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Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration authorized the sale of e-cigarette products for the first time ever. The American Lung Association expressed displeasure, saying they are “dismayed” by the authorization. 

We spoke with pulmonologists at SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital, who said this decision from the FDA is alarming. 

“This has been a disappointing decision mainly due to its effect on the youth,” said Dr. Ghassan Kamel.

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The Food and Drug Administration’s decision this week to authorize the sale of an electronic cigarette was a landmark for the vaping industry — but it may only deepen confusion about the sector’s future.

More than a month after a court-ordered deadline to determine which e-cigs could stay on the market, FDA has yet to act on applications from some of the industry’s biggest players, including Juul. And while the agency has denied or rejected as incomplete millions of marketing applications from small and mid-sized manufacturers, it has not said whether any type of vape flavors are acceptable. [...]

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100 experts have come together to publish a joint letter expressing grave concerns about the approach taken by the World Health Organisation to tobacco science and policy.  We believe WHO is on the wrong track. In this post, several of those signing the letter provides their own perspective in their own words.

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On October 12, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first-ever vaping product to legally be sold in the United States.

The FDA determined that the Vuse Solo, along with two “tobacco”-flavored e-liquid cartridges, were “appropriate for the protection of public health”—meaning the agency believed that the products were more likely to help adult smokers switch to a safer alternative than to introduce a new generation to nicotine. The decision is historic, but leaves advocates on both sides of the raging vaping debate dissatisfied.

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More than 100 global experts have slammed the World Health Organisation for a stubborn anti-vaping stance that is contributing to “millions” of avoidable smoking-related deaths.

In an open letter ahead of a global tobacco control meeting next month, the group of independent experts in nicotine science and policy have blasted the WHO for being “dismissive of the potential to transform the tobacco market from high-risk to low-risk products”.

“WHO is rejecting a public health strategy that could avoid millions of smoking-related deaths,” they write.

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The study titled, “Knowledge and Attitudes Among Medical Students Toward the Clinical Usage of e-Cigarettes: A Cross-Sectional Study in a University Hospital in Saudi Arabia,” aimed to measure the likelihood of study participants’ favouring the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation. A total of 399 students filled a four-item questionnaire.

 

The compiled responses indicated that a minority approved of e-cigarette use for smoking cessation. “A minority (13.5%) believed that e-cigarettes are FDA-approved for smoking cessation, while approximately one-third believed e-smoking lowers cancer risks (31.1%) and could help with smoking cessation (31.1%).”

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100 specialists in nicotine science, policy and practice have come together to call on the 182 parties (countries) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control to take a more positive stance on tobacco harm reduction.  The letter pushes back against WHO’s misguided and unscientific drive for prohibition or excessive regulation and taxation of vaping products, heated and smokeless tobacco products, and novel oral nicotine products, such as pouches. The letter makes seven main points relevant to FCTC parties and then six recommendations. The letter text must speak for itself.

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A packet of cigarettes in Belgium will soon become 25 cents more expensive as a result of increased tax duties on tobacco.

As part of the government’s budget agreement, announced on Tuesday by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open Vld), the cost of cigarettes will be increased, of which the proceeds will go towards reducing the financial burden on the middle class, by gradually phasing out the special social security contribution among other things.

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A small-scale focus group study by Dhaka Ahsania Mission found that many of the participants took up vaping to help them quit cigarette smoking and most of the survey participants were not aware of “potential health risks” of vapes, also known as e-cigarettes.

The findings of the survey were published in a press event held earlier this month. Carried out between January and February of 2020, the survey consisted of three focus group discussions with two university students - Dhaka University and North South University. The participants were daily vape users.

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Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable morbidity and mortality globally, and it is accountable for many causes of premature deaths. Despite the negative consequences of cigarette smoking, studies to identify factors associated with cigarette smoking are scanty and little is known about this practice in the Somali region so far, so this study aimed to assess the prevalence of cigarette smoking and associated factors among adolescents in the Gode, eastern Ethiopia 2020.

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The FDA took a huge step on Wednesday when, for the first time, it approved three electronic cigarettes for sale, saying the help they could provide to people trying to quit traditional cigarettes outweighs their risk.  

