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BAT Rothmans, the manufacturer and distributor of tobacco heating device Glo, is ramping up its recycling campaign in Korea to encourage people not to throw away used Glo devices, the company said Dec. 22.

The Seoul office of the London-based tobacco company said it has installed return bins for Glo tobacco heating devices at 50 convenience stores in cities nationwide with heavy foot traffic, with more to be added in the coming year. Apart from its recycling program, the British tobacco company has made various efforts to go green throughout the entire life cycle of its products -- from production to packaging and disposal.

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THE Department of Health (DoH) has joined other health and civil society groups in condemning the passage of Senate Bill 2239 that allows expanded access to vaporized nicotine and non-nicotine products or e-cigarettes.

The Senate passed the bill on third and final reading on December 16, and it is now being merged with House Bill 9007 at the Bicameral Conference Committee.

In a statement, the DoH said the approval of the SB 2239 will put the Filipino youth at risk, noting that the prevalence of the use of e-cigarettes have increased among the youth.

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On the heels of a defeat to ban flavored smoking and vaping products in Denver, state lawmakers are considering a flavor ban that could be enacted across Colorado.

Several cities have passed similar bans, but an attempt to do so in Denver failed after Mayor Michael Hancock vetoed the City Council vote and members failed to overturn his veto. He and other councilors cited a need to have statewide regulations, saying a ban in Denver wouldn’t achieve the goal of keeping these products out of the hands of teens when surrounding municipalities didn’t have the same regulations.

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There are roughly 2.5 million smokers in Hungary. The EU country has been incrementally increasing tobacco taxes for the last few years, and recent findings of joint research by Pulzus Inc. and economic news portal napi.hu, found that reactions to the tax increments vary. “23% of smokers claimed that this increased price was already too high, and would quit smoking. [...] Meanwhile, the EU and the Hungarian state keep pushing to further tobacco restrictions and a regulation requiring that cigarette packs are only sold in plain packaging is to go in effect this January. [...]

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An ordinance banning the sale of flavored tobacco products went into effect in Washington County earlier this month, but some opponents of the law are now gathering signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

County commissioners passed the ordinance by a 3-2 vote at the beginning of November. It bans the sale of several types of flavored products including flavored vapes, chewing tobacco, cigars and cigarettes.

Plain Pantry CEO Johnathan Polonsky says it’s hurting local businesses that rely on those sales.

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AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid has written to the TGA to express his deep concern that it has published a list of authorised prescribers of nicotine vaping products, some of which “masquerade” as smoking cessation services when in fact they do nothing more than provide easy access to nicotine vaping products.

He said that the sites appeared to have the sole purpose of generating a prescription for a nicotine vaping product and promote vaping as a first-line smoking cessation therapy despite it being officially recommended to be used only as a last resort.

 

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Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) may reduce health risks associated with chronic exposure to smoke and their potential benefits have been the matter of intense scientific debate. We aimed to replicate three published studies on cytotoxic and inflammatory effects of cigarette smoke and ENDS aerosol in an independent multi-center ring study. We aimed to establish the reliability of results and the robustness of conclusions by replicating the authors' experimental protocols and further validating them with different techniques. Human bronchial epithelial cells (NCI-H292) were exposed to cigarette whole smoke and vapor phase and to aerosol from ENDS. [...]

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Professor Gerry Stimson of Knowledge-Action-Change shares his thoughts for the future of vaping. [...] The end of combustion is in sight for tobacco, just as it is for fossil fuels. Many groups are trying to stop tobacco harm reduction (THR), but THR will be driven forward by the dynamic of new nicotine technologies, consumer interest, and good regulation.

THR is here for good: it’s an easy fix that will have a massive impact on world health.

THR is a free gift: companies meet the R&D and manufacturing costs, and consumers meet the purchase costs. It is one of the classic, but often unremarked, health interventions that doesn’t require government expenditure.

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Banning or restricting flavours drastically reduces the appeal of vaping for adults too. And for the over one million adult Canadians who rely on safer nicotine products, a ban on flavours could mean a return to smoking.

Even Health Canada admits to this possible consequence of a national flavour ban.

Joining us today on RegWatch is Daniel David, president of VITA, the Vaping Industry Trade Association of Canada, to discuss the intended and unintended consequences of the proposed flavour ban.

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6.1 million people in England still smoke.

64,000 people died from smoking in England in 2019.

25% increase in 18-34-year-old smokers in the first lockdown.

652,000 more young adults now smoke than before the pandemic.

