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Anti-vaping hysteria continues to spread across the USA, as a Connecticut high school shuts down most of its student toilets and imposes draconian conditions on using the remaining one. Seymour High School has cut toilet facilities back to a single room, and brought in a pass system for access to that. The new policy was brought in following an incident where one student brought a vape device and a bottle of marijuana liquid to school and allowed several others to try it. [...]
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People under 21 years old would be prohibited from using or buying tobacco products in Iowa under a bill that won initial approval Wednesday from a group of Iowa lawmakers. Senate President Charles Schneider, R-West Des Moines, chairman of the three-member subcommittee that advanced the bill, said it's a bipartisan issue. "Increasing the minimum age from 18 to 21 helps us ensure that no high school-age student can legally purchase tobacco or vape products, bring them back to school, share them or sell them to their friends and classmates," Schneider said.
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Tobacco production in Tanzania has been on the decline due to various challenges, including destructive pests, an official said on Sunday. Stanley Mnozya, the Deputy Managing Director of the Tanzania Tobacco Board, said production of the cash crop had been on the decline since the 2013/2014 farming season. "There has been a spate of pests that destroy tens of hectares of tobacco farms annually which subsequently raise production costs of the cash crop," said Mnozya.
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Doctors in the UAE have warned the public against the dangers of smoking e-cigarettes, after the Ministry of Health and Prevention issued a health alert in the wake of several seizures being reported among e-cigarette users in the United States. According to western media reports, the Food and Drug Administration in the US is reviewing these reports of seizures among e-cigarettes users, mainly in young people, to see if there a definitive link.
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Like previous studies of its kind, this was a cross-sectional study that examined the association between current vaping/smoking status and ever having been told that one has cardiovascular disease (including heart attack, coronary artery disease, or stroke).[...] The authors reported no association between current vaping and self-reported cardiovascular disease among never smokers. However, they found that among current dual users there was an increased odds of having ever been told that one has cardiovascular disease.
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Tobacco stocks are edging higher on Wednesday, after some of the first clues about the new Food & Drug Administration’s approach to e-cigarettes emerged at an industry conference. Wells Fargo sees more good news to come. The back story. After a dismal showing in 2018, tobacco stocks are looking lit again. Altria Group (ticker: MO) is up just under 12% year to date, nearly keeping pace with the market, while Philip Morris International (PM) has rallied nearly 29% since the start of 2019. [...]
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It’s nothing new for many people to be skeptical about the full effects and long-term implications of modern vaporizers. Especially when it comes to protecting the youth, it’s vital we aren’t supporting something which ultimately makes things worse. That said, we now have a large pile of peer-reviewed and independent research which suggests not only is vaping a useful harm reduction tool, but it’s also a helpful smoking cessation tool as well. [...]
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Attorney General Maura Healey called Wednesday for banning flavored vaping products and taxing e-cigarettes to crack down on unsafe teen smoking habits in a speech before the New England Council. “The reason I’m raising this is because this is a really big deal right now in schools and for parents around the state,” said Healey, as she joined local business leaders to talk about the work of her office. “I think it’s important that we update our law to address and try to curb this epidemic.”
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The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus announced the funding of $3.4 million by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to create the most advanced living mimicry of a human lung to identify toxicity and cancer-causing potential of emerging tobacco products. To study the effects of a human smoker, the research team led by Kambez H. Benam, [...] will create the first-in-kind multi-cellular three-dimensional (3D) living structure of a human lung containing cells that naturally line our conducting airways.
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All anyone needs to know about the trade talks between the US and China is contained in the two boxes of Juul pods that I have in front of me. Juul, in case you don’t know, is one of those electronic cigarette brands that is made by an American company. The “pods” are the size of a top of a computer thumb drive. The pods plug into the smoking device — the electronic “cigarette” — and deliver the flavor and nicotine to the smoker.
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B.C. Liberal MLA Todd Stone has introduced legislation that would ban the sale of flavoured vape products. The private members legislation introduced on Thursday would also limit the supply and accessibility of e-cigarette products through stricter retail controls, and restrict the sale of products to adult-only tobacco stores, vape stores and approved pharmacies. “Vaping and e-cigarette use is quickly becoming an epidemic among the youth of British Columbia,” Stone said.
