Prohibition of non-combustible nicotine products in Mexico
The WHO awarded a prize to Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO) on May 31, the International No Smoking Day. Although the official reason was the approval of a new Tobacco Law, it is evident that AMLO was prized for his five presidential decrees that ban the commercialization and importation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS e-cigarettes and heat not burn products) [Read More]
IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
The FDA this week launched a crackdown on smoking and vaping — ordering the vaping device Juul to be taken off the market and announcing its intention to require makers of cigarettes and other tobacco products to reduce the amount of nicotine in them. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court did not announce a ruling in a high-stakes abortion case, but it said that private health insurers could limit the amount of kidney dialysis care they provide, thus forcing some patients onto Medicare. This week's panelists are Julie Rovner of KHN, Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Politico, and Rachel Cohrs of Stat.
In a clear rebuke to tobacco control orthodoxy, the Swedish parliament (Riksdag) [...] rejected a proposed ban on sales of flavored vaping products. The final vote was 177-126 with 46 abstaining. The proposal to ban flavors was introduced by the government’s Ministry of Social Affairs in late February. If passed, the law would have taken effect next January, and would have prohibited flavors other than tobacco in all e-liquid, including zero-nicotine vape juice. The vote wasn’t a complete surprise. A week ago, the Riksdag’s Social Affairs Committee recommended adopting most of the bill—which also adds regulations for nicotine pouches and synthetic nicotine [...]
T he FDA is planning to deny the marketing applications for Juul, reports The Wall Street Journal , which would pull one of the most popular e-cigarettes off the US market. Filter has been unable to independently confirm the news. The FDA has not responded to request for comment, and so far offered no reason for the alleged denial. Juul also did not respond to a request for comment by publication time. Mitch Zeller, the former director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) , declined to comment over email.
Is varenicline efficacious and safe in achieving long-term abstinence in patients with type 2 diabetes who are willing to quit smoking? In this randomized clinical trial involving 300 patients with type 2 diabetes who smoked, varenicline was efficacious at weeks 12, 24, and 52 of the trial compared with placebo. Nausea, insomnia, abnormal dreams, anxiety, and irritability were reported at higher frequency among patients in the varenicline vs placebo group. No treatment-related serious adverse events were noted. Findings of this study suggest that varenicline should be included in diabetes education programs to help patients with type 2 diabetes quit smoking.
Action is needed now to reduce or prevent adolescents from accessing and using electronic cigarettes, the American Heart Association (AHA) concludes in a new scientific statement. Current scientific evidence indicates that use of these vaping products has harmful effects on health that can accrue over time, leading to an increased risk for cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in long-term users, the writing group says. "Inhaling any foreign substance can have effects on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems," writing group chair Loren E. Wold, PhD, Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, says in an AHA news release.
As part of my preparation work for the next Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report, which is due out in November, I was reading Professor Virginia Berridge’s book Demons: Our Changing Attitudes to Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs,published in 2013. I was surprised to read that back in the 1970s, the anti-smoking warriors objected to medical help for people who wanted to stop smoking.
The WHO awarded a prize to Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (known as AMLO) on May 31, the International No Smoking Day. Although the official reason was the approval of a new Tobacco Law, it is evident that AMLO was prized for his five presidential decrees that ban the commercialization and importation of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS e-cigarettes and heat not burn products).
Commercialization of ENDS has always been illegal in Mexico, but in 2015
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