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The Department of Health has banned the use of electronic cigarettes in public, with local government units to be tasked to apprehend violators.

Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Eric Domingo said Secretary Francisco Duque III has signed an administrative order that bans the use of e-cigarettes and vaporizers (vapes) in public places. This comes two years after President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order 26 that prohibits cigarette smoking in common spaces, and instead limits the activity to designated smoking areas.

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This week, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that vaping must be kept out of the hands of kids but preserved as a tool for smokers to quit. And one would hope his message would go further.

However, due to a very smart public relations campaign undertaken by public health groups and international bodies, nicotine, rather than conventional tobacco, has been made the enemy.

And in making nicotine the enemy, they’ve neglected the fact that adult smokers are switching en masse to these new reduced-risk products, [...]

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American e-cigarettes which have been banned in the European Union for their high nicotine content have been found on sale in Amsterdam. The liquid used in Juul cigarettes contains nearly three times the maximum permitted level of nicotine – 59 ml against an EU limit of 20ml – making them highly addictive, according to the public health agency RIVM.

‘The use of nicotine salts in Juul is concerning,’ Reinskie Talhout, tabacco specialist at the RIVM told the Volkskrant. [...]

 

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San Francisco is a city of mind-bending contrasts. [...] To be fair, the city is trying to rein in homelessness, drug use and errant syringes, but the latest policy to have its full-throated support is a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes. The ban is intended to “protect youth from e-cigarettes,” according to a news release from city attorney Dennis Herrera.

Doubtless, nonsmoking teens shouldn’t vape. But what about smoking adults, the target audience for e-cigarettes?

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More restrictive smoking laws took effect Monday in Virginia, Illinois, Florida and Vermont — the latest in a line of legislative efforts designed to combat what some say is a teen vaping epidemic. [...]
The measures, which come just days after San Francisco adopted the nation’s first ban on e-cigarette sales, reflect growing concern that the popularity of vaping with teens will undermine a decades-long decline in youth-smoking rates.

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New Zealand's Ministry of Health has launched a new campaign spruiking vaping as a way to help quit smoking.

It makes clear that the health effects of vaping aren't known, and that if you don't smoke you shouldn't use e-cigarettes. Emeritus Professor Simon Chapman from the University of Sydney's School of Public Health and tobacco treatment specialist Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn, from UNSW, speak with Kia Handley.

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There has been a proliferation of JUUL-related content on the photo and video sharing social media service, Instagram, that is likely to appeal to young people, reveals research [...]

The posts feature product promotion, nicotine and addiction content, and references to youth culture, the analysis shows.

In the US, digital marketing of e-cigarettes on social media is unregulated, leaving the way clear for the vaping industry to aggressively market products like JUUL to young people, who are the heaviest users of social media platforms, say the researchers.

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Some U.K. lawmakers think they’ve found a way to reduce British smoking deaths: Brexit.

Large numbers of British cigarette smokers will switch to vaping once the U.K. leaves the bloc, they argue, if looser British tobacco laws replace tighter EU limits on nicotine advertising and packaging. [...]
The House of Commons’ science and technology committee recommended a review of tobacco legislation last year, to create a “more risk-proportionate regulatory environment.” The government’s Department of Health and Social Care agreed, [...]

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A research team at the University of California, Riverside, has found that electronic cigarettes, often targeted to youth and pregnant women, produce a stress response in neural stem cells, which are critical cells in the brain.

Present throughout life, stem cells become specialized cells with more specific functions, such as brain cells, blood cells, or bone. Far more sensitive to stress than the specialized cells they become, stem cells provide a model to study exposure to toxicants, such as cigarette smoke.

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Live in the Green Mountain State? Hitting the Juul is going to cost you.

A hefty 92% tax on e-cigarettes will go into effect in Vermont on Monday, as Vermont joins a handful of other states and cities cracking down on e-cigarette usage, especially among teens.
In fall 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration deemed youth e-cigarette usage an epidemic. State Rep. George Till said smoking is huge problem in Vermont. He is the primary sponsor of the tax increase bill and a licensed physician who said he's been "fighting the tobacco war for years."

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Taxes on traditional cigarettes may be driving smokers to try vaping.

A $1 tax increase on traditional cigarettes reduces cigarette use by 1.9% overall and by 3.5% for daily smokers, says a new study distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

The study determined these results by cross-referencing dates of state cigarette excise tax changes with data from Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) surveys and National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) between 2011 and 2017.

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In this segment, Emeritus Professor, Gerry Stimson speaks to WION on San Francisco e-cigarettes ban.

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The Scandinavian nation has further limited public spaces where people can smoke. Smoking has already been banned in bars and restaurants since May 2005. Sweden took a step closer to becoming a smoke-free nation on Monday with the introduction of new laws regarding smoking in public places.

As of July 1, Swedes were no longer able to light up in certain public spaces, such as playgrounds, train stations and even outside restaurants and bars. The ban has been extended to e-cigarettes.

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Across Canada, underage youth are legally restricted from purchasing alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes and vapes. But according to recently released survey data, they are using them anyway.

The media headlines say it all. A recent report in the British Medical Journal shows that Canada has experienced a “massive,” “staggering,” and “whopping” increase in teen vaping. Among 16- to 19-year-olds, last-30-days vaping use increased 74 per cent between 2017 and 2018.

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Millions of people in the UK are putting their sight at risk by continuing to smoke, warn specialists.

Despite the clear connection, only one in five people recognise that smoking can lead to blindness, a poll for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) finds.

Smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight compared with non-smokers, says the RNIB.

That is because tobacco smoke can cause and worsen a number of eye conditions.

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In that column, I argued that the World Health Organisation ought to promote vaping, because heavily restricting their sale and use would do more harm than good. In particular, I claimed that e-cigarettes were less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, posed no significant threat to bystanders, did not act as a gateway to smoking tobacco, and did not renormalise smoking.

I am not sure why the activists merit a “right of reply” since they were not named in my column. [...]

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San Francisco’s ban on sales of e-cigarettes could set back the war on smoking, according to public health experts in the UK who are doing everything they can to promote vaping as a way to quit.

As shopkeepers in San Francisco contemplate having to clear their shelves of vaping devices before the new year after a vote by city supervisors, many in the NHS are looking at ways to encourage more smokers to try them. This week in the north-east of England, an NHS taskforce urged doctors and nurses to talk to patients about smoking and reassure them vaping is safer.