Following much uncertainty amid unprecedented political turmoil in the United Kingdom, the country has recommitted to making smoking in England obsolete by 2030, a promise it had made earlier this year.
In February, the government announced that Dr. Javed Khan, the former chief executive of Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity, would spearhead an independent review to study smoking-related health disparities. That report, published in June, recommended 15 actions that England could take in order to go “smoke-free” by the end of the decade.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will this morning seek Cabinet approval for legislation banning retailers from selling vaping products to under-18s and prohibiting e-cigarette advertisements on public transport.
The new laws also restrict the types of retailers that can sell nicotine-inhaling products.
Vaping advertising will not be allowed near schools, and the ban will also extend to public transport, so as to limit children’s exposure to commercial messages normalising or glamorising the purchase and usage of e-cigarettes.
The State Tobacco Monopoly Administration issued a notice on Wednesday in which it announced that the capacity of e-cigarette products, aerosol and nicotine used in e-cigarettes carried by each person at each time will be limited.
One person can carry no more than six smoking devices in different places at a time, said the notice. The number of e-cigarette cartridge shall not exceed 90, the number of products including disposable e-cigarettes sold in combination of e-cigarette cartridge and cigarette devices shall not exceed 90, and the amount of e-atomization materials such as liquid cigarette and nicotine used in e-cigarette shall not exceed 180 milliliters.
The 13th National Harm Reduction Conference took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico in mid-October. It involved around 2,800 harm reductionists from across the United States and beyond, and its myriad important themes included overdose prevention, drug checking, racial justice, sex work and much more.
There was also one panel about tobacco harm reduction (THR), in which I participated. Its inclusion was significant, given the divisions sometimes seen between THR and the rest of harm reduction, and conversations about how to align the two.
In this blog, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce from the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group and Martin Dockrell from the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities share 7 things you need to know about e-cigarettes and quitting smoking, with evidence from the Cochrane Living Review of E-cigarettes and Smoking Cessation.
Doctors in the UAE are alarmed by how the youth are increasingly taking to e-cigarettes after targeted campaigns make them look cool. Their comments came after a study conducted in the US found that more adolescent e-cigarette users report vaping within five minutes of waking up.
According to the study published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open, teens are getting addicted to e-cigarettes younger; with addictions being more intense.
Interestingly, between 2014 and 2017, less than one per cent of e-cigarette users reported using the devices within five minutes of waking up, while by 2021, the total drastically grew to 10.3 per cent.
On November 8, 2022, California voters approved the Referendum on 2020 Law That Would Prohibit the Retail Sale of Certain Flavored Tobacco Products (Proposition 31). [...] The statute defined flavored tobacco product as meaning “any tobacco product that contains a constituent that imparts a characterizing flavor” and tobacco product flavor enhancer as meaning a “product designed, manufactured, produced, marketed, or sold to produce a characterizing flavor when added to a tobacco product.” Both terms encompass a broad swath of products, including, but not limited to, e-cigarettes, vape pods, and chewing tobacco.
Responsible Vaping Australia (RVA) has launched as a movement to represent industry and consumers who advocate for the responsible regulation of nicotine vaping products.
The aim of RVA, which has launched in partnership with retailers and industry associations, is to end the black market trade of nicotine vaping products and ensure Australian adult consumers are able to purchase products in a responsible and regulated way. Supporters of RVA are committed to vaping product standards, clear labelling of packaging, the quality of ingredients, youth access prevention, and responsible retailing practices.
Afew months ago I wrote a piece for The Spectator about the surge in popularity of Elf Bars and the potential health risks of these colourful e-cigarettes. But disposable vapes are now posing a different kind of problem – for the planet.
These single-use devices, which last for around 600 puffs, head straight to landfill after users suck out their smoke. The vapes which don’t make it to the dump can be found lining the gutters of our cities, having been cast aside.
Vaping doesn’t always get a good report. But research has found that using vaping products rather than smoking substantially reduces exposure to toxic chemicals that promote cancer, lung disease and heart problems. Dr Debbie Robson, one of the report’s authors from King’s, says: “The levels of exposure to cancer causing and other toxicants are drastically lower in people who vape compared with those who smoke. Helping people switch from smoking to vaping should be considered a priority if the Government is to achieve a smoke-free 2030 in England.”
