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The Canadian federal government recently published draft regulations to ban almost all e-cigarette flavours across the nation, with only tobacco and mint/menthol flavours left untouched. The proposal would also see most flavouring ingredients, including all sugars and sweeteners, banned from use in vaping products, writes Louis Auge. The bill’s intended purpose is to protect public health by making vaping less appealing to young people. The available evidence, however, suggests that not only could the measure fall short of the mark, it could actually cause more problems than it solves, prompting both young people and adults to take up smoking conventional cigarettes, a far more harmful practice than vaping.

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Have you heard about COPs? Not the guys in uniforms, but “Conferences Of Parties (COPs).” Usually, it comes with a number, COP9, COP21, COP26… What does it mean? It’s pretty simple: each multilateral United Nations (UN) treaty is signed and/or ratified by some countries. When a country ratifies a UN treaty, it becomes “Party” to the treaty and gains a seat at COPs for that treaty. Each Party sends a delegation to the COP, which is the decision making body for that treaty.
2021-07-22 | medium.com

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A prospective cohort study found that quitting smoking after being diagnosed with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer may slow disease progression and decrease mortality. Given that about half of all smokers continue to smoke after a lung cancer diagnosis, these findings present an opportunity to improve overall and progression-free survival in this type of cancer. The study is published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Vaping. To explore the most appropriate parliamentary and regulatory response to e-cigarettes and to raise education and literacy amongst policy makers regarding e-cigarettes and related public policy questions.
2021-07-15 | beyondtpd.co.uk

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Many commentators, activists, academics and public health agencies continue to assert or imply that an outbreak of severe and fatal lung injuries that occurred primarily in the United States between mid-2019 and early 2020 may have been caused in part by nicotine vaping. This condition is often known as “EVALI” (E-cigarette, or Vaping, product use-Associated Lung Injury), a term coined by the US Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
An examination of the evidence shows that EVALI cannot have been caused by nicotine vaping. The characteristics of the lung injury outbreak are consistent with localised supply chain contamination. The contaminant has been identified and is known to be Vitamin E Acetate. This had been used as a thickener or cutting agent in illicit Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabis vape pens. This agent cannot be mixed with nicotine vaping liquids and would (...)

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[...] much of the public wrongly believes that nicotine causes cancer, e-cigarettes are more dangerous than combustible ones, and there is no leeway between the extremes of ‘quit or die.’ This is tragic because important sectors of the industry are in the process of transformation and investing heavily in research that is helping to create one of most profound public health shifts in history, namely, the elimination of combustible cigarettes altogether.
2021-07-21 | dr-derekyach.medium.com

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India’s health minister Mansukh Mandaviya is addressing many new issues and drawing praise from those in the government and those outside of it. Many say the Indian health sector will now definitely improve. A World Health Organisation (WHO) press note – embargoed so that every news outlet across the world gets it at the same time – has landed on my desk. And I am amazed to see its big bucks claims, especially those relating to tobacco and anything and everything associated with it. WHO says the most important single way of lowering consumption – taxes on tobacco products – are not in place in most low and middle income countries LMICs. The report fails to (...)

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Tobacco control says these measures are intended to eradicate the youth vaping epidemic, but harm reduction activists fear the result will be to drive millions of people back to smoking. [...] This episode of RegWatch brings Charles A. Gardener, executive director of INNCO, the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations for a deep dive into the tactics used by tobacco control to destroy nicotine vaping as a viable alternative to smoking.

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Adolescents who set goals for their future and those with strong parental support are less likely to use e-cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to a study by UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine physician-scientists. In the study, positive future orientation and high levels of parental monitoring were both linked with a 10% to 25% lower prevalence of recently or ever vaping, compared to peers with lower scores on those protective factors. There was no link between social support or school connectedness and use of e-cigarettes.

 

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The U.S. drug regulator said on Friday it will temporarily allow manufacturers to distribute the anti-smoking drug varenicline with elevated levels of an impurity that may cause cancer, to maintain availability after Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) halted distribution of its Chantix branded varenicline.

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A report issued by a parliamentary group in the United Kingdom criticized anti-vaping groups funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies for being hostile to tobacco harm reduction (THR) and for diminishing the rights of consumers and vapers in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) such as the Philippines.

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Whether you smoke cigarettes, a vape or another form of an e-cigarette, you will probably be aware of what nicotine is and the effects that it can have on your mind and body. But there are also a number of other interesting facts about nicotine that you might not be aware of. Keep reading on to find out 8 things about nicotine and its effects that you might not already know about.

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The chief executive of tobacco business Philip Morris International has called on the UK government to ban cigarettes within a decade, in a move that would outlaw its own Marlboro brand. Jacek Olczak said the company could “see the world without cigarettes … and actually, the sooner it happens, the better it is for everyone.” Cigarettes should be treated like petrol cars, the sale of which is due to be banned from 2030, he said.

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The smoke-free revolution is [...] one of necessity: Cigarette sales in the developed world have been declining, and government regulation is getting tougher. The U.S. is considering a total ban on menthol cigarettes, while Brookline, a suburb of Boston, is going to prohibit tobacco sales to anyone born this century. With smoking trends only going one way, Geneva-based Philip Morris [...] is looking elsewhere for revenue, even at delivery systems for medicines.

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Several public health and tobacco control groups are upset that Philip Morris International would even consider purchasing a pharmaceutical maker that develops inhaled treatments for respiratory diseases, including the COVID-19 infection. “The acquisition of Vectura, following the recently announced agreement to acquire Fertin Pharma, will position us to accelerate this journey by expanding our capabilities in innovative inhaled and oral product formulations in order to deliver long-term growth and returns,” said Jacek Olczak, PMI’s chief executive officer, in the mentioned press release.

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When it comes to government regulation, it’s sometimes hard to get the details right. There’s often a one-way ratchet effect as officials continually push for new and tougher standards—even when the current ones strike the right balance. We’re seeing that at the Utah Department of Public Health, which recently announced proposed new rules that would reduce the amount of nicotine that sellers and manufacturers can include in their “closed-system” electronic cigarettes.

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A far-reaching inquiry into post-Brexit tobacco harm reduction opportunities – including recommendations for achieving the Government’s Smoke Free 2030 ambitions through increased use of vaping and other nicotine replacement therapies – has been welcomed by the UK’s leading vaping sector trade body. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Vaping, which describes 2021 as a “pivotal year for tobacco harm reduction in the UK”, took evidence from the vaping sector’s most influential figures, including members of the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) and its Director General John Dunne.
2021-07-23 | ukvia.co.uk

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Juul was once the hottest start-up in Silicon Valley. In 2018, the vaping pioneer became the youngest company to achieve a market value of $10 billion (£7 billion) as its vape pens flew off the shelves. [...] Today, it faces extinction.

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To understand the impact of e-cigarette devices, flavours, nicotine levels and prices on adult e-cigarette users’ choices among closed-system and open-system e-cigarettes, cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs). [...] On average, participants preferred non-tobacco and non-menthol flavours most, preferred open-system over closed-system e-cigarettes and preferred regular nicotine level over low nicotine level. However, the preference varied by demographics, smoking status and the primarily used e-cigarette device and flavour.

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Access to marijuana and alcohol among adolescents has declined at historic rates during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, adolescents still reported using these substances at the same rates as before social distancing measures had begun. These findings, from a cross-sectional analysis, were published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Data from the annual, nationally representative survey from Monitoring the Future (which is part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse) were analyzed in this study. [...]