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Under federal government changes that came into effect on October 1, it is now illegal to obtain nicotine-containing vaping products without a doctor's prescription.

 

Ryan Hussey owns and operates Launceston's 888 Vapes, which produces nicotine-free e-cigarette liquids.

He is the only manufacturer of vape juices in Tasmania and deals largely with online orders and mainland and Tasmanian stockists.

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A study conducted by the Dhaka Ahsania Mission recommends amending the Tobacco Control Act to ban the production, import-export, promotion, marketing and consumption of all emerging tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. 
Many young people use e-cigarettes for style and the flavours. Many consider e-cigarettes help them quit smoking conventional cigarettes. Some perceive e-cigarettes to be less harmful to health compared to conventional cigarettes. 

These issues have come up in the results of the study on the use of e-cigarettes conducted on students of two universities in Dhaka. 

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Speaking at this year's Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum ( GTNF) in London, BAT Group Chief of Marketing, Kingsley Wheaton, said having a total ban on alternative products poses a greater risk in the efforts being made towards tobacco harm reduction "If the WHO recommends a ban on e-cigarettes at COP9 in November, that could seriously undermine the progress being made in making reduced risk tobacco and nicotine products widely available to smokers," he said. 

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[...] Until recently, the driver – an 18-year-old, part-time drug dealer – would have been selling marijuana from the front seat of his car. It was earlier this year that he decided to pivot to e-cigarettes instead. [...]
“I started seeing a lot of people selling vapes and I thought to look into it. Then I realised that the profits are almost double,” James told VICE World News. James, who is still in high school, estimates that he makes between $1000 and $2000 AUD ($720 to $1,440 USD) a month selling e-cigarettes. [...]

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Vaping aerosols contain thousands of unknown chemicals and substances not disclosed by manufacturers, including industrial chemicals and caffeine, Johns Hopkins University researchers found.

The study is the first to apply to vaping liquids and aerosols an advanced fingerprinting technique used to identify chemicals in food and wastewater. The results, just published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, suggest people who vape are using a product whose risks have yet to be fully determined and could be exposing themselves to chemicals with adverse health effects.

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Most people are aware of the fact that smoking causes cancer and a host of other health problems and smoking during pregnancy is all the more dangerous — it can cause serious problems including miscarriage and premature labour, and doubles the possibility of having a low-birth-weight baby as compared to a woman who does not smoke during pregnancy. Low birth weight babies are more likely to catch infections, suffer from breathing difficulties and long-term health problems in adulthood and are also at a greater risk of death.

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Charlotte has been chosen as the test market for the latest marketing initiative for the blu eCigs brand sold by an Imperial Brands Plc subsidiary.

The promotional campaign is titled “Get Unlit.”

The company said the enhanced blu product packaging has been introduced in more than 220 retail outlets in the Charlotte area.

Imperial said the test market does not extend into the Triad.

A full in-store and digital consumer engagement program will be rolled out by ITG Brands LLC later this month.

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For decades now we’ve known that smoking is bad for our health – the research has conclusively shown that smoking increases your risk of suffering from cancer, heart disease, stroke and lung disease, among many other conditions.

Clyde Parsons, actuarial executive of BrightRock, explained this is the reason why smoker rates are higher than non-smoker rates in life insurance. “Smokers can pay more than double the premiums a non-smoker would pay, depending on factors, such as age, pre-existing conditions like those mentioned above and how you’ve structured your policy.’’

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This narrative review examines the impact of cigarette smoking and the use of other tobacco and nicotine products on cardiovascular disease. Smoking increases the incidence of both acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases, and the harmful effects are substantially and relatively quickly reversible after quitting. Recommended cessation treatment includes offering pharmacotherapy, counseling which should emphasize the rapid risk reduction that occurs after quitting, and adequate follow-up contacts. [...]

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While we have made some progress to address smoking rates in Tasmania, we've also seen attempts to 're-normalise' smoking within our communities, particularly through the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping.

