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In April, without much attention, the House and Senate took critical action to address the rise in teenage smoking. Forty-Six members of the House signed a letter to Acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless, raising concerns about the FDA’s recently announced e-cigarette policy that could lead to more teen smoking, and the Senate introduced legislation that would effectively prevent teens from purchasing e-cigarette products online.

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The large U.S. producer of e-cigarettes – JUUL Labs – is entering the Ukrainian market, which will be the 14th international market for the company. “We will be represented in Ukraine by the original American product. The Cigar House Fortuna will become our distribution partner. We will be represented in the six largest cities of the country – Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Zaporizhia. We plan to enter 1,000 retail outlets. [...]

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Increased exposure to flavored liquids used in electronic cigarettes, most notably cinnamon, worsens endothelial dysfunction and can be a precursor to CVD. This finding, which Won Hee Lee, PhD, and colleagues published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, was the first proof-of-principle study looking at how induced pluripotent stem cells are affected by flavored e-cigarette liquids.

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A historically black college in Tennessee is planning to research the impact of electronic cigarettes and vaping with a grant from vaping device maker Juul Labs. Juul has been under fire as teenage e-cigarette use has skyrocketed in recent years to the point that former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., called it "an epidemic." [...] "The grant from Juul Labs gives Meharry the unique opportunity to take the lead on a new line of fully independent research in this critical area of public health," Hildreth said.

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San Francisco supervisors are considering whether to move the city toward becoming the first in the US to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes as part of an effort to crack down on youth vaping.

Supervisors will weigh a ban on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes in San Francisco until the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) completes a review of the effects of e-cigarettes on public health. The move could also bar the manufacturing of e-cigarettes on city property.

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Where else,” wondered tobacco harm reduction advocate David Sweanor, “do we permit a really deadly product, but try to restrict access to safer ones?”

Delegates at the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) in Warsaw from June 13-15 were left in no doubt of the scale of challenges facing tobacco harm reduction (THR). Despite the potential of safer nicotine delivery to save more human lives than any other harm reduction initiative, the hostility, lies and bad policies⁠—from punitive taxation to severe restrictions to outright bans⁠—being aimed at THR are daunting.

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A school district in Nebraska will start randomly testing students who take part in extracurricular activities for nicotine, after educators noticed a sharp rise in the use of e-cigarettes, a school official said Monday.

The new policy at Fairbury Public Schools reflected the growing recognition nationwide of the public health threat of e-cigarettes. Their soaring use among teenagers has worried health experts, parents and school administrators who point to nicotine’s highly addictive qualities and the ways it can interrupt adolescent brain development.

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"Among young adults who had never used e-cigarettes, we found a significant effect of cartoon-based marketing on their likelihood of using the products in the future," said Jon-Patrick Allem, co-leader of the study and assistant professor of research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. "Cartoons appear to be very effective at increasing susceptibility to use e-cigarettes among individuals who aren't using them to begin with."

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“The rapid development and use of safer nicotine products raises a number of challenging scientific questions about safety, who uses them and why, and the impact on smoking. These products also raise challenges for governments who seek to understand what kind of policy and regulation is appropriate,” said the organisers.

“The unique, inclusive nature of the GFN continues to provide a platform for exchange and debate of often-contentious issues. [...]

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According to a report by the Press Trust of India, The Drugs Technical Advisory Board of India has approved a proposal to regulate Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (or ENDS) by classifying them as “drugs” and cancelling them from being sold in the country. Under Sections 26A and 10A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, this proposal plans to prohibit the sale, manufacture, import and distribution of all ENDS.

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Profits for major U.S. tobacco companies could be cut in half if the Food and Drug Administration adopts a “maximum nicotine” rule within the next 15 years, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley.

The FDA is set to publish in October its proposed rule regulating the amount of nicotine allowed in cigarettes and other tobacco products “so that they are minimally addictive,” according to the agency. The rule, if adopted, “would have significant public health benefits” and “potentially vast economic benefits,” the FDA said.

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A massive rewrite by the Ohio Senate of the next two-year budget aims to increase prices on e-cigarettes and vapor products by subjecting them to the same tax as cigar, chewing, pipe, and other non-cigarette tobacco. “Vapor has filled a space in Ohio that teenagers are clearly being attracted to … ” said Sen. Matt Dolan (R., Chagrin Falls), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. “The reality is it’s not coming down from tobacco. It’s an ability for kids to get addicted to the nicotine in a vapor product.

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For many people, the smokers and I will have looked like one and the same. Vaping just seems like smoking in a different form. Shocking numbers of people think it’s just as dangerous. And, most importantly for many people, we were all “addicted” to nicotine. Nicotine, of course, is a Bad Thing. Being addicted is a Bad Thing. We stand outside because the good, morally superior people need to be kept away from our toxic emissions.

But it’s not really that simple, is it?

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“The FDA’s ongoing oversight of e-cigarettes and other ENDS products is critical to our public health mission and, especially, to protecting kids from the dangers of nicotine and tobacco-related disease and death. The FDA is committed to providing a solid, science-based regulatory foundation to ensure that ENDS products authorized for marketing are appropriate for the protection of public health,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, M.D. 

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Investors stubbed out Big Tobacco shares after Wall Street warned that their US profits could be halved if regulators cap the amount of nicotine in their products.

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed reducing nicotine levels to "nonaddictive levels" in tobacco products as part of its widening crackdown on the sector.

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Smoking is banned in a lot of places and vapour from e-cigarettes should carry the same rules.

No-one wants any type of stinky second hand smoke in their face, so Londoners, please stop blowing it about at bus stops, train stations and in the street in general.

And I know what you're thinking, 'It's healthier than smoking cigarettes,' and 'It's only water vapour!'.

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Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is growing increasingly concerned about the burgeoning epidemic of vaping among youth, and is calling on Health Canada to clamp down on an industry that appears to be targeting its products at young people.

"You've got a product that is tasting like cherries and root beer and strawberries being sold, and youth are picking it up," said Marino Francispillai, the health unit's program manager for school and community mental health and wellness.

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France may not deserve its reputation as 'Europe's chimney' for much longer - at least if the new report from the French Observatory for Drugs and Addiction (OFDT) is anything to go by. 
 
The national survey on 11-18-year-olds and their relationship with substances threw up some surprising results, including that they are smoking less. 
 
Out of the 20,000 students who took part in the study, 21.2 percent of them said they had tried smoking compared to 27.8 percent in 2014. 
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Sure, it would be better if no one smoked any nicotine products. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s repetition of that message blurs important distinctions.

Whether they’re warning us about the risks of fat, salt, alcohol or electronic cigarettes, public health authorities tend to mislead — with the best of intentions! — by presenting a black-or-white oversimplification. They equate big risks, small risks and hypothetical risks under one umbrella as “unsafe.” [...]

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The global nicotine transdermal patches market is expected to expand rapidly during the forecast period, due to an increase in awareness about the benefits of using nicotine patches. When nicotine is consumed in appropriate quantities, it proves to be helpful. Nicotine patches are an obvious choice for health conscious customers who want to quit smoking. The latest trend driving the global nicotine transdermal patches market is an increase in activities and promotional campaigns for smoking cessation aids.