What does California's new law actually ban? What legal actions are being taken against it? What can consumers do? Will a flavor ban hit your state next? On this episode, CASAA CEO Alex Clark and CASAA president Danielle Jones discuss these questions and more!
Charles Gardner, executive director of INNCO, joins us to discuss the impact of the California flavor ban, the CDC’s deliberate exaggeration of youth vaping rates, and the shocking revelations from the Reagan-Udall Foundation’s review of the FDA’s PMTA decision-making process.
Last winter, New Zealand introduced anti-tobacco legislation, the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked Tobacco) Amendment Bill, with the aim of making the country smoke-free by 2025.
The bill’s most headline-grabbing aspect was a generational tobacco ban. Starting in 2023, anyone born on or after January 1, 2009, is barred for life from purchasing combustible cigarettes. Someone aged 14 when the legislation became law would therefore never be able to legally purchase tobacco.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death among U.S. adults, according to the CDC.
Experts say a new generation of kids and teenagers are fighting nicotine addiction, a group that statistically never would have if it weren't for electronic cigarettes.
A new 2022 study by the CDC and the FDA has alarmed public health officials. It found that more than 3 million middle and high school students admitted this year to using a tobacco product within the last 30 days, including vapes or e-cigarettes.
The Ministry of Health is facing heat following its ban on vaping, even as many countries are reversing such bans and arguing forcefully for the product. Hong Kong, not far from India, is soon going to reverse its ban on the re-export of e-cigarettes and other heated tobacco products by land and sea transport by the end of this year as part of efforts to ignite growth.
“Senior officials are mulling over the relaxation of the trans-shipment ban on re-exporting the alternative smoking products from Hong Kong, given the significant values of the re-export,” a senior government official was quoted. [...]
The Vapor Technology Association (VTA) has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a petition for writ of certiorari in a case against L.A. County’s ordinance banning flavored tobacco products.
Citing the substantial impact on America’s economy created by the sale of tobacco products, the trade group says Supreme Court review of the flavor ban is critical.
According to an economic impact report prepared by John Dunham and Associates, the independent vapor industry comprises more than 10,000 companies across the United States and is responsible for generating more than 130,000 jobs and more than $22 billion in economic activity for the U.S. economy.
Dr. Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, associate professor at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and editor at Cochrane Tobacco Review Group, is joining us today to discuss the new evidence.
In a recent study published in the Heart Rhythm journal, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, assessed the relationship between different types of inhaled marijuana or tobacco product usage with ventricular and atrial arrhythmias.
The impact of conventional tobacco smoking on coronary artery disorder is well understood. However, the effects of smoking on proarrhythmic mechanisms and cardiac arrhythmia need further research. Modern tobacco products like electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and heated tobacco products (HTPs) and the rise in the popularity of legalized marijuana have complicated the situation. [...]
Cochrane, a research institute considered something of a benchmark in evidence-based public health interventions, has released an updated review that finds vaping products help adults quit cigarettes more than traditional nicotine replacement therapies, like patches and gums.
Specifically, the authors of the Cochrane report, including Jamie Hartmann-Boyce of Oxford and Nancy Rigotti of Harvard Medical School, concluded that there “was high certainty that quit rates were higher in people randomized to nicotine EC [e-cigarettes] than in those randomized to nicotine replacement therapy.”
The number of people who smoke cigarettes daily has dropped to an all-time low of 8 percent, down from 9.4 percent this time last year.
But figures in the Annual NZ Health survey show the daily rate for Māori is still far higher: 19.9 percent, down from 22.3 percent.
While there has been a reduction in tobacco smoking, tobacco and e-cigarette use continues to grow, rising from 6 percent last year to 8.3 percent this year, with usage highest among 18-to 24-year-olds
Māori public health organisation Hāpai Te Hauora said more work was needed to help the country get to its Smokefree 2025 goal of 5 percent.