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India to use ‘drug’ classification to ban vaping No ratings yet.

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The Indian health ministry hopes to ban e-cigarettes on the grounds that they are ‘drugs’.

The government was unable to ban them under cigarette and tobacco regulations but has managed to find a route under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act (DCA).

The ministry also plans to ban the import of the devices.

Minutes from a recent meeting read:

“ENDS, including e-cigarettes, heat-not burn devices, vape, e-sheesha, e-nicotine, flavoured hookah, and similar products, are used as a tobacco (especially smoking forms such as cigarettes) cessation product, and functions for nicotine delivery for reasons, including nicotine de-addiction.”

In February this year, health secretary Preeti Sudan wrote to the federal commerce secretary calling for the government to block JUUL and similar products from entering the country.

“Novel products such as ‘JUUL’ are harmful and addictive and could potentially undermine our tobacco control efforts.

“It is felt that the young generation would be particularly vulnerable to such products and gimmicks.”

Juul spokeswoman Victoria Davis said the company was ‘open to dialogue with lawmakers and regulators in order to help switch’ to less-harmful alternatives.

India is home to 12 percent of the world’s smokers, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). E-cigarettes present a huge opportunity for harm-reduction.

However, the tobacco industry generates nearly two percent of the nation’s tax revenue.

Source: Business Today

Photo by Rist Art on Unsplash

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#VapeNews July 1 2019 No ratings yet.

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Panic over the supposed youth vaping epidemic continues to dominate the headlines

Here are three of the big stories doing the rounds at the beginning of the week.

Vermont Vape Tax

Today an eye-watering 92 percent tax goes into effect on all vapour products.

State Rep. George Till, who is the main proponent of this new legislation said:

“Youth are particularly sensitive to price and the goal here is to keep the kids from getting addicted.”

UK Experts speak out against San Francisco vape ban

Public health experts in the UK believe San Francisco’s ban on sales of e-cigarettes “could set back the war on smoking.”

Martin Dockrell, head of tobacco control at Public Health England said:

“Alcohol, smoked tobacco, cannabis, smoking or vaping – all of them are legal but the least harmful is e-cigarettes and they’ve banned them. Not just sales to young people, which we’ve done in this country, but for adults too. That is particularly difficult to understand.”

Prof. John Newton, health improvement director at PHE said:

“We could accelerate the decline in smoking if more smokers switched completely to vaping.

“Recent new evidence clearly shows using an e-cigarette with stop smoking service support can double your chances of quitting.

“But with e-cigarettes currently used so rarely in services, it’s time for change. Every stop smoking service must start talking much more about the potential of vaping to help smokers quit.”

Florida bans vaping at work

From Monday, vaping will be banned in the workplace in Florida.

Laura Corbin, Bureau Chief for Tobacco Free Florida, said:

“E-cigarette use in public places and indoors can re-normalise smoking and threaten to reverse the declines we have had in youth cigarette smoking. So, this is a positive step in youth prevention.”

The new law does not preclude bars, private residences or specialist vape shops from allowing indoor vaping, though.

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Smokers could save more than a third by switching to vaping No ratings yet.

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Smokers could save nearly £800 a year by switching to e-cigarettes, according to a recent study.

Researchers at University College London (UCL) used data from surveys of 859 adult smokers and vapers in England to calculate the average weekly cost of nicotine products.

At just £8.03, e-cigarettes were the cheapest option, followed by nicotine-replacement products like patches and gum at £10.05 and cigarettes at £23.09 a week for a six-a-day habit.

Heavy smokers could save considerably more by making the switch.

Lead author Sarah Jackson said:

“A third of smokers list cost as an important factor driving their desire to quit.

“Our study shows that if people switch completely to alternative products such as e-cigarettes or NRT, a substantial saving could be made.

“While the absolute cost saving will vary according to individual usage patterns, we estimate that ex-smokers who have switched to e-cigarettes or NRT spend about £13-15 less per week than the average smoker.”

The research serves to further reinforce the benefits of quitting smoking with the aid of e-cigarettes over traditional nicotine-replacement therapy.

A study published in May found that smokers were three times more likely to successfully quit with e-cigarettes than with patches or gum.

Kruti Shrotri, Cancer Research UK’s tobacco control manager, said:

“Quitting smoking is the single best thing a smoker can do for their health.

“And e-cigarettes are one of the many tools that can help.

