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Conservative leaders and free market advocates representing associations across the country sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf M.D. in opposition to a new regulation signed into law by Congress that will effectively ban vapor products that include synthetic nicotine manufactured and sold legally in the United States.

 
 
 

Most importantly, the groups are urging Commissioner Califf to exercise enforcement discretion to allow for regulated small businesses trying to comply with this foolish new law to remain on the market for longer than the 60 days stipulated, as they prepare their marketing applications.

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A new study published in JAMA highlights the prevalence of unsuccessful quit attempts among adolescents who use either e-cigarettes or cigarettes over the past 13 years.

The reported prevalence of an unsuccessful cigarette quit attempt by adolescents declined from 1997 to 2020. However, in 2020, the reported prevalence of unsuccessful quit attempts among adolescents who used either cigarettes or e-cigarettes was higher than the prevalence of unsuccessful cigarette quit attempts from 1997 to 2020, researchers reported.

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Most smokers support the idea of cigarettes having lower nicotine content, according to a new University of Waterloo report on tobacco.

Over 3,500 people were polled by the International Tobacco Control Project at the University of Waterloo. Of them, 64 per cent of smokers said they supported reducing nicotine content with the goal of making cigarettes less addictive.

Geoffrey Fong, who is principle investigator for the project headquartered out of the Ontario university, says no country has ever implemented that policy to lower nicotine in cigarettes.

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Secondhand marijuana smoke from bongs can be more dangerous than secondhand cigarette smoke, researchers have found.

A new study says the reason for this is the increased concentration of fine particulate matter found in secondhand bong smoke.

Fine particulate matter penetrates the respiratory system further than larger particles, which is why it can be more harmful. The report was published on the JAMA Open Network this week and researchers from the University of California, Berkeley measured levels of the matter before, during and after eight social-smoking sessions of cannabis.

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In Bangladesh, the tobacco industry is the largest source of internal revenue for the government, constituting approximately 11% of the government's earnings. In 2021 alone, the government made BDT 28,000 crore in cigarette revenue. However, this revenue could be much higher.

Every year, the Bangladesh government is defrauded of crores of taka by the illegal cigarette trade, and this is an issue that only seems to be expanding with each passing year. However, this is not the only issue–when cigarette prices and taxes are increased, law-abiding, tax-paying cigarette traders also suffer due to lower sales, [...]

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 Walmart will no longer sell cigarettes in some of its stores though tobacco sales can be a significant revenue generator.

Wall Street Journal was the first to report the development this past week. It noted some stores in California, Florida, Arkansas and New Mexico were on the list, citing anonymous sources and store visits.

Walmart is not the first national retail chain to cut off cigarette sales even on a trial basis, but it is the largest.

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About 97 percent of parents responding to a survey want all novel tobacco products banned, a civic organization said yesterday, adding that an estimated 73,000 teenagers in Taiwan use e-cigarettes or other such products.

The survey, conducted by the National Alliance of Parents Organizations, showed that the majority of parents were unsatisfied with a proposal to ban only some novel tobacco products, the alliance said at a news conference in Taipei, which was held to coincide with Children’s Day yesterday.

An amendment that is being officially reviewed would ban conventional oil-based e-cigarettes, but allow the sale of heated tobacco products, which heat processed tobacco leaves, it said.

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Smoking remains Australia’s most important long term public health issue. After control of COVID has become more secure and stable, attention will once again return to trying to reduce deaths, disease and costs of smoking by reducing the number of smokers and the damage to smokers and bystanders from inhaling tobacco smoke. Lower smoking rates will in time translate to reduced healthcare expenditure. Making it easier for smokers to switch to vaping nicotine will accelerate the decline in Australia’s smoking rate while also reducing the harm from inhaling deadly tobacco smoke. [...]

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Earlier this year, the Congressman reintroduced the END ENDS Act which proposed a cap on nicotine concentrations in vapes switch the aim of combating teen vaping. Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat representing the 8th Congressional District of Illinois, said that he is continuing his work to end the youth vaping epidemic by advocating for legislation like the END ENDS Act [...]

Subsequently in a recent letter to the Chicago Sun-Time, the congressman once again exaggerated the threats posed by underage vaping, equating it to smoking and said “there’s simply no evidence” that e-cigarettes help smokers quit. [...]

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The perils of Tobacco are widely known and undisputed. Unlike other risky habits, there is simply no safe way to consume tobacco. Yet, we do. And only for the Nicotine.

Consider this - Smoking a cigarette for the nicotine is like drinking sewage for its water content. It’s in there, no doubt, but there are far safer - not to mention tastier - ways of getting both nicotine and water.

