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June 18, 2024 by go.com

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Senators blast health and law enforcement officials over illegal e-cigarettes used by teens

Senators criticized officials for the rise of illegal e-cigarettes in the U.S., a multibillion-dollar business from China. Despite FDA and DOJ efforts, unauthorized products like Elf Bar target teens, causing addiction. The backlog of applications hinders FDA reviews, leaving most products unapproved. A task force to tackle the issue was recently announced, drawing mixed reactions from lawmakers. Industry experts estimate that disposable vapes make up a significant portion of the market. Despite warnings and sanctions, popular brands like Breeze and Elf Bar continue to thrive. Efforts to address the issue include proposed legislation and declining teen vaping rates due to restrictions and the pandemic.


June 17, 2024 by cnn.com

‘What the hell are you waiting for?’ Senators grill FDA, DOJ about lack of action on youth vaping epidemic

Senate committee members criticized the FDA and DOJ for failing to tackle the youth vaping crisis, …



June 18, 2024 by planetofthevapes.co.uk

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Perspectives from GFN24 – Day 1

Planet of the Vapes came into being before the days of disposable vapes, shortfills and threats of flavour bans. Across these years, one event remains that includes nicotine consumers in the discussions about vaping and tobacco harm control – the Global Forum on Nicotine. Taking place annually at the Marriott Hotel in Warsaw, Poland, #GFN presents workshops, presentations and more. Here are the highlights from Day 1.



June 18, 2024 by gfn.tv

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Michael Russell Oration 2024 - "Bridging the Divide: Taking Global Action to End Smoking" | #GFN24

GFN 2024 Michael Russell Oration - delivered by Cliff Douglas - President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Action to End Smoking - titled "Bridging the Divide: Taking Global Action to End Smoking"



June 18, 2024 by youtube.com

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CASAA Fundraiser. My interview with Alex and Kristin on THR in Australia and the US. 15 June 2024

A wide-ranging discussion of THR for CASAA's fundraiser (The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association)



June 18, 2024 by theconversation.com

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Oral nicotine pouches deliver lower levels of toxic substances than smoking – but that doesn’t mean they’re safe

Oral nicotine pouches like Zyn and Velo are seen as a less toxic alternative to cigarettes, offering comparable nicotine levels. While initially aimed at smokers, non-smokers, including youth, are also trying them. These pouches, similar to snus but without tobacco leaf, are marketed as "tobacco-free." Studies found they contain fewer harmful chemicals than cigarettes or snus, with varying levels based on flavorings. An increase in pouch use raises health questions, as nicotine can be addictive. Research gaps exist, with limited studies on pouches, necessitating further independent, long-term research. Monitoring usage patterns and marketing targeting is crucial to prevent non-smokers, especially vulnerable groups, from using these products.



June 18, 2024 by eureporter.co

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How do EU countries want to tackle youth smoking?

European countries are addressing the rise of youth tobacco and e-cigarette use by implementing various laws. Romania banned the sale of vaping products to minors, with fines up to €20,000. Similarly, Ireland and the UK have laws prohibiting sales to those under 18, with penalties including fines and prison time. France restricts e-cigarette sales to under 18s, and Italy prohibits sales to those under 18 with strict age verification. Despite these individual efforts, there is no EU-wide ban on selling tobacco and e-cigarettes to minors. Overall, these actions aim to reduce youth smoking and vaping rates across Europe.



June 18, 2024 by theage.com.au

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Smoke taxes driving people towards black market – and smoking rates up

Smoking and vaping rates have risen during the pandemic due to illegal cigarettes and high taxes, as seen in Victoria. Legalizing vapes may reduce the illegal market, but not illegal cigarette sales. Data from Cancer Council Victoria highlights a surge in smoking, vaping, and dual use. The black market thrives on price gaps caused by tobacco excise taxes.


13.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Australia 15.20% of men are current smokers but only 10.90% of women.
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June 18, 2024 by medicalxpress.com

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Teens and young adults modify electronic nicotine delivery systems, finds study

Editors reviewed a study showing Adolescents and young adults modify electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), with refilling pods and recharging batteries being common. Information sources include friends and social media. Associations were found between sources and modifications, with concerns about harm and coolness. Authors suggest studying respiratory and toxicity risks, educating about dangers like explosions, burns, and cannabis vaping. Grace Kong and colleagues from Yale School of Medicine conducted the research published in Pediatrics. Future efforts should address these risks among ENDS users. (Words: 79)



June 17, 2024 by vapingpost.com

Dr. Colin Mendelsohn is Awarded For His Efforts in the Fields of Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Harm Reduction Once Again

Dr. Colin Mendelsohn, a renowned expert in smoking cessation, received the prestigious Michael Russell Award in 2024 for his groundbreaking contributions to safer nicotine products and tobacco harm reduction. Despite facing opposition in Australia, Mendelsohn advocates for vaping as a tool for quitting smoking. His efforts include engaging with policymakers, providing scientific evidence, and producing educational materials. Mendelsohn's dedication to harm reduction and advocacy for vaping have led to international recognition, despite facing criticism at home. His book, "Stop Smoking, Start Vaping," is available for free to promote vaping's health benefits. Mendelsohn's unwavering commitment to harm reduction has earned him the well-deserved Michael Russell Award.


13.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Australia 15.20% of men are current smokers but only 10.90% of women.
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June 17, 2024 by bangkokpost.com

Teachers get power to seize e-cigarettes

Teachers nationwide are now empowered to confiscate e-cigarettes in schools, as authorized by the Education and Commerce Ministries. This measure aims to address the worrying trend of students using e-cigarettes, which can harm their health and development. Despite efforts by Obec and police, the issue persists due to limitations on seizing items without police intervention. The proactive initiative allows educators to enforce anti-smoking laws, protecting students from the risks of vaping. This move follows Bangkok's initiative to make schools e-cigarette-free, enabling thorough bag checks and education on vaping dangers.


19.40% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 11.1 million current smokers in Thailand 38.20% of men are current smokers but only 1.90% of women.
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