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San Francisco officials on Tuesday proposed legislation that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes from companies such as Juul until a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as part of the city’s efforts to tackle underage vaping. District Supervisor Shamann Walton will also introduce legislation at a meeting of the city’s board of supervisors to prohibit the manufacture and distribution of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, on city property.

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Teen vaping is on the rise, and schools are searching for solutions, with some taking disciplinary action or installing vape detectors in bathrooms. Last month, students from middle and high schools in California's Santa Clara County gathered for a pilot program designed to teach them about the potential dangers of vaping and how to deliver that message to their fellow students -- and how to resist peer pressure that experts say has contributed to students' vaping.

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Professor Gerry Stimson of K.A.C speaking on tobacco harm reduction report in Nairobi

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The debate over e-cigarettes is something that the Singapore government would not want to take chances on, as evidenced by campaigns against the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices in Singapore.

We at Coconuts Singapore also started covering this matter way back in 2015, when we spoke to a secret community of vapers that have been lighting up in Singapore before authorities kicked in with islandwide bans on emerging tobacco products.

 

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In the just over ten years that vaping has been a significant part of society, it’s become an incredibly important part of many people’s lives. According to millions of smokers, they’ve been able to end their dependence on smoking once and for all thanks to e-cigarettes. Not only that but with more and more research published about the extreme harm reduction value they provide they’ve only continued to grow in popularity. Unfortunately, vaping has become the victim of increased tariffs over the last year, [...]

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Globally, smoking rates are decreasing, but in many lower and middle income countries, African nations among them, rates are increasing. WHO data show a steep rise in smoking in many African countries, with many 5-year projected increases at 5% and more.

Public health experts from UK-based Knowledge∙Action∙Change have this week visited Lilongwe, Malawi and Nairobi, Kenya to launch No Fire, No Smoke – The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018 (GSTHR), a landmark report on the worldwide availability, regulation, [...]

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of inflammatory lung diseases that causes diminished lung function and results in difficulty breathing. There is no cure; the progression of the disease can only be slowed and the symptoms improved. In developed countries, the primary cause of COPD is smoking and patients are therefore advised to quit in order to slow the disease process. COPD significantly decreases life span and quality of life, which taken together, account for 30.2 million years lost due to early death or disability worldwide.

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There’s an old joke about the neighbourhood dog that loved to chase cars down the road – what would it ever do if it caught one?

The Government has been a bit like that with tobacco harm reduction. A very promising car has come around the corner and stopped. And the puzzled dog is standing there growling at it.

For decades, government has wanted to reduce smoking rates. Why? Smoking causes cancer, myriad respiratory problems, and shortens lives.

 

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On March 5, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced he is resigning at the end of the month. [...]

Unfortunately, any sigh of relief the vaping industry breathed at Gottlieb’s resignation announcement was momentary. During his final weeks in office, Gottlieb has only amped up the FDA’s war on vaping, publishing new regulations for pod-based e-cigarettes and doubling down on the administration’s threat to take the whole category of products off the market.

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My colleagues and I in the tobacco control movement have based our entire careers on the principle that it is wrong to lie to the public. The bulk of our campaign against Big Tobacco was based on the contention that the cigarette companies lied to the public about the health risks of smoking. Numerous lawsuits were filed against Big Tobacco, seeking damages based on the claim that the companies are responsible because they misrepresented the health effects of their products, thus preventing smokers from making an informed choice. [...]

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CVS Health is escalating its effort to curtail smoking and use of tobacco products, announcing $1.4 million in “new giving” to 82 colleges and universities to make their campuses “smoke- and tobacco free.”

The money, given through the CVS Health Foundation, comes amid a crackdown by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on CVS rivals including Walgreens Boots Alliance for selling tobacco products to young people.

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There are plenty of theories about why so many people seem to hold maniacal dispositions against vaping.
Are they in bed with big tobacco? Or maybe they work for big pharma? Some may simply have an authoritarian personality and like telling people how to live their lives. It could be all of these reasons and more: Including prejudice. Find out how in our inaugural edition or “Reg Rant” by RegulatorWatch.com.

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Every 11.5 minutes in Canada a bell tolls. It’s not ringing in celebration. It tolls to announce another Canadian has died. Over 45000 a year, at an estimated 6.5 billion dollars a year in direct health costs.

More than the Opioid Crisis. More than auto accidents. In fact, more Canadians die from smoking-related causes every year than the number of Canadian Military deaths in World War 2 (1939-1947). About 1000 more.

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Daughters born to women who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to be short and obese as adults. 

That's according to an international study led by the Liggins Institute in Auckland, which found women whose mothers smoked during early pregnancy were 47 per cent more likely to be obese as adults.

They were also 51 per cent more likely to be short compared to women whose mothers were non-smokers.

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[...] Merianos performed a secondary analysis of the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey and found that of 1,579 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 who had admitted to using electronic cigarettes within the last 30 days of the survey, 13.6 percent were daily users. Her research further found that those daily users were far more likely to obtain their electronic cigarettes and accessories from commercial sources than their non-daily using counterparts.

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Research shows that experiencing menopause before the age of 45 is associated with a higher risk of bladder cancer. This higher risk was notable if the woman is a smoker. The study, which looked at health outcomes of more than 220,000 US Nurses [...]
Bladder cancer is the 6th most common cancer diagnosed in Europe*. It is more common in men than in women, but women are more likely to suffer from advanced bladder cancer and are less likely to survive than men. Around 27,000 European women, and 19,000 US women, are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year.

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Various tobacco companies' attempt to partnership with motor-racing teams has not gone down well with the World Health Organisation (WHO) which has asked the countries to enforce ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship at sporting events, including when hosting or receiving broadcasts of Formula 1 and MotoGP events.

The WHO has also urged all sporting bodies, including Formula 1 and MotoGP, to adopt strong tobacco free policies that ensure their events are smoke-free and their activities and participants, [...]

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in 2017 with an ambitious plan to reduce cigarette smoking, a habit that kills nearly half a million Americans each year, by shifting smokers to less harmful alternatives like e-cigarettes.

But he was quickly embroiled in an unexpected crisis: the explosion of vaping among millions of middle and high school students, many of whom were getting addicted to nicotine.

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Are die-hard tobacco controllers driven by ideology rather than a desire to improve public health? It’s become a legitimate question as harm reduction advocates report that the epidemic of fear over youth vaping—including breathless claims regarding the dangers of nicotine—have metastasized the world over.

In this LIVE streamed episode of RegWatch hear Paddy Costall from the Global Forum on Nicotine track the contagion as it hops from the U.S. to Canada and all the way to the lands down under.

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[...] the Food and Drug Administration took another step towards limiting the sale of sweet-flavored e-cigarettes in places where kids can buy them. But public health experts wonder if the move will be enough to make a dent in the massive increase of youth vaping.

After announcing plans in November to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes that come in kid-friendly flavors, the FDA today issued what’s called a “draft guidance” that starts to spell out how the agency intends to do so. [...]