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New Zealand Government Legalizes E-cigs In Bid To Make Country Smoke-free By 2025

The New Zealand Government plans to make e-cigs legal in order to reach their target of becoming smoke-free by 2025.

“Scientific evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes is still developing but there’s a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking,” said Associate Health Minister, Nick Wagner.

“This is an opportunity to see if restricted access to e-cigarettes and e-liquid can help lower our smoking rates, reduce harm and save lives.” she said.

There will be new rules put in place for all e-cigarettes, regardless of whether or not they contain nicotine. The rules include restricting sales to those 18 years and over and prohibiting vaping in indoor workplaces and other areas where smoking is banned under the Smoke-free Environments Act.

The tax that applies to cigarettes would not be added on to e-cigarettes, and strict advertising rules will limit the exposure of the products to children and young people who are unlikely to smoke otherwise.

The Ministry of Health says there is “emerging evidence that e‑cigarette use may substantially reduce the burden of disease caused by smoking”.

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Gottlieb Will Not Commit To Banning Flavored E-cigs

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who has been chosen to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by President Trump, has refused to commit to banning flavored e-cigs when confronted with the argument that potential flavors that could lure young people into experimentation.

During Gottlieb’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash named e-cigarette flavors when questioning him: “Gummy bears? Cookies and cream?”

Although Gottlieb admitted that Sen. Patty Murray was raising some imperative questions about whether flavored e-cigs could be a gateway to adolescent smoking, he said:

“I think a properly constructed and overseen regulatory process should have the capacity, under the authorities Congress gave the agency, to make these determinations.”

“I recognize there is a line here somewhere, and I don’t know where that line gets drawn. I think that line needs to get drawn by people who are experts in evaluating that science, and I want to support that,” he said.

As FDA commissioner, Gottlieb would oversee the regulation of pharmaceuticals, tobacco, medical devices, food safety, cosmetics and other areas of human and animal health.

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UK Statistics Show One Person Switching To Vaping Every Four Minutes

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According to a recent report from the Office of National Statistics, 56.7% of smokers across the UK decided to quit smoking traditional cigarettes in 2015, which is the highest proportion since 1974.

There is evidence to suggest that the reason for this cigarette decline is due to a recent vaping boom, with UK residents switching to vaping faster than any other country in Europe.

Approximately one UK resident makes the switch from traditional cigarettes to e-cigs every four minutes.

British online retailer, Vapourlites, conducted some research on the UK cities with the most e-cig outlets, finding the Scottish capital of Edinburgh had the most with a total of 17 vape stores. Large cities, London and Birmingham each had 10 stores, and out of 68 cities analysed, only 13 didn’t have e-cig stores within a 2-mile radius.

Charles Bloom, director of Vapourlites, said: “The emergence of vaping outlets in major cities is highly beneficial – not just to those in the business, but to everyone who is struggling with addiction. It is highly important to maintain choice: people should not feel confined in how they choose to cope with their addiction. Hopefully, the example set by leading cities like Edinburgh, London and Birmingham will encourage cities across the globe to follow suit.” 

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Does vaping lead to smoking? Public health researchers say no

Public health researchers have confirmed that e-cigs are not a gateway to smoking cigarettes, as some misleading studies suggest.

The paper, which was produced by researchers from the University at Buffalo and the University of Michigan writing in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, focused on the risks for moving from e-cigs to traditional cigarettes.

“There is little evidence that those who have never smoked cigarettes or never used other tobacco products and first try e-cigarettes will later move on to cigarette usage with great frequency or daily, regular smoking,” said Lynn Kozlowski, the paper’s lead author.

The research paper also highlights shortcomings in studies that show a link between e-cig use and subsequent smoking.

Some studies use misleading measures for what is actually considered smoking. “Measures of ‘at least one puff in the past six months’ can mean little more than the experimenting vaper was curious how cigarettes compared,” said Lynn Kozlowski, the paper’s lead author.

Authors of the study say that more accurate information needs to be provided to the public on the health risks of e-cigs versus traditional cigarettes.

“From the best evidence to date, e-cigarettes are much less dangerous than cigarettes. The public has become confused about this,” Kozlowski added.

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New study says 32% of smokers will have switched to e-cigs by 2050

A new study published in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology has predicted that by 2050 the 32% of smokers in the UK that would otherwise have continued smoking will have made the switch to e-cigs.

The prediction was made after scientists at British American Tobacco developed a model which looks at a number of possible scenarios that may occur between 2000 and 2050. There is a baseline scenario in which e-cigarettes are not on the market, and a counterfactual scenario, based on the current trends in which both cigarettes and e-cigs are available to consumers.

The scientists used past trends to help predict the future, which, according to Dr. James Murphy, Head of Reduced Risk Substantiation at British American Tobacco, “is an informative way of assessing population health effects when epidemiological data are not available.”

“Our model shows that when e-cigarettes are available, the effect of ‘normalisation’, through for example, the visibility and familiarization of e-cigarettes versus the ‘de-normalization’ of cigarettes, means that fewer people start smoking and there is a higher rate of successful quit attempts–smokers quit earlier and, although many still relapse, there are significantly more former smokers,” Murphy added.

The model also takes into account the characteristics and behaviors or consumers, such as when they started smoking or whether they are a dual user, are represented through a feedback system, as is the potential effect of smoking normalization on starting and cessation rates. Factors including consumer age, gender, and aging are also taken into account.

“Our results show an overall beneficial effect of e-cigarettes on a population, reducing smoking prevalence and smoking-related deaths,” says Murphy.

These results coincide with reports such as the one published by Public Health England, saying that the current expert estimate is that using e-cigarettes is around 95% safer than smoking cigarettes.

