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Parents who smoke cigarettes typically don’t light up in enclosed spaces like their cars or their homes with children or infants around. After all, we’ve known for years that secondhand smoke is bad for our health. But a recent study suggests a lot of parents are unaware those same rules should apply to e-cigarettes too — as secondhand and thirdhand exposure to vaping may also pose health risks.
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For San Francisco vaping company Juul, the outcry from officials at all levels of government seems unrelenting: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on e-cigarette sales to minors, California lawmakers are weighing a bill to halt the sale of flavored tobacco like Juul pods, and, in the company’s own hometown, the city attorney is pushing to ban e-cigarettes altogether. Juul itself has yanked many of its most popular flavors off of store shelves.

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Little is known about the potential health effects of JUUL e-cigarette products that have recently risen in popularity, especially among adolescents. [...] FDA, has a growing concern about this uptick in their use because these electronic cigarettes deliver nicotine -- a highly addictive stimulant, with potential to affect the still-developing adolescent brain.

A research team led by Prue Talbot, [...] has now found that nicotine concentrations are higher in JUUL electronic cigarettes than in any of the hundreds of other electronic cigarette products the team analyzed.

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Stoked by public health special interest groups a litany of frightening headlines has splashed across Canadian newspapers and TV news screens: Vaping Addicts Youth to Nicotine; Youth Vaping Leads to Youth Smoking; Vaping Is an Urgent Threat to Public Health. [...] In this RegWatch feature interview, hear what Dr. Mark Tyndall, Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population [...] thinks about the pressure campaign to rollback vaping regulations and why he says it’s based on a contrived “moral panic.”

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New research shows record few Year 10 students in New Zealand are smoking, while vaping by 14 and 15-year olds remains equally low and is falling.

Kiwi vaping entrepreneur Jonathan Devery says this highlights that any concerns around vaping marketing and flavours seducing young teens are more perceived than real.

“We are very pleased to hear that the Year 10 daily smoking rate has fallen to 1.9%. It’s a dramatic drop from the 15.2% of Year 10s smoking 20 years ago, and inches us closer to Smoke Free 2025,” says Mr Devery – the co-owner of Vapo and Alt New Zealand.

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Three-quarters of more than 9,000 parents polled in a survey want a complete ban on e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products, saying a plan to choke only their supply, sale and promotion – but allow consumption – did not go far enough. Seventy-five per cent of the 9,083 parents – both smokers and non-smokers – called for the complete ban on electronic cigarettes as well as other new tobacco alternatives such as heat-not-burn products and herbal cigarettes.

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Flavored e-cig bans are being considered. Meanwhile, c-store sales of electronic smoking devices rose 163% to $2.8 billion in 2018.

Flavored e-liquids once were the key marketing focus for the electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) marketplace.

Now that marketing banner is being stretched tighter by federal and local regulators. For example, New York City Council is considering a ban on vaping flavors, and at presstime a key committee had recently held a public hearing to discuss the proposed ordinance, [...]

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There was more evidence this week that the electronic cigarettes used by millions of American teens pose serious health risks. [...] We don’t know how many more seizures experienced by users of the devices were never reported. We don’t know if the process of vaping itself or nicotine from the vapor caused the seizures. We also don’t know how much vaping in a single session would be enough to cause a potential problem.

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Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs is under the microscope again, with 11 senators demanding answers from the company at the center of the youth vaping "epidemic" whose business practices have been shrouded in "immense secrecy," the senators said in a letter to Juul on Monday.

They are requesting data, plans and other information from Juul related to its popularity among youth and its relationship with tobacco giant Altria, which invested nearly $13 billion in the company late last year.
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VAPING is often used as a way to give up smoking, as well as save money.

However, Brits who try to vape while on holiday could end up having their e-cigarettes confiscated - or even be put in jail. Laws surrounding vaping are still evolving - governments are constantly changing their rules based on new information about how healthy it is.

Some countries ban the sale of e-cigarettes, but not their possession, while others ban nicotine-containing liquids.

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The government is drafting a new act on regulating tobacco consumption comprising traditional tobacco cigarettes and its electronic alternatives.

According to a report from Bernama, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said at present, tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes are being regulated under different directives.

“The new bill will underline all regulations and controls on e-cigarettes and vapes, including the sales guidelines,” he said in the report.

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Smokeless tobacco products are addictive and cause cancer, yet only a few countries have adequate policies to regulate them. As a result, the global efforts to control smokeless tobacco use are lagging behind the progress made in curbing cigarette consumption.

Smokeless tobacco refers to tobacco products that are taken orally or snorted. Across the globe, these products vary in their composition and health risks. Some of the most addictive and lethal products are particularly popular in Asia and Africa. [...]

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Researchers explored the skin-related conditions associated with electronic cigarette use in a literature review and concluded that e-cigarettes are not safe alternatives to traditional tobacco cigarettes in developing dermatological issues. Increased reports of contact dermatitis secondary to e-cigarette use have been reported, which is secondary to the release of nickel from the heating coil in the devices, according to researchers.

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Hawaii lawmakers [...] killed a proposal that would have banned flavored electronic smoking devices and e-liquids, saying they suspected teenagers would continue to get the products online even if sales were prohibited.

Supporters said the bill was needed to fight an alarming surge in teenage vaping. Hawaii would have been the first state in the nation to impose such a ban if it was enacted.

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It's estimated smoking kills almost 19,000 Australians each year.

E-cigarettes and vaping are often touted as a way to help bring that number down — but are they risk-free? If you're looking for a bad product that does bad things, then tobacco is a perfect place to start.

In the USA today, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death. Some 480,000 people die each year.

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Illinois lawmakers, desperate for revenue, are considering taxing electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. [...]

The proposal would apply a 36 percent wholesale tax to all components of e-cigarettes, including “any device that employs a battery or other mechanism to heat a solution or substance to produce a vapor or aerosol intended for inhalation.” The bill would also tax all e-liquids, “whether or not it contains nicotine intended for use in the device.”

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I am, in my bones, a law-abiding sort of chap. I was brought up to respect the law and in turn have done the same with my children. I have also spent much of my medical career doing my best to help smokers quit their habit using all the methods available to me.

You might wonder what links these two statements and the answer lies in Hong Kong where – if I was a smoker trying to quit their cigarettes – I would now be wondering if I was going to be sent to prison for up to six months simply by carrying an e-cigarette in my pocket.

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Juul is a pod, what am I saying, THE pod that American vapers have taken to the top of the vaping market. It is a simple, well presented product, which uses eliquids up to 59 mg/ml of nicotine in the United States, and is supported by a remarkable communication, which values users. The arrival of Juul in Europe is therefore having a small media effect, it is now up to us to see what this pod is really like, with e-liquids limited by the regulation to 20 mg/ml.

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An NGO has written to the highlighting the need for a regulatory framework for vaping products, so that they can be used as an alternative to combustible products like cigarettes.

The Heart Care Foundation of also marked the letter to the and state health departments on policies and regulations of vaping products, including e-cigarettes, based on a consensus statement signed by leading medical practitioners, which is scheduled to be published in the April edition of Indian Journal of Clinical Practice.

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Public health has a penchant for demonizing the use of particular products that it considers to be unhealthy.

And while the practice is recognized as an effective method to modify behavior, there are unintended consequences.