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With China home to the world’s largest tobacco industry, several of the world’s leading e-cigarette manufacturers and with over 300 million smokers breathing down its neck, it is possible that the decision of the Hong Kong government to institute a near blanket ban on safer nicotine products is at least partly an attempt to embarrass their lord and master. Under the new law, it will still be legal to use the products, though doing so in a non-smoking area will be subject to a fixed penalty of HK$1,500 or a court-imposed fine of HK$5,000. [...]
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Global cigarette sales in 2017 stood at $700 billion, the World Health Organisation (WHO) tweeted, highlighting the fact that the amount was 250 times more than what the international organisation needed to protect human health. “This is what people spend every year on health-destroying products. It’s like paying to die and is 250 times more than what World Health Organisation (WHO) needs to protect and promote the most precious commodity on earth — human health,’’ it said in a Twitter post on tobacco abuse worldwide.
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Twenty-five years ago, when I started working on tobacco control at a government policy level, the politicians used to reject our recommendations that they ban tobacco advertising and up the tax on cigarettes. They said it was a slippery slope, the thin edge of the wedge—after demanding that they ban smoking, would we turn on chocolate, beer, eating out? Of course not! I said. Smoking is totally different to obesity! Most people who drink alcohol aren’t addicted! I thought they were being misled by industry lobbyists. How naive was I?
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Across the nation, lawmakers seem stuck in a tragic game of whack-a-mole. The more they try to reduce youth vaping, the more they increase youth combustible cigarette smoking. Similar to how government regulations of opioid medications helped to fuel the recent heroin and fentanyl scourges, it seems government restrictions on e-cigarettes to combat the “vaping epidemic” has inadvertently increased combustible tobacco cigarette use among youth. Such is the law of unintended consequences.
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Placing graphic anti-smoking warning labels on cigarette packages may deter some adults from purchasing tobacco products, but the strategy is unlikely to influence those smokers who are most addicted to nicotine, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Conducted in a one-of-a-kind laboratory that replicates a convenience store, the study found that the effects of graphic health warning labels on adult smokers' purchase of cigarettes depends on their level of nicotine dependence. Such labels typically include an image of a tobacco-caused illness [...]
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Rite Aid Corp. is halting the sale of e-cigarettes in its drugstores, even as it continues to sell traditional cigarettes, taking a different stance on tobacco products than its two main pharmacy rivals. The company will remove all e-cigarette and vaping products, including startup Juul Labs Inc.’s popular nicotine-packed vaporizers, over the next 90 days, Bryan Everett, Rite Aid operating chief, said on a conference call Thursday. Executives said the change was in response to use of the products by children and teens.
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Likely the most common battle fought over vaping currently is how we should be regulating them. While some believe they’re causing harm to teens and others believe the harm reduction value provided is worth it, few are saying vaping should be entirely unregulated. However, most politicians have become obsessed with using vaping as a scapegoat to generate more tax revenue, or even worse, to shirk their responsibility of developing an adequate regulatory framework for the vaping industry. [...]
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Things seem to be getting more hectic for the vaping industry before they get any easier. The FDA is currently in flux with Commissioner Scott Gottlieb set to leave his post in the coming weeks, right amid their push toward an e-liquid flavor ban. Meanwhile, local municipalities are tasked with deciding how to properly handle vaping, such as in San Francisco where the country’s toughest flavor ban was voted on and passed last year. Now it seems a state legislature is ready to test the waters of flavor bans, [...]
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India’s trade ministry says it cannot impose a ban on electronic cigarette imports as there is no legal basis for doing so, an internal government memo viewed by Reuters shows, in a boost for those looking to tap into the country’s growing vaping market. This comes amid repeated calls for a ban from the country’s health ministry, which urged states and government agencies last year in an “advisory” to step up efforts to halt sales and imports, warning vaping devices pose a “great health risk”.