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President Donald Trump reportedly has reconsidered a plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes, a reversal that was widely portrayed as a triumph of politics over public health. Yet that criticism more aptly describes the proposed ban, which would have sacrificed the interests, and potentially the lives, of current and former smokers in the name of curtailing underage vaping. There were political arguments on both sides of this debate. Advocates of the flavor ban argued that it would appeal to suburban women concerned about the recent rise in e-cigarette use by teenagers, while opponents warned [...]

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One of the states to succumb to the national vaping panic—which rages on despite Trump’s recent indication that he may pull back from a national ban on flavored vapes—is Massachusetts.

After Gov. Charlie Baker declared a public health emergency in response to an outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries and deaths, Massachusetts implemented a four-month ban of all vapes in September. It applies to all online and retail store sales of vaping products, including nicotine and marijuana.

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The severity of health warnings on e-cigarette packaging may deter smokers from switching to vaping, a new study has revealed.

Research undertaken by the Centre for Addictive Behaviours at London South Bank University (LSBU) has shown that using “reduced risk” messaging was more successful in encouraging tobacco smokers to switch to vapes, without enticing non-smokers to start. Lynne Dawkins, professor of nicotine and tobacco studies at LSBU, who led the research, added: ”Ultimately, if more smokers switch to e-cigarettes, there will be fewer smoking-related deaths and diseases.“

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Human rights law is increasingly important in international and domestic tobacco control debates. More generally, human rights have proven essential in shaping health and socioeconomic policies and in ensuring accountability. They are also directly relevant to the regulation of e-vapor products (EVPs), which are still surrounded by controversy. Accordingly, the present study explores the relevance of human rights—in particular the right to health, as enshrined in various international human rights treaties—to the regulatory freedom enjoyed by the states with respect to the regulation of EVPs.

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Owen Bennett, Jefferies tobacco analyst, and Bill Baruch, president of Blue Line Futures, join "Squawk on the Street" to discuss the latest lawsuit against Juul by the state of New York.

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The World Health Organization is calling for stricter regulations on the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes as more information comes to light about the potentially harmful impact of these products.   

Health officials are increasingly worried about the risks posed by e-cigarettes as reported cases of deaths and illnesses from these devices spread from the United States to Europe and beyond. They see the recent death of a young man in Belgium and reports of vaping-related illnesses in the Philippines and other countries in the world as a call to action.  

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The American Medical Association is calling for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

The group adopted the sweeping stance Tuesday at a policy-making meeting in San Diego. It aims to lobby for laws, regulations or legal action to achieve a ban, but the industry is sure to fight back.

The AMA cited the surge in teen e-cigarette use. The group also said the recent outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping shows how little is known about the health consequences. [...]

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Donald Trump is reportedly backing away from a proposal to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid fears of a backlash from voters. 

The president had considered outlawing the controversial products that have been linked to a series of deaths, with even the first lady 'feeling strongly' about the issue.

But it is understood the POTUS is hesitant to press ahead with action on vaping as he fears suffering a backlash from voters, according to a report in The New York Times

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The Philippines will outlaw the use and import of e-cigarettes and arrest anyone using them, its President said on Tuesday (Nov 19), joining a growing number of nations moving to ban devices that have been linked to deaths and addiction.

President Rodrigo Duterte announced the order during a late night news conference after being asked about a Department of Health report confirming the first case of lung injury related to vaping in the country.

"I will ban it. The use and importation. You know why? Because it is toxic and government has the power to issue measures to protect public health [...]

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A new study from Penn State College of Medicine researchers has shown that different electronic cigarettes or “electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS)” have different rates of nicotine delivery to the users. Most popular brand of e-cigarettes JUUL for example has been found to deliver more nicotine at a faster rate compared to other brands. [...] Jessica Yingst [...] explained that there have been studies that have revealed that electronic cigarettes with cartridges containing higher nicotine concentrations were also providing low nicotine to the users compared to traditional cigarettes.

