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The House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill that seeks to regulate the use, manufacture, sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes.

During Wednesday’s session, the chamber approved House Bill No. 9007 or the “Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act.” One of the primary provisions of the bill is that people purchasing, selling, and using electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems, as well as heated tobacco products, must be at least 18 years old.

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A new study suggests that teens who vape would probably be smoking cigarettes instead if vapes had never become available.

The academic article, published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, set out to determine whether youth who vaped between 2014 and 2018 would, in the absence of e-cigarettes, likely have become smokers. In other words, the social epidemiologists who co-authored the study—Dr. Natasha Sokol, [...] wanted to question the so-called “gateway” theory: the idea that vaping, for teenagers, is a path toward smoking.

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It’s even harder to believe this is not a reference to the ongoing challenges resulting from the 2020 pandemic. No. These are the words RegWatch first used in February of 2016 to describe the Quebec provincial government’s draconian measures in its maniacal war to eradicate vaping. Joining us on RegWatch to unpack the War on Vaping and the Fight to Save Flavours in Canada is John Xydous, owner of 4 vape shops in Quebec and regional director for the Canadian Vaping Association, and David Levesque founding partner at Digital Smoke Supplies instrumental vaping activist.

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At the end of last month, the EU’s “Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks” (SCHEER) published its opinion on electronic cigarettes. Its findings could give the green light to further attempts by the European Commission to stamp out vaping. This contrasts with Britain’s National Health Service at the same time announcing plans to offer free e-cigarettes to smokers in emergency departments. When SCHEER’s preliminary opinion was published last September, many experts were surprised by the negative tone.

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Smoking and health 2021 says that while the reduction in smoking prevalence by 75% since 1962 has been considered a national success, if the policies advocated by the RCP in 1962 had been adopted and followed through, smoking would have been eradicated from the UK years ago. Instead, modelling of current tobacco control policies shows a failure to achieve a smoking prevalence of <5% until after 2050.

‘Too many UK generations have been blighted by addiction to tobacco. To ensure that those born today live their lives tobacco-free, we must take the necessary steps to make smoking obsolete. [...]

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Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who abstained from smoking or substantially reduced their cigarette consumption by switching to heated tobacco products (HTPs) showed consistent improvements in respiratory symptoms, exercise tolerance, quality of life, and rate of disease exacerbations. This was the key finding of a groundbreaking study by a team of Italian researchers published in March 2021 in the scientific journal Internal and Emergency Medicine. It is the first-ever study to describe the long-term health effects of HTP use in COPD patients.

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As part of a campaign to mark World No Tobacco day on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reasserted its abstinence-only approach to nicotine.

In a press release titled “Quit tobacco to be a winner,” the WHO said that the tobacco industry has “promoted e-cigarettes as cessation aids under the guises of contributing to global tobacco control” while employing “strategic marketing tactics to hook children on this same portfolio of products, making them available in over 15,000 attractive flavors.”

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The link between smoking and Covid-19 has been debated since the virus made its appearance. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that there are currently no peer-reviewed studies that directly estimate the risk of hospitalisation with COVID-19 among smokers. However, 27 observational studies found that smokers constituted 1.4-18.5% of hospitalised adults.

In fact, there was a study that claimed that smoking provides protection against the virus. However, it was debunked later by science journals, including Nature. [...]

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A group of law and health advocates asked Congress to ponder deeply and reconsider passing a bill that would favor manufacturers of e-cigarettes to the detriment of public health. In a statement, ImagineLaw warned against the passage of House Bill 9007, known as the proposed Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Act. “Our lawmakers should prioritize public health over profit — especially during this ongoing global pandemic,” said ImagineLaw through its Executive Director Sophia San Luis.

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In 2018, Canada became the first major national economy to legalise and regulate the non-medical market (though Uruguay legalised five years earlier). As of today, 15 US states have also legalised, with more about to follow and the real prospect of federal reform under the MORE Act. In Mexico, the Government is committed to legalisation after its Supreme Court ruled that continuing prohibition was unconstitutional.

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The Lung Association on Prince Edward Island conducted a recent survey among youth who have used vaping products.

