Electronic Cigarettes News

E-cigs for quitting smoking? A cautious thumbs-up from American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is recommending — with caution — to health care clinicians that they add electronic cigarettes and vaporizers as a smoking-cessation option.

The nonprofit group stressed Tuesday its policy statement is directed strictly at adults, including strongly recommending against its use by the young. It said it will closely monitor e-cigs innovations and research.

"The ACS has always supported any smoker who is considering quitting, no matter what approach they use; there is nothing more important that they can do for their health," the group said.

Positive results from an e-cigarette trial at the Isle of Man prison

In March last year, a six month pilot involving the use of e-cigarettes as alternatives to regular cigarettes, at the Isle of Man jail was announced. The aim of this trial was to reduce the dangers caused by inmates lighting up and smoking “illicit materials” such as tea bags and banana skins, to substitute cigarettes following the implementation of a smoking ban in 2008.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Report Recognizes that Vapor Products Are Significantly Less Harmful than Traditional Combustible Cigarettes

Committee on the Review of the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Releases Report Documenting Massive Review of Existing Scientific Literature

On January 23, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (hereinafter referred to as the “National Academies”) Committee on the Review of the Health Effects of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) (hereinafter referred to as the “Committee”) released a report entitled, “Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes” (hereinafter referred to as the “Report”).[1] The Report, which was the result of the Committee’s review of over 800 articles identified from a massive literature search of six different databases, noted that the Committee found sufficient literature to suggest that, “while there are risks associated with e-cigarettes,

NZ: Most e-cigarette users turned to vaping to quit smoking

Most of the participants also said that in the morning they wait longer to vape then they did to smoke, and they tended to reduce nicotine levels over time
The online survey was distributed to 218 vapers, and the research was led by Dr. Penny Truman from Massey University. Almost all participants were found to be ex smokers, but a significant three quarters had managed to quit, and the remainder reduced significantly. Only three of the participants were not smokers before taking on vaping and they had not proceeded to smoke regular cigarettes.

Most of the participants also said that in the morning they wait longer to vape then they did to smoke, and they

Vape shops sue to block US regulation covering e-cigarettes

A group of vape shops in five U.S. states on Tuesday announced a trio of lawsuits challenging a rule adopted by the Food and Drug Administration that allows the regulator to treat e-cigarettes and similar devices like cigarettes.

The vape shops, represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation conservative legal group, in lawsuits filed in federal courts in Texas, Minnesota and Washington, D.C., argued the 2016 rule was unconstitutional.

The shops located in California, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Texas argue that the so-called "Deeming Rule" that deems e-cigarettes to be tobacco products was not legally adopted because it was issued by a career FDA employee, rather than an officer appointed by the president.

Why young people are now less likely to smoke

All age groups in the UK are smoking less - but the largest decrease is among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to the Office of National Statistics. Why is that?


Fewer start smoking

The latest figures, for 2015, suggest one in every five (20.7%) 18- to 24-year-olds is a smoker.

In 2010, this figure was one in every four (25.8%).

Today, about 70% of 16- to 24-year-olds have never started smoking cigarettes in the first place, the data suggests - up from 46% in 1974, when records began.

And even among the age group most likely to smoke, 24- to 35-year-olds, about 60% - up from 35% in 1974 - have never picked up the habit.

Report: Juul Leads Electronic Cigarette Category in the U.S.

Juul Leads in the U.S. marketplace for electronic cigarettes

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Juul is becoming the frontrunner in the competitive electronic cigarette category.

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes -- and save Big Tobacco

WASHINGTON - Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking plan being carefully fashioned by U.S. health officials.

But the proposal from the Food and Drug Administration could have another unexpected effect: opening the door for companies to sell a new generation of alternative tobacco products, allowing the industry to survive — even thrive — for generations to come.

