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Heated-tobacco tax threat

A new bill seeking to impose on heated-tobacco products the same level of taxes as are already imposed on combustible cigarettes has been introduced to Korea’s National Assembly, according to a story in The Korea Herald.

The Herald indicated that the bill had been introduced because ‘all harmful tobacco products must be regulated the same way’.

San Francisco moves to ban sales of vaping flavors, menthol cigarettes

By Susan Scutti, CNN

San Francisco city supervisors approved this week an ordinance to ban the sales of flavored vaping liquid. The measure would also prohibit sales of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products.

The city board will vote on the ban next week. If passed, the legislation will become effective in April 2018 throughout the city -- the first in the nation to approve such a sweeping ban on flavored tobacco sales.

San Francisco to ban sales of vaping flavored liquid

San Francisco city supervisors unanimously approved a measure that bans the sale of flavored nicotine-laced liquid used in electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products, saying nicotine masked in cotton candy, banana cream, mint and other flavors entices kids into a lifetime of addiction.

Other cities have passed laws reducing access to flavored vaping liquids and flavored tobacco but San Francisco is the first in the country to approve a sales ban.

Sales of vaping liquids that taste like tobacco will still be allowed.

Game Changer | Why Canada’s Top Anti-Tobacco Group Embraces Vaping

It’s the mortal enemy of the tobacco industry, the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association. For over 40-years, the NSRA leads the effort to eradicate the tobacco industry’s deadly products. Racking up win after win with non-smoking bylaws, advertising bans and the world precedent setting graphic warnings on cigarettes packages.

PMI investing in Russia

Philip Morris International intends to invest 2.49 billion rubles (US$42 million) in modernizing its factory in the Leningrad region of Russia, according to a Construction.RU story.

Construction.RU said that it had been told on Tuesday by the regional administration’s press office that the work was due to be carried out in 2017-18.

It said the project would be one of biggest to have been undertaken in the region for years.

Smoking rate in UK falls to second-lowest in Europe

Smoking rates across the UK continue to fall, showing a sharp decline since 2010 among younger people, latest figures reveal.

In 2016, 15.8% of adults in the UK smoked, down from 17.2% in 2015, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Some 15.5% of adults currently smoke in England, rising to 18.1% in Northern Ireland, 17.7% in Scotland and 16.9% in Wales.

Across the UK, 5.6% of people – around 2.9 million – used e-cigarettes in 2016.

Don't exempt e-cigarette products from FDA or tobacco standards

The e-cigarette industry claims vaping is a better alternative to regular cigarettes because electronic cigarettes contain smaller doses of toxins.

As a physician, I can assure you that inhaling chemicals is hazardous to your health regardless of whether they’re in fumes, flames, vapor or smoke. Despite industry efforts to distinguish vaping from smoking, nicotine is still a drug and carcinogens are still toxic.

Is vaping sticky enough? And how can we tell?

An essay by Oliver Kershaw & Amelia Howard

There is a disconnect between the tobacco research community and the vaping user-community. Both groups have almost totally divergent knowledge-base of the technology; the former based on its existing tobacco research agenda, the latter based on practical experience with the technology and through peer-learning and marketing.

The war on e-cigs is now national

Hypocrisy has reached new heights, even by Washington’s standards. The same left-wing senators who support needle-exchange and methadone programs to reduce harm to drug addicts and demand condoms for high-schoolers are waging war against the most effective harm reducer of all — e-cigarettes.

E-cigarettes and other Next Generation Products

We are passionate about our tobacco business and pride ourselves on offering consumers a choice of high-quality products that meet their needs.

But we are also devoting significant time, funds and resources to extending that choice to include alternative tobacco and nicotine products which provide consumers with potentially less risky alternatives to smoking regular cigarettes.

We call them Next Generation Products (NGPs) and they include Vapour Products like e-cigarettes and Tobacco Heating Products.

'Heat-not-burn' cigarettes still release cancer-causing chemicals

Reuters Health) - - A new type of "heat-not-burn" cigarette releases some of the same cancer-causing chemicals found in traditional cigarette smoke, a recent experiment suggests.

Researchers analyzed the chemical compounds and nicotine in smoke from traditional cigarettes and from the new devices, which are designed to heat disposable tobacco sticks and give users the taste of tobacco without the smoke or ash.

