The study investigated the role and activities of organizations that advocate for the adoption of and access to safer nicotine products (SNPs), such as nicotine vaping products (e-cigarettes), Swedish-style snus, nontobacco nicotine pouches, and heated tobacco products, as safer alternatives to combustible cigarettes and other high-risk tobacco products, following a harm reduction approach. The aim was to map the number and locations of nicotine consumer organizations globally and describe their history, legal status, membership, structure, objectives, working methods and activities, and funding.
A frontrunner in the global effort against smoking, the European Commission recently made clear in its Beating Cancer Plan that its objective was to create a ‘tobacco-free generation’, aiming at reducing the European Smokers to less than 5% of the overall Union’s population by 2040.
The Commission embraces the ‘endgame’ strategy, a term in vogue in the public health community to describe a world where tobacco products have been phased out completely, or their sales severely restricted. It is no surprise that the Commission recently decided to register a European Citizen’s Initiative calling for ending the sale of tobacco and nicotine products to citizens born in 2010 and onwards.
If you’re new to vaping, you might be confused by the number of brands available. In fact, almost every day I seem to get an email from a new vape brand I’ve never heard of before.
At the same time, there is a stable of reliable brands that have proved themselves over the years with consistent high-quality devices. That’s not to say every device they make is a winner – every brand has their big successes as well as some that don’t quite make the mark. (We’ve included some of those winners below!)
I came to live in this very small town called Lampeter, in the middle of the Welsh countryside, a few years ago. I turned 60 and wanted to retire, so I came here. Before that I lived in Stourbridge, a much bigger town in the English Midlands. I’ve done all sorts of jobs: mechanic, dog-handler and I’ve worked in security. So it may seem strange that in my retirement, with no experience of working in shops, I bought a vape shop—and now work more hours than I ever did! But here’s how it happened.
The report compares e-cigarette marketing in India, Indonesia and Mexico—three countries with different e-cigarette regulations and large populations of youth online—to detail the extent and messaging of e-cigarette marketing. In the four-month period analyzed in this study, from December 2021 to March 2022, a total of 1,437 instances of e-cigarette marketing were analysed.
The Australian College of GPs has warned Australia risks trading one public health disaster for another as “big tobacco” morphs its strategies to hook a new generation on vaping, adding to a chorus of health organisations urging the federal government to tighten rules around e-cigarettes.
As retailers backed by tobacco companies called for the government to allow them to sell vapes behind the counter, Nicole Higgins, president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, cautioned the tobacco lobby was using old tactics in the debate over vaping laws.
A ban on disposable vapes will be considered by the Scottish government, the health minister has confirmed.
It follows a campaign against the cheap e-cigarettes, which contain lithium batteries, because of the threat they pose to the environment.
Friends of the Earth Scotland said companies should be held accountable for the design of products like vapes.
Humza Yousaf told MSPs that a review would give "consideration" to a potential ban of the devices.
Asked in the Scottish Parliament about the campaign against single-use vapes, he said an expert group would examine evidence on the devices.
There have been repeated campaigns, warning and awareness programmes by health experts, advocacy groups, non-governmental organizations and government agencies against tobacco consumption due to its adverse health effects. Despite all these, millions of smokers in Nigeria have refused to yield to the warning, while tobacco companies and distributors still smile to the bank with huge profits from the tobacco trade.
With over 20 billion sticks of cigarettes consumed annually in Nigeria, many smokers pay with their health, as reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other resource centres indicate that millions of smokers die annually in Nigeria from tobacco-related ailments.jan
Nicotine vaping products should be sold as adult consumer products in licensed retail premises with strict age verification, like cigarettes and alcohol. The prescription-only model has been a resounding failure.
THE AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION's submission to the TGA Consultation on vaping nicotine is an evidence-free zone. It is based on denial of the scientific evidence and the huge benefits that vaping offers to public health. Their proposal for regulation will lead to increased criminal supplies and more smoking deaths in Australia.
Australia has the most restrictive policy on vaping of all western countries and this has been a resounding failure.
At the end of November, an extraordinary episode caused outrage: the expulsion of Karl Erik Lund from a conference on e-cigarettes held in France. Dr. Lund is one of the world’s most prominent researchers on tobacco harm reduction. Currently with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, he has published important papers about snus and has testified on behalf of plaintiffs suing the tobacco industry. He has received a preventative medicine award from the Norwegian Medical Association, among many other roles and accolades.
E-cigarette use is increasing globally. Recent evidence suggests that e-cigarettes contain harmful substances that could cause adverse health outcomes. This study investigated the prevalence and associated factors of e-cigarette use among male current smokers in Saudi Arabia. We conducted a cross-sectional survey of adult male current smokers in the Al-Ahsa province of Saudi Arabia. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire. We performed logistic regression analyses to investigate the factors associated with e-cigarette use among adult male current smokers. [...]
He’s a global advocate for vaping, former executive director of the Tennessee Smoke Free Association, and one of the most well-known advocates in the world of vaping.
Vapes should be sold in shops from behind the counter under the same strict adults-only regulations as cigarettes, according to a submission from the country’s convenience stores, who argue it is the only way to counter a thriving black market in e-cigarettes.
The head of the Australian Association of Convenience Stores, Theo Foukkare, said poorly enforced restrictions on vapes had led to unregulated use among children, as well as millions of dollars in lost revenue for both retailers and the government.
The organisers of the Global Forum for Nicotine (GFN) wish vapers a happy new year and are inviting you to come to #GFN23. The event will be of interest to anyone interested in vape related research or advocacy. The 10th edition of the Global Forum on Nicotine takes place at the Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th June 2023, and registration is now open.
The organisers say: “GFN remains the only conference devoted to tobacco harm reduction - and much has changed in safer nicotine use, technology and regulation since the first GFN in 2014. [...]
The Heart Foundation welcomes the Australian Government’s renewed focus on tobacco control and the decision to undertake a TGA consultation on the regulation of vaping and e-cigarette products. There is increasing evidence that e-cigarette use by young people can be a gateway to smoking and nicotine addiction.
Health Minister Orazio Schillaci announced new measures against traditional cigarettes and novel tobacco and nicotine products in a hearing before the Social Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday.
New measures against tobacco will be introduced in Italy to address the prevention and fight against smoking. The government wants to achieve the European Cancer Plan’s goal of creating a ‘tobacco-free generation’.
“Measures will have to be taken to guarantee all citizens maximum protection of their health, a fundamental right of the individual and an interest of the community,” said the minister.
Quitting is the only proven method to attenuate the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, most COPD smokers do not seem to respond to smoking cessation interventions and may benefit by lessening the negative health effects of long-term cigarette smoke exposure by switching to non-combustible nicotine delivery alternatives, such as heated tobacco products (HTPs) and e-cigarettes (ECs).
Past and present commissioners of the Food and Drug Administration recently announced an initiative to engage partners to help combat public health misinformation. Explaining the rationale for this move, current FDA Commissioner Robert Califf stated, “I actually believe that misinformation is the leading cause of death right now in the U.S.,” saying that “people are making bad choices driven by the information that they get.”
Encouraging words that the FDA needs to take to heart when presenting information about vaping.
One of the World’s strictest anti-tobacco laws has been imposed in Mexico, setting in force a total ban on smoking in public places, including hotels, beaches and parks.
The new law, which is part of the country's General Law for Tobacco Control reform, came into force on Sunday. It will also see the total ban on the promotion, advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products. The sale and use of e-cigarettes and vapes are also due to face new restrictions. The new blanket ban extends on an existing federal and state tobacco control law which came into place in 2008, banning smoking in indoor spaces such as bars, restaurants and workplaces.