European Commission opts not to tax vapor products at this time


The European Commission has decided not to tax electronic cigarettes or novel tobacco products such as “heat not burn” products. In a report to the European Union’s Council of Finance Ministers (ECOFIN) dated 12 January 2018 the Commission concluded that due to a lack of sufficient data on the market for these products it would not propose a harmonized approach to taxation at the present time.



No Adverse Health Impacts from Long Term Vaping – Study

Wednesday 17 January 2018

24-month clinical trial shows no negative health impact on smokers who used vaping products, and no increase in body weight

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 17th January 2018 – A new peer-reviewed clinical trial to be published in the February edition of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology shows that regular use of e-cigarettes does not have any negative health impact on smokers.

New Bill in Congress Would Ban Federal Cannabis Enforcement in Legal States

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had cannabis in his crosshairs since even before he took office, but his first formal shot at legalization—the decision last week to rescind the Cole memo—looks more and more like it could backfire.

On Friday, a California congresswoman introduced a US House bill that would protect state-legal cannabis from “excessive federal enforcement.” Specifically, it would forbid federal agencies from spending money to “detain, prosecute, sentence, or initiate civil proceedings against an individual, business or property, that is involved in the cultivation, distribution, possession, dispensation, or use of cannabis” when those actions comply with state law or local regulations.

Dr. Manny Alvarez: Pot needs to be legal now. Congress needs to make it happen

Someone needs to tell Congress that when it comes to marijuana, the genie is out of the bottle.

Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sparked bipartisan protests among members of Congress with his decision to reverse the Justice Department policy – begun under the Obama administration – that took a hands-off approach to state legalization or partial legalization of marijuana.

Sessions instead gave U.S. attorneys discretion to “enforce the laws enacted by Congress” to the extent they see fit against the possession and sale of marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational use of the drug.

As Sessions Cracks Down on Weed, Maker of Fentanyl Is Selling Synthetic THC

Attorney General Jeff 'Beauregard' Sessions rescinded a trio of memos from the Obama administration on Thursday that had previously set a standard for federal non-interference with state-approved marijuana sales.

In a statement released by the Department of Justice, Sessions made it clear that "The War on Drugs" is back on, and will be starting with marijuana.

Philip Morris International's 2018 Resolution Is to Give Up Cigarettes

LONDON — Philip Morris International (PMI) kicked off 2017 by reaffirming its commitment to a smoke-free future. This year PMI is taking that pledge to the next step.

According to Business Insider, the tobacco company took out full-page ads in several newspapers in the United Kingdom stating its "New Year's resolution" for 2018 is to "stop selling cigarettes in the U.K."

E-Cigarette Market to Reach $48 Billion by 2023: P&S Market Research

NEW YORK, Jan. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to the report published by P&S Market Research, the global e-cigarette market is forecasted to attain a value of $48 billion by 2023.

The growth in the market will be led by factors such as increasing demand for smokeless and ashless vaping and surge in the number of vape shops and designated stores.

E-Cigarette Market to Reach $48 Billion by 2023: P&S Market Research

NEW YORK, Jan. 02, 2018
(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to the report published by P&S
Market Research, the global e-cigarette market is forecasted to attain a
value of $48 billion by 2023. The growth in
the market will be led by factors such as increasing demand for
smokeless and ashless vaping and surge in the number of vape shops and
designated stores. The e-cigarette market can
be broadly categorized into cig-a-like, vaporizer, vape mod, t-vapor,
and aftermarket product types. The market for t-vapor is projected to
witness the fastest growth, of around 60%, during the forecast period.
T-vapor is comparatively a new category that uses real tobacco. T-vapor
products are sold in two versions: heat-not-burn and infused. Cig-a-like
can further be categorized into disposable and rechargeable types,
while vaporizer can be segmented into open tank and closed system types.

PMI Thailand emphasises that iQOS is not an e-cigarette

As Thailand maintains its strong position against e-cigarettes, the managing director of Philip Morris International (PMI) in Thailand, points out that its Heat no Burn (HnB) product iQOS, is not an electronic cigarette.