The smoke released by this "heat-not-burn" cigarette had 84 percent of the nicotine found in traditional cigarettes, researchers report in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Vapor from novel tobacco hybrid device minimally impacts human cells

New laboratory data reveal that vapour from a novel hybrid tobacco heating product (THP) iFuse and two standard THPs produced little or no effect on human cells in biological testing.

'Our results suggest that these standard THPs and our novel hybrid product have the potential to reduce smoking-related disease risks when compared with cigarette smoking,' says Dr James Murphy, Head of Reduced Risk Substantiation at British American Tobacco. 'However, further pre-clinical and clinical research is required to substantiate conclusive risk reduction of these products.'

Australia contradicts itself on vaping ban while Dems pressure new FDA chief

There are confusing signs coming out of Australia right now as one government politician says the country plans to stick with its tough vaping ban while another promises a review of the situation. Meanwhile a group of US senators are demanding that the FDA doesn’t delay or review its own crackdown. However there’s been a further blow for antis as a new study confirms that vaping doesn’t seem to cause cancer.

Here's Why the Worst Might Be Yet to Come for Philip Morris International

Global tobacco giant Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) has found surprising success with its iQOS heated-tobacco product. What's come as an even greater surprise is the extent to which the company has embraced the concept of reduced-risk products.

Air Sampling confirms secondhand vapor is harmless

The California Department of Public Health has been carrying out air sampling in vape shops throughout the state, as part of its initiative to determine the health effects of second-hand vapor exposure.

E-cigarettes 97% safer than smoking according to new study

A new study has shown that E-cigarettes are up to 97% safer than conventional smoking.

In a study funded by Cancer Research UK and performed by the department of epidemiology and public health at UCL, it was found that long term vapers have significantly lower toxic and carcinogenic substances in their body when compared to smokers.

A total of 181 participants were monitored over time, testing urine and saliva for harmful chemicals.

BAT's Glo Roll-Out in Japan Sets Up Three-Way War for Smokers

British American Tobacco is expanding sales of its heated tobacco device next month to Tokyo, just as former cigarette monopoly Japan Tobacco Inc. introduces its Ploom product there in a fight to gain market share from Philip Morris International Inc.

Japan Tobacco plans to quadruple smokeless tobacco output capacity by 2018: CEO

Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T) plans to spend $500 million to quadruple its smokeless tobacco production capacity by the end of 2018, as it races against bigger rival Philip Morris (PM.N) for a larger share of the Japanese vaping products market.

Gottlieb Tells Congress FDA Will Base E-Cig Regulations on Science

Democrats like to portray their party as the “party of science.” Yet, when it comes to harm-reducing tobacco alternatives that offer millions of smokers a chance to quit their deadly habit—Dems may as well be a pitchfork-wielding village mob. Luckily, for public health, the newly appointed Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is not as fearful of innovation.

Promote Health by Not Defending the E-Cigarette Ban

Harm reduction — opting for a product or activity that is not harmless but is better than the existing alternative — is a common and obvious strategy that we employ almost unthinkingly. For example, many drugs used for chemotherapy to treat cancer are highly toxic and cause a variety of serious side effects, but taking them is better than leaving the cancer untreated.

Vape Friendly FDA Commissioner Confirmed

churnmag.com: The Trump Administration’s pick to head the United States Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, has been confirmed to the position of FDA Commissioner.

Vaping Post is reporting that Gottlieb, who has had detractors and supporters on both sides of the aisle, was confirmed on Tuesday by the Senate and is expected to take up the post as soon as possible.

Big Tobaccos - Are they finally on their Suicide Missions?

It almost seems like a cosmic change - a ‘Dark Force’ have risen and one of the tobacco heroes announced in their usual bold, elegant fashion - “it's time..” – time for what? “time to, well... quit!”

E-cigarette firm hit with $55,000 fine

The boss of an online e-cigarette company has been fined $55,000 after being pursued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for falsely claiming the products did not contain cancer-causing chemicals.

In what is believed to be a world-first case, John Burden, of Noranda, who now works in Bali, was the boss of the New Zealand-based Elusion company selling e-cigarettes that were said to be “loved by customers across the world”.

Imperial turns to caffeine as cigarette laws tighten and smokers quit the habit

As governments increasingly clamp down on cigarettes, one of the world’s biggest tobacco firms is banking on another potentially addictive product - caffeine.

Imperial Brands, which makes Gauloises and Winston cigarettes and was known as Imperial Tobacco until a year ago, is faced with a raft of new rules aimed at reducing people’s smoking habit.

