would also be made legal.

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While many studies have examined the association between e-cigarette use and smoking cessation, fewer have considered the impact of e-cigarette flavors on cessation outcomes. This study extends previous studies by examining the effects of e-cigarette use and e-cigarette flavors on quit attempts and quit success of smoking. [...] E-cigarette use is positively associated with both making a smoking quit attempt and quit success. Those using flavored e-cigarettes, particularly menthol/mint, are more likely to quit successfully.

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October 2022. ETHRA wrote to the Belgian government to highlight the important role safer nicotine products can play in its upcoming inter-federal strategy for a smokefree generation. The letter was co-signed by 19 independent experts in tobacco and nicotine science and policy.

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The Philippines Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will begin consulting the public for the crafting of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the country’s new vape law today, reports ABS-CBN News

“For private stakeholders who have an interest on the crafting of the IRR, they are included, and we will consider all inputs or all comments that were sent,” said DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo.

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A new study from University of Louisville researchers in the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute has found that exposure to e-cigarette aerosols can cause heart arrhythmias in animal models -; both in the form of premature and skipped heart beats. [...] The researchers tested the cardiac impacts of inhaled e-cigarette aerosols solely from the main two ingredients in e-liquids (nicotine-free propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin) or from flavored retail e-liquids containing nicotine. They found that for all e-cigarette aerosols, the animals' heart rate slowed during puff exposures and sped up afterwards as heart rate variability declined, indicating fight-or-flight stress responses.

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Walk down the street, and you will probably spot finger-sized colourful plastic tubes discarded on the ground.

Disposable vapes are booming in popularity, especially among those aged 18-34. They are easy to use and cheap.

But campaigners say they are an environmental nightmare with one activist calling for them to be banned.

The vape industry told BBC News that the problem lies with unclear disposal rules and that there needs to be better national schemes for recycling.

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The Department of Health has denied suggestions that smoking will be banned in public parks and beaches.

It was reported in the Irish Independent on Friday that the move was being considered by the Government as part of its bid to make Ireland tobacco-free. The Tobacco Free Ireland annual report for 2021 was published earlier this week.

One recommendation in the report says that the Government should “promote tobacco-free environments and in particular parks and beaches in conjunction with the local authorities by voluntary measures or by the introduction of bye-laws”.

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Tobacco harm reduction and public health experts have responded to the final annual update in the current series of evidence reviews about vaping released by the UK Government. The report provided clear evidence of the reduced harm from vaping when compared to smoking tobacco.

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Marlboro maker Philip Morris is set to gain EU antitrust approval for its $16 billion bid for Swedish Match after offering to sell the target’s logistics business, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Philip Morris, which in May announced the deal aimed at expanding its presence in the fast-growing market for cigarette alternatives, submitted the concession to the European Commission early this month.

The U.S. company is seeking to boost the sale of smoke-free products to more than half of its revenue by 2025.

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Teenage women worldwide, and especially in Asia, smoke more electric cigarettes than men, the Action on Smoking and Health Foundation Thailand said [...] Foundation president Prakit Vathesatogkit said more teenage women smoke e-cigarettes as manufacturers use over 16,000 types of aroma additives, plus there is no stench from burning while the devices are beautiful and small in size that they can be easily hidden.

“According to British data in 2020, up to 10.4 per cent of 600,000 pregnant women smoke,” Prakit said, adding that this proved nicotine in e-cigarettes can make people addicted easily.