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Big Pharma financed ALA lobbies for FDA deeming reg/ban

Big Pharma financed ALA lobbies for FDA deeming reg/ban by repeating CDC’s lies about e-cigs and NYTS e-cig data, conflating e-cigs with tobacco with highly addictive and lethal cigarettes, denigrating record decline in and record low cigarette smoking rates among teens, and failing to ethically disclose ALA’s huge financial conflicts of interest.

Smoking / Quit Smoking Regulatory Affairs / Drug Approvals How to measure nicotine delivery from e-cigarettes

To be effective in helping smokers get off cigarettes, e-cigarettes
need to deliver enough nicotine to replace what smokers were getting
from tobacco, but also need to deliver it consistently at different use
sessions. From later this year e-cigarettes sold in Europe will have to
be tested to ensure that they deliver nicotine consistently, but no
specific protocol has been proposed yet.

Next appropriations chairman likely to follow Republican party on AG policies

Republican leadership selected Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) last week to take over the House Appropriations Committee gavel from Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), who is due to step down in January due to chairmanship term limits.

Will 2017 Be Altria Group Inc.'s Worst Year Yet?

2016 was a strong year for Altria Group (NYSE: MO), with the stock jumping 20% to be among the best performers in the tobacco industry. Overall, the cigarette giant has done a good job of finding ways to maximize its profits, and there are reasons why bullish investors think that Altria could sustain its positive momentum in 2017. Yet Altria also faces challenges, and if it makes a misstep, then 2017 could easily become a nightmare year for the company. Let's take a look at what it would take to turn 2017 into Altria's worst year yet.

Switching to e-cigarettes ‘substantially’ reduces toxins in the body

Scientists at University College London found that people who switched from regular to e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for at least six months had ‘substantially’ lower levels of toxic and carcinogenic substances in their bodies.

During the study, which was funded by Cancer Research UK, researchers analysed the saliva and urine of long-term e-cigarette and NRT users and compared them to those of cigarette smokers.

Stricter tobacco legislation enters into force

The changes moreover ban the advertising of tobacco and related products as well as the sale of tobacco products with characterising flavours.

Also being introduced is five-year licensing of tobacco vendors and stricter regulations for the promotion of tobacco products and for various non-standard tobacco and smoking products.

Also banned is the sale of confectioneries, snacks, toys and other items intended for minors in the shape of tobacco products.

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.

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.

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.

Legislators still attack vaping, even as evidence of its benefits mounts

Some state legislators are trying again to cripple the vaping market. They’ve revived last year’s proposal to restrict the nicotine-bearing vapor produced by electronic “cigarettes” to just three flavors -- tobacco, menthol or clove. In short, they want to ensure that vaping, the more healthful alternative to smoking tobacco, tastes like the cancer-causing habit it helps people overcome.

Artsen strijden voor afschrikwekkende verpakkingen op sigarettenvervanger Philip Morris: 'ernstig misleidend'

De Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit kwalificeert de heatstick als een 'rookloos tabaksproduct', schrijft staatssecretaris Martin van Rijn (Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport) naar aanleiding van recente Kamervragen over de heatstick. Het apparaat verhit namelijk tabak tot 350 graden in plaats van het te verbranden, zoals in gewone sigaretten. Daarom is volgens de tabaks- en rookwarenwet de waarschuwing 'dit tabaksproduct schaadt uw gezondheid en is verslavend' voldoende.


BAT restructures as e-cigarettes go mainstream

[LONDON] British American Tobacco said on Thursday it has reorganised its regional management structure following the acquisition of Reynolds American to bring its vaping and heated tobacco products into the main business.

"Now that we have built a successful NGP (next generation products) business which is poised for substantial growth, we will be fully integrating NGP to leverage the scale and expertise of the whole group to drive growth in an area that is fast becoming a key part of our mainstream business," BAT said in a statement.

Illegal super-strength e-cigarettes seized in crackdown as shops targeted in undercover swoops

Hundreds of super-strength e-cigarette liquids were seized by Trading Standards during a blitz on retailers in Scotland.

The undercover operation saw officers swoop on stores to enforce new legislation regulating the sale of vaping products.

They found illicit liquids over the maximum legal nicotine strength level of two per cent and other products which were nine months out of date.

Indonesia, where smoking is widespread, just placed tough restrictions on e-cigarettes

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia is placing prohibitive restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette materials, and Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita last week offered an easy solution for the growing number of citizens using the products.

Report: Juul Leads Electronic Cigarette Category in the U.S.

Australian Committee Divided Over E-Cigarette Regulations

The members of an Australian committee appointed to look into e-cigarette use, have differing opinions on the right regulatory approach to e-cigarettes, yet its chairman recommends permitting the use of nicotine in the devices.

Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee has released its Report on the Inquiry into the Use and Marketing of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporizers in Australia. The Chair of the Committee, federal member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, says that the Committee was divided on what the right regulatory approach to

E-cigarettes ubiquitous at schools despite all efforts

One e-cig trade group supports the FDA’s crackdown on companies targeting young people, but says that shouldn’t overshadow the positive influence vaping can have on tobacco smokers trying to quit.

Tobacco Use Among Middle and High School Students — United States, 2013

René A. Arrazola, MPH1, Linda J. Neff, PhD1, Sara M. Kennedy, MPH2, Enver Holder-Hayes, MPH3, Christopher D. Jones, PhD1 (Author affiliations at end of text)

E-cigarettes reduce tobacco cravings and help people quit smoking, study finds

WASHINGTON -- Vaping is having a moment. The Oxford Dictionaries recently named the term, which means "to inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device," its Word of the Year for 2014. Estimates put the size of the e-cigarette market at around $2.5 billion in annual sales. Users tout them as tar-free alternatives to traditional cigarettes that help them reduce their nicotine consumption. Others are worried about all the unknowns associated with huffing propylene glycol and concentrated nicotine.

Debate on safety of e-cigarettes continues

Opposing views on the potential impact of electronic cigarettes on public health are published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. The commentaries, by two experts, differ in their views on the topic but are united in their call for a rational discussion based on evidence. Related Articles Public health Conflict resolution Epidemiology Environmental impact assessment Osteopathic medicine Personalized medicine

E-cigarettes 'help smokers quit or cut down'

E-cigarettes can help smokers stop or reduce their habit, a respected international review has confirmed. The first Cochrane review to examine the products considered two randomised trials with data from 662 current smokers. The review authors, from the UK and New Zealand, said the results needed to be expanded on by other studies. Public health doctors said they remained concerned that the devices could reverse progress on smoking.

FAA warns U.S. airlines about e-cigarette risk

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Aviation Administration is warning U.S. carriers about the risk of fires caused by e-cigarettes. Earlier this month at Los Angeles International Airport, an overheated e-cigarette sparked a fire in a piece of luggage in a baggage area. Four months prior to that at Boston's Logan Airport, an e-cigarette in a passenger's bag caught fire in the cargo hold of a plane -- forcing an evacuation.

Nurture or Neuter: The e-cigarette industry in Hong Kong

Photo: Max and Vivian Kwok are the owners of local e-cigarette store, InDragonnet Vape.

The Government repeatedly claims,they intend to nurture innovation in Hong Kong and take advantage of emerging industries. As part of a new series, Harbour Times looks into how the Hong Kong Government’s efforts have empowered — or stifled — innovation and growth in certain industries. In the first of the series, we look at the e-cigarette business.

US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) repeats lies about e-cigs

SCHUMER: E-CIGARETTE MANUFACTURERS TARGETING TEENS WITH GLITZY ADS & CANDY FLAVORS LIKE ‘CHERRY CRUSH’ & ‘GUMMY BEAR’— NEW CDC REPORT SHOWS E-CIG PUFFING HAS TRIPLED AMONG HIGH SCHOOLERS; SCHUMER DEMANDS FDA BAN FUN FLAVORS & REGULATE MARKETING TACTICS AIMED AT KIDS http://www.schumer.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/schumer-e-cigarette-manufacturers-targeting-teens-with-glitzy-ads-and-candy-flavors-like-cherry-crush_gummy-bear-new-cdc-report-shows-e-cig-puffing-has-tripled-among-high-schoolers-schumer-demands-fda-ban-fun-flavors--regulate-marketing-tactics-aimed-at-kids

Vapers rejoice: The tide is turning towards e-cigarettes in France

France has become the latest country to issue official guidance in favour of e-cigarettes, suggesting they are an effective tool for smokers who are looking to reduce or replace tobacco.

Wajnert to retire from RAI board; Nowell elected lead director ; RAI declares quarterly cash dividend

Thomas C. Wajnert has notified the board of directors of Reynolds American Inc. that he will retire as a member of the board, effective Dec 31, 2016.

As previously announced on Oct. 19, Wajnert also will retire as non-executive chairmen effective Dec. 31, 2016 and Susan M. Cameron, currently RAI's president and CEO, will become executive chairman on Jan. 1, 2017 She will serve as executive chairman until May 1, 2017, when she is expected to become the non-executive chairman.

The War on E-Cigarettes & The Consequences of Partialism

If you've followed the news very closely, or even just skimmed it in the past year, you've likely noticed that there are many outlets "researching" and reporting on the negative effects of the E-Cigarette (or lack there of?).