Lawmakers push to roll back Obama-era e-cigarette regulations

Rep. Duncan Hunter, a long-time vaping proponent, introduced a bill Thursday aimed at loosening regulations for e-cigarette products that were tightened under the Obama administration.

The bill would reverse an Obama-era rule that categorized e-cigarettes as a tobacco product under the purview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Hunter’s bill would exempt vaping devices from many of the rules placed on traditional tobacco products, including a two-year review process requiring FDA sign-off before new products hit the shelves.

He Signed! Czech Republic Officially Adopts Smoking Ban

Czech President Miloš Zeman officially signed the anti-smoking law this afternoon, Tyden.cz is reporting.

The president’s signature makes complete the ban on smoking in indoor areas of restaurants, theaters, cafes, and cinemas throughout the Czech Republic.

The bill was approved by both houses of Parliament in January. It will take effect on May 31 which is World No Tobacco Day.

E-cigarette industry gains allies in regulation fight

Keith Nelson of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association said he “is greatly encouraged” by Trump’s moves to reduce regulations across the government and supports Gottlieb’s approach to vaping regulation.

“We want this to be dominated by reason and sound science, not public-health hysteria,” he said.

U.S. House bill would exempt e-cigarettes from tobacco regulations

A bill expected this week in the U.S. House of Representatives would weaken a Food and Drug Administration rule governing e-cigarettes and represent a major victory for the $4.4 billion U.S. vaping industry.

The bill, from Republican Representative Duncan Hunter of California, would reverse the Obama administration's "Deeming Rule" which deems e-cigarettes to be tobacco products, subject to the same strict regulations governing traditional cigarettes. E-cigarettes heat nicotine-laced liquid into vapor but do not contain tobacco.

Trump pleases e-cigarette users by firing anti-vaping Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

Supporters of electronic cigarettes have placed great hope that President Donald Trump will ease up on the anti-vaping policies of the Obama Administration. (See my interview with American Vaping Association President Gregory Conley earlier this month for details).

This weekend, vaping supporters are celebrating one step in that direction, with Trump’s firing of vaping foe Vivek Murthy, Obama’s controversial Surgeon General.

Czech Prez Signs Off On Anti-Smoking Law Offers Opportunity For Vapor Product Businesses

In February, Czech Republic President, Miloš Zeman signed off on a law that will clampdown on smoking in the area and will allow for cigarette alternatives, which already show signs of prominence, to be offered to people throughout the Republic.

The ban would prohibit smoking in areas that include, bars, theaters and restaurants, but vapor products and hookah will still be allowed in these areas, according to expatz.cz, an English language news site.

E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors

Some interesting news recently landed in Jeff Stier’s inbox.

“Today’s a good day to quit smoking!” proclaimed an email from NYC Quits, part of a statewide tobacco control program that gives away free nicotine patches and gum every year.

Stier, a risk analyst with the National Center for Public Policy Analysis, signed up for the program, not because he’s a smoker (other than the occasional cigar) but for research.

Is vaping harmful, does it damage your lungs, are e-cigarettes safer than normal tobacco and what are the new laws?

MANY smokers are ditching traditional cigarettes in favour of trendy e-cigarettes.

The vaping devices are designed to help smokers quit their habit, and are marketed as a healthier alternative.

But, e-cigarettes are still very much in their infancy, and much more research is needed to explore the true effect they have on a vaper’s health.

While some studies have shown they are – in many ways – better for smokers than cigarettes, other studies have raised concerns they are encouraging a new generation of smokers.

Hong Kong government’s stance on tobacco health warnings goes against WHO guidelines

The Hong Kong government has proposed to amend health warnings on tobacco packets to comply with World Health Organisation standards and international practices.

A better-known proposal among the public is to increase the size of warnings to 85 per cent of the surface of tobacco packets. But what is intriguing is the government’s insistence on retaining the display of the tar and nicotine yields, despite international guidelines and expert advice.

Fumer coûte bien plus que ce que rapporte une taxe, alors pourquoi le gouvernement décourage-t-il le meilleur moyen d'arrêter?

Effective la semaine prochaine, la nouvelle réglementation sur les cigarettes électroniques fait tout pour dissuader leur utilisation. Pourtant, de nombreux scientifiques et professionnels de la santé ont un avis contraire: la cigarette électronique est le meilleur moyen pour arrêter de fumer.