Vapers in Thailand are faced with some of the harshest regulations worldwide. A ban on the import, export, sale and possession of vaping products has been in place since November 2014. Anyone caught breaking this law will have their items confiscated and fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted.

Can Smokeless Unit Help Altria (MO) Make a Comeback in 2018?

Altria Group Inc. MO , which has a solid base in the tobacco industry, has been bearing the brunt of receding consumer enthusiasm toward tobacco products as well as stern regulations by government bodies.

Thai government stands by hardline policies, as New Zealand progress comes under threat

Seemingly unfazed by last week’s protests over the brutal arrest of a vaper, Thailand’s government recently doubled down on its harsh opposition to safer nicotine products. In an astonishing announcement on Wednesday a senior health official repeated an array of long-discredited claims about the alleged “risks” of vaping, and rejected accusations that his ministry has deliberately inflated concerns.

Meanwhile, in a threat to the improving situation in New Zealand, a heath lobby group has resurrected similar alarmist claims there. The activists seem to be outraged that the government is moving towards legalising nicotine liquids as a safer alternative to smoking and are pushing to have them treated as medical products instead.

Scientists describe problems in Philip Morris e-cigarette experiments

Reuters

By Tom Lasseter, Paritosh Bansal, Thomas Wilson, Ami Miyazaki Duff Wilson and Aditya Kalra

TOKYO/NEUCHATEL, Switzerland, Dec 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is weighing whether to approve a potentially path-breaking smoking device by Philip Morris International Inc. With a decision expected next year, former employees and contractors have described to Reuters a number of irregularities involving clinical trials that underpin the tobacco giant's application to the agency.

Indoor E-cigarette restrictions increase prenatal smoking (Journal of Health Economics)

Laws that prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in private workplaces, bars and restaurants may increase cigarette use by as much as 30 percent for pregnant women, according to research published in the Journal of Health Economics by Georgia State University economist Michael Pesko.

RI teens use e-cigarettes more than any other tobacco products

Ray Story, a spokesperson for the  Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association – a trade group representing the e-cigarette industry – said the association is against underage vaping and is pushing for a national law requiring age verification for anyone buying vaping products. He said they are also against e-cigarette flavors that appeal to minors like bubble gum or cotton candy.

Story added electronic cigarettes are “vastly less harmful than tobacco,” and that vaping has played a major role in the decline in conventional tobacco smoking in recent years.

Why Banning E-cigarette Ads on TV Could Backfire

A new study finds that an increase in e-cigarette ads leads to a decrease in traditional cigarette sales.

Americans would likely be surprised to see a traditional cigarette ad during their favorite television show. After all, they have been banned on TV and radio since the 1970s.

Yet their modern equivalents exist.

Ads for electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are not technically included in this ban, and have been allowed in all types of media since the product’s introduction to the US in 2007.

Indonesia, where smoking is widespread, just placed tough restrictions on e-cigarettes

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is placing prohibitive restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette materials, and Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita last week offered an easy solution for the growing number of citizens using the products.

They can just “become regular smokers,” he told local newspaper Kompas, a seemingly puzzling statement for a government official in a country where over 200,000 people already die of tobacco-related causes each year.

But observers of politics in the world's fourth most populous country say this is nothing new, and that because of the power of the tobacco industry here, Indonesia lags far behind rest of the world in controlling use, and suffers from severe health problems as a result.

US researchers concerned about a sharp increase in e-cig online vendors

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, are expressing their concern, as their latest study indicated that the number of online e-cig vendor has increased by over a threefold between 2013 and 2014.

The study which was published in the journal Tobacco Control identified 3,096 online e-cigarette vendors in 2014, as opposed to 980 in 2013. The reason why the researchers were troubled by these figures is the fact that these vendors were cheap products with no age restrictions,

Health Experts Are Encouraging Smokers To Switch To E-Cigarettes

Health professionals are advising people in Australia to give up tobacco cigarettes and switch to e-cigarettes instead. They say it would potentially save more lives in the country.