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Here’s Why British Smokers Are Switching To E-Cigs At Such High Rates

According to research from business consultancy firm EY (formerly known as Ernst & Young), one person has switched from traditional smoking to vaping every four minutes in the UK.

There are approximately two million British people vaping, (a total of 4.2 per cent of adults), and this number continues to grow. This is also the highest of any country in Europe, with just over 3 per cent of adults in France using vape products.

This growth of e-cig products in the UK is most likely down to the clear health benefits of vaping over smoking, which many public health groups have highlighted. For example, a recent study by the University College London found that switching to e-cigs is far safer and less toxic than smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes.

“The UK has one of the most progressive regulatory environments for e-cigarettes and that’s reflected in consumer uptake and category growth,” said Kingsley Wheaton, managing director for Next Generation Products, at British American Tobacco.

“The UK government has created an environment which enables consumers to be informed about the products, have access to them and allows manufacturers to innovate and provide quality vaping products,” he added.

The e-cig market in the UK is estimated at £6.1bn, which could reach £12bn by the end of 2020.

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Should the Trump Administration repeal FDA regulations on vaping?

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As we know, regulations placed on e-cigs by the FDA during Obama’s final year of administration have the potential to wipe out many small players in the vaping industry.

But with President Donald Trump in power, repealing these regulations could be a great start in bringing American jobs back, without the need to impose tariffs, or build walls for that matter.

According to the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association, 99 percent of all e-cig and vaping products now on the market will have to be submitted for FDA review, which, could potentially push many people out of jobs, and also place the 9 million smokers who switched to vaping in jeopardy of returning to smoking cigarettes.

A report by the R Street Institute, a Washington, D.C. based free market think tank, says that the Trump administration should take action to overturn the regulations.

“Perverse tobacco policy is failing the American public and will soon destroy thousands of small and medium-sized businesses that are part of the solution, not part of the problem,” said the authors of the R Street report, Eli Lehrer and David Sweanor, professor at the University of Ottawa’s Center for Health Law.

Although the changes will not take effect immediately, this is essentially a slow-motion ban on vaping products, which could be intervened by the Trump administration. However, there have not yet been any signals on whether it will continue with Obama-era policies on e-cigs or move in a new direction.

The R Street report is also arguing that vaping products should be advertised as being healthier than traditional cigarettes. As a large majority of evidence supports this statement, such as one study from the UK that found that e-cigs are 95 percent safer than traditional cigarettes that contain tobacco.

Should the Trump Administration continue to take a hard stance on vaping, not only will this deter existing smokers from switching to vaping, but it is also likely to push vapers back onto the habit of smoking traditional cigarettes.

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Anti-vaping legislation may keep vital info from public

The Canadian federal government is attempting to limit public access to scientific data in its proposed anti-vaping legislation, Bill S-5, which was introduced in November 2016.

The Bill prohibits manufacturers or purveyors of e-cigarettes from sharing scientific information comparing the health effects of smoking traditional combustible tobacco cigarettes with vaping.

There have been several studies demonstrating that the effect of smoking on health is far worse than that of vaping, with one study which showed that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco, but even sharing a simple statistic like this would mean breaking the law if public access becomes limited.

Despite many health authorities in other countries, like the UK for example, seeing vaping as beneficial to public health, the federal government seems to have other ideas.

If the restriction goes ahead, making people aware of a peer-reviewed scientific journal article in a vape shop could result in a fine of up to $500,000 and a two-year prison term, something many people are saying removes their freedom of speech.

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Aussie e-cig ban is a harsh blow to smokers

The recent proposal by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) to effectively ban nicotine-containing e-cigs means Australian smokers will be denied access to devices which, according to a wealth of evidence, are likely to help smokers quit.

This proposal comes as a shock to many, since other products containing much higher levels of nicotine, such as cigarettes, are freely available in Australia and do not need TGA approval. If this decision is made final next month, e-cig users will officially be unable to buy or import nicotine for vaping without a prescription from their doctor.

A ban such as this is likely to drastically reduce the number of smokers who are able to quit, and may force e-cig users to source nicotine solutions from an unregulated and illegal black market, or buy nicotine online and mix their own e-liquid at home, both of which will place them at great risk.

This decision will also leave Australia out of step with other countries in Europe, the United States, Canada and New Zealand, where e-cigs containing nicotine are either legal, or are in the process of being legalized.

“It is important to promote the use of e-cigarettes … as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking,” said a spokesperson for the Royal College of Physicians.

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New study finds e-cigs are far safer than conventional cigarettes

A recent study has found that consuming e-cigarettes if far safer and less toxic than smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes.

The study, which was led by a public health and epidemiology specialist at University College London, analyzed levels of dangerous and cancer-causing substances in the body and found that people who switched from smoking regular cigarettes to e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), has much lower levels of toxins in their saliva and urine than those who continued to smoke.

Lion Shahab, the specialist, said that the study “adds to existing evidence showing that e-cigarettes and NRT are far safer than smoking, and suggests that there is a very low risk associated with their long-term use.”

People who used e-cigarettes or NRT but did not completely quit smoking did not show the same drop in toxin levels. This underlined that a complete switch is needed to get the long-term health benefits of quitting tobacco, the researchers said.

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco smoking currently kills around 6 million people a year, and it will have killed approximately one billion people by the end of this century if trends continue.

“Switching to e-cigarettes can significantly reduce harm to smokers, with greatly reduced exposure to carcinogens and toxins,” he said in a statement. “The findings also make clear that the benefit is only realized if people stop smoking completely and make a total switch.

“The best thing a smoker can do, for themselves and those around them, is to quit now, completely and forever.”

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