 

But experts complain that teen vapers who want to quit aren’t getting the help they need. Regulators haven’t authorized any tools to help young people stop vaping, despite a growing public health crisis.

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Smoking may have been a human habit for far longer than previously imagined. In a new study, published in Nature Human Behaviour on Monday, archaeologists said they've found evidence that people have been ingesting tobacco as long as 12,300 years ago—a whopping 9,000 years earlier than scientists had thought.

Primarily known today as the stuff that comes inside cigarettes, tobacco is derived from plants in the genus Nicotiana, a member of the nightshade family [...] Native to North and South America, the plant was domesticated by indigenous communities thousands of years ago and often used in religious, medicinal, and ceremonial contexts. [...]

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If there is something that every smoker confesses to, it is the desire to quit. However, many will add that they easily relapse as their body craves the deprived nicotine when they put the cigarettes down.

For many nicotine addicts, cigarettes are the main source despite the harmful effects that come from combusted tobacco. The general policy approach has been to push smokers to quit by putting in place various public health restrictions.

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A PACKET OF cigarettes will now cost an extra 50 cent. The increase was announced this afternoon as part of Budget 2022.

This is the sixth year in a row the excise duty on a packet of 20 cigarettes has been increased by that amount.

Smokers can now expect to pay €15 for a packet in the most popular price category. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe described the increase as a way of supporting Ireland’s public health policy to reduce smoking in society.

There will be a pro-rata increase on other tobacco products.

The increase is expected to be worth €56 million to the exchequer.

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Joining us today to unpack the big news in vaping over the past few weeks, including the FDA’s decision to grant its first marketing authorization for a nicotine vaping product, is Charles Gardner, Executive Director of INNCO and one of the most incisive voices in the world of tobacco harm reduction.

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The Canadian government recently consulted on its proposals for regulating—read:banning—flavors used in vaping products. Its supposed justifications include a perceived increase in youth vaping exposing young people to harm, and the notion that vaping is a “gateway” into cigarette smoking.

Both concerns are flawed to say the least, as is Health Canada’s claim that banning all flavors except tobacco and menthol is any kind of solution. According to Statistics Canada, teen smoking has been falling more rapidly than in previous years and is now at a record low. [...]

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On Aug. 26, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lowered the hammer on approximately 35,000 flavored e-cigarette items by issuing marketing denial orders (MDOs). The ruling prohibits interstate commerce for these products, resulting in convenience stores, vape shops and tobacco retailers immediately pulling them from store shelves.

One week later, the FDA released approximately 300,000 more MDOs on flavored vape and e-cigarette products. Then, on the court-mandated deadline of Sept. 9, the FDA stated it had taken action on approximately 93% of the more than 6.5 million pre-market tobacco applications (PMTAs) accepted, [...]

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“The brave call by a Thai Government Minister for Thailand to overturn its harsh ban on the sale of vape products has received applause and accolades from around the world,” says Nancy Loucas, [...] Her comments follow Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Minister, Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn, telling local media that vaping is safer for people trying to quit smoking. What’s more, he is now looking at ways vaping could be legalised in order to offer a less harmful alternative to smoking regular cigarettes.

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Smoking is not only the most common form of tobacco use but one of the leading preventable risk factors for premature mortality worldwide – killing more than eight million people a year, including non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke.

According to Dr Arifin Fii, a medical practitioner with experience in addiction therapy, Malaysia needs to look for innovative solutions to manage smoking prevalence in the country.

“Official statistics indicate there is little evidence showing that existing tobacco control strategies are working, as most smokers have a low desire to quit.

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The Food and Drug Administration for the first time on Tuesday authorized an electronic cigarette to be sold in the United States, a significant turn in one of the most contentious public health debates in decades.

In greenlighting a device and tobacco-flavored cartridges marketed by R.J. Reynolds under the brand name Vuse, the agency signaled that it believed that the help certain vaping devices offer smokers to quit traditional cigarettes is more significant than the risks of ensnaring a new generation.

“The authorized products’ aerosols are significantly less toxic than combusted cigarettes based on available data,” the F.D.A. said in a statement announcing the decision.