Health Experts' Advice

Health experts have gathered in Melbourne, Australia to discuss how e-cigarettes can help tobacco smokers give up their habits.

Hayden McRobbie, a professor from the Queen Mary University in England, said that if smokers can't give up smoking tobacco, they might as well switch to vaping instead. He said that e-cigarettes may still have nicotine, but they do not harm the lungs as conventional cigarettes do.

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Will KT&G’s e-cigarette brand hold its own against market leaders?

[THE INVESTOR] KT&G has officially released its first heat-not-burn tobacco product, also called e-cigarette, Lil, after months of planning. The question now is whether Korea’s dominant tobacco maker can lure smokers away from rivals like Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco whose products have gained market share.

Assuming that product quality is similar, prices will be a big factor determining KT&G’s success.

All e-cigarette makers are agonizing over whether to raise the price of their sticks after the National Assembly’s finance committee decided on Oct. 20 to raise consumption taxes to 90 percent of regular cigarettes from the current 50-60 percent. 




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Singapore MPs question their government’s stance on vaping

The government of Singapore has been striving significantly to achieve a smokefree future, by implementing regulations such as banning smoking in public spaces and raising taxes. However, local MP’s rightfully feel that the local e-cigarette ban is counterproductive to this campaign.

Importing and selling vaping products has been banned in the island city-state since 2014, and possession of the products has been made illegal since December 2015. In line with Singapore’s Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, anyone caught in possession of the products will be fined $2000  and as a consequence of this, Singapore is now known to have a thriving e-cigarette black market.

UK : More data indicating that youth smoking is at record low

Latest data obtained from an annual survey of secondary school pupils in England, indicates that the proportion of adolescent regular smokers is at a record low.

The Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2016, is the latest survey report in a series that began in 1982. The results from this annual survey are obtained from secondary school students in England in years 7 to 11, which in 2016 amounted to 12,051.

The data collected indicated that about one in five of the 11 to 15 year olds surveyed, which equates to 19%, said they had ever smoked. Half of these said that they had only tried smoking, whilst the remaining half was split between regular, occasional and ex-smokers. Similar figures were obtained from the 2014 survey, but the number of adolescents who said were regular smokers has gone down to approximately 3%.

Japan Tobacco’s cigarette sales plummet harder than expected

Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco will launch their new, real tobacco e-smokes, IQOS in Japan that will become the key testing ground for the two companies. After successful tries in Europe and Japan since 2014, the two giants are confident and expect a global expansion soon.


At the time BAT was launching its “hybrid” e-cigarette in Romania, two other giants announce that their smokeless cigarette will be released in Japan.

Philip Morris International and Japan Tobacco will launch their new, real tobacco e-smokes in Japan that will become the key testing ground for the two companies, announces Reuters.

Scientists Weigh In - Secondhand Vapor Is Not Harmful

Although vaping has been around since 2004, the real uptick in vapers only happened several years ago, when the industry ironed out the kinks and presented casual users with a wide variety of easy-to-use vaping devices. Since then, the vaping community has been under constant attacks from vaping opponents, most of which are able to secure serious coverage by the mainstream media.

One of the more debated issues is the supposed danger of secondhand vaping. Similarly to smokers, vapers have been accused of polluting the air around them and exposing others (mainly children and young adults) to the dangers of secondhand vapor. One small, but widely quoted study, even went as far as to suggest that vaping seriously impairs indoor air quality by depositing particles of harmful substances.

However, is that really the case?

Jeff Sessions Once Again Hints That a Marijuana Crackdown May Be Imminent The warning signs are mounting for marijuana stock investors.

A decade ago, marijuana would have been considered something of a taboo topic. Today, it's perhaps the fastest-growing industry in the country.

