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February 26, 2024 by filtermag.org

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The WHO Prioritizes Youth Who Don’t Smoke Over Adults Who Do

The World Health Organization's COP10 focused on the FCTC, aiming to tackle the global tobacco epidemic but shifted attention to youth vaping rather than adult smokers. Despite the rise in safer nicotine products, the WHO opposes harm reduction, impacting smoking rates worldwide. US youth smoking has drastically declined as vaping rates rose, yet a youth vaping "epidemic" narrative persists. Countries like the UK and Canada also saw smoking decreases with vaping availability.



February 26, 2024 by deseret.com

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Utah lawmakers consider ban on flavored vapes; business owners say it helps Big Tobacco

A bill in Utah aims to ban most flavored e-cigarettes to reduce teen vaping, but vape shop owners fear it will benefit Big Tobacco. Senate's Dr. Plumb introduced SB61 to combat teenage nicotine use. Despite e-cigarettes being seen as safer, they pose health risks. The ban targets flavors popular with teens. Menthol, associated with increased addiction, is still legal. Opponents argue the ban limits adult access and harms businesses. Plumb stated the bill aims to protect young people. Despite protests against the bill, it passed the Senate and is awaiting final approval. Adjustments may be needed for affected businesses.


18.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 48.7 million current smokers in United States 21.60% of men are current smokers but only 15.20% of women.
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February 26, 2024 by gfn.tv

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GFN.TV Interviews | COP-OUT | WHO FCTC Punts On E-Cig Regulation

Tobacco control promised bans and restrictions on e-cigarettes and other novel nicotine products for COP10, the Conference of the Parties to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. But instead, frustrated by a handful of countries calling for a harm reduction approach to tobacco use, the global health regulator punted.



February 26, 2024 by miragenews.com

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Rise And Rise Of Vapes

The rise of disposable vaspes poses dangers to young people despite recent regulations. Professor Peters highlights parallels between vaping's growth and the tobacco industry's tactics. The increasing availability of modern disposable vapes, posing high addiction risks, is concerning. Misconceptions about nicotine content in vapes add to the issue. Vaping's harmful effects align closely with smoking, with a noted rise in tobacco use among young vapers. Legislation changes in Australia aim to restrict vape availability, emphasizing their role as a cessation aid.


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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February 26, 2024 by thesun.my

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Call to reinstate nicotine in Poisons Act

Consumers Association of Penang calls for the reinstatement of nicotine under the Poisons Act due to the increasing vaping trend among Malaysian youth. CAP criticizes the ineffectiveness of the Control of Smoking Products for Public Health Bill 2023 and highlights the easy accessibility of vape products to school children. They attribute the rise in underage vaping to loopholes in the law and stress the harmful effects of nicotine. Additionally, CAP advocates for the enforcement of smoking zones and adherence to international standards for smoke-free environments to protect non-smokers' health.


21.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 5.3 million current smokers in Malaysia 42.10% of men are current smokers but only 0.50% of women.
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February 26, 2024 by theconversation.com

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Nicotine pouches are being marketed to young people on social media. But are they safe, or even legal?

Nicotine pouches with attractive flavors are being endorsed to youngsters on social media platforms. Despite some videos being removed, influencers are promoting these pouches as a safe vaping alternative. The pouches, popular among youth, are discreet and come in various strengths and flavors. While not containing tobacco, they have nicotine and can be addictive. In Australia, these pouches are not legally sold due to strict tobacco regulations. Health risks include addiction and potential long-term effects. Authorities are seizing these products, as underage users may obtain them illegally.


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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February 23, 2024 by bbc.com

Single-use vapes could be banned in Scotland by April 2025

The sale and supply of single-use vapes in Scotland could be banned by 1 April next year. It follows a UK-wide consultation last year, with the date agreed by the devolved governments and Westminster. The draft legislation - which is open for consultation until 8 March - is being taken forward in Scotland using powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The age limit for buying tobacco would also change under UK government plans.


12.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 7.2 million current smokers in United Kingdom 14.60% of men are current smokers but only 11.20% of women.
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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 youtube.com

SMB BUSINESS INSIGHT.IMPLICATION OF UGANDA'S NARCOTIC BILL. ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO DRUG ABUSE


4.70% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 1.1 million current smokers in Uganda 8.20% of men are current smokers but only 1.40% of women.
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February 23, 2024 by thecritic.co.uk

A new low in anti-vape scaremongering

A Tasmania anti-smoking activist, Kathryn Barnsley, displayed a misleading anti-vaping banner, wrongly attributing oral cancer risks to vaping. The claim is based on a single case study of a young man with tongue cancer, with no evidence from scientific literature supporting a link to vaping. The banner displayed misinformation, amplifying scaremongering tactics. Such misleading information spreads easily and could hinder the understanding of the harm reduction potential of vaping.


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.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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