 

To address this considerable and growing health concern, we put a strong framework in place through the Public Health Amendment (Healthy Tasmania) Bill 2017 and the Poisons Act 1971 to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn said on Tuesday he is exploring ways to legalise the sale of e-cigarettes despite strong opposition from health activists and anti-smoking campaigners.

At least 67 countries have approved e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to smoking while Thailand still refuses to accept them, he said.

The minister said he believed vaping could be a safer choice for those struggling to quit smoking, adding there were at least 10 million smokers in the country.

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SENATE Bill (SB) 2239 is described in virtuous ways, hinting that it would introduce regulation protecting the youth and curbing cigarette addiction. But that portrayal is a ruse because the bill actually proposes to relax regulations on vaping, e-cigarettes and similar products. We urge senators to vote against the measure, which is also known as the "Vaporized Nicotine Products Regulation Act."

Earlier this year, the House passed a counterpart legislation, House Bill 9007, or the "Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act." [...]

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The new Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulations surrounding the sale of nicotine vaping products and e-cigarettes are set to cause wide-spread confusion across the petrol and convenience (P&C) channel. “Retailers are expecting to see some confused customers in the coming weeks and months. We have been left in the dark on how this impacts convenience stores around the country. We are still unaware of what we can communicate to consumers on the new regulations and whether that violates the tobacco act in some states. We need information to share with our members urgently.”

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Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking cigarettes in Australia, with fruity flavours appealing to young people.

New laws introduced mean people who want to vape with liquid nicotine will now need a prescription from a doctor, but many GPs are hesitant to do so.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued two final rules for the premarket review of new tobacco products. The foundational rules provide additional information on the requirements for the content, format and review of Premarket Tobacco Product Applications (PMTAs) and Substantial Equivalence (SE) Reports – two of the most commonly used pathways through which a manufacturer can seek marketing authorization for a new tobacco product from the FDA.

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Mary Rezk-Hanna, PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, studies the short-term effects of vaping on vascular health – she argues that electronic vaping is harmful and that a “safer” alternative to traditional hookah smoking is anything but safe
While cigarette smoking rates among high-school-aged children and young adults have reached historic lows, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) use has increased exponentially in recent years. ENDS are battery-operated devices that produce an inhaled aerosol that delivers nicotine, fine and ultrafine particles and flavourings, without any combustion. [...]

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Vaping and forms of smokeless tobacco have gained popularity as harm reduction options for millions of ex-smokers around the world. Evidence shows that such products are both vastly safer than cigarettes and effective ways of quitting them. But in the last few years, we have simultaneously seen a dramatic increase in fear-mongering around these options, led by national and local governments, well funded nonprofits and the World Health Organization.

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While it is a welcome development that the Therapeutic Goods Administration has recognised the potential benefits of these products as smoking cessation aids, the problem with these new rules is that in practice it will make it very difficult for Tasmanians to access them. According the TGA, there is not a single GP in Tasmania who is registered to prescribe these products. So vaping Tasmanians will need to seek a prescription through a telehealth appointment.

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This webinar explores theory, evidence, and options for youth access regulatory policies including minimum age 21, retail licensing, enforcement, outlet density, and social sources that may be important considerations in Canada. The results of an internet test shop study are also presented. The goal is to provide an overview of the context of youth access to e-cigarettes in Canada, assess the evidence for a range of policy options, and discuss the feasibility of implementation in jurisdictions across Canada.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Wednesday that Philip Morris International and Altria must stop the sale and import of the Iqos tobacco device.

The decision is the result of a patent case filed by rival R.J. Reynolds. The trade agency found that the cigarette alternative infringed on two of Reynolds’ patents.

 

The import and sales ban will take effect in two months after an administrative review that requires President Joe Biden’s signature. Philip Morris said it plans to appeal the trade agency’s decision, and an Altria spokesperson said the two companies are working together on contingency plans.