According to Marijuana Business Daily's newest report, "Marijuana Business Factbook 2017," legal U.S. weed sales are expected to jump 30% in 2017, another 45% in 2018, and reach $17 billion by 2021. The five-year growth between 2016 and 2021 is projected at approximately 300%! 

On an individual state basis, Colorado has thus far led the charge. Data from the state showed just over $1.3 billion in combined recreational and medical-cannabis sales in 2016, up from $996 million in 2015, with the state nearing $200 million in tax revenue collected. Once California begins selling recreational pot in 2018, it could be on track to receive $1 billion in additional tax revenue per year.

Marrijuanna could be great for you, sats government: Just don't smoke it.

The warning letters were issued about a month after Gottlieb warned that he would be looking into marijuana-based products that claim to treat cancer.

Part of the FDA's basic function is to evaluate claims about a product's safety or efficacy as a treatment for a medical condition. The FDA has been open in the past to evaluating marijuana and weed-derived drugs. However, the agency has always emphasized that any such products would need to go through the same drug approval pathway as any other treatment. 

New study comes the closest yet to proving that e-cigarettes aren’t as dangerous as smoking

It’s just over a decade since e-cigarettes first hit the shelves. And since then there’s been an explosion in their popularity, with almost 3 million adults using them in Great Britain today.

But this rapid popularity, and the potential these devices hold to help people stop smoking, has left some challenges. The biggest being that research looking at their safety has struggled to keep up.

Reynolds pursues another restart with revamped heat-not-burn cigarette Eclipse

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is attempting another go with Eclipse.

The heat-not-burn traditional cigarette technology was considered ahead of its time when developed in the 1990s, but has struggled to gain traction with smokers.

In July, Reynolds entered the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory gauntlet with a substantial-equivalence application, according to an investor presentation Wednesday by parent company British American Tobacco Plc.

Imperial Brands Buying UK Nicotine Liquids Maker Nerudia

LONDON — Imperial Brands is buying Nerudia, a UK maker of nicotine liquids for e-cigarettes, as the British tobacco company seeks to expand its portfolio of cigarette alternatives.

"Nerudia is a young and dynamic business and we're delighted to confirm an acquisition which significantly enhances our innovation capabilities in the next generation products sector," an Imperial spokesman said on Wednesday.

Public Health Benefits of E-cigarette Use Tend to Outweigh the Harms

WASHINGTON (July 14, 2016) — A modeling study by top tobacco control experts finds that e-cigarettes are likely to provide public health benefits based on “conservative estimates” of the likely uptake of vaping and smoking by adolescents and young adults.

The study, published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, suggests that “recent claims by some scientists that e-cigarettes are likely to act as a gateway to the use of tobacco products are overstated,” says the study’s lead author, population scientist David Levy, PhD, a professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Confusion Coming with California's Legal Marijuanna

LOS ANGELES — Ready or not, California kicks off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1. And, mostly, it's not.

Los Angeles and San Francisco are among many cities still struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there could be limited options in many places for consumers eager to ring in the new year with a legal pot purchase.

"The bulk of folks probably are not going to be ready Jan. 1," conceded Cara Martinson of the California State Association of Counties.

In general, California will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce and grow six marijuana plants at home.

Come January, the newly legalized recreational sales will be merged with the state's two-decade-old medical marijuana market, which is also coming under much stronger regulation.

Illegal super-strength e-cigarettes seized in crackdown as shops targeted in undercover swoops

Hundreds of super-strength e-cigarette liquids were seized by Trading Standards during a blitz on retailers in Scotland.

The undercover operation saw officers swoop on stores to enforce new legislation regulating the sale of vaping products.

They found illicit liquids over the maximum legal nicotine strength level of two per cent and other products which were nine months out of date.

The Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force in April, regulating the sale of e-cigarettes for the first time.


Enforcement by local authorities began on October 1, after an initial “education phase” for retailers.

