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  • British Tobacco Firm To Go Bigger On Vaping

    British Tobacco Firm To Go Bigger On Vaping

    British tobacco firm Imperial Brands has revealed it is to go “all-in” on vaping after a better than expected full-year revenue and profit. The maker of Gauloises and Winston cigarettes is now shifting its focus towards the vaping market and is preparing to launch a heated tobacco product in Japan in early 2019, according to a report by Reuters news agency. Imperial Brands, which reported a net revenue of $39.83 billion for the full-year ending September 30, is also planning to increase investment in its e-cigarette brand blu by around 100 million pounds ($131 million) over the coming six months...
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  • 'Artificial Intelligence' Installed In Schools To Catch Vapers

    'Artificial Intelligence' Installed In Schools To Catch Vapers

    SCHOOLS across America are increasingly installing Artifical Intelligence in bathrooms to catch young vapers, it has been revealed. Pro-vapers have slammed the latest extreme measures in response to a so-called vaping “epidemic” sweeping the US, saying underage use of e-cigarettes has been vastly over-exaggerated by the media and campaign groups. But over 200 schools in 23 American states and Canada have installed special AI devices, which are trained to detect the water vapour signatures coming from vaping pens, e-cigarettes and other vaping paraphernalia. Its manufacturers claim it is now receiving 20 new inquiries a day from schools. The Fly Sense...
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  • Smoking Alternatives Hit By New UK Tax

    Smoking Alternatives Hit By New UK Tax

    THE UK government is set to introduce a tax on heated tobacco for the first time. In the 2018 Budget announced this week, “heat not burn” smoking alternatives, which include brands such as Philip Morris's iQOS, will be taxed at the same rate as hand-rolling tobacco from April 2019. Britain’s The Mirror newspaper discovered the “hidden” measure after painstakingly trawling through the Budget’s red book, after it was released by Chancellor Philip Hammond on Tuesday (October 30th). Duty on rolling tobacco amounts to around £7 for the smallest (30g) packs, while under the new tobacco duty, prices of cigarettes will...
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  • Marlboro Makers Slammed For Taking Vape Pods Off The Market

    Marlboro Makers Slammed For Taking Vape Pods Off The Market

    MARLBORO makers Altria has pulled its e-cigarette pods from the market - which critics claim is an attempt to get their biggest rival Juul to follow suit. Altria Group Inc announced on Thursday it would also be discontinuing the sale of most of its flavored e-cigarettes in response to the US Food and Drink Administration's (FDA) drive to stop underage vaping. Altria's brands, MarketTen Elite and Apex, represent just nine per cent of the American market, which is dominated by Juul Labs, currently under fire for sparking a so-called "epidemic" of vaping use among teenagers. But critics say Altria has...
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  • Flavored E-Cigs Face Retail Store Ban

    Flavored E-Cigs Face Retail Store Ban

    FLAVORED e-cigarettes could only be sold in vape stores under a plan to stop underage sales, the US Food and Drug Administration has claimed. The government agency believes many teens are getting away with illegally buying flavored vape products in retail shops and is considering taking drastic steps to curb it. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told America’s CNBC that he believes vape stores are better at checking ID from customers and is considering confining some e-cigarette sales, specifically flavored products, to specialist shops and disallowing them in stores such as 7-Eleven and Circle K. He said: "We're...
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  • More Proof Vaping Helps Smokers Quit

    More Proof Vaping Helps Smokers Quit

    SWITCHING to vaping is successful in helping heavy smokers quit their habit, another new study has shown. New research presented at the nicotine and tobacco research conference, SRNT in Munich, showed – yet again - that e-cigarettes are helping those who are addicted to smoking tobacco. Senior Lecturer Alexis Bailey presented preliminary results to industry experts from his observational study, “SmokeFreeBrain”, which looked at the effect that switching from smoking to vaping for 28 days, had on heavy smokers. The team measured several parameters including psychometric, cardiovascular, quality of life, brain activity and bio-markers of toxicity. Findings from the 31...
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  • Vaping Better For Your Smile Say Scientists

    Vaping Better For Your Smile Say Scientists

    VAPING causes significantly less staining to teeth compared to cigarettes, a new study has found. In the first experiment of its kind, scientists exposed enamel to smoke from cigarettes, tobacco heating products and e-cigarettes. Researchers said that while tar has long been to blame for yellowing teeth when burning cigarettes, the next generation of products are “less complex” and contain lower levels of toxins. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Dentistry earlier this week, found that enamel exposed to vape products, even with heavy use, are no less stained than the teeth of non-smokers. In stark...
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  • Hong Kong To Ban Vaping But Keep Cigarettes

    Hong Kong To Ban Vaping But Keep Cigarettes

    HONG Kong plans to impose a total ban on e-cigarettes, it has been announced – because they are too tempting to young people. Chief executive Carrie Lam said in a policy address on Wednesday (October 11) that all alternative smoking devices, from e-cigarettes to heat-not-burn tobacco products, will be made illegal, including their sale, manufacture and import. Cigarettes and conventional tