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It is a remarkable development in the contentious debate over nicotine vaping. A group of influential tobacco control experts authored a paper, published in The American Journal of Public Health, calling on the broader health community, policymakers, and the media to re-evaluate and reform their positions on vaping in favor of vaping as a tool for harm reduction
Joining us today on RegWatch is Dr. Robin J Mermelstein, Distinguished Prof. of Psychology and IHRP Director at the University of Illinois-Chicago [...]

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If you want to quit smoking, vaping is not the best option.

This was stressed by HealthJustice Philippines, a non-government organization, that expressed alarm over the pending Senate Bill 2239 titled “An Act Regulating the Importation, Manufacture, Sale, Packaging, Distribution, Use, And Communication of Vapor Products and Heated Tobacco Products [HTPs],” or commonly known as the Vape Bill, which would encourage people, especially the youth to try vaping.

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Are you planning to quit tobacco during the pandemic? What risk does COVID-19 pose to a tobacco user? Learn how the tobacco industry lured people to consume tobacco during the pandemic. Dr Hebe Gouda explains the health benefits of quitting tobacco in Science in 5.

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When it comes to taxing cigarettes, there’s rarely any opposition from lawmakers. “Sin taxes,” as they’re sometimes called, raise significant revenue for governments and are broadly deployed in the name of reducing rates of smoking—in the US, they’re particularly high in states like New York and Connecticut. But rarely is the effect of these taxes studied on marginalized people with low incomes, who around the world smoke at the highest rates.

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Banning menthol flavors in cigarettes could reduce smoking by 15% by having smokers giving up tobacco products altogether or switching to e-cigarettes and other nicotine vaping products—avoiding 16,250 tobacco-related deaths per year by 2060, according to a new University of Michigan study.

The report supports the April 2021 announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its intention to ban menthol cigarettes and cigars nationwide. The menthol ban would not affect e-cigarettes or other flavored products. [...]

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Bengt Wiberg, a snus pouch inventor, patent holder, global award winner (at #GTNF) and a tobacco harm reduction advocate interviewed worldwide known Professor Brad Rodu, University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The subjects are: • How "dangerous" is snus?, • What if WHO, FDA, EU etc officially acknowledged that nicotine does not cause cancer?, • What separates NRT's from snus, vaping, nicotine pouches, heat not burn etc.? (...)

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Ruth Tal-Singer spent more than two decades at GlaxoSmithKline, where she was a top scientist studying COPD — a chronic lung disease often related to smoking. She’s published dozens of influential scientific papers. And she now helps run the nonprofit COPD Foundation.

 

So she was stunned when a recruiter contacted her this summer to see if she would be interested in working with Philip Morris International, the world’s largest listed tobacco company.

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Two countries—the Philippines and New Zealand—are beginning to reflect tobacco harm reduction in their health strategies in line with the original intent of the World Health Organization-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) to reduce the global smoking epidemic, according to public health policy experts.

 

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As part of an effort to curb tobacco use in New Mexico, especially among high school students who are increasingly using e-cigarettes, several lawmakers expressed support Thursday for increasing taxes on all tobacco products.

The push to raise the price on cigarettes and other tobacco products came after representatives from the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network delivered a long list of bleak statistics about the toll tobacco use is taking on New Mexicans.

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British experts have accused the World Health Organization of risking the lives of millions by urging governments to crack down on vaping, writes Kat Lay, health editor of The Times. The United Nations public health body said last week that e-cigarettes were harmful and risked hooking new generations on nicotine (...) Responding to the WHO report, Martin Dockrell, tobacco control lead at Public Health England, said: “The best thing that a smoker can do is to stop smoking completely and the evidence shows that vaping is one of the most effective quit aids available, especially for smokers who have tried to quit before and failed, helping around 50,000 smokers quit a year.

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Premium vaping brand RELX has officially launched in the Kingdom as more Saudi youth are resorting to e-cigarettes.

The vaping products are also available in the UAE and Kuwait, and signal RELX's intention to expand into the rest of the Middle East and North Africa this year. Dr. Abdulaziz Sallam, a consultant in emergency medicine at Saudi Airlines Medical Services, said: “E-cigarettes and vape devices are not an alternative to quitting smoking because they are harmful to the body just as cigarettes are because they also contain nicotine."