Sen. Schumer calls for regulations on e-cigarettes to limit teen vaping

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants feds to begin regulating e-cigarettes as more teens use the fake smokes.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants feds to begin regulating e-cigarettes as more teens use them.

(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the feds to start regulating electronic cigarettes due to the growing number of teens using them.

Schumer (D-N.Y.) pointed the finger at one product known as “Juul” — an e-cigarette that looks like a USB flash drive — which he blamed for the rising popularity of vaping among high school kids.

How A 12-Year-Old Girl Could Help End Pot Prohibition

Is it true that a 12-year-old girl could help end pot prohibition? According to the latest reports, the answer is yes. The girl in question is Alexis Bortell, and up until recently, she had been suffering daily seizures. But now, because of her life-saving medication, she finds herself trapped in Colorado.

Meet Alexis Bortell

How A 12-Year-Old Girl Could Help End Pot Prohibition

Ron Tully accused of stealing more than $800,000 from Richmond-based tobacco trade association

Federal authorities are accusing the co-founder of a tobacco trade association of stealing more than $833,000 from it over a five-year period.

Ronald Tully, 57, of Gilbert, Ariz., was charged with mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Richmond on Monday.

Tully’s lawyer, Thomas T. Cullen, of Roanoke, said Tuesday that neither he nor his client could comment at this time.

The government alleges that the scheme, which victimized the Council of Independent Tobacco Manufacturers of America, began around March 2009 and continued until January 2016.

Top doctor calls for total ban on cigarettes, switch to e-cigarettes

A leading Australian health researcher has called for a total ban on cigarettes as a new study finds millions of deaths could be prevented if smokers switched to electronic cigarettes. 

Menzies School of Health researcher Dr Marita Hefler says the rapid evolution of alternative nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, meant outlawing combustible tobacco, including cigarettes, was now possible.

Though e-cigarettes and other vaping products are growing more popular, they haven't proven to be as much of a boon to the tobacco giants as expected. Photo: iStock

"Any other consumer product that kills up to two-thirds of its long-term users remaining legal is unimaginable,"Dr Hefler said. 

Vape Retailers Are Losing ‘A Significant Amount Of Business’ Under Tobacco Crackdown

Vaping shops are struggling to stay afloat under mounting financial losses stemming from a hike in the legal tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 in Chicago.

Lawmakers in the city enacted the restrictions in July 2016, arguing the age hike will serve to protect teens from being initiated into tobacco addiction. Officials say it will help Chicago achieve the goal of a “tobacco-free generation,” but critics are blasting the proposal as government overreach into the lives of adults that only serves to cripple small business retailers who rely on sales from these products, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The tobacco restrictions also apply to electronic cigarettes, nicotine-based products that do not contain tobacco and are proven to be effective tools for quitting smoking

Big Tobacco to Spend Millions on Self-Critical Ads in U.S.

Broadcast television networks and metro newspapers are about to get a boost from an unexpected but familiar source: Big Tobacco.

It’s an old media buy to resolve an old fight. Starting as soon as next month, Altria Group Inc. and British American Tobacco PLC will begin running court-mandated ads to put to rest a lawsuit brought nearly two decades ago by the U.S. Department of Justice over misleading statements the industry had made about cigarettes and their health effects.

The television spots, between 30 and 45 seconds long, will run in prime time five days a week for 52 weeks, and will appear mostly on ABC, CBS or NBC, Altria said. They won’t have the graphic images of a typical antismoking public service announcement. Instead, these ads will be reminiscent of the disclosure statement at the end of a pharmaceutical ad, displaying court-mandated text in black on a white screen with a voice narration.

Quit smoking campaign Stoptober backs e-cigs for first time

The annual Stoptober campaign in England is embracing e-cigarettes for the first time - in a sign vaping is being seen as the key to getting people to quit.

Health experts have tended to shy away from explicitly promoting e-cigarettes.

But the government campaign during October will feature vaping in its TV adverts for the first time.

It comes after e-cigarettes proved the most popular tool for quitting during last year's campaign.

Some 53% of people used them, helping push the numbers of people taking part in Stoptober since its launch in 2012 to over 1.5 million.

Adult smoking in N.C. reaches another historic low in 2016

The state’s adult smoking rate dropped to another historic low in 2016, this time to 17.9 percent, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.

That still means about 1.41 million out of 7.9 million adult North Carolinians are smokers, according to data from N.C. State Center for Health Statistics.

The rate remains slightly above the national rate of 17.1 percent.

By comparison, the state’s 2015 Youth Tobacco Survey determined that 9.3 percent of high-school students and 2.3 percent of middle-school students were current smokers.

The survey also found that 16.8 percent of N.C. high schoolers had used an electronic cigarette and vaporizer, 3.5 percent a hookah product and 3.1 percent a little cigar.

Nationally, just 8 percent of high schoolers smoked at least once over a 30-day period during 2016. E-cig and vaporizer usage fell from a high of 16 percent in 2015 to 11.3 percent for 2016.

UAE doctors stand firm over e-cigarettes despite UK backing

E-cigarettes are being backed by health authorities in the UK but the jury is still out for doctors in the UAE. Getty
E-cigarettes are being backed by health authorities in the UK but the jury is still out for doctors in the UAE. Getty

Doctors in the UAE are refusing to support e-cigarette use to help smokers quit,

This product can help millions quit smoking ...if we’re allowed to talk about it

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André Calantzopoulos: Bill S-5 lumps all tobacco products into the same category as cigarettes, no matter how much evidence supports a distinction

Canada ranks among the healthiest countries in the world. Yet there are more than four million men and women in Canada who smoke cigarettes — and that’s despite vivid warnings and universal awareness of the serious health risks.

Stoptober: UK stop-smoking campaign says yes to vaping

For the first time, the annual quit-smoking campaign Stoptober is suggesting that smokers use e-cigarettes. Public Health England (PHE) launched Stoptober in 2012.

Stoptober begins Oct. 1 and runs for 28 days. According to PHE, “Stoptober has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good.”

Tobacco control threatens to implode over new initiative

he tobacco control industry spectacularly turned on itself this week, with the launch of a new foundation dedicated to end tobacco smoking. Far from being welcomed across the industry, the move has led to open hostility between harm reduction advocates and prohibitionists.

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, an independent non-profit organisation, is headed by former World Health Organisation tobacco control chief Derek Yach and supported by leading harm reduction advocates like Professor Marewa Glover. Initial funding totalling $80 million per year for the next twelve years has come from PMI, which seems to be what’s sent public health zealots into a flat spin. Although the foundation’s by-laws make clear that it’s free to spend the money without interference or oversight by donors, the idea of industry funding for a harm reduction organisation has triggered

FDA tries again to find balance between corrective cigarette warnings statements and 1st Amendment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting public comment again on potential corrective warnings statements for traditional cigarettes, including providing 15 revised statements.

The FDA issued the public-comment notification Tuesday on the Federal Register website.

The goal is choosing survey participants from an internet panel of at least 1.2 million adolescents, young adults and older adults. Comments will be taken through Oct. 19. It has not indicated how individuals can participate.

The FDA has a golden opportunity to save smokers' lives

Back in July, the Food and Drug Administration committed itself to a new strategy to tackling smoking.

Articulated by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the new approach recognizes it's the deadly smoke caused by setting tobacco on fire sucking into the lungs that are responsible for the deaths of 480,000 Americans each year -- not nicotine.

Part of this new strategy, according to Gottlieb, is ensuring new and innovative products that are significantly less dangerous than smoking and can draw people away from cigarettes can come to market.

The FDA is now facing its first true test of this approach and has the opportunity to show its warm words for the role of innovation and consumer choice in reducing smoking-related deaths can be translated into action.

