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FDA Notifies Companies, Including Puff Bar, to Remove Flavored Disposable E-Cigarettes [...]

[...] the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters notifying ten companies, including Cool Clouds Distribution Inc. (doing business as Puff Bar), to remove their flavored disposable e-cigarettes and youth-appealing e-liquid products from the market because they do not have the required premarket authorization. These new actions are part of the FDA’s ongoing, aggressive effort to act against illegally marketed tobacco products amid the public health crisis of youth e-cigarette use in America. The agency is particularly concerned about the appeal of flavored, [...]


Vaping increases among New Mexico teenagers, survey says

Many New Mexico teenagers have stopped cigarette smoking but have taken up vaping, erasing progress anti-tobacco advocates said they achieved in getting high school students to avoid using traditional tobacco, a state analysis said. The survey found overall use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, among young people has increased by 23% since 2009, with 37.8% of high school students saying they use some form of tobacco.


Australia is out of touch with world tobacco harm reduction policy

At least in the United States and Australia, the systems of government are similar. Barring parliament and constitutional monarchism, both Australia and the United States share legislative and constitutional prerogatives that emulate ruling formats like the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary, and the importance of public comment phases for new and proposed regulations. Consider some international comparisons between the US, Britain, New Zealand, and Australia.


Senator supports advocacy for smoke-free PH

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the government to heighten its campaign on the adverse effects of continued use of cigarette and tobacco products to discourage young Filipinos from taking up smoking habits and also the reduce risk of COVID-19 infection. In a webinar with student leaders, the Senate committee on basic education, arts and culture head emphasized that there are three important steps for a smoke-free Philippines: fight the heavy lobby from the tobacco industry, transition tobacco farmers to planting sustainable high-quality crops, and dissuade the youth from smoking.


MP’s Smokefree Amendments Deserve Support

“MP Nicky Wagner’s amendment to reverse the Government’s effective ban on oral tobacco-free nicotine pouches deserves supporting. Thank goodness at least one MP read and listened to key submissions and evidence on the bill to regulate vaping,” says Nancy Loucas, co-director of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA). Commonly known as tobacco-free snus, the pouches are placed between the upper lip and gum, providing up to 10,000 New Zealanders with a much safer alternative to smoking.


European Harm Reduction Group Launches Manifesto on Behalf of Former Smokers

The European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (ETHRA) has launched a manifesto on behalf of million of smokers who have managed to quit smoking or reduce harm, thanks to safer alternatives such as e-cigarettes and snus, declaring their rights within Europe. ETHRA is comprised of 21 consumer associations in 16 European countries. Launched last May on behalf of 27 million grass roots consumers across Europe who have quit smoking using safer products, the manifesto urged policymakers to recognize the benefits of tobacco harm reduction in advance of World No Tobacco Day.


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