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An issue that urgently needs Parliament’s attention is not on its radar — the addiction to nicotine of young Canadians through the use of vaping products. It must be.

Vaping products — or electronic cigarettes — have been sold in Canada for over a decade. Most contain nicotine, the addictive ingredient in tobacco products. Originally intended as stop-smoking aids, some smokers do use them to try to quit. [...] After years of ignoring the issue, Ottawa legalized vaping products containing nicotine last May, with relatively few restrictions. [...]

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By the end of February 2019, more than 200 bills had been introduced in multiple states aimed at regulating, taxing, or prohibiting e-cigarettes.

In response to media campaigns by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Surgeon General, state lawmakers have introduced flavor bans, draconian taxes, and proposals to restrict access to tobacco products to persons 21 years old or older.

Strangely, legislators in Connecticut, Iowa, and Nebraska are proposing to increase the age to purchase e-cigarettes and vaping devices from 18 to 21, but [...]

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Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday called on outgoing Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb to ensure a ban is placed on kid-friendly e-cigarette flavors like candies, juices, fruits and cookies before he leaves office.

Schumer, a Democrat from New York, also demanded that the nominee to head the FDA pledge to build on Gottlieb’s work.

“I’m publicly calling on Commissioner Gottlieb to ensure the ban on kid-friendly e-cig flavors is enacted within the month before he leaves. Because a ban on the kid-friendly flavors is in the pipeline. [...]

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When it comes to marketing electronic cigarettes to young people, fake news appears to stick.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently requires a prominent warning about the dangers of nicotine for e-cigarettes. But just before that mandate, a 2017 campaign by e-cigarette maker blu included fake warnings in precisely the place the real warnings would eventually appear. Messages such as "IMPORTANT: Contains flavor" and "IMPORTANT: Less harmful to your wallet" appeared atop the ads in large print inside a box, [...]

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The McKell Institute published [...] a report titled 'Legalising Vaping in Australia' which explores the regulatory framework surrounding vaping as a means of tobacco harm reduction in Australia.

The report finds that 'legalising vaping has enormous potential to improve public health, particularly for disadvantaged smokers who are disproportionately affected by smoking-related diseases'.

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Vaping enthusiasts will say that it’s the lesser of two evils when it comes to getting a nicotine fix, but it’s getting harder and harder to justify the idea that vaping is actually safe. The results from a survey of over 96,000 individuals, add three more reasons to worry about the costs of e-cigarettes over time. Research [...] reveals that e-cigarette use was associated with higher rates of heart attack, coronary artery disease, and, interestingly, depression. [...]

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Most American smokers continue to believe that snus, a moist tobacco product placed under the lip that originates from Sweden, is as harmful as combustible tobacco—even though it is not.

A new study out of Rutgers University asked 256 smokers about how they perceive the risks for developing lung cancer, heart disease and oral cancer when using snus versus cigarettes. A high rate of respondents (45 percent) incorrectly perceived that snus was equally or more harmful for all three disease-risks. [...]

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Health professionals advise against using any nicotine products during pregnancy, but some women are using e-cigarettes before, during or after pregnancy and thinking it’s safer than smoking, U.S. researchers report.

In a survey of more than 3,000 new mothers in Oklahoma and Texas, 7 percent said they had used electronic vapor products, including e-cigarettes, around the time of their pregnancy; 1.4 percent used them during pregnancy.

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Since September 15th of last year, a single word haunts the vaping industry: epidemic. The United States Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb used the term to describe an alarming increase in youth vaping, due in no small part to the massive popularity of Juul.
RegWatch is launching a special series of coverage examining the issues facing the Canadian vaping industry as it braces for regulatory action in the wake of the youth vaping epidemic spreading from the U.S. to Canada. But is it an epidemic?

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The state Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to ban the purchase of tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to people under the age of 21, a move expected to be followed in the coming weeks by the state Senate.

Smoking “is a great cost to individuals and families … As a former smoker, I know that," said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat and sponsor of the bill in the Assembly. The bill takes effect 120 days after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, already on record supporting the higher tobacco purchase age, signs it into law.