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The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health wrongly stated that heat-not-burn tobacco and e-cigarettes are not any safer than regular cigarettes, and that therefore both should be banned. The council said government statistics have shown that teenagers in Hong Kong use the products more often than adults, and council chairman Henry Tong Sau-chai said that the pubic at large agrees on a total ban on the safer alternatives. “However, it has been almost three years since the policy address first announced a ban on alternative smoking products,” he added.

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On August 31, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied the PMTA applications for about 800 vaping products from three e-liquid manufacturers. All of the products were flavored.

Dimitris Agrafiotis, the self-described “Vapin’ Greek” who runs International Vapor Solutions, a consultancy firm, told Filter that three e-liquid companies companies he represents—two of them large and one medium-sized—were sent marketing denial orders (MDOs) by the agency.

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The WHO REPORT ON THE GLOBAL TOBACCO EPIDEMIC, 2021 - Addressing new and emerging products lays bare the significant and inappropriate influence exercised by Bloomberg Philanthropies over WHO policy. The report is undeniably biased and reminiscent of tactics and pseudo-science employed by the US tobacco industry after the formation of the Tobacco Industry Research Committee in 1954, albeit worse because of the abuse of the public trust that the WHO is endowed with.

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Health Canada is trying to ban almost all vaping liquid flavours. This is on top of measures to limit nicotine strengths and marketing. It is the nearest they can get to a prohibition without actually having to prohibit the most promising low-risk rival to cigarettes. The likely effects are obvious: more smoking. But in a bizarre twisting of reality and evidence, Health Canada finds that making vaping less attractive relative to smoking will… um … reduce smoking. And that’s how it justifies the measure.  We respond with a counter-analysis.

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A large increase in robberies of convenience stores in New Zealand (NZ) in 2016 and 2017 was anecdotally attributed to persistent and substantial increases in excise tax on tobacco products. The study aims to explore the validity of that claim by examining the characteristics of the robberies through the lens of online news coverage (...)

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When electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) first emerged, they became a popular way for people to quit smoking. But in 2019, a mysterious lung condition emerged that primarily affected young people, particularly those who vaped. This left many questioning the safety of e-cigarettes.

The condition was named e-cigarettes or vaping use-associated lung injury – or Evali for short. The average (median) age of people affected by the condition was 24 yearsSymptoms included respiratory complaints, such as a cough, shortness of breath and chest pain, as well as stomach problems, fever, chills and weight loss.

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A new product has entered the nicotine market. E-cigarettes, a battery powered device that creates nicotine vapour instead of smoke, began to gain popularity around 2014. Vaping numbers globally are estimated to have increased from just 7 million in 2011, to almost 25 million in 2014. At the time, the adult smoking rate in the developing world was on the decline because of concerted tobacco control measures, but when Public Health England conducted a study that found vaping to be 95 percent safer than smoking, the trend was only spurred on further as more and more smokers started transitioning to vaping. In Australia, smokers are migrating rapidly from cigarettes to vaping. Board Director of Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Australia, Dr Alex Wodak AM, and pioneer in leading drug harm reduction intervention and prevention, says Philip Morris International can (...)

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Perceptions of the harmfulness of tobacco products may be a determinant of smoking behaviors. This study aimed to: (1) assess the perception of harmfulness of various tobacco products and e-cigarettes in Poland as well as (2) to assess the awareness of the health effects of using tobacco and e-cigarettes. A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 2019 with a nationally representative sample of 1011 individuals aged 15 and over. In the studied group, 22.3% were smokers. Smokeless tobacco was most likely to be perceived as less harmful than cigarettes (25%), followed by water pipe (24.5%), heated tobacco products (22%), e-cigarettes (21.6%), [...]

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Misinformation and attacks from well-funded international non-government organizations are among the key obstacles to the adoption of tobacco harm reduction (THR) and mitigation of deaths from smoking in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to health policy experts. Representatives from countries like India, Ukraine, Kenya, and Mexico enumerated the factors that are hindering LMICs from adopting a harm reduction approach in tobacco control during the Global Forum on Nicotine held virtually from Liverpool on June 17 to 18, 2021.
Dr. Sree Sucharitha, a public health researcher and medical doctor from India, said there was a lack of political will to help 300 million smokers in India and make available tobacco harm reduction products such as (...)