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Cancer Society Welcomes Vaping Legislation

The Cancer Society is pleased to see the new vaping legislation passed with general cross-party support as it will help protect people from the harms of e-cigarettes and nicotine addiction while also supporting those who use vaping to quit smoking. The Vaping Amendment Bill passed yesterday, ending a period in which New Zealand’s vaping industry has operated without regulation. Cancer Society spokesperson Shayne Nahu (Te Arawa, Tainui, Irish) says the legislation puts an end to e-cigarettes being heavily marketed to children and non-smokers.

2020-08-06
m.scoop.co.nz

Activists root for oral nicotine products instead of tobacco

Economists and leading international Tobacco Harm Reduction experts, drawn from Africa and Europe, have advised smokers in Uganda to turn to oral nicotine products saying it is least 90 per cent safer than smoking. Nicotine pouches are white pre-portioned pouches containing nicotine but no tobacco, and are described as either similar to or a tobacco-free version of snus. Mr Atakan Befrits, a Sweden-based Tobacco Harm Reduction policy advocacy [...] said: “This figure is “most likely closer to 99 per cent when you account for the food grade standard to which some of the latest products are produced.”

2020-08-06
monitor.co.ug

Phillip Morris: SA’s Cigarette Ban Misses Opportunity to Promote Safer Alternatives

In a recent statement about the ongoing controversial tobacco ban, Philip Morris South Africa (PMSA) said that the continued ban during the covid lockdown, has been a missed opportunity to make smoke-free alternatives available for the 11-million local smokers. The bans on tobacco products and alcohol sales announced in March, sadly included safer alternatives such as e-cigarettes and snus. Naturally, this had angered many public health experts and vaping advocates. [...] (VPASA) chief executive Asanda Gcoyi, reiterated that treating cigarettes and safer alternatives in the same manner poses a significant problem.

2020-08-06
vapingpost.com

Put Down the Vape: Even Tobacco-Free E-Cigarettes Might Damage DNA

E-cigarettes (a.k.a. vaporizers or vapes) aren't necessarily a safe substitute for the real thing. Smoking tobacco-free e-cigarettes still damages the users' DNA, increases the rate of genetic mutations, and raises the risk of cancer, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and spotted by Technology Networks. Researchers from New York University School of Medicine exposed the mice to smoke for three months, and then examined their DNA. They found adducts, a form of DNA damage in which a piece of the genetic material bonds to a chemical. [...]

2020-08-05
mentalfloss.com

The Real Victims Of The Vaping Anti-Flavor Crusade Are Former Smokers - Opinion

The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019. We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine products. To curb underage vaping, the government needed to get rid of the flavored nicotine replacement products.

2020-08-05
science20.com

Flavor Ban Hurts Smokers Looking for Harm Reduction

The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019. We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine products. To curb underage vaping, the government needed to get rid of the flavored nicotine replacement products.

2020-08-05
realclearpolicy.com

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