The fact is that there are many who harbor their own agenda whether it be pro or anti e-cigarette, but what both sides mostly agree on is that traditional tobacco products have caused a simply massive amount of death over it's years of ruling the market for those who seek nicotine. The studies have been done. The science is clear.

Researchers find toxic metals in e-cigarette liquids

Since their emergence into the marketplace as an alternative to tobacco, health officials have been conflicted over e-cigarettes.

The nicotine delivery system contains chemicals, but not nearly as many as tobacco smoke. More troubling, perhaps, was the fact that little research had been done on nicotine vapor created by the devices.

But researchers have been busy catching up, and a team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health reports finding high levels of toxic metals in the liquid that creates the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale when they vape.

Will Reynolds-British American Merger be a Reality Soon?

The highly anticipated tobacco merger between Reynolds American Inc. RAI and British American Tobacco BTI seem to have cleared the antitrust hurdles from the U.S authorities. The two participating companies have announced that the U.S. Department of Justice or the Federal Trade Commission has not asked for any additional information regarding the proposed merger within the waiting period, which has now expired. However, the deal expected to close in the third quarter of 2017, is still subject to shareholder approval from the participating companies.

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

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.

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.

Vaping: Another Hot Cannabis Consumption Method

Growth In Vaping and Consumption of Cannabis Oil

Vaporizer sales are rising, and consumption of cannabis oils is rising too. In order to take advantage of these trends, we wanted to look at the publicly listed vaporizer companies to give an overview of what companies could ride this wave.


The physician running the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stunned
tobacco companies when he said the agency had plans for rules to slash
cigarettes’ nicotine content. Maybe they should have seen something like
that coming.Scott Gottlieb has shaken things up in his 81 days
on the job. He’s proposed major policy shifts to ease regulations on

Government & Pharma casting the E-Cigarette in a bad light by any means possible.

If you've read any of the news on the e-cigarette in the past week, you'll notice it's been dominated by stories of half-baked short term studies claiming that e-cigarettes cause allergies to be irritated, slow the healing process, and even heart and respiratory problems.

These studies are mostly done independently, by Pharma related organizations, or by government or state sponsored entities with other conflicts of interest.

Confusion Coming with California's Legal Marijuanna

LOS ANGELES — Ready or not, California kicks off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1. And, mostly, it's not.

Los Angeles and San Francisco are among many cities still struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there could be limited options in many places for consumers eager to ring in the new year with a legal pot purchase.

"The bulk of folks probably are not going to be ready Jan. 1," conceded Cara Martinson of the California State Association of Counties.

Why Banning E-cigarette Ads on TV Could Backfire

A new study finds that an increase in e-cigarette ads leads to a decrease in traditional cigarette sales.

Why young people are now less likely to smoke

All age groups in the UK are smoking less - but the largest decrease is among 18- to 24-year-olds, according to the Office of National Statistics. Why is that?

Fewer start smoking

The latest figures, for 2015, suggest one in every five (20.7%) 18- to 24-year-olds is a smoker.

In 2010, this figure was one in every four (25.8%).

FDA Update on Provisional Substantial Equivalence (SE) Review Process

Web Statement – April 5, 2018

Since the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA) was signed in 2009, FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) has been responsible for using the tools of product regulation to help reduce the disease and death associated with tobacco use in the United States. As part of that effort, the agency is reviewing applications for new tobacco products and monitoring which tobacco products can be sold and distributed on the market in accordance with the law.

Bubble pop? Brownie batter? Vapes’ added flavors fuel e-cigarette debate

A heated debate is redrawing alliances in the tobacco control movement as federal officials wrestle with how to regulate the growing e-cigarette market.

The players include researchers, smoking-cessation advocates and “vaping” connoisseurs.

“It’s become very divisive in a community that was largely united against Big Tobacco,” said Samir Soneji, an associate professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, who researches tobacco control policy.

E-cigarette Summit Londen 2014 – Impressie

E-cigarette Summit 2014 Londen 2014 – E-sigaret zeker 95% minder schadelijk dan klassieke sigaretten en doelbewuste negatieve campagnes van partijen als gezondheidsinstanties, overheden en farmacie die het gebruik ervan proberen terug te dringen. Een vreemde en onlogische tegenstelling. De E-cigarette Summit in Londen gaf een kijkje in de wereld van de elektronische sigaretten en hoe de branche er momenteel voor staat.