The 2025 target set under the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases 2013–2020 specified that countries should strive to achieve not just a 30% reduction in tobacco use prevalence using 2010 level as baseline, but [...]

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Much confusion has surrounded the Government’s impassioned commitment to ‘levelling up’. Ostensibly it is designed to reduce imbalances between different regions of the UK without negatively impacting wealthier areas, boosting the income of every household.

However, despite the raft of Government proposals to this effect, there remains a gaping chasm on health and earnings in greater London, compared with other areas.

And with Javed Khan [...] now appointed to look at ways to reduce smoking rates among young people, it is surprising that politicians are having to scratch their heads when a low-cost, high impact solution is staring them in the face.

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The use of e-cigarettes (vaping) among Indigenous youth is much higher than that of their non-Indigenous counterparts, which has raised the concerns of various Indigenous scholars and communities. To better understand the most salient constructs that influence Indigenous youth decision-making around vaping, we co-created a qualitative research study with a Syilx First Nation community that was guided by the Unified Theory of Behavior (UTB). Through semi-structured interviews and a sharing circle, we gathered the perspectives and experiences of 16 Syilx youth in British Columbia, Canada. [...]

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Colorado has been a leader in trusting adults and unwinding outdated prohibitions. Colorado led the way in the legalization of marijuana and then legalized sports betting in 2019. Locally, Denver decriminalized the possession of magic mushrooms. But, when it comes to nicotine, Colorado may be headed in the opposite direction.

A bill in the Colorado state legislature would prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. Only one state has implemented such a ban. In June 2020, Massachusetts implemented its prohibition of flavored vaping and tobacco products and the results have been disastrous. [...]

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Michele Mital, the current deputy director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), will become its new acting director in mid-April. On March 30, the FDA told Filter that she will assume the role once Mitch Zeller, CTP’s current director, retires in a few weeks. [...]

Mital, who has been at the agency for 25 years in a variety of roles, inherits the politically loaded job of overseeing the regulation of cigarettes and vaping products. She will be under intense pressure from, on the one hand, industry and harm reduction advocates who argue that vapes should be widely available as a safer alternative for smokers;

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When the state acts to protect our children, we trust it will do so with knowledge and responsibility. Considering the rise in availability of vaping products this last decade, it is understandable that the State Legislature has been called on to act.

But if Hawaii curbs the sale of flavored vaping products — intended for adult former smokers — this will not eradicate the problem of youth access. Rather, it may make it even worse.

Health committee chair Rep. Ryan Yamane admitted as much last week, stating “I don’t want our youth who are electronic savvy to get access to unknown supplies [...]

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The world’s first guidelines to assist vapers who want to quit vaping have been released today by the Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

The guidelines are designed for health professionals to support both adults and youth from age 15 years. They include behavioural therapies and medication and are based on approaches to stop smoking.

The guidelines have been developed from the limited research evidence available and the opinions of a group of experts in the field. I am proud to have been on the expert committee which developed these guidelines. They were commissioned by Ontario’s Ministry of Health.

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The relationship between cigarette smoking status and SARS-CoV-2 infection and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) severity is highly debated. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of >2.4 million adults in a large healthcare system to evaluate whether smoking is associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection and disease severity. [...] In the largest US study to date on smoking and COVID-19, current and former smoking showed lower risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection than never-smoking, while a history of smoking was associated with higher risk of severe COVID-19.

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By now, we all know smoking cigarettes is bad for our health. The habit is the cause of one in five deaths in the U.S. annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The good news: Quitting smoking, at any age, significantly increases your lifespan

The downside is that for many people, quitting involves battling through physical dependence and a slew of uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Even "light" smokers often fit the criteria for nicotine addiction (also called "tobacco use disorder") and have a hard time giving the habit up.

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In July 2014, five New York City police officers approached Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk and accused him of illegally selling "loosies"—individual cigarettes without a tax stamp. [...] American policy regarding tobacco-based products has become considerably more restrictive since Garner's death, putting illicit market participants on a collision course with law enforcement. Even as the country finally begins to acknowledge the disastrous consequences of the war on drugs, government officials are increasingly taking a prohibitive approach to nicotine.

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Research on the safety and efficacy of vaping has been hotly contested for over a decade. The two sides are neatly drawn. Pro-vapers routinely cite researchers who report that vaping is vastly safer than smoking and helps people quit. The anti-vapers cite research that disputes those results.

So what’s going on and who is right? An international team of researchers examined the 24 vaping studies, published in scientific journals, that were “most read and most cited in other literature and policy discussions,” according to the Google algorithm. [...]