Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said on Tuesday he is exploring ways to legalise the sale of e-cigarettes despite strong opposition from health activists and anti-smoking campaigners.
At least 67 countries have approved e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to smoking while Thailand still refuses to accept them, he said.
The minister said he believed vaping could be a safer choice for those struggling to quit smoking, adding there were at least 10 million smokers in the country.
SENATE Bill (SB) 2239 is described in virtuous ways, hinting that it would introduce regulation protecting the youth and curbing cigarette addiction. But that portrayal is a ruse because the bill actually proposes to relax regulations on vaping, e-cigarettes and similar products. We urge senators to vote against the measure, which is also known as the "Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act."
Earlier this year, the House passed a counterpart legislation, House Bill 9007, or the "Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act." [...]
The new Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulations surrounding the sale of nicotine vaping products and e-cigarettes are set to cause wide-spread confusion across the petrol and convenience (P&C) channel. “Retailers are expecting to see some confused customers in the coming weeks and months. We have been left in the dark on how this impacts convenience stores around the country. We are still unaware of what we can communicate to consumers on the new regulations and whether that violates the tobacco act in some states. We need information to share with our members urgently.”
Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking cigarettes in Australia, with fruity flavours appealing to young people.
New laws introduced mean people who want to vape with liquid nicotine will now need a prescription from a doctor, but many GPs are hesitant to do so.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two final rules for the premarket review of new tobacco products. The foundational rules provide additional information on the requirements for the content, format and review of Premarket Tobacco Product Applications (PMTAs) and Substantial Equivalence (SE) Reports – two of the most commonly used pathways through which a manufacturer can seek marketing authorization for a new tobacco product from the FDA.
Mary Rezk-Hanna, PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, studies the short-term effects of vaping on vascular health – she argues that electronic vaping is harmful and that a “safer” alternative to traditional hookah smoking is anything but safe
While cigarette smoking rates among high-school-aged children and young adults have reached historic lows, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) use has increased exponentially in recent years. ENDS are battery-operated devices that produce an inhaled aerosol that delivers nicotine, fine and ultrafine particles and flavourings, without any combustion. [...]
Vaping and forms of smokeless tobacco have gained popularity as harm reduction options for millions of ex-smokers around the world. Evidence shows that such products are both vastly safer than cigarettes and effective ways of quitting them. But in the last few years, we have simultaneously seen a dramatic increase in fear-mongering around these options, led by national and local governments, well funded nonprofits and the World Health Organization.
Tasmanians are now required to get a prescription nicotine vaping and nicotine e-cigarette products from a doctor, and then fill their script at a pharmacy.
While it is a welcome development that the Therapeutic Goods Administration has recognised the potential benefits of these products as smoking cessation aids, the problem with these new rules is that in practice it will make it very difficult for Tasmanians to access them. According the TGA, there is not a single GP in Tasmania who is registered to prescribe these products. So vaping Tasmanians will need to seek a prescription through a telehealth appointment.
This webinar explores theory, evidence, and options for youth access regulatory policies including minimum age 21, retail licensing, enforcement, outlet density, and social sources that may be important considerations in Canada. The results of an internet test shop study are also presented. The goal is to provide an overview of the context of youth access to e-cigarettes in Canada, assess the evidence for a range of policy options, and discuss the feasibility of implementation in jurisdictions across Canada.
The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Wednesday that Philip Morris International and Altria must stop the sale and import of the Iqos tobacco device.
The decision is the result of a patent case filed by rival R.J. Reynolds. The trade agency found that the cigarette alternative infringed on two of Reynolds’ patents.
The import and sales ban will take effect in two months after an administrative review that requires President Joe Biden’s signature. Philip Morris said it plans to appeal the trade agency’s decision, and an Altria spokesperson said the two companies are working together on contingency plans.
A study conducted by the Dhaka Ahsania Mission recommends amending the Tobacco Control Act to ban the production, import-export, promotion, marketing and consumption of all emerging tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
Many young people use e-cigarettes for style and the flavours. Many consider e-cigarettes help them quit smoking conventional cigarettes. Some perceive e-cigarettes to be less harmful to health compared to conventional cigarettes.