E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

E-cigarettes have been fingered as the source of a new computer virus. "IT guy" Jrockilla told the Talesfromtechsupport forum that he suspects the malware was "hard coded" into the USB charger of his boss's electronic toker. In his post, he says:

E-cigarettes ARE less addictive, study finds - but experts warn long term health benefits are still unknown

We found that e-cigarettes appear to be less addictive than tobacco cigarettes in a large sample of long-term users,' said Jonathan Foulds, professor of public health sciences and psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine. The popularity of e-cigarettes, which typically deliver nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerin and flavorings through inhaled vapor, has increased in the past five years. There are currently more than 400 brands of 'e-cigs' available.

E-Cigarettes Top Smoking Among Youths, Study Says

WASHINGTON — A new federal survey has found that e-cigarette use among teenagers has surpassed the use of traditional cigarettes as smoking has continued to decline. Health advocates say the trend for e-cigarette use is dangerous because it is making smoking seem normal again. They also worry it could lead to an increase in tobacco smoking, though the new data do not show that.

VS: Geen elektronische sigaret in vliegtuig

Het roken van een pijp, sigaretten en sigaren is al jaren verboden in vliegtuigen, maar als het aan de Amerikaanse luchtvaartautoriteit FAA ligt, geldt dat binnenkort ook voor de elektronische sigaret.

E-smoke and mirrors: The debate on e-cigarettes’ HK future

Mr Ray Story sat down with the press, asking the Government for dialogue.

Mr Story believes banning e-cigarettes is unfair to current smokers. “To ban e-cigarettes, would only mean you will allow conventional cigarettes to continue,” he says. “Banning the product would therefore be extremely irresponsible.”

FDA sends research letter to Tobacco Control citing 40 adverse events with e-cigs by non users in past 3 years

[Actual Letter Hidden behind Pay Wall]

Correspondence to Dr Elizabeth L Durmowicz, Office of Science, Center for Tobacco Products, Food and Drug Administration, WO 75/Room 5476, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, USA; Elizabeth.durmowicz@fda.hhs.gov

Received 15 January 2015
Accepted 3 April 2015
Published Online First 23 April 2015

Restricting or banning e-cigarettes will condemn millions of Indian smokers to death: Heneage Mitchell

India is at par with all other regional countries with regards to their consumers demand for e-cigarettes to be safely regulated and available, but falls behind most of the countries in the region with regards to awareness of e-cigarettes and the benefits they can introduce to smokers.

Warning Letters Sent to Four Tobacco Product Manufacturers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to four tobacco manufacturers—Swisher International Inc., Cheyenne International LLC, Prime Time International Co., and Southern Cross Tobacco Company Inc.—for selling flavored cigarettes that are labeled as little cigars or cigars, which is a violation of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (TCA).

GOP leaders pledge vape law overhaul, subject of FBI probe

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican legislative leaders say they want to unwind stiff regulations they imposed on Indiana’s vaping industry, which created a stranglehold on the burgeoning market for one company and prompted an FBI investigation.

The law, which is subject to a legal challenge, was passed in 2015 ostensibly to ensure that the nicotine-laced liquid consumed through vaping met safety standards. But it was amended last year in a way that effectively gave a Lafayette-based security company sole discretion to decide who could be certified to produce “e-liquid” in Indiana.

Buy Philip Morris International For The Dividend

While technology stocks always seem to be sought after as the best opportunity for investors to earn incredible returns, it is dividend paying stocks like Altria (NYSE:MO) that have provided the best returns in the last few decades. In fact, from 1970-2016, Altria gave investors a total return of 505,704%, which amounts to an annual return of 20.4% over those 46 years. In 2008, Altria (then known as Philip Morris) separated its domestic operations from its international business, Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM).

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.

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.

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.

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.'

Florida Medical Dispensaries Are Getting Around the State’s “Vape-Only” Regulations

One Florida retailer is selling buds for vaporizer use only - but those same flowers could just as easily be rolled up and smoked.

Trump’s FDA Chief Charts a Policy Shift Beyond Tobacco Products

The physician running the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stunned tobacco companies when he said the agency had plans for rules to slash cigarettes’ nicotine content. Maybe they should have seen something like that coming.

The FDA has a golden opportunity to save smokers' lives

Back in July, the Food and Drug Administration committed itself to a new strategy to tackling smoking.

Articulated by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the new approach recognizes it's the deadly smoke caused by setting tobacco on fire sucking into the lungs that are responsible for the deaths of 480,000 Americans each year -- not nicotine.

Part of this new strategy, according to Gottlieb, is ensuring new and innovative products that are significantly less dangerous than smoking and can draw people away from cigarettes can come to market.

Public Health Benefits of E-cigarette Use Tend to Outweigh the Harms

WASHINGTON (July 14, 2016) — A modeling study by top tobacco control experts finds that e-cigarettes are likely to provide public health benefits based on “conservative estimates” of the likely uptake of vaping and smoking by adolescents and young adults.


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