Government & Pharma casting the E-Cigarette in a bad light by any means possible.

If you've read any of the news on the e-cigarette in the past week, you'll notice it's been dominated by stories of half-baked short term studies claiming that e-cigarettes cause allergies to be irritated, slow the healing process, and even heart and respiratory problems.

These studies are mostly done independently, by Pharma related organizations, or by government or state sponsored entities with other conflicts of interest.

Studying the effects of this new technology is extremely important, but bear in mind that it's also important to get people away from traditional smoking: a product which has indeed caused much death and suffering throughout it's existence as it still does today. This being said, It would be wise of some of these entities who claim to hold public health above all to take a second look at the e-cigarette before condemning it with no evidence what-so-ever that it stands even a near equivalent to it's combustible predecessor.

BAT restructures as e-cigarettes go mainstream

[LONDON] British American Tobacco said on Thursday it has reorganised its regional management structure following the acquisition of Reynolds American to bring its vaping and heated tobacco products into the main business.

"Now that we have built a successful NGP (next generation products) business which is poised for substantial growth, we will be fully integrating NGP to leverage the scale and expertise of the whole group to drive growth in an area that is fast becoming a key part of our mainstream business," BAT said in a statement.

Kingsley Wheaton, the managing director of NGP will manage this integration process, the company said.

BAT has been looking to double the number of countries where it sells vaping products this year and again in 2018, as it chases rivals Philip Morris International to grab a share of a growing market.

If Seattle Smokers Follow King County's Health Advice, They Will Die

The King County Health Department, which serves mostly the city of Seattle and its suburbs, has recently earned a reputation for being driven by politics rather than by evidence-based medicine or common sense.

Last month, the county decided that crisis pregnancy centers that don't perform abortions aren't "real healthcare." According to its website, Care Net -- a crisis pregnancy center in the Puget Sound region -- performs pregnancy tests, STD screens, and ultrasounds and provides prenatal education. Because such crisis centers are often faith-based, what they don't do is perform or encourage abortions.

E-cigarette use by teenagers doesn’t lead to smoking, experts state

There is no evidence that experimentation with e-cigarettes leads to teenagers taking up smoking tobacco, experts have said.

Rising popularity of the devices has led to heated debate in health circles, with some claiming that vaping is a one-way street to taking up smoking.

But new analysis has concluded that most e-cigarette experimentation among young people does not lead to regular use.

Why lowering nicotine in cigarettes could change the course of health

THE CONVERSATION) The new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently made a surprising and bold announcement that could potentially save more lives than if we ended the opioid epidemic today. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, a physician and cancer survivor, said that federal regulators will start a conversation about dramatically reducing the amount of nicotine in cigarettes, low enough to make them nonaddictive, while taking a go-slow approach to adopting new regulations on electronic cigarettes and other devices that are increasingly popular for consuming nicotine.

As Gottlieb put it, efforts to reduce smoking in the United States call for “Envisioning a world where cigarettes would no longer create or sustain addiction, and where adults who still need or want nicotine could get it from alternative and less harmful sources.”

Chinese customs seize 600 tons of e-cigarette oil

GUANGZHOU, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Customs in southern China recently seized 600 tonnes of smuggled electronic cigarette oil, with a total value of 300 million yuan (about 44 million U.S. dollars).

Over 320 police raided four groups who were suspected of smuggling the oil from the United States, according to Zhou Bin, head of Gongbei Customs Office, which administers Zhuhai and Zhongshan cities in Guangdong Province.

The four companies were based in Shenzhen and Xiamen and supplied the majority of the e-cigarette oil in the Chinese market, according to Zhou.

In recent years, sales of electronic cigarettes have grown by more than 300 percent annually, but supervision of the industry is still weak, Zhou said.

Most of the oil sold in China is imported, he said.

Twenty people have been placed under criminal detention following the raid, and further investigation is underway.

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