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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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I am among the one in five people in the UK who smoke, contributing packet by packet to the £18billion we spend yearly on tobacco products.

My parents have kept the habit their whole lives, as did both sets of grandparents before them. Having started in my early 20s and maintained a box-a-day addiction ever since, in many ways I’m a walking target for tobacco companies.

In theory, that should also make me a target for health interventions, too. But I see the gory pictures on the box and ignore them, I pay the extra duty each time it’s upped, and I continue to light up despite knowing the implications.

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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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New Zealand (Aoteaora) [...] released an ‘aggressive’ action plan to be smoke-free by 2025. The goal is to reduce daily smoking in all population groups to 5% or less. The plan explicitly supports smokers who cannot quit to switch to less harmful alternatives such as vaping. It places aggressive restrictions on smoking while giving a significant advantage to vaping. [...] Australia’s approach is clearly designed to discourage vaping and this is reflected in our slowly declining smoking rate. Vaping in Australia involves a complex process of finding a doctor to write a prescription and ordering supplies from overseas or in some cases from a pharmacy.

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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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Clinicians could promote e-cigarettes for harm reduction to people who smoke but cannot stop, but many clinicians feel uneasy doing so. In a randomised controlled trial (RCT), primary care clinicians offered free e-cigarettes and encouraged people with chronic diseases who were unwilling to stop smoking to switch to vaping. We interviewed clinicians and patients to understand how to adopt harm reduction in routine practice.

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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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Some studies have shown that nicotine, an addictive substance in electronic cigarettes, increases the risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disorders. But to get a full understanding of its potential health effects, a real-time nicotine monitoring device is needed. Such a device could also help vapers — as well as non-vapers who encounter second-hand smoke — measure their exposure. Now, researchers report in ACS Sensors that they have developed a battery-free, wearable device that could accomplish this task.

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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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The Spanish government has taken the decision to control the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes, as there is currently no clear and effective system of control regarding the sale of such nicotine-containing devices.

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Fernando Fernández Bueno, surgical oncologist at the Gómez Ulla Military Hospital and member of the Platform for the Reduction of Harm caused by Tobacco, explained that “vaping is 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco because e-cigarettes do not emit the carcinogens that tobacco does.” He added, “some people still say that vaping is worse than smoking. But there is nothing worse than smoking.”

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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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Electronic cigarettes with cigarette-like nicotine delivery may help some people stop smoking cigarettes, according to a new study [...] By switching to e-cigarettes, the researchers said tobacco users may reduce their exposure to certain carcinogens, or cancer causing substances.

For six months, the research team followed 520 smokers who were looking to reduce their cigarette consumption by at least 50% but had no plans to quit. They observed whether the use of various electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) – used by around 10 million U.S. adults – led to reduced cigarette consumption. [...]

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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 University of Waterloo says it will be one of several schools from around the globe taking part in a $10-million study on e-cigarettes and other new nicotine products.

 

“Understanding the use of these products among both youth and adults is critical to understanding which policies are the most effective in decreasing tobacco use and curbing youth uptake of e-cigarettes,” said professor David Hammond, who is leading a youth study in the area.

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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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The culmination of many years of hard mahi, the plan will accelerate our progress towards a smokefree future and tackle the harm smoked tobacco products cause the people of New Zealand.

Many organisations, services, advocates, academics, researchers, community champions, individuals and whānau have played an important part in getting us here.

While smoking rates are heading in the right direction, we still have more work to do. We must move away from a business-as-usual approach and try something new. No one single intervention will help us to achieve a smokefree 2025. It will take a multi-faceted approach and evidence-based measures to stamp out smoking.

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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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Emmanuel Mwape (Lusaka, 1991) is an award-winning Zambian filmmaker and cinematographer for producing fiction and non-fiction films in his native country and abroad. [...] Chalo is a word in our local language that means “world”; and “Saving Chalo” can be translated exactly as “Saving the world”. It is a short film project that focuses on the character Justina, who lost her husband to cancer due to smoking cigarettes, and who now wants to save the community by introducing safer nicotine products through her cooperative. [...]

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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.

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Smoking is big business in the United States. Almost 250 billion cigarettes are sold every year to smokers, totaling more than $228 billion in sales. But these figures only show one part of tobacco's economic impact as smoking-related illnesses in the U.S. cost more than $300 billion a year, including both direct medical care and lost productivity.

Not all communities are impacted equally by the harm caused by smoking. While smoking rates have fallen significantly in recent decades, disparities remain regarding the LGBTQ+ community. [...]