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In the nearly two years that Dr. Scott Gottlieb has been Commissioner of the FDA, he’s been both a hero and a devil to the vaping industry. One of his first moves after taking office was to delay the controversial deeming rules until 2022, giving the industry more time to meet the new high standards. At the time many thought this was a sign of things to come, but ever since the rise in teenage vaping has majorly overshadowed the value of e-cigarettes. [...]

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Smoking costs the state more than 140 times the amount it spends on helping people to quit, the Irish Heart Foundation has said.

The charity is urging the government to increase its spending on smoking cessation services.

In 2017 about €11.8 million was spent on measures such as medication, support services, a national quit line and media campaigns. The estimated annual cost of smoking to the state through healthcare was €1.6 billion. The charity’s call is being made on National No Smoking Day, which coincides with Ash Wednesday each year.

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Juul has a new program to pitch its e-cigarette to companies and insurers who want to help their employees stop smoking cigarettes as the company continues to stave off criticism that its product has caused an epidemic in teen smoking.

CNBC has learned that the company hired former Cardinal Health executive Douglas Roberts in the fall to lead its new "enterprise markets team," which is focused on striking deals with health plans, providers, self-insured employers and the public sector.

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Outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said his departure won't have any impact on the agency's crackdown on youth vaping.

"I'm very confident of that, and I'm very confident that we're going to continue with this policy over the next month, including the policy that we've been formulating," Gottlieb said during an event hosted by The Hill Wednesday. Gottlieb has proposed limiting the sales of most flavored e-cigarettes to age-restricted, in-person locations, effectively ending sales at gas stations and convenience stores.

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Philip Morris (New Zealand) Limited (PMNZ) has today reiterated its unconditional commitment to have cigarettes replaced by less harmful alternatives in New Zealand as soon as possible, following yesterday’s renewed debate on how to truly achieve a smoke-free country.

PMNZ General Manager James Williams: “New Zealand is leading the world when it comes to devising the appropriate, risk-proportionate regulations around smoke-free products, which are better options for adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke.”

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The resignation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb Tuesday raises a lot of questions about the issues he personally championed during his time at the agency. Wells Fargo tobacco analyst Bonnie Herzog was among analysts voicing her surprise following Gottlieb’s resignation in a note Tuesday, but added that the news was viewed “as a positive for the tobacco industry.”

“We believe his resignation calls into question whether or not the FDA will in fact enforce harsher regulations around youth e-cig usage/access,” Herzog wrote. [...]

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The White House supports a Food and Drug Administration effort to crack down on youth vaping and plans more regulations on tobacco products despite the departure of the agency’s chief, senior White House officials said in an interview Thursday.

 
 

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb , 46, is leaving “only on the best of terms,” Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff, said in an interview on Thursday. “I’m not aware of any policy dispute in the administration regarding Dr. Gottlieb.’’

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People with diabetes who quit smoking tobacco may have a lower risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases -- and weight gain following smoking cessation does not mitigate the health benefits among these patients, according to one study. Long-term, heavy smoking is a risk factor for cognitive decline, researchers found in an unrelated study.

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A quarter of smokers say they would not try vaping because they believe it is just as bad for them as cigarettes.

Commissioned by Yorkshire Cancer Research, the survey of 844 smokers and 1,156 ex-smokers found that tobacco users are “suspicious” of e-cigarettes with many saying they had no desire to give vaping a go.

The results revealed that the typical smoker has been doing so for 22 years and has attempted to kick the habit on average four times in their life.

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Following FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s statement titled “Forceful new actions focused on retailers, manufacturers to combat youth access to e-cigarettes as part of FDA’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan,” the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) gave its take on the Commissioner’s comments and what it means for the industry. NATO’s statement is as follows:

“The FDA Commissioner’s statement lists 15 retail chains that have accumulated an aggregate of 15% to 44% violation rates by their respective stores [...]