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February 23, 2024 by gazetaprawna.pl

Konieczne są szybkie i radykalne decyzje

Parliamentarians and experts are considering a quick ban on the sale of disposable flavored e-cigarettes due to their popularity among minors. The Health Ministry aims to implement the ban before summer, as these products pose health risks and contain addictive substances. The market for these products is rapidly growing, with concerns about their availability and appeal to young people. Various reports highlight the alarming increase in sales, discrepancies in data, and violations of regulations. Calls for immediate action include stringent penalties for illegal sales and a comprehensive strategy combining legal measures with education to combat the issue effectively.

February 23, 2024 by bnnbloomberg.ca

Altria Plans New Blueberry Vape Products — and Will Keep Them Away From Kids

Altria Group Inc. plans to introduce new blueberry and watermelon vape products for adults only, using Bluetooth technology to prevent underage use. CEO Billy Gifford announced the tobacco giant's submission to the FDA and its expansion goals at a conference. The company aims to increase stores selling its products and estimates an international market worth $35-50 billion. Additionally, Altria intends to expand distribution of its oral nicotine pouches in Sweden and the UK.

February 23, 2024 by bnnbloomberg.ca

Altria Plans New Blueberry Vape Products — and Will Keep Them Away From Kids

Altria Group Inc. plans to introduce new blueberry and watermelon vape products for adults only, using Bluetooth technology to prevent underage use. CEO Billy Gifford announced the tobacco giant's submission to the FDA and its expansion goals at a conference. The company aims to increase stores selling its products and estimates an international market worth $35-50 billion. Additionally, Altria intends to expand distribution of its oral nicotine pouches in Sweden and the UK.

February 23, 2024 by bnnbloomberg.ca

Altria Plans New Blueberry Vape Products — and Will Keep Them Away From Kids

Altria Group Inc. plans to introduce new blueberry and watermelon vape products for adults only, using Bluetooth technology to prevent underage use. CEO Billy Gifford announced the tobacco giant's submission to the FDA and its expansion goals at a conference. The company aims to increase stores selling its products and estimates an international market worth $35-50 billion. Additionally, Altria intends to expand distribution of its oral nicotine pouches in Sweden and the UK.

February 22, 2024 by filtermag.org

Never Too Late: Quitting Smoking at Any Age Slashes Cancer Risk

Quitting smoking at any age significantly reduces cancer risks, especially for lung cancer, as found in a recent study. Even older individuals see benefits, with those quitting at 50+ experiencing a 40% drop in lung cancer risk. Benefits extend to liver, colorectal, and stomach cancers. Despite an initial rise in risk post-quitting, long-term benefits are substantial, with overall cancer risk halving in 15 years. Messaging about never being too late to quit is crucial for older smokers' health. While quitting entirely is healthiest, harm reduction methods like reducing cigarette intake can still improve health.

February 21, 2024 by theregreview.org

Clearing the Cloud on E-Cigarette Regulation

Scholar Samuel Hampsher-Monk advocates for regulating e-cigarettes to help smokers transition from traditional cigarettes. He proposes measures like taxing e-cigarettes less than cigarettes, banning appealing flavors for youths, creating smoke-free areas, setting lower nicotine limits for traditional cigarettes than e-cigarettes, and using different public use bans for vaping and smoking. Hampsher-Monk emphasizes the importance of balancing regulations to prevent youth addiction while aiding smokers in quitting. Promoting e-cigarettes as a safer alternative with proper warnings and advertising restrictions is key.

February 21, 2024 by eureporter.co

Illicit cigarettes are taking over thanks to EU COP-out

The World Health Organisation's tobacco control conference in Panama discusses the rise of illicit tobacco trade, causing smokers to turn to unregulated cigarettes. Critics suggest policies mistakenly perpetuate the problem. Panama faces challenges with counterfeit cigarettes and ineffective regulations, leading to smuggling hubs. European losses due to illegal cigarettes reach €20 billion, with harm reduction measures ignored. Regrettably, bans on safer alternatives like e-cigarettes increase black market sales. Experts criticize WHO strategies in countries like Turkey and India, pointing out failures in reducing smoking rates.

February 21, 2024 by filtermag.org

At Hostile COP10, Threats to Tobacco Harm Reduction Postponed

The World Health Organization's COP10 conference on tobacco control took place in Panama after being postponed. The conference excluded supporters of tobacco harm reduction, suggesting bans on vaping products and enforcing strict regulations. Critics, like Nancy Loucas, condemned the conference's lack of transparency. Although the conference achieved consensus on some measures, proposals against safer nicotine products were pushed back to COP11 in 2025. Dissent from some delegations prevented further restrictive measures. Advocates expressed disappointment in countries like the UK and Canada for not supporting harm reduction.

February 20, 2024 by cosmosmagazine.com

New study adds more smoke to the vaping debate

An international study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that smokers undergoing counseling to quit smoking are more successful when using nicotine vapes. As Australia prepares to make vaping prescription-only, debates continue on their effectiveness. The study involved 1,246 participants, with the vaping group showing higher success rates in quitting smoking at six months compared to the non-vaping group. While vaping was found to be helpful, concerns remain about its long-term use and the potential harm from e-liquids. The study did not compare vaping to other cessation methods.

February 19, 2024 by financialpost.com

Opinion: Tax dollars up in smoke to send public servants to Panama anti-nicotine summit

Why Panama? Martin Cullip of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance’s Consumer Center explains that the anti-tobacco gang at the WHO are very impressed with countries that erect high barriers to tobacco use, including smoking bans, high taxes, age restrictions and so on. Panama’s legislators having followed this path, Panama was rewarded with the conference. Delegates have flooded in from around the world to support hotels, restaurants and the economy at large. After a day of listening to prohibitionists preach the evils of nicotine many presumably head off to sip margaritas and pinot noirs — though alcohol, a known carcinogen, is a much greater hazard than smokeless tobacco.