E-cigarette maker refuses to accept returns on unsold products, wholesaler claims

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania wholesaler is suing Ballantyne Brands LLC, a North Carolina company that produces electronic cigarettes and related paraphernalia, citing alleged breach of contract.

Health officials, e-cig advocates discuss industry shift

Late last year, the U.S. Surgeon General released a report citing the health hazards of electronic cigarettes or vaping products among young users.

The report, which states that those kinds of products are "the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States" has rekindled a smoldering debate about how these products can or will be regulated in the future.

House Committee Changes, Advances Vaping Regulations Bill

Stakeholders in Indiana’s vaping industry say they’re happier with legislation regulating e-liquids after more changes in a House committee.

The Senate’s version of a bill rewriting Indiana vaping regulations largely eliminated many of the existing rules, aiming to undo controversy over current law and its creation of a de facto monopoly.

But some House lawmakers don’t want to go that far, so they amended the bill Tuesday to add rules back in. Those changes drew criticism and concern from many in the industry, so the committee made more alterations Wednesday.

The 3 Best E-Cigarette Stocks to Buy in 2017

With industry consolidation still ongoing in the tobacco industry, and the close ties all the global cigarette giants have with one another, buying the stocks of just one or two gives you exposure to a full portfolio of combustible cigarette alternatives.

Global E-Cigarette Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2022

The global E-cigarette market has gained significant attraction among tobacco smokers in recent years, owing to lesser health concerns related to it. E-cigarettes, also known as electronic cigarettes or vaporizers, are either electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS). The battery-operated device emits doses of vaporized nicotine when inhaled by the user. E-cigarettes create an aerosol, which is commonly termed as vapor that generally contains e-liquid.

From Bad To Worse: Big Tobacco is On Its Way to Cornering the E-Cigarette Industry

One would think that Big Tobacco had learned its lesson after having its head handed to it almost twenty years ago. The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) ultimately cost the “Big Four” at least $206 billion – and that price tag could go higher.

Nicotine e-cigarettes to be legalised in New Zealand

The sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquid will be made legal, in a process that will begin this year and is expected to come into force in late 2018.

The Government will align the regulations around vaping with those for cigarettes, Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner announced on Wednesday.

Ms Wagner acknowledges that some retailers are already selling nicotine e-liquid, however no one has been charged for selling or buying the product.

Will NC raise the smoking age to 21? The only doctor in the state House wants the change

A smoker lights up outside Woody's Sports Tavern & Grill in Cary. An NC House bill would make it illegal for people under 21 to buy or receive tobacco products, tobacco-derived products, vapor products and cigarette wrapping papers unless they’re active-duty military. 2010 News & Observer file photo

Raising the age in North Carolina may prove harder than in states without deep connections to the golden-leafed crop, but bill sponsor Rep. Gregory Murphy, a Greenville Republican, said he has good support for the measure.

Revealed: The UK cities endorsing e-cigarettes as 1 person switches to vaping every 4 minutes

NEW DATA reveals the e-cigarette business is alight across major cities in the UK; in the wake of a recent report from the Office of National Statistics that claims 56.7% of smokers across Great Britain made the decision to quit smoking traditional cigarettes in 2015 – the highest proportion of quitters recorded since 1974.

ATR Urges HHS Secretary Tom Price to Provide Regulatory Relief to Emerging Vapor Market

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, ATR president Grover Norquist today asked

Promote e-cigarettes widely as substitute for smoking says new RCP report

The Royal College of Physicians' new report, ‘Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction’, has concluded that e-cigarettes are likely to be beneficial to UK public health. Smokers can therefore be reassured and encouraged to use them, and the public can be reassured that e-cigarettes are much safer than smoking.

Evidence that e-cigarettes encourage people ot take up smoking is "weak" scientists claim

Many people assume vaping encourages people to smoke cigarettes.

But now scientists claim this is just a myth - and that evidence to even suggest such a link is 'weak'.

Despite having long been considered a gateway, a team of US researchers wanted to analyse the findings of previous studies.

They highlighted several shortfalls that appear to show a link between e-cigarettes and traditional tobacco products.

For example, they said many use misleading measurements for what they consider to be 'smoking', including just one puff over a course of six months.

Health leaders call for immediate action to curb smoking in the U.S.

Every year cigarette smoking contributes to about 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. A group of prominent health leaders called for the immediate implementation of national action to reduce the number of smokers in the country by 15 million in a report published last week.