The results of the survey found that many of these youth vapers moved on to smoking cigarettes after using vapor products.

The was done with funding from the Lung Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

According to CBC and Radio Canada, the association reached out to 273 vapers on PEI between the ages of 16 to 24 years through an ad on Instagram. [...]

The respondents were not selected at random, with no margin of error can be calculated for the ending results.

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KAC Communications will be hosting the Eighth Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) from June 17–18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool, U.K. With its theme “The future for nicotine,” the GFN tackles the challenges and controversies, as well as the significant potential, of safer nicotine products. Participants can choose whether to attend in person or online. [...] A new GFN∙TV online platform will stream broadcast footage of the conference free to viewers around the world, with a new commentary team offering their insights. 

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The saying goes that “quitters never win,” but in the case of tobacco, quitters are the real winners.

When the news came out that smokers were more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it triggered millions of smokers to want to quit tobacco. But without adequate support, quitting can be incredibly challenging. 

The nicotine found in tobacco is highly addictive and creates dependence. The behavioural and emotional ties to tobacco use – like having a cigarette with your coffee,  craving tobacco, feelings of sadness or stress  – make it hard to kick the habit. 

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“Priority: children’s health over profit.”

 

This was stressed by the Child Rights Network (CRN), the largest alliance of children’s rights advocates in the Philippines, as it urged legislators to change their views towards the regulation of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

 

 

 
 

The CRN expressed its concern based on the Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s 2019 data which showed that one out of five vape or e-cigarette users in the country are adolescents or 19 years old and below.

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On June 7, North Carolina attorney general Josh Stein will enter a Durham courtroom with a mission: proving that the e-cigarette company Juul Labs purposely targeted teenagers with its nicotine-rich products.

If Stein—who in 2019 became the first state attorney general in the U.S. to sue Juul—is successful, the vaping company may be in for a world of hurt. Hundreds of lawsuits against Juul, many of which were consolidated into multi-district litigation in California, are pushing allegations mirroring Stein’s. They claim Juul purposely designed its stylish, flash-drive-like devices and flavored nicotine e-liquids to appeal to teenagers. [...]

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The complaints about a journal publishing scientific papers from the e-cigarette company Juul and its consultants are absurd, anti-scientific and somewhat disturbing. Juul has accumulated knowledge from extensive surveys of its users and their changing patterns of smoking and use of the Juul product. The monograph published by the American Journal of Health Behavior is a fascinating collection of papers that drills into this store of data [...] 

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While cigarettes remain the largest part of PMI’s business in terms of net revenues and shipment volume in most countries today, this is changing rapidly.

Over time, the shift of adult smokers away from cigarettes to smoke-free alternatives can play an important role in helping countries achieve the ambitious smoking reduction targets set by the WHO and other organizations and eventually ending smoking. Minimizing tobacco-related harm at the population level depends not only on the degree of risk reduction of the smoke-free products, but also on their adoption by adults who would otherwise continue to smoke. [...]

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Vaping should be regulated differently from other tobacco products like cigarettes to encourage people to switch to less harmful forms of smoking the South African Informal Traders Alliance (SAITA) said on Monday.

SAITA secretary general Michael Mokgoja, made the call while welcoming the National Department of Health’s stakeholder consultation process to develop an updated Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) for the draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill.

SAITA has proposed that the Bill regulates harm reduction products such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco differently from cigarettes [...]

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From 1 October 2021 Australians will require a prescription to legally access nicotine e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping products for any purpose, including importing from overseas online retailers. Nicotine vaping products are only available as ‘unapproved’ goods. If considered the most clinically appropriate approach for smoking cessation, these products can be legally accessed with a valid prescription in three ways.

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A case report involving a 17-year-old with what investigators believe is cannabis-induced thermal epiglottitis makes clear that completing a thorough patient history, physical examination and drug screening is criticially important.

Mayo Clinic explains that epiglottitis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the small cartilage “lid” covering the windpipe swells, thereby blocking air flow into the lungs. Among the situations that can lead to the swelling are infections and being burned by something hot, like hot liquids.