Many businesses in China continued selling fruit-flavored e-cigarettes after a ban on such products took effect Oct. 1.
A journalist working for Beijing Youth Daily reportedly found several stores violating the new rules, while a small number appeared to have closed.
In stores that are still in operation, the reporter saw only an estimated six vaping product on display, with only two or three varieties of products. Some stores experienced increased sales of combustible tobacco products.
New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has found that the use of vaping products rather than smoking leads to a substantial reduction in exposure to toxicants that promote cancer, lung disease and cardiovascular disease.
The Australian government’s medical, prescription-only model for nicotine vaping was introduced on October 1, 2021, and has been a resounding policy failure. Like most prohibitionist policies, it has created a thriving illicit market and detrimental public health outcomes.
To legally possess nicotine e-liquid to quit smoking, vapers must get a doctor’s prescription and purchase supplies from pharmacies or international online vendors. The sale of nicotine from vape shops and other retail outlets is banned.
The peak body for Australia's convenience stores wants tougher vaping regulations, including a licensing scheme for retailers. It comes after the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) introduced a prescription-only model in all states and territories for nicotine-containing vapes and e-cigarettes in October last year. "This decision will both reduce the risk of an on-ramp for teenagers," former health minister Greg Hunt said in December 2020. But Australian Association of Convenience Stores strategy and policy advisor Ben Meredith said the decision had failed to keep the products out of young hands, and more needed to be done. Mr Meredith said the current regulatory model was fuelling the "ever-rising black market".
China has joined a handful of countries in banning flavored vapes to combat underage use of nicotine. Starting October 1, e-cigarette companies are only allowed to sell tobacco-flavored vapes in the country, an effort by the government to “standardize” the production, sales and consumption of the novel tobacco product.
China’s e-cigarette makers had a short-lived boom before regulators began reining in the lucrative industry around three years ago. First, it was a ban on the online sales of vapes. Then in May this year, a set of comprehensive regulations went into force, effectively subjecting e-cigarettes to the purview of China’s tobacco authorities.
The latest evidence update on vaping in England, published by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), has again demonstrated that vaping is largely safe and certainly much safer than smoking. The 2022 report is the eighth and final annual update of an initial review from 2015, originally commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) and now by OHID within the Department of Health and Social Care.
The peak body for Australia's convenience stores wants tougher vaping regulations, including a licensing scheme for retailers. It comes after the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) introduced a prescription-only model in all states and territories for nicotine-containing vapes and e-cigarettes in October last year.
"This decision will both reduce the risk of an on-ramp for teenagers," former health minister Greg Hunt said in December 2020. But Australian Association of Convenience Stores strategy and policy advisor Ben Meredith said the decision had failed to keep the products out of young hands, and more needed to be done.
Altria Group has ended a deal that barred it from competing with Juul Labs Inc., opening the door for the Marlboro maker to buy an e-cigarette company or develop its own vaping products.
As part of ending the agreement, Altria reduced its rights to designate Juul board members. The tobacco giant’s shares in Juul are now converted to single-vote common stock, significantly reducing its voting power. “Our decision to terminate our noncompete maximizes our flexibility to compete in e-vapor as it allows us to maintain our economic investment in Juul, to compete organically and through M&A,” Steve Callahan, an Altria spokesperson, said via email.
The vaping and e-cigarette industry says there has been inadequate consultation over the new tobacco control bill passed by cabinet last week, amid claims the industry was denied access to the draft bill last year.
The new Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, which still needs to go through a parliamentary process for approval, seeks to regulate e-cigarettes similarly to cigarettes [...]
Global tobacco company Japan Tobacco International (JTI) vowed to continue investing in the Philippines, including a substantial capital expenditure for next year, hiring of additional workers for its Global Business Service (GBS) center, and potential production of its heated e-cigarettes at its manufacturing hub in Batangas.
JTI Philippines General Manager John Freda told Manila Bulletin Business they have been investing in the country amid a declining tobacco market and worrying illicit tobacco trade.
Roughly 460 people die from cancer in the UK every day and, sadly, many of these deaths are linked to entirely preventable causes, like smoking and heavy drinking. These preventable cancers overwhelmingly afflict the most deprived communities in the country, a new study by Cancer Research UK has found.
Across all income brackets, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable cancer and death with 15 per cent of all cancer cases attributed to nicotine inhalation. However, people with the lowest incomes are more than twice as likely to develop a smoking-related cancer as those with the highest incomes.
Fourth-generation ‘pod’ e-cigarette devices have been driven by technological advances in electronic atomization of the e-liquid. Use of microporous ceramic as a wicking material improves heating efficiency, but how it affects the chemical emissions of these devices is unclear. We assessed the emissions of a pod e-cigarette with innovative ceramic wick-based technology and two flavoured e-liquids containing nicotine lactate and nicotine benzoate (57 and 18 mg mL−1 nicotine, respectively). [...]
Spanish public health NGO NoFumadores wants the European Commission to legislate to "save new generations from falling into tobacco addiction, to act against related environmental dangers and against smoking".
In particular, they want to ban the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to citizens born after 2009, as well as tobacco advertising and the presence of tobacco in audiovisual productions and social media. They also want to create a network of tobacco and cigarette butt-free national parks and extend outdoor vapour-free spaces.
It’s no secret that smoking is harmful for our health.
In fact, pictures illustrating the potential consequences are plastered on every packet of cigarettes, along with messages warning us of risk.
We’ve come a long way since the indoor smoking ban of 2007, and the government has pledged for England to be smokefree (meaning fewer than 5% of the population smoke) by 2030.
Yet, despite a wealth of information about tobacco’s effects on the body, the scale of this damage is still not widely known among the public – including how it messes with our reproductive systems.
The chief growth officer for British American Tobacco Plc made his case Thursday for how the manufacturer is advancing its “A Better Tomorrow” smokefree initiative. [...] BAT is the parent company of Reynolds American Inc., which has its U.S. headquarters and largest manufacturing plant in Forsyth County. A Better Tomorrow debuted in September 2019. The strategy emphasizes gaining market share in smokeless and smokefree products, such as top-selling Vuse electronic-cigarettes, glo heat-not-burn cigarettes and oral products, such as Camel Snus.
Every year the UK government commissions an independent review of the evidence around the safety of vaping. The review of vaping, now in its eighth reiteration, is already the most solid review of vaping evidence in the world – and this year is the most comprehensive yet. The report reiterated that vaping poses only a small fraction of the risks of smoking. However, that doesn’t mean vaping is risk free.
This year there is particular emphasis on biomarkers of exposure – i.e. markers in the body that show the body has been exposed to certain chemicals or toxins.
A new study concludes that the 2020 European ban on menthol cigarettes made it more likely that menthol smokers would quit smoking, supporting previous Canadian research on the positive public health impact of banning menthol cigarettes.
A recent whitepaper by the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that the number of smokers worldwide is in decline.
The main argument behind vaping being less dangerous than tobacco is the chemical makeup of both substances. According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, 250 of which are harmful to (...)
In a bid to address health inequality and family poverty, a council in the United Kingdom will soon be handing out free vapes to pregnant people who smoke.
Lambeth Council, a local authority in South London, already runs pregnancy smoking cessation services, which include behavioral support, counseling and access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) like patches. But it announced in October that it will now also provide e-cigarettes as a way to help pregnant people and those who care for children. The program will begin in a few weeks.