These issues have come up in the results of the study on the use of e-cigarettes conducted on students of two universities in Dhaka.
Dr. Kgosi Letlape, head of the Africa Medical Association, has hailed snus for its ability to help cut smoking rates across Scandinavia. He also expressed frustration at moves to ban Swedish snus and other reduced-risk nicotine products.
Snus, said Letlape, is “probably the best thing that ever happened in the Scandinavian countries” when it came to reducing smoking and tobacco mortality. Letlape also criticized the WHO’s existing Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) calling it a “patchwork” focusing almost exclusively on combustible cigarettes that “wasn’t designed for any harm reduction products”.
[...] Until recently, the driver – an 18-year-old, part-time drug dealer – would have been selling marijuana from the front seat of his car. It was earlier this year that he decided to pivot to e-cigarettes instead. [...]
“I started seeing a lot of people selling vapes and I thought to look into it. Then I realised that the profits are almost double,” James told VICE World News. James, who is still in high school, estimates that he makes between $1000 and $2000 AUD ($720 to $1,440 USD) a month selling e-cigarettes. [...]
According to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control, teen vaping fell by over 40% in the U.S. during 2021. In this episode of RegWatch, Greg Conley, the president of the American Vaping Association, unpacks the youth use data, talks about the impact of FDA’s marketing denial orders, and discusses the legal fight for relief.
Most people are aware of the fact that smoking causes cancer and a host of other health problems and smoking during pregnancy is all the more dangerous — it can cause serious problems including miscarriage and premature labour, and doubles the possibility of having a low-birth-weight baby as compared to a woman who does not smoke during pregnancy. Low birth weight babies are more likely to catch infections, suffer from breathing difficulties and long-term health problems in adulthood and are also at a greater risk of death.
Philip Morris International Inc. and partner Altria Group Inc. will be barred from importing the IQOS heated-tobacco sticks into the U.S. after they lost a legal battle with British American Tobacco Plc before a U.S. trade agency. Philip Morris pledged to challenge what it called a “puzzling” decision.
Philip Morris and Altria infringe two patents owned by BAT’s subsidiary Reynolds American Inc., the U.S. International Trade Commission said in a notice posted on the agency’s website. The import ban -- and an order to stop selling any products already imported -- will take effect in 60 days [...]
For decades now we’ve known that smoking is bad for our health – the research has conclusively shown that smoking increases your risk of suffering from cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung disease, among many other conditions.
Clyde Parsons, actuarial executive of BrightRock, explained this is the reason why smoker rates are higher than non-smoker rates in life insurance. “Smokers can pay more than double the premiums a non-smoker would pay, depending on factors, such as age, pre-existing conditions like those mentioned above and how you’ve structured your policy.’’
In a recent three-week period, a major Western Australian hospital treated a teenager suffering seizures after vaping too much nicotine, a toddler with cardiac issues after drinking e-cigarette liquid, and a death attributed to drinking e-cigarette liquid.
It is cases like these which public health physician Prof Emily Banks hopes will be prevented through new vaping laws which came into effect on Friday.
They mean nicotine-containing vaping products can only be obtained via a prescription from a doctor. “These laws are a result of a comprehensive review of the worldwide evidence,” Banks said.
Tobacco smoking has a significant and tragic impact on the lives of many Tasmanians. It also has profound impacts on our community and our health system.
While we have made some progress to address smoking rates in Tasmania, we've also seen attempts to 're-normalise' smoking within our communities, particularly through the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping.
To address this considerable and growing health concern, we put a strong framework in place through the Public Health Amendment (Healthy Tasmania) Bill 2017 and the Poisons Act 1971 to regulate e-cigarettes.
A new study from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) has indicated that infants and young people who are exposed to tobacco smoke may see their metabolism and physiology permanently altered.
The analysis is the first to investigate links between early-life environmental exposures and epigenetic age in children, or the measure of biological age in an individual. The study found that persons exposed to tobacco smoke before birth or in early childhood demonstrated accelerated epigenetic ageing, something that has been linked to a higher risk of metabolic, cardiovascular or neurodegenerative diseases.