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China revealed on November 26 that it would officially regulate vaping products under its tobacco monopoly law.

The decision has massive implications for tobacco harm reduction worldwide: China is both the largest tobacco market and the largest e-cigarette producer on Earth. The country previously imposed restrictions on vapes, and some observers feared a crackdown on the industry. Now, vaping has a legal status in China that should secure its future.

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New research [...] has suggested a correlation between vaping nicotine and impotence, as findings indicate male e-cigarette users are more than twice as likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction [ED] compared to non-vapers.

The study [...] restricting the scope to men in the US aged 20 to 65 who responded to questions regarding ED for the survey. “Our analyses accounted for the cigarette smoking history of participants, including those who were never cigarette smokers to begin with, so it is possible that daily e-cigarette vaping may be associated with higher odds of erectile dysfunction regardless of one’s smoking history,” [...]

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The CCC cited a 2021 Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) report, which examined vaping behaviours among youths in the UK, and found that an overwhelming majority (83%) of teens and pre-teens aged between 11 and 18, have never tried or even heard of e-cigarettes. This finding has remained consistent since 2017. Moreover, said the ASH report, vaping was much less common among youths who had never smoked, with a large majority of the same age group being “never smokers”, at 94.1% and 87.9% having never vaped. Moreover, 6.2% were not even aware of vaping products.

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This guideline covers support to stop smoking for everyone aged 12 and over, and help to reduce people's harm from smoking if they are not ready to stop in one go. It also covers ways to prevent children, young people and young adults aged 24 and under from taking up smoking. The guideline brings together and updates all NICE's previous guidelines on using tobacco, including smokeless tobacco. It covers nicotine replacement therapy and e-cigarettes to help people stop smoking or reduce their harm from smoking. It does not cover using tobacco products such as ‘heat not burn’ tobacco.

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The Vuse electronic-cigarette product of R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. continued to chip away at the market share of top-selling Juul in the latest Nielsen analysis of convenience store data.

The report covers the four-week period ending Nov. 20.

Nielsen determined Vuse had a 34.4% market share, edging up from 34.3% in the previous report.

Meanwhile, Juul was at 38.8%, down from 40.6% in the previous report.

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A virtual summit in the UK next week aims to set the record straight: If you think smoking is bad, you’re right. But if you think attacking alternatives like e-cigarettes will make things better, you’re really wrong.

“The E-Cigarette Summit UK comes at an historical time for global tobacco policy, where restrictive bans and higher taxation on e-cigarettes has become the prevailing direction for tobacco control, with the emphasis on restricting big tobacco from addicting the next generation,” [...]

In this country, some public health policymakers want to treat alternatives to traditional cigarettes — vaping, snus, and heat-not-burn technology – like smoking.

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Earlier this month, news outlets all over the world reported breathlessly on new research which claimed to find that e-cigarette users were 15 percent more likely to have a stroke at young age than smokers. [...] The problem is that this “research” was at best, highly misleading and, at worst, plain wrong.

First, this was not new published research as a casual reader might assume, but instead an unpublished conference presentation given a boost by the American Heart Association (AHA) which is explicitly opposed to reeduced risk alternatives to smoking such as vaping.

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Members of the European Parliament are much more likely to recognise the reduced risk of e-cigarettes and other novel nicotine products if they have some knowledge of the subject, new research reveals. A survey conducted by ECigIntelligence and TobaccoIntelligence found that 70% of MEPs with some knowledge of e-cigarettes considered them less harmful than smoking, against just 41% of MEPs with no knowledge of the topic.

“When it comes to politicians’ perceptions of new nicotine products, accurate information appears to make all the difference,” said Tim Phillips, managing director of ECigIntelligence and TobaccoIntelligence [...]

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Dr Kathryn Scott, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We are delighted to see that vaping products have been included in the NICE tobacco guidelines.

“The Charity’s goal is for 2,000 more people in Yorkshire to survive cancer every year. With more than 4,500 new cases of cancer linked to smoking in the region each year, helping people to stop smoking cigarettes is vital to achieving this goal.

“Easy and reliable access to vaping products will give more people in Yorkshire the best chance of quitting for good.”

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You may have noticed that vaping has attracted some attention over the last couple of years, though the practice has been around, or at least in the making, for almost 100 years. Before giving you reasons as to why you should throw away your cigarettes and switch to vapes, here is some history. The first idea to replace a combustible cigarette dates back nearly a century, when Joseph Robinson filed a patent back in 1927, for a device that would make use of electricity to heat tobacco instead of burning it. The device never made it to the market and following another couple of patent filings, [...]

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Philip Morris International Inc. and partner Altria Group Inc. have to stop importing their IQOS heated-tobacco sticks into the U.S. after a deadline passed without any action by the Biden administration to stop it.

Philip Morris and Reynolds America Inc. had each been talking with administration officials since September, when the International Trade Commission ordered the import ban in September after finding that IQOS infringed two Reynolds patents for electrically-powered devices with a heater to generate an aerosol. The order entered a sixty-day presidential review period.

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The use of e-cigarettes by Irish teenagers has almost doubled . Research has found vaping has risen rapidly among adolescents with the current number of teenagers using e-cigarettes jumping from 10pc to 18pc between 2015 and 2019.

While e-cigarettes have been used as a technology to help people quit their tobacco habit, there is concern globally about the numbers of non-smoking adolescents taking up vaping.

Experts say the long-term effects are unknown, but there is concern that e-cigarettes are a worrying route into nicotine addiction.

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China's tobacco regulator issued on Thursday draft rules governing e-cigarettes, moving the product away from a regulatory grey area and under the oversight of the state.

The State Tobacco Monopoly Administration's draft rules follow China's cabinet last week amending its tobacco monopoly law to include e-cigarettes.

 

According to the draft rules, companies selling e-cigarettes in China must meet national standards in order to register with the tobacco authority and do business legally.

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Upstart e-cigarette makers are vying to get their products prescribed on the NHS, as they target a potentially lucrative new market before Big Tobacco commits to the lengthy licensing process. [...]
Several companies are now pursuing a medicines authorisation. NJOY, which has 3.9 per cent of the $5bn US market, according to Nielsen data, is “far on in the development of its application”, a person close to the company said.

 

NJOY considers medical licensing an opportunity to expand into the UK, where it has a limited presence, they added.