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It’s a short trip from adventure to addiction. For many, it begins with the thrill of trying at a young age something that is prohibited. When did you light your first cigarette? The memory of the first drag stays for long: mine is somehow linked to the iconic 1976 Bollywood film Kabhi Kabhie. Every time I listen to its memorable songs or watch clips, they remind me of the first furtive attempt to smoke. [...] Fortunately, that first failed attempt at smoking did not lead to addiction over the years and whatever little I indulged in stopped completely long ago. [...]. 

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Since January 2022, Kyrgyzstan bans production, import, circulation of non-smoking tobacco and nicotine-containing non-smoking products except for naswar.

Chynara Bekbasarova, head of the Tobacco Control Department of the Republican Health Promotion Center, said that it's also banned to store, wholesale and retail trade, and export these products.

In October a law banning smoking cigarettes, hookahs and mixtures in public places came into force.

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It is easy to forget now, given the speed with which we grew accustomed to the sight of our fellow citizens noisily dragging on devices that wouldn’t have been out of place on the set of Dune, but it was only in 2015 that Juul cracked the code on the unembarrassing electronic cigarette. Juul’s sleek, USB-like design swiped away memories of earlier vapes, which were often clumsy metal representations of the real thing. The Juul was charged via computer port, giving it the feel of a well-polished Apple product appearing in your life to alleviate your anxiety (anxiety being the issue many smokers know is at the heart of their addiction). [...]

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The vapor product industry is an important part of the US economy.  About $8.1 billion in vapor sales lead to 133,600 jobs and $22.1 billion in economic activity. About 35,000 of these jobs are held by people working for the over 9,850 independent adult-only, retail vape shops located across the country.  Even so, the number of independent adult-only, vape shops has fallen by 27 percent since 2018 as a result of new state and federal taxes and regulations. Congress is currently deciding whether to impose a new tax only on vapor products of 2.78-cents per milligram of nicotine, believing that such a tax would “equalize” or create “parity” with cigarette taxes.

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For the past 9 years we have run a predictions post, with experts from different fields and different regions sharing their perspective on the future of vaping. [...] So for this post I’ve pulled out 7 key themes from the predictions, which provide an overview of the big ideas for vaping in 2022. Jim McDonald of Vaping 360 has written a thorough overview of US regulations. These include a ban on posting vape products and an approval process which changed the bar at the last minute – so far, just one archaic product has been approved. [...]

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Bhutan was the first country to ban the import and sale of tobacco, in 2004. But New Zealand is held up as the country to watch.

In the global race to eliminate tobacco smoking, New Zealand was first out of the stalls with its 1990 Smoke-free Environments Act. The law banned smoking inside public buildings such as schools, in workplaces and on public transportation. It extended restrictions on advertising and established an agency to replace tobacco-industry event sponsorship It remains a milestone achievement that the law became an exemplar during the writing of the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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An overwhelming majority of the Senate approved on second reading the so-called vape bill with very strict restrictions to ensure minors will not have access to these products and adult smokers are offered a less harmful alternative to cigarettes. [...] As this developed, various vaping and consumer groups hailed the Senate approval as a victory for public health and the beginning of the end of smoking in the country. The Department of Health estimates that there are one million Filipino users of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products who quit smoking already.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Director of the Center for Tobacco Products, Mitch Zeller, discusses here how the U.S. federal review of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products helps protect public health

Over the past two years, policymakers, media, and the public around the world have gained a greater awareness of the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) central role in protecting the public health through its work authorising or approving vaccinations, drugs and diagnostic tests to help end the COVID-19 pandemic.

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I can not, however, pinpoint the moment that I decided to start smoking cigarettes because I don’t believe I ever did. It just happened. I was 18-ish and had smoked socially at parties. I don’t remember buying my first packet but at some point, I morphed into the person who would always let you bum a smoke. I liked that about myself at the time but an affectation soon became a habit and a full blown addiction. The accidental nature of how I became a smoker is one of the strongest reasons I support the latest announcement from the government to gradually increase the legal age at which someone can buy cigarettes and to regulate where you can buy them from. [...]

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Senate Democrats have nixed the idea of imposing a new federal tax on nicotine vaping products, which would have disadvantaged a potentially lifesaving alternative to cigarettes and violated President Joe Biden's pledge to avoid raising taxes on American households that earn less than $400,000 a year. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D–Nev.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, "pushed to remove the tax," which was included in the House version of the Build Back Better spending package, and "helped force its deletion."

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For the first time in 20 years, smoking rates are on the rise. That mournful finding ought to be reinvigorating the effort to stamp out cigarettes. Astoundingly, the opposite is happening.

