Monthly Archives: May 2018
A series of new stats about vaping show that e-cigarettes are getting more popular around the world.
Euromonitor International statistics, which have been published by the BBC, show that the number of vapers worldwide has increased rapidly, from seven million in 2011 to 35 million in 2016.
By 2021, the market research group forecasts that 55 million adults will vape across the globe.
This rapid increase comes as cigarette smoking rates decline.
The latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) show a steady decrease in the number of smokers globally - falling from 1.14bn in 2000 to 1.1bn today.
WHO research shows the the fastest decrease in smoking rates has been
Posted: May 31, 2018
YouTube is removing videos relating to vaping products, it has been reported.
E-cigarette reviewers claim content has been ripped from the video-hosting platform while others report channels are being deleted with little chance to appeal.
Posts that mention the controversial vape brand JUUL, currently being investigated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of its alleged appeal to teenagers, appear to be the most targeted.
Experts claim the move by YouTube comes after a state-backed push against e-cigarette advertising in America, particularly in regard to flavoured e-juice which are used in vaporizers and pressure groups claim are tempting young people into vaping.
In the past few months anti-vaping hysteria has spread across America fuelled by the single-issue pressure groups like the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, which has in turn seen the FDA forced to take action.
The regulator is now pressurizing online platforms to
E-cigarettes and vaping could start appearing in glossy TV, radio and newspaper ads under new laws in Canada.
The federal government's new Tobacco and Vaping Products Act will force tobacco companies to use plain packaging but it also opens up a world of marketing possibilities for vaping liquids and e-cigarettes.
The new law, which received royal assent last week, legalizes and regulates what had been a "bold, black market," according to David Hammond, a prominent university professor and chair of Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Nicotine e-liquids have, until now, been technically illegal but available at vape shops and other stores in most cities across the country with most international companies staying out of the market.
With legalization however, Hammond predicts Canadians will see big multi-national companies move into the marketplace and so will their ads.
Restrictions on e-cigarette advertising will also be far weaker than
VAPING with nicotine is now legal in New Zealand.
The country’s ministry of health has announced all tobacco products (except types that are chewed or dissolved in the mouth) can be lawfully imported, sold and distributed under the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990.
The move has been on the cards for over a year after Health Minister Nicky Wagner revealed in March 2017 how it was set to adopt a low risk approach to legalising vaping, since "scientific evidence was still being developed".
Last August, the health ministry went further by confirming smokeless tobacco products such as snus and inhaled nicotine were going to be added to the list of legalised products as part of the Smokefree 2025 campaign.
Following the new legislation, Wagner said the government was now looking forward to seeing how allowing people to vape might affect smoking rates.
“There’s a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking. The Government is taking a cautious
Posted: May 15, 2018
CONSUMERS in South Africa would find it harder to vape than smoke cigarettes if a new law is passed.
A consumer group has also warned the country’s vaping industry could go "up in smoke" under new government proposals.
The new law - The Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill - which is out for comment and consideration, proposes to bring e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn products under regulatory control for the first time.
Under the proposals, e-cigarettes will no longer be available in vending machines, will be sold in plain packaging and banned for under-18s.
E-cigarettes users will also face tight restrictions on where they can vape as the bill proposes more stringent limits on smoking in public places than the Tobacco Products Control Act, which it will replace.
The Vapour Product Association, which represents companies that sell e-cigarettes, is now planning a national campaign to oppose the proposed law, saying
Smokers who want to quit with e-cigarettes could be put off if they’re prescribed by doctors, experts say.
Users who are thinking of using the devices as a stop-smoking tool might not experiment with vaping if they start to be treated as a medical product.
Industry experts explained that because smokers don’t see their nicotine addiction as a disease, if patients starting picking up e-cigarettes at a pharmacy or via a medical prescription, it could have a “detrimental effect” on their success.
Not only that, it could potentially make them less available on the high street.
The warning given to UK politicians at a Commons Science and Technology Committee comes after Public Health England said in a report earlier this year there was "compelling evidence" e-cigarettes should be made available on the NHS due to their success in helping people stop smoking.
The body said e-cigarettes are at least 95 per cent less harmful than smoking and suggested
A PROPOSAL to use cigarette packets to promote vaping could be considered in the UK.
Pharmacy minister Steve Brine said the “interesting idea” to help smokers switch to e-cigarettes as a cessation aid may be something his department would back.
The proposal to use cigarette packets, which currently feature public health images, as a vehicle to promote e-cigarettes was put to the minister by MP Stephen Metcalfe at a parliamentary hearing.
Brine was giving evidence along with representatives from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
Tim Baxter, director of healthy behaviours at the DHSC, told the Science and Technology committee hearing on e-cigarettes that under current legislation it is illegal to put promotional material into cigarette packs, but agreed with Brine that it was something the government should
LIFE insurance for vapers is finally set to drop after Public Health England's report revealed it is 95 per cent less harmful than smoking.
Until now, e-cigarette users have had to pay double the premiums of a non-smoker after receiving the same life insurance rates as cigarette smokers.
Now the UK Vaping Industry Association has collaborated with insurance broker Future Proof and Canada Insurance to finally offer vaper users life insurance that reflects their switch to a healthier lifestyle. It is now hoping others will start following suit.
The move comes after it was revealed how most high street insurers calculate vaping to be as dangerous as smoking for life insurance policies and for many years have been doubling premiums.
An industry conference also heard how no major insurance firm in Britain was prepared to downgrade the risk for users of e-cigarettes or nicotine-containing smoking substitutes.
Insurance expert Andrew Wibberley told the UK Vaping
VAPERS in Hawaii are being urged to protest against a massive 70 per cent tax on e-liquids planned by legislators.
An outright ban of internet sales is also close to being passed in a new bill set for the US state.
Bill SB2654 aims to end online sales of tobacco sales, which not only includes cigarettes but vaping products too.
If it is passed, it will be illegal to ship tobacco products to anyone who isn’t involved in the sale or distribution of tobacco - therefore banning any sale to a private individual.
Under the bill, e-liquid is also included in the state’s definition of “tobacco product”.
Hawaiian vapers are now being asked to protest against the measures planned for the state, which many believe could destroy its vape industry.
“We don’t know what it’s going to end up as. We’re strongly opposed to any taxes for our customers and the industry,” said Scott Rasak of Volcano Fine Electronic Cigarettes.
“VapoUr products and tobacco products