Whilst smoking rates have been steadily declining over recent years, from 20% of UK adults in 2011 to 14% in 2019, recent evidence suggests that there was a 25% increase in young adults 18-34 who smoked during the first Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. Unfortunately, smoking is not a temporary vice, and this increase remains today.

 

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The smell of cotton candy and blue raspberry wafted outside the Château Laurier in late November as Canada’s 44th parliament opened its first session nearby — and no, there wasn’t a fair in town to celebrate.

Instead, dozens of vapers [...] were gathered to express their discontent about Health Canada’s push to ban aromatically sweet varieties of vape pods for consumer purchase.

In June 2021, Health Canada made known its intentions to regulate the sale of flavoured vape products, looking to narrow the variety of fruity and sweet vape options down to plain tobacco and mint/menthol.

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New laws often build upon and strengthen existing laws, but in the midst of a pandemic when health-protective measures should be prioritised, retrogressive bills seeking to loosen existing restrictions on heated tobacco products (HTPs) and electronic nicotine/non-nicotine delivery systems (ENDS/ENNDS) have advanced in Philippine Congress, despite firm objections from the country’s health and medical communities led by the Philippine Medical Association, Philippine College of Physicians, and Philippine Pediatric Society, as well as public interest lawyers and youth groups.

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Matt Culley was an early adopter of vaping and became a prominent vaping activist. He's also worked as a product designer, consultant, and is a board member of Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association. In this episode, he explains how and why e-cigarettes emerged, how the products and industry have evolved, and why he thinks vape shops should be thought of as for-profit harm reduction centers.

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Kim “Skip” Murray smoked for 46 years. “I tried to quit so many times that I quit trying to quit,” she says. Only after her son, Tom, a former smoker who had suffered a heart attack, gave her an e-cigarette did she break her two-pack-a-day habit. Murray now owns a vape shop in Brainerd, MN, where she helps smokers give up combustible cigarettes for vapes, which are safer than smoking. “My mom died from smoking. My uncle died from smoking. My grandparents died from smoking. I hate smoking,” she tells me. “Being involved with this technology has been a privilege.”

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Our 10th annual vape predictions post brings together expert views from across the world to help us get a glimpse into what 2022 holds for us. 

We aim for a global perspective, and this year you’ll find predictions for many parts of the world, from Africa to South America and from the UK to the US. 

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Many people turn to marijuana or cannabidiol to ease their achy joints and help them, but a new study suggests that could wreak havoc with any other medications they're taking.

Why? Because the body uses the same set of enzymes to process them all, scientists report. The chemicals in marijuana -- THC, cannabidiol, or CBD, and cannabinol, or CBN -- are metabolized in the body by at least two families of enzymes that also help process and eliminate more than 70% of the most commonly used prescription drugs from the body, the researchers said.

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E-cigarette makers have been pitching in their two cents, after China last month expanded its Tobacco Monopoly Law to include vaping devices. The draft revision subjects e-cigarettes to the same regulations as traditional cigarettes. Xu Hua gets reactions from Shenzhen, where most of China's e-cigarette factories are located.

Heated discussions have been underway among e-cigarette makers, as their products now fall under China's Tobacco Monopoly Law. Authorities have released a draft of "Administrative Measures for E-Cigarettes." Reactions from home and abroad have been mixed.

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The University of Waterloo will take part in a five-year study on e-cigarettes to determine the impact of regulations in different parts of the world. "It's extraordinarily important for us to understand the factors that are driving people to smoke, and what we can do through policies and regulations to reduce that amount globally," said Geoffrey Fong, a professor of psychology and public health at the Ontario university. The news comes after New Zealand announced it will outlaw smoking for its next generation. People 14 and under will never be able to legally buy tobacco.

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The World Health Organization’s reputation took another big hit at a conference in London earlier this month that discussed global vaping policy. The E-cigarette Summit featured a keynote address by Professor Robert Beaglehole. As well as being emeritus professor of public health at the University of Auckland, he was formerly director of the Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion at the WHO. 

Deeply critical of the WHO’s opposition to tobacco harm reduction, his speech was all the more pointed considering his WHO past.  

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Nearly two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration banned flavored e-cigarettes, like Juul, citing their popularity among teens.  But some vaping products have managed to avoid regulation by the FDA even as they grow increasingly popular among kids. Nick Minas and Patrick Beltran are the two of the businessmen and CEOs behind Puff Bar, the biggest company in America still selling fruit-flavored nicotine products. The company makes a range of vaping products with sweet flavors.