“We need more research to determine the long-term effects, but studies so far have shown that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco.

“With a more affordable price tag, it’s an alternative option for smokers looking to quit and make savings.”

Source: Daily Mail

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Vote with your butt: Grantham introduces cigarette ‘ballot bin’ No ratings yet.

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South Kesteven District Council have installed a ‘ballot bin’ in Grantham town centre to tackle cigarette litter

The interactive litter bin is intended to provide a ‘light hearted’ way to reduce the number of cigarette butts found on the street.

Smokers can vote on topical questions by dropping their butts into a bin corresponding with their chosen answer, for example, whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza.

Clear panels show which answer is leading in popularity and the council say that questions will be changed regularly.

Councillor Dr Peter Moseley, cabinet member for commercial and operations, told the Grantham Journal:

“We hope the light-hearted voting system will encourage people to use the bin to help keep the town centre looking its very best.

“People may not realise that cigarette filters contain plastics and other chemicals that don’t degrade, and these can be harmful to wildlife if they end up in surface water drains leading to rivers.

“So, despite our light-hearted approach, our message is clear: don’t drop litter.”

390 fixed penalty notices were issued by Kesteven Council to people dropping cigarette butts between August to the end of May last year, according to the Grantham Journal.

The majority of these were in Grantham, so Councillor Moseley hopes that these bins provide smokers with some incentive to dispose of their litter.

He added:

“Innovation like this reflects our commitment to a higher street standard throughout the district, which already consistently exceeds the national average.

“If the trial is a success, further bins could be installed in other areas.”

Source: Grantham Journal

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Royal College of Midwives urges pregnant smokers to switch to vaping No ratings yet.

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Pregnant smokers should be encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit, new Royal College of Midwives (RCM) guidelines say.

The guidelines acknowledge that e-cigarettes are not completely safe but are far less harmful that combustible tobacco.

Tobacco smoking is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and infant sudden death, according to the NHS.

Second-hand smoke is also linked to middle-ear disease and a number of respiratory conditions in children.

The new statement says:

“If a pregnant woman who has been smoking chooses to use an e-cigarette (vaping) and it helps her to quit smoking and stay smokefree, she should be supported to do so.

“If a woman has switched completely to vaping and is not smoking at all, she should be recorded as a non-smoker.

There is also ‘no reason to believe that use of an e-cigarette has any adverse effect on breastfeeding,’ the guidelines say. They also advise smokers to continue to vape if it helps them quit tobacco and stay smoke-free.

RCM chief executive, Gill Walton, said:

“We need to be doing all we can to support women and their families to stop smoking.”

The RCM’s full Support to Quit Smoking in Pregnancy Position Statement can be read here

Source: The Sun

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Tobacco stocks decline as vape profits rise No ratings yet.

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Cigarette sales dropped by 11 percent in the four-week period ending May 18, according to leading market research company, Nielsen.

The vape sector rose by 46 percent over the same period, with JUUL accounting for over 74 percent of sales.

Total cigarette sales have now declined for 18 consecutive months.

Shares in Philip Morris USA parent company Altria dropped by 5 percent on Monday while British American Tobacco (BAT) shed 4 percent.

Altria acquired a 35 percent stake in JUUL in December last year. However, Cowen analyst Vivien Azer said that increased JUUL sales have not offset Altria’s cigarette losses.

Azer said:

“For every pack of Marlboro that converts to Juul pods, Altria loses 100% of Marlboro and gains 35% of the Juul pod.

“There’s no way the math is possible for that to be a perfect offset.”

Source: CNBC

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E-cigarettes are three times more effective than nicotine patches or gum No ratings yet.

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A newly-published study has revealed that e-cigarettes are three times for effective than nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) at helping smokers quit.

The study is the third published this year to demonstrate the effectiveness of e-cigarettes over traditional smoking-cessation aids.

The cross-sectional survey of almost 20,000 quit attempts revealed that vapers were 95 percent more likely to successfully quit smoking than those who went cold-turkey. Traditional nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) such as patches and gums had a quit rate of just 34 percent.

NRT was only successful when prescribed, reinforcing the importance of stop-smoking support for this quit method.

Lead author Dr Sarah Jackson said:

“Our study adds to growing evidence that use of e-cigarettes can help smokers to quit.

