Vaping products that have been pulled from sale in the US over fears about underage buyers remain on shelves at Sainsbury's in the UK.
The US e-cigarette giant Juul, which struck a deal with the British supermarket earlier this month, has banned the sale of several of its flavoured cartridges after an outcry in the US. [...] However, two of the flavours it has removed from sale in the US remain on sale at Sainsbury's [...]
Smoking cigarettes negatively impacts your health, with heart and respiratory diseases, and several cancers, the most well-known risks. Few realize that smoking also has an impact on your bones, joints and connective tissue, said Dr. Adam Burzynski, an orthopedic surgeon with Excelsior Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Studies suggest that smoking cigarettes changes the way that the brain processes sensory stimuli and perceives pain. [...]
Canada’s rules around cannabis vaping are frustrating entrepreneurs and putting consumers’ health at risk, according to those in the industry.
The federal and provincial governments allow people to own cannabis concentrates meant for vaping and to vape cannabis concentrates, yet federal law bans businesses from selling those concentrates. A change in those laws is expected sometime next year as part of regulatory revisions that also legalize consuming edibles and cannabis-infused drinks.
Researchers have found that nicotine in cigarettes cancels out the sleepiness caused by alcohol, basically allowing people to keep drinking … and smoking. The two vices feed off of each other.
It takes time for your brain to stop associating the two activities. So when you decide to quit smoking, it will help to take a break from drinking, too, at least during the first few weeks. If not, your brain will send out a signal prompting you to reach for a cigarette every time you have a drink. Try chewing gum or having a sugar-free candy instead.
Speaking at the E-Cigarette Summit at the Royal Society, today on 15th November, NNA Chair Sarah Jakes, will call for a new approach towards safer nicotine products. Jakes points out that misinformation about safer alternatives is detrimental to public health and that such misperceptions are being promoted by unreasonable bans and regulations.
“The public need to be able to trust that the information given to us by public health authorities is accurate and complete”, [...]
Pregnant women are more likely to smoke if they live in areas with lots of shops selling cigarettes, a study has suggested.
Edinburgh University researchers looked at maternity records in tandem with information on all Scottish tobacco outlets.
They said their study is the first to reveal the links between tobacco availability and smoking in pregnancy.
Previous research suggested tobacco was more available in deprived areas.
The research team said "restricting the supply of tobacco could help tackle health inequalities".
On November 13, JUUL Labs, the company behind America’s most popular vaping product, announced a stringent new online age-verification system.
The move comes under the pressure of a US Food and Drug Administration investigation into the company and raging controversy over Juul’s relationship with teenagers, which Filter has extensively covered. The FDA probe launched in April “to make sure JUUL, and any other e-cigarettes or tobacco products, aren’t getting into kids’ hands in the first place,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.
Uttarakhand high court (HC) on Monday directed the central government to “consider within a period of six months whether a part of Section 7 of The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products [...] should be brought into force or not.” Section 7 (5) of the Act stipulates that “no person shall directly or indirectly, produce, supply or distribute cigarettes or any other tobacco products unless every package of cigarettes produced, supplied or distributed by him indicates on its label, [...]
It is the Department of Complacency. For decades DH’s tobacco policy has missed opportunities, scored own goals and only made progress because its greatest errors have been overridden by reality. This is after all the department which repeatedly tried to ban vaping. If MEPs had listened to Jeremy Hunt’s plea then every e-cigarette on the market would have been banned…
Fortunately in 2013 the European Parliament ignored DH’s instincts and listened to the vapers flooding their inboxes with stories of lifelong smoking habits overcome by vaping.
Vaping, i.e smoking nicotine-infused e-cigarettes that come in a variety of flavours, has exploded in popularity in America in recent years, most noticeably among millennials. This is partly due to the fact that, despite it still being highly addictive, scientists agree vaping is technically better for you than smoking regular cigarettes. My recently converted friends explain it’s also fun being able to choose your own vape adventure – mango, strawberry, mint, peanut butter, crème brule, cucumber, you name it!