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President Donald Trump blocked members of the vaping industry. The U.S. Vaping Association, in an interview with Vaping Post, accuses the administration of barring industry stakeholders from the regulatory process.

News outlets have reported that the president is potentially backing off any adverse policy that could negatively impact the health of the industry. The New York Times and The Washington Post both broke similar stories suggesting that key political advisers were able to convince him not to sign the official memo ordering the ban. [...]

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Amid concerns over the health impact of electronic cigarettes or vapes, technology giant Apple has taken down mobile applications related to the product on its App Store.

“Apps that encourage consumption of tobacco and vape products, illegal drugs, or excessive amounts of alcohol are not permitted on the App Store,” read the update on the App Store guidelines released this week.

“Apps that encourage minors to consume any of these substances will be rejected. Facilitating the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances (except for licensed pharmacies) isn’t allowed,” it added.

 

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It's been more than two months since President Donald Trump announced that he would ban kid-friendly flavored e-cigarettes, and public health groups are losing patience.

But the administration has taken no action yet, fueling speculation that Trump is backing away from a ban because doing so may cost him votes next November.

 

"We are deeply troubled by reports that politics may be interfering with policy that would prevent children from the dangers of e-cigarettes," Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, said in a statement.

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One of the biggest names in New Zealand vaping is making a play for the UK market.

Vapo, the company owned by entrepreneurs Ben Pryor and Jonathan Devery, has hit retail shelves in the United Kingdom with a range of nicotine vape products.

Michael Mason, who has been appointed as the national sales manager for Europe and the United Kingdom, says there has already been strong uptake of the products this far. "We're set to sign with some of the UK's best well-known vape retailers," Mason said.

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The state of California on Monday sued e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc., alleging the San Francisco company engaged in a “systematic” and “wildly successful” campaign to attract teenagers to its nicotine devices.

The lawsuit draws on internal correspondence and other evidence, asserting the company did little to prevent sales to underage customers. It also claims that Juul used a “flawed” age-verification process for online sales.

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Monday marked exactly two months since HHS Secretary Azar said the administration would act to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market, including everything except tobacco flavor. But there are some signs that the administration may be softening its stance, allowing menthol to remain, and potentially excluding vape shops from the flavor ban. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Pfizer board member and former FDA commissioner, join "Squawk Box" to discuss.

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No doubt progressives embedded within the “public health deep state” thought they had President Trump boxed into a corner. And just like that, the Trump flavor vape ban is dead. But for a heartwrenching two months, it appeared otherwise. After decades evangelizing the evils of smoking, five years of pumping the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping, and following 12-months of Juul inspired hysteria over the so-called youth vaping epidemic, President Trump (and the American public) were primed to fall for one of the biggest public health lies of all time: vaping kills.

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The idea of our children getting addicted to any substance is a nightmare to most adults and parents. And unfortunately, nicotine has been hooking our children since tobacco products have been in use. This fact is why we understand the reactions to nicotine’s latest delivery method, vaping, and the fear that our children are being put in mortal danger for using these products.

There is just one problem though – vaping has also helped countless adults quit a far more scientifically proven dangerous and deadly habit – combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes.

 

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In “Ohio High School Plans to Drug-Test All Students at Least Once a Year,” Derrick Bryson Taylor writes about Stephen T. Badin High School in Hamilton, Ohio. Starting in January, students at the high school will be tested at least once a year for illicit drugs, alcohol, nicotine and other banned substances:

Students are required to consent to the testing as a condition of their enrollment at the school, and potential consequences for violating the drug policy include suspension and expulsion, the letter said. [...]

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Tobacco marketing researchers and anti-smoking advocates say regulators — namely the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission — are ill equipped, relying on rules and standards that fail to understand modern marketing.

Eschewing the glossy magazines and television ads favored by tobacco giants, brands like Juul, Logic and Myblu have leveraged sophisticated internet campaigns, relying heavily on Instagram, the photo-sharing platform used by about three-quarters of American teenagers. [...]