‘”It also raises concerns about the apparent lack of effectiveness of NRT bought from a shop.”

The report also revealed e-cigarettes to be highly effective regardless of user age or social background. Study co-author James Brown said that the growth of e-cigarettes ‘may ultimately start to reduce’ health inequality between the rich and the poor.

The findings received widespread support from experts and charities, including the British Lung Foundation. Dr Leonie Brose, senior lecturer at the National Addiction Centre, King’s College London, praised the research for being ‘robust’.

Dr Brose said:

“This is in line with what has already been found in randomised controlled trials and extends these findings to adult smokers in the real world.

“While success rates were similar for varenicline [Champix] and vaping, vaping is much more popular among smokers trying to quit smoking and thus helped more smokers quit.”

Source: Daily Mail

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Busting the myth that smoking ‘calms the nerves’ for Stress Awareness Month No ratings yet.

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Quitting smoking has been scientifically proven to benefit mental health by lowering levels of depression and anxiety after complete cessation. The NHS advises switching to e-cigarettes as a less-harmful alternative. This would be a great way to celebrate Stress Awareness Month.

Smokers tend to consume more tobacco when stressed or anxious in order to calm down and relax. However, although satisfying cravings, there is evidence to suggest that it is the effects of smoking that can cause these very symptoms, and so the smoking addiction is cyclical.

There is also data to suggest that once a smoker has quit, positive feelings and mood increase by 40 percent and the symptoms of mental illnesses can lessen considerably. For example, feelings of stress and depression are said to decrease by 27 percent and 25 percent respectively.

Dr. Paul Aveyard, a professor of behavioural medicine, explained:

“For clinicians like myself, when we see people who smoke who also have mental health difficulties, there’s often a feeling that we are depriving them of a way to deal with the stress, but in fact we are helping these people to get better.”

A study Dr. Aveyard was involved in found smoking-cessation to be just as beneficial to depression and anxiety symptoms as prescribed anti-depressants which are known to interact with sleeping patterns.

Not getting enough sleep is the third most frequently cited cause of stress in the UK.

Switching to e-cigarettes does not only improve symptoms of mental illness.

As the most common reason for feelings of stress relates to money, making the switch benefits smokers economically and can substantially relieve financial strain. It was found the average vaper spends half as much as smokers every month.

The fifth major cause of stress for Britons is their health. Countless reports and studies have concluded that e-cigarettes are a safer and effective alternative to smoking tobacco, including Public Health England who declared vaping 95 percent less harmful than smoking.

Don’t believe common misconception that smoking is a short-cut to relieving stress. Instead, relieve physical, mental and financial stress this April by making the switch.

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Vape flavours may reduce cigarette cravings No ratings yet.

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A recent study published by the American Psychological Association found that inhaling pleasant aromas can decrease a smoker’s urge to light up.

The research published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology made no reference to the flavours used in e-liquid.

The researchers recruited 232 smokers aged between 18 and 55 who, at the time, were not attempting to quit with any form of nicotine replacement, including e-cigarettes.

The participants were asked to stop smoking eight hours before the study and to bring their preferred brand of cigarette with them.

First, the participants were asked to smell and rate a number of pleasant odours such as chocolate, peppermint and vanilla, as well as one unpleasant odour, tobacco from their favoured brand of cigarette and one odourless ‘blank’.

10 seconds later, the participants rated their urge to smoke on a scale of 1 to 100.

Finally, they opened a container containing the most pleasurable odour, the tobacco or the ‘blank’, sniffed it and then rated their urge to smoke. They continued to sniff for five minutes, rating their urge to smoke every 60 seconds.

All the participants reported a reduced urge to smoke after smelling each odour. However, the greatest reduction was found with the pleasant odours (19.3 points), compared to tobacco (11.7 percent) and the blank (11.2 points).

Lead author Michael Sayette, PhD, believes that pleasant odours distract people from their cravings as they are linked to ‘olfactory cues’.

The olfactory system links smells with memories, for example, cinnamon evoking pleasant memories of Christmas during childhood.

Sayette wrote:

“Our research suggests that the use of pleasant odors [sic] shows promise for controlling nicotine cravings in individuals who are trying to quit smoking.”

Meanwhile, Sacramento City Council has approved a ban on the sale of flavoured e-liquids.

Local public heath advocates applauded the move, claiming that flavours lead underage users to smoke combustible cigarettes.

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