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April 22, 2024 by

Kazakhstan bans vapes

Kazakhstan has banned vapes through amendments signed by President Tokayev. Violations will incur fines up to $16,500 and potential imprisonment. The law includes criminal penalties for importing, producing, and selling vapes, with restrictions on advertising for such products. Devices heating liquids, with or without nicotine, for inhalable aerosols are affected. The law will be enacted 60 days after publication.

April 17, 2024 by

E-cigarettes to be regulated as tobacco product in Vietnam

Many ministries affirm that heated cigarettes fall under tobacco laws, regulated since 2012. The Ministry of Industry and Trade is developing rules to manage electronic and heated tobacco products. The Law on Prevention and Control of Harmful Effects of Tobacco defines tobacco products based on ingredients, not production methods. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control includes heated tobacco as a tobacco product. The 2018 World Health Organization recognizes heated cigarettes as tobacco and advises national regulation. Minister of Health Dao Hong Lan stresses the importance of regulating new cigarettes under existing laws.

April 15, 2024 by

Vaping among youth in Singapore: The real damage it is doing to their bodies

Vaping-related respiratory issues are a concern, with patients often not disclosing their vaping history to doctors. Cases are not systematically tracked in hospitals, hindering treatment. Singapore has seen vaping-related breathing problems, requiring specialized treatments like lung washing. Globally, vaping's popularity has surged, especially among teenagers and young adults. Despite claims of being a healthier alternative, the World Health Organization urges treating e-cigarettes like tobacco and banning flavors.

April 12, 2024 by

Uzbekistan plans to ban e-cigarettes, tobacco heating systems

Uzbekistan's Ministry of Health plans to ban electronic nicotine delivery systems, including e-cigarettes, and tobacco heating systems. The draft law aims to prohibit their circulation in the country, with proposed penalties ranging from a $1,000 fine to five years of imprisonment for violations. Despite this, Uzbekistan's tobacco production reached 2.1 billion pieces in the first two months of 2024. Tobacco exports amounted to $7.8 million, with imports totaling $10.5 million during the same period.

April 10, 2024 by

Nepal to Ban Vapes as ‘Tobacco’ Use Spikes

Nepal is set to prohibit e-cigarettes due to increasing youth use, with imports reaching 3.2 million in 2023. Despite studies suggesting vaping is safer than smoking, officials warn of equal harm. A survey reveals a rise in tobacco use, with 34.1% of Nepalese and varying percentages across age groups consuming tobacco, partly due to hookah and e-cigarette popularity. Researchers advocate for stricter enforcement of anti-smoking laws and increased public awareness to combat the issue.

April 04, 2024 by

Our Ban Has Failed: Time for India to Regulate Vapes

The Indian states of Karnataka and Rajasthan were the first to ban vapes, motivated by political gain. Despite bans, vapes are easily accessible and the government's focus on revenue from tobacco sales impedes real health concerns. The ban lacks enforcement, pushing vapes into an unregulated market with risks to consumers, especially vulnerable groups. Advocates stress regulation over prohibition for public health and economic benefits. The prediction is that in about three years, India may legalize vapes, tapping into manufacturing potential and tax revenue. A plea is made to the government to regulate rather than ban, promoting a healthier India.

April 02, 2024 by

Regulate vaping to protect children

Universiti Sains Malaysia's National Poison Centre reported a 30.6% increase in nicotine poisoning cases, with teenagers most affected due to vaping. Despite concerns, the Health Minister delisted liquid nicotine without regulation. The unregulated market in Malaysia offers high-nicotine vape products, appealing to young consumers. Vape and e-cigarette companies aggressively market to all, including non-smoking teenagers, leading to addiction and health issues. The Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Act aims to regulate vaping, but its passing is delayed.

March 28, 2024 by

To ban or not to ban e-cigarettes?

When I first entered university, I did something that, upon recall, I always chuckled at how stupidly innocent it was: I started smoking to show people how "mature" I was, and to show off with my female friends. I was very poor in university, much like all other university students back then. So naturally, I chose one of the cheapest brands, a no-filter straight-up cigarette. We only chose a more expensive type of cigarette on the first day of the new academic year. We did not have any strong reason to do so, besides the dire need to impress the new influx of girls at the school.

March 27, 2024 by

A Long Walk With the Tobacco Users of Mumbai

Rizwan, a former tobacco user turned vape seller in Mumbai, shares his journey of quitting tobacco after his mother's death from cancer. Despite the ban on vapes in India, Rizwan advocates for harm reduction. Exploring the city's diverse tobacco habits, he highlights the challenges faced in promoting safer alternatives. In impoverished areas like Dharavi, tobacco harm reduction is a luxury due to limited access to basic needs. Rizwan's advocacy stems from personal experiences and witnessing the devastating effects of tobacco. Despite obstacles, he seeks to raise awareness and provide alternatives in a tobacco-dependent society shaped by government restrictions.

March 26, 2024 by

Thailand warns against toy-shaped vape

Thai Academics are warning about a new type of e-cigarette called "toy pods" which look like replicas of popular cartoon characters to target school and university students. Srirach Lapyai, a project manager at Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Centre (TRC), said e-cigarette businesses have adjusted the appearance of their products to look more like figurines of famous cartoon characters or cute miniatures of toys, food, stationery items, and so forth.