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The U.S. Surgeon General said in an interview that aired Wednesday that use of e-cigarettes can be linked to rising tobacco use among young people. "We've seen tobacco use among youth go down over the last decade, it's now starting to go back up because of e-cigarettes," Dr. Jerome Adams told Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on "Rising." "It's a fundamentally different product we have compared to the e-cigarettes of old," he said. "It delivers much more nicotine, and we're hearing from high school principals and from parents that kids out there now are becoming, rapidly becoming addicted to these products, so I'm worried the numbers are going to get worse this year."

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The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is recognizing a number of local landmarks for supporting a smoke- and vape-free environment, including Georgian College and the North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic.

Georgian College has made all of its locations smoke- and vape-free, inclusive of e-cigarettes, hookah and cannabis. The health unit is also recognizing five local health organizations for implementing the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation, which identifies and documents the smoking status of every patient, taking steps to stop people from smoking.

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The Department of Health lauded the approval of the bill further increasing tax rates for tobacco products by the two chambers of Congress as the proposed measure is seen as a major source of funding to make the Universal Health Care law feasible.
In a statement, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said smoking prevalence is expected to decrease to 20%—or about 200,000 lives saved from the ill effects of smoking—by 2023 with the approved bill.

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Smokers in Germany increasingly prefer roll-your-own cigarettes while commercially manufactured cigarettes are becoming less attractive to them, according to a study released by the market research institute Nielsen on Monday.

In 2018, Germans bought around 67 billion cigarettes, about 2.5 percent less than the year before, while the sales of loose tobacco, such as for roll-your-own cigarettes, increased by 1.1 percent to about 22.9 million kilograms, according to the Nielsen study seen by Xinhua.

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All across South Carolina, we are engaging in an important debate on the pros and cons of  e-cigarettes and other vaping products.

Many people believe e-cigarettes are a healthier alternative to traditional smoking. Others are concerned that this product has directly led to an increase in teenage smoking. Both concerns are valid, and it is incumbent upon all of us to work together to find solutions that benefit all South Carolinians.

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Over 500 attendees from around the world will listen to over 70 expert presenters examining how attitudes towards the use of nicotine are changing, as well as what we know about its short- and long-term impacts, both negative and positive.

The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) says that many NNA Trustees, Associates and Supporters will be in Warsaw for the event. The NNA will be presenting a poster, and plans are in place for a Consumer Advocacy Alignment meeting featuring academics and consumers from all over the world.

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Whether they’re warning us about the risks of fatsaltalcohol 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.” In the case of electronic cigarettes, recently declared an “epidemic” and a “public health crisis,” the misleadingly dire message deprives people of information we need to balance potential risks against potential benefits.

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Many people believe that “vaping” with the e-cigarettes “was either safe or at least far safer than tobacco smoking during pregnancy, however, the lack of detailed research into the subject meant this belief could not be supported,” researcher from the Telethon Kids Institute Alexander Larcombe said in a statement from the institute.

“There is this general perception that it’s either orders of magnitude safer or completely safe to vape during pregnancy, which is completely unfounded and almost certainly not true, [...]

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The Beverly Hills City Council late Tuesday unanimously approved a ban on the retail sale of most tobacco products with a sweeping ordinance that is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

The tobacco sales ban in the playground of the rich and famous is set to go into effect at the beginning in 2021. It will outlaw the retail sale of cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes sold in gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies and grocery stores.

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Altria is taking an 80% stake in the global business of Swiss tobacco company Burger Sohne for $372 million, the companies said Monday.

As part of the deal, Altria will provide global distribution for Burger Sohne’s oral nicotine pouches On — kind of like chewing tobacco without the tobacco — as the maker of Marlboro cigarettes further expands its portfolio beyond cigarettes.

Once the all-cash transaction closes in the second half of the year, Burger Sohne’s businesses will become part of Altria’s newly formed subsidiary Helix Innovations.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) pointed out on Monday that raising the tax on tobacco products to P60 would not only help fund the government’s health care programs but also help save the lives of around 460,000 persons.

According to Gundo Weiler, WHO representative to the Philippines, there’s “no rational argument” to support making cigarettes cheap given that a hike in tobacco tax will put the country in a “win-win-win” situation.

 

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Earlier this month, the Union health ministry issued a circular asking 35 bodies associated with the ministry to have a “prior consultation” with them before pursuing any research or holding any events on e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

The reason cited by them for this is that the matter is ‘sub judice’. Currently, a few cases on e-cigarettes are pending before the Delhi high court, for which the Union of India has been made a party. The sale of e-cigarettes is currently not allowed in India [...]

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As Washington moves closer to raising the age for buying e-cigarettes and conventional tobacco products to 21 from 18 nationwide, some advocacy groups are warning that one prominent bill could offer a loophole for tobacco companies.

The Tobacco-Free Youth Act — rolled out in mid-May by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, and Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine — would lift the purchase age to 21 but also require that each U.S. state pass a law lifting its minimum age to 21 or risk losing federal funding for programs that fight substance abuse.

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Among investors, there’s a robust debate about which of several sustainable investing strategies is best. The exception is the tobacco industry, where there’s no debate at all.

When it comes to tobacco companies, there are really only two types of investors. The first are those who exclude all tobacco stocks and debt. Unlike oil and gas, tobacco stocks are a tiny part of any portfolio, so it becomes an easy target to exclude. [...]

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Mexico’s consumer health protection agency has effectively denounced the US Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of IQOS, a heat-not-burn product—as well as warning against electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), like e-cigarettes, in general.

In a May 31 public communique, the government agency COFEPRIS adopted the staunchly anti-vaping position of the Mexican National Institutes of Health and Federal Hospitals and the National Commission Against Addictions. The document was endorsed by a slew of reputable public health institutions, [...]

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Is the modern e-cigarette or vape bad for you?

The short answer: It’s not totally harmless and so far, there’s no long-term research available.

“The most accurate thing we can say is if people frequently vape, it’s almost certainly harmful, but much less harmful than smoking cigarettes,” said David Hammond, a professor at the University of Waterloo’s school of public health. “Most of the carcinogens from cigarettes are from lighting something on fire. So, the way to think about vaping is it’s got far fewer chemicals. [...]

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Maharashtra and Rajasthan have decided to ban e-cigarettes in an attempt to discourage nicotine addiction. Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement and said that electronic nicotine delivery systems may be as harmful as conventional tobacco products. 

Apart from e-cigarettes, Maharashtra has also banned vapes and e-hookahs. Identifying the threats they pose on the lives of people, the two states issued a circular banning the production, distribution and sales of e-cigarettes. 

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Few things have a more significant impact on the future of the vaping industry as the vaping regulations around the world. The more places which agree that vaping serves a legitimate value to smokers looking to quit, the easier it will become to protect our vaping rights moving forward. At the same time, these laws are constantly shifting, as new legislators with different agendas come into power. The end result is a complicated situation which, at least in America, has lead to a troubling trend for the vaping community. [...]