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Australia’s 300,000 vapers were shocked, angry and frightened last week when the Health Minister announced a ban on importing nicotine liquid into Australia with two weeks’ notice and a penalty of AUD$220,000 per offence.

Vapers who had struggled to quit smoking for years and finally found a safer alternative faced the repulsive choice of going back to smoking or purchasing nicotine on the blackmarket. Chat groups were flooded with distressed vapers and panic buying was unprecedented. Retail shops were expected to close. [...]

The Potential and Pitfalls of Providing Vapes to Incarcerated People

How much good can vaping do in a carceral setting? Smoking rates in prisons and jails across the United States and the world are extremely high, yet the question gets little attention. One briefing from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium estimated the available research to show that at least 70 to 80 percent of the US incarcerated population smokes or has previously smoked. Vapes, of course, have been estimated by the UK’s Royal College of Physicians to be 95 percent less harmful than cigarettes, and described as “far less harmful” by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. In the US, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) banned smoking in federal correctional facilities in 2015, having previously banned the (...)


Vaping During the COVID-19 Lockdown Period in Belgium

Early March 2020, the first confirmed infections with the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Belgium have been recorded. In order to prevent the spread of the virus, the government has set out a range of measures including closing stores for a period of almost two months (March 18th until May 10th). Consequently, all vape shops were closed and vapers could no longer purchase consumables (e.g., e-liquids, batteries, coils) for their electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in brick-and-mortar vape shops. Some newsagents and some food stores, however, offered a limited product range of e-liquids and e-cigarettes, or temporarily expanded their range (sometimes in cooperation with closed brick-and-mortar vape shops). Buying consumables online is complicated in Belgium due to the fact that the online sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids is prohibited (...)


Philip Morris Says Cigarettes May Start Disappearing in a Decade

Philip Morris International signalled that cigarettes may start becoming obsolete within a decade in some markets as smokers switch to alternative products for nicotine. "I am convinced it is possible to completely end cigarette sales in many countries within 10 to 15 years," Chief Executive Officer Andre Calantzopoulos said in a sustainability report published on Tuesday. He said the help of regulators is needed to make that possible.


Study Looking at the Effectiveness of a Quit Vaping Text Message Program

This is Quitting is a free mobile program from Truth Initiative designed to help young people quit vaping via text messaging. The current study aims to determine the program's effectiveness. The researchers will be looking at the “changes in self-efficacy, perceived social norms, and social support for quitting as hypothesized mediators of effectiveness; and examines if treatment effectiveness is moderated by gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual minority status.” In total, 2600 young adult (aged 18-24 years) vapers in the United States will be (...)


Ban Delayed | Australian Vapers Win Reprieve, Battle Is Not Over | RegWatch (Live)

It was a surprise decision issued by Australia’s Minister of Health to ban the personal importation of liquid nicotine for vaping beginning on July 1. The order was issued on June 19, leaving little time for harm reduction activists and a coalition of MPs to mount an effective challenge to a law, which many agree, could drive tens of thousands of vapers back to smoking. Under growing pressure, Health Minister Greg Hunt decided on June 27 to delay the ban on importing nicotine. However, the fight to legalize vaping is far from over.


MPs Must Amend Bill After Compelling Study On Vape Flavours

A massive international study involving nearly 18,000 participants has revealed flavoured vapes are over two times more effective at helping adults to quit smoking than tobacco flavour alone. Further, flavoured vapes don’t lead to more young people smoking. The study comes as New Zealand’s bill to regulate vaping sits on Parliament’s Order Paper waiting to progress. The bill rules that general retailers, such as dairies, supermarkets, and service stations, would be allowed to sell only three flavours - tobacco, mint and menthol. “This study overwhelmingly proves (...)


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