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February 29, 2024 by floridapolitics.com

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Bill banning all but 23 Big Tobacco-owned vape products heads to Senate floor

Florida's SB 1006 bill restricts the sale of vaping products to FDA-approved ones, mostly owned by major tobacco companies. The aim is to protect children from flavored vapes marketed to them. The bill requires manufacturers to register with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Retailers must comply, facing fines and prison sentences for violations. Critics argue limiting choices could lead to a harmful black market and impact medical marijuana users. Despite opposition, Senator Perry maintains the bill will benefit public health by deterring underage vaping.


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 29, 2024 by sbs.com.au

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Risky alcohol levels, illicit drug use among young women: Australia's drug use in charts

Smoking rates in Australia are decreasing, while e-cigarette use has tripled, particularly in affluent areas. The National Drug Strategy Household Survey also highlights a rise in risky alcohol consumption but a decrease in overall smoking. Illicit drug usage among young women has increased, with females aged 18-24 now as likely as men to use drugs. Daily e-cigarette use is highest in advantaged regions, while daily smoking is prevalent in lower socioeconomic areas. The survey shows stable illicit drug use trends, except for increases in hallucinogens and ketamine. Overall, e-cigarette use is rising, especially among young adults.


February 29, 2024 by smh.com.au

Wealthiest Australians drive surge in illicit drug taking

The wealthiest Australians have driven a surge in the country’s illicit drug consumption over the p…


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 29, 2024 by independent.co.uk

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Misconceptions around vaping could stop millions of smokers quitting

Smokers' misconceptions about vapes being more harmful than cigarettes may deter quit attempts, as a UK survey shows a significant increase in this belief since 2014. Despite evidence showing e-cigarettes can aid quitting, many now view them as equally harmful. Concerns have risen following vaping-related lung disease cases. Experts emphasize the importance of correcting these misperceptions to enable informed decisions on nicotine products. Lack of awareness about smoking's dangers among youth is also highlighted. Efforts to educate the public on the relative risks of vaping versus smoking are crucial for public health.


February 29, 2024 by bbc.com

Smokers increasingly overestimate vaping risk - study

Fewer smokers in England now see vaping as less harmful than cigarettes, despite evidence tobacco i…

February 29, 2024 by euronews.com

Most adults in England wrongly think vaping is worse or as bad as smoking - study

Vaping, while not without risks, is deemed less harmful than smoking by the UK's NHS. However,…

February 29, 2024 by miragenews.com

Smokers Misjudge Vaping as Harmful as Smoking, UCL Finds

A study by UCL researchers reveals many English smokers mistakenly view vaping as harmful as smokin…

February 29, 2024 by standard.co.uk

Majority of smokers think vaping is more harmful than cigarettes

More than half of smokers in England wrongly believe that vaping is more or as harmful as smoking, …


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 29, 2024 by thesaturdaypaper.com.au

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Parliament to vote on vape sales ban

Australia will ban vape sales starting July 1. Health Minister Mark Butler announced plans for legislation to outlaw vaping without a prescription, completing the government's crackdown. The opposition's support is sought, with a social media campaign launched to discourage vaping, backed by a $250,000 budget.


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 29, 2024 by bnnbreaking.com

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India Bans E-Cigarettes: Mothers Against Vaping Applauds, Urges Global Action

India's PECA 2019 legislation bans e-cigarettes comprehensively, addressing addiction and health risks, setting a standard for global action. 'Mothers Against Vaping' supports the ban, emphasizing public health and demand reduction. The law aims to eliminate e-cigarettes from the supply chain to protect citizens. While some advocate for vaping in smoking cessation, the group highlights risks to youth and calls for a balanced approach. India's ban exemplifies prioritizing public health over immediate gains, offering a model for other nations.


8.10% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 80.5 million current smokers in India 14.40% of men are current smokers but only 1.40% of women.
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February 29, 2024 by theguardian.com

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Germany legalises possession of cannabis for personal use

Germany has legalized growing and holding limited amounts of cannabis for personal use, becoming one of the few countries to do so. Individuals can now cultivate up to three plants and possess up to 50g at home and 25g in public. The law aims to tackle the black market and protect young people, despite opposition concerns about increased drug use. The change, effective April 1, includes regulations on cannabis clubs and restrictions near educational institutions. This move makes Germany the third EU country to legalize cannabis, with implications for medicinal use globally and close monitoring of its impact expected.


19.60% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 14.0 million current smokers in Germany 22.30% of men are current smokers but only 17.10% of women.
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February 28, 2024 by filtermag.org

New England Journal of Medicine Backs Vapes as Harm Reduction

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study and editorial advocating for e-cigarettes in smoking cessation due to their harm reduction potential. Conducted by the University of Bern, the study found that participants using vapes showed higher abstinence rates compared to those using standard cessation methods. Experts praised the study's impact on healthcare professionals' views. Despite past evidence supporting the switch from cigarettes to vapes for health benefits, skepticism persists due to misconceptions about nicotine and tobacco industry involvement.



February 28, 2024 by capx.co

A vape tax would make a mockery of Sunak’s smoke-free ambition

Jeremy Hunt is reportedly planning to introduce a tax on vape fluid. Critics argue this punishes consumers for not smoking, contradicting the UK's previous evidence-based vaping policy. Taxing e-cigarettes could lead to an increase in cigarette sales, undermining public health and contradicting the government's anti-smoking efforts. While Hunt aims to discourage smoking by raising tobacco taxes, the illicit tobacco trade is flourishing due to high prices. Public opinion on vaping and tobacco policies could impact future elections. The proposal to tax vapes may further alienate voters.


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 28, 2024 by salon.com

Black Americans deserve real tobacco harm reduction options

Health data reveals a painful legacy of deception towards Black Americans. The decades-long failure to curb cigarette addiction has fueled health inequities experienced by Black communities, where smoking disproportionately cuts lives short. But marginalized groups now suffer a new injustice: government agencies banning tobacco alternatives that empower harm reduction. Science shows switching to e-cigarettes provides the single most effective path for Black smokers to reduce smoking.


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.
SOURCE: GSTHR


February 28, 2024 by financialpost.com

Opinion: Nicotine pouches help smokers quit. Don't ban them

A major problem with pouches, the Society explains, is that they are not regulated like tobacco products. In particular, they come in different flavours, which is not legal for tobacco. But why are flavours a problem? Pouches aren’t a tobacco product. They contain literally zero tobacco. Why should they be regulated as if they were tobacco? Flavoured smoking cessation products have existed in Canada for some time. Nicorette, which comes in gums, lozenges, and sprays, offers a variety of flavours, including mint, fresh fruit, cool berry and mild spearmint.


12.50% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 3.9 million current smokers in Canada 14.80% of men are current smokers but only 10.20% of women.
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