A new tax on nicotine vaping, which Democrats have tried to inject into the Build Back Better bill, would drag more than 2.5 million Americans back to cigarettes, according to National Institutes of Health-funded academic research. And just weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration effectively outlawed nearly all vaping products, though they’ve proven to be the single most effective method to quit smoking ever devised.

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In October, Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that claimed e-cigs were not an aid to help smokers stay off combustible cigarettes. That led to a press release claiming that vaping nicotine actually made former cigarette smokers “more likely to relapse.” This was then picked up widely by vaping opponents and mainstream media.

There is overwhelming evidence that vaping is an effective tobacco harm reduction tool and quitting aid.

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If you’re the type of person who usually doesn’t smoke but then can’t resist lighting up once you’ve had a drink, then you’ve got your brain to thank for that. 

It’s a tale as old as time, you quit smoking years ago, you hardly even think about it anymore and then - boom - four pints you’re hit with a craving so strong it stops you in your tracks. 

But why does it happen? Well, there’s a couple of things going on. Firstly, your previous nicotine intake has affected your memory. And secondly, your dopamine levels have dropped.

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As we head into the final few weeks of 2021, the future for vaping and other safer nicotine products has never looked so clear: uncertainty and dread remain the dominant drivers heading into 2022. Joining us on RegWatch is the eminent tobacco control researcher Dr. Kenneth Warner, Dean Emeritus, Prof. Emeritus, School of Public Health, University of Michigan. Dr. Warner is at the forefront of efforts to restore balance in public health policy towards vaping and tobacco harm reduction. Did vaping contribute to the historic decline of teen smoking? Will flavor bans push people back to smoking? Find out!

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The New Brunswick Medical Association (NBMA) recently published “Physicians pleased with new restrictions on vaping products“.

As a physician, I would l like to make it clear that I am NOT pleased with New Brunswick’s ban on flavoured vaping products. This is an open letter I have written to the NMBA, the Canadian Cancer Society; the New Brunswick Lung Association; and Dr. Kerrie Luck, Ph.D. and Dr. Jeff Steeves, Past President, New Brunswick Medical Society: [...]

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Surging interest in vaping among young New Zealanders may undermine a government crackdown on the tobacco industry and its aim to get people to kick the habit, healthcare and anti-tobacco experts said on Friday (Dec 10).

New Zealand plans to ban young people from ever buying cigarettes in their lifetime in one of the world's toughest crackdowns on the tobacco industry, arguing that other efforts to stamp out smoking were taking too long. The new regulations, however, do not cover vaping, which it said was much less harmful than smoking and can help some people to quit smoking.

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Malta has become the first EU country to legalise the cultivation and personal use of cannabis.

Adults will be allowed to carry up to seven grams of cannabis, and grow no more than four plants at home.

But smoking it in public or in front of children will be illegal.

Several other nations have similar plans, such as Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Countries like the Netherlands tolerate cannabis use in certain circumstances.

Malta's parliament voted in favour of the reform on Tuesday afternoon, with the bill winning 36 votes in favour and 27 against.

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Policymakers in the UK, across Europe and around the world are watching Malta’s cannabis reforms unfold with great interest. Malta will soon join a growing number of countries implementing reforms to the evident failures of cannabis prohibition. Canada, Mexico and 18 US states have already made the move and, with rival Democrat and Republican bills being debated in the Senate, federal US legalisation inches closer each day.

You can already travel from the Arctic circle down the West coast of the Americas almost to the equator without leaving a legal cannabis jurisdiction.

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Graphic warning labels, designed to cover the top half of the fronts and backs of cigarette packages, have been threatened about since at least 2009.

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The government fired the first shot way back in 1964 with the landmark surgeon general’s report that broke the news that cigarettes were bad, very bad in fact for those who’d care to breathe unaided or avoid gruesome, premature deaths. [...] Now, though, news about warning labels barely rates a raised eyebrow.

The government, through an act of Congress called the Tobacco Control Act of 2009, began requiring full color, graphic labels showing such things as smoke billowing through a tracheal hole or a cadaver on packaging.

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A now-defunct e-cigarette retailer has agreed to pay $50 million to resolve allegations it marketed and sold vaping products to minors by appealing to their social media preferences, taste for fruit flavors and penchant to listen to influencers.

The settlement agreement was announced Thursday by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, whose office accused Eonsmoke of "a coordinated advertising campaign intentionally targeted at consumers who were not of the minimum legal purchase age to purchase tobacco products" -- which in Massachusetts is 21.