Philip Morris to convert Greek cigarette factory into plant for smoke-free products

Philip Morris International Inc. PM, -0.35% said Wednesday it has invested about 300 million euro, or the U.S. dollar equivalent of about $323.7 million, to convert a cigarette factory in Greece to a plant to make tobacco sticks for its smoke-free product IQOS. Philip Morris expects the investment to create 400 new jobs in Papastratos, in addition to the 800 people the factory had already employed. Production is expected to begin in January 2018, and the company expects the plant to have an annual capacity of 20 billion tobacco sticks.

E-cigarettes exploding in popularity: New data

The number of American adults who smoke cigarettes has fallen sharply, from 42.4 percent in 1965 to 15.1 percent in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Naturally, cigarette sales also declined over the same period.
But new research in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine shows that the fall in sales of traditional cigarettes slowed in 2015, while sales of e-cigarettes — which also pose health hazards — are skyrocketing.

Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. Files for Bankruptcy

Item 1.03. Bankruptcy or Receivership.

Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco: The Next Wave Of A Harm-Reduction Revolution

A little-known tobacco technology, Heat-not-Burn (HNB), has the potential to slash smoking-related death and disease by appealing to the millions of smokers who've failed to quit using e-cigarettes and traditional nicotine-replacement therapies.

Unlike e-cigarettes, HNB products use real tobacco, but instead of burning it like traditional cigarettes, they heat the tobacco, giving users a tobacco-flavored vapor. This is critical because it is the burning of tobacco which forms the most harmful compounds found in cigarette smoke.

E-cigarettes a gateway to smoking? Not likely

Are e-cigarettes a gateway product that lead more people, especially teens, to smoke regular cigarettes?


No, according to public health researchers from the University at Buffalo and the University of Michigan writing in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

"The national trends in vaping and cigarette smoking do not support the argument that vaping is leading to smoking," said Lynn Kozlowski, the paper's lead author and a professor of community health and health behavior in UB's School of Public Health and Health Professions.

What's Really Inside Your Cannabis Vape Cartridge?

Nearly every week it seems like there's a new vape product on the market. Even though dried cannabis flowers are still the most popular purchase among California medical marijuana patients, according to the 2016 State of Cannabis report from weed delivery service Eaze, vapes are swiftly catching up.

What Philip Morris Learned From Japan

Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) is seeking to revolutionize the tobacco industry with its iQOS alternative to conventional cigarettes, and so far, performance in test markets has been extremely strong. Philip Morris has high hopes for iQOS, expecting it eventually to contribute to a portfolio of reduced-risk products that could entirely replace traditional cigarettes. Yet in order to do so, Philip Morris will have to be sensitive to the needs of each market it serves while meeting anticipated strong demand.

Can British American Tobacco Beat Philip Morris in E-Cigs?

It's not enough that British American Tobacco (NYSEMKT:BTI) is set on becoming the biggest tobacco company with its $50 billion acquisition of Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI), it also wants to steal away the leading global position in cigarette alternatives from rival Philip Morris (NYSE:PM).

Surgeon General Continues to Lie about Tobacco in E-Cigarettes

In an article published earlier this month in JAMA Pediatrics, the Surgeon General claimed that electronic cigarettes: "are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, and hookah." The article repeatedly refers to e-cigarettes as a form of tobacco. In fact, the article contains four statements indicating that e-cigarettes are a "form of tobacco" or that vaping is a "form of tobacco use."

The Rest of the Story

Smoking numbers hit new low as Britons turn to vaping to help quit cigarettes

The number of smokers in Britain has reached its lowest point since records began in 1974, according to new data, while more than a million people say they are using e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 17.2% of adults in the UK smoked in 2015, down from 20.1% in 2010.

Budget hits smokers as price of pack of 20 cigarettes increases 35p - putting average pack of 20 to £10.26

  • Tobacco duty will increase at two per cent above inflation putting prices up
  • Cost of 30g pack of rolling tobacco will also rise by 44 pence from 6pm tonight
  • New 'minimum duty' means cigarettes can not be sold for less than £8.82
  • Part of series of 'sin taxes' which will hike price of wine, spirits and beer

Warehouser Says Abandoned E-Cig Inventory Is Dangerous

Law360, New York (March 13, 2017, 3:46 PM EDT) -- A warehouser objected Friday to plans filed by e-cigarette maker NJOY Inc. to abandon more than 3,000 pallets of their devices, saying that holding and disposing of the inventory is expensive and dangerous due to the lithium batteries they contain.

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