Smokers who spend time with people who vape are about 20 per cent more likely to try to quit, according to research that allays fears that e-cigarettes will “renormalise” tobacco.
Spending time with friends, family and colleagues who vape encourages smokers to try to give up by taking up e-cigarettes themselves, the study said. Britain should also be relaxed about the proliferation of vaping in public places, those behind the research said.
Smoking could be banned in town and city centres if Mark Drakeford succeeds in becoming the next first minister.
The Welsh Labour leadership candidate has included the plan in his manifesto for the contest.
Mr Drakeford also wants to ban smoking in outdoor areas of cafes and restaurants.
Currently smoking is banned in indoor public places. It is also banned in cars where children are present. The ban is set to be extended to the grounds of schools and hospitals next summer.
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called the presence of menthol flavors in nicotine products a major problem that has made it easy for young people to start smoking.
“Menthol is a significant problem,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at an event in Washington Tuesday, ahead of an expected announcement by the agency later this week of plans to restrict the use of some flavors, including menthol, in tobacco products.
British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands have had £8.6bn wiped off their stock market value as US regulators prepare to crack down on the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes and menthol cigarettes.
Shares in BAT, the sixth-biggest company in the FTSE 100 and maker of brands including Lucky Strike, Dunhill, Rothmans and Benson & Hedges, fell by 10.6%, sending its market value plummeting from £76bn at close on Friday to £68bn at the end of trading on Monday.
Critics of the vaping industry portray the flavors that the Food and Drug Administration wants to ban from stores that admit minors as evidence of a conspiracy to hook the youth of America on nicotine. The FDA itself has a more sophisticated understanding of the market but is still far too willing to sacrifice the interests of adult smokers in the name of fighting an "epidemic" of underage e-cigarette use.
"We recognize [e-cigarettes] as a viable alternative for adult smokers who want to get access to satisfying levels of nicotine [...]
Maneesh Kasera was a smoker for 28 years. Two years ago, he made the first attempt to quit smoking. He tried nicotine gums — a kind of chewing gum that delivers nicotine to the body — for a day or two but nothing could wean him away from cigarettes. Finally, he tried e-cigarettes. [...] Like Kasera, many Indians are vaping — the term for using e-cigarettes. But the recent advisory from the Indian government to ban e-cigarettes has thrown vapers or e-cigarette smokers into a tizzy.
Facing mounting government pressure and a public backlash over an epidemic of teenage vaping, Juul Labs announced on Tuesday that it would suspend sales of most of its flavored e-cigarette pods in retail stores and would discontinue its social media promotions.
The decision by the San Francisco-based company [...] is the most significant sign of retrenchment by an industry that set out to offer devices to help smokers quit but now shoulders blame for a new public health problem: nicotine addiction among nonsmoking teens.
World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to the Philippines Dr. Gundo Weiler said that it is still not clear if electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are an effective smoking cessation aid. “There are also claims that e-cigarettes lead to reduction in smoking. It is not so clear at this point whether indeed along the line people will have less consumption of tobacco because of those products,” said Weiler.
“They might stop, but they may also start using that, and then later switch to tobacco use. There are a lot of factors,” he added.
The maker of blu e-cigarettes plans to tighten its sales practices in an effort to restrict underage access and appease federal health officials amid an industry-wide crackdown on "epidemic" teen use.
Fontem Ventures, a unit of tobacco company Imperial Brands, said it will raise the minimum age requirements to buy pods on its website to 21 across the U.S. and require its online retail partners to use age verification technology, among other measures designed to stop kids from buying its products. [...]
E-cigarette startup Juul Labs Inc., faced with a regulatory crackdown and criticism that its marketing has attracted underage users, plans to stop selling most of its flavored nicotine liquids at bricks-and-mortar stores, according to people familiar with the matter.
Juul plans to keep selling menthol- and tobacco-flavored products in stores, while all flavors, including cucumber and mango, will remain on its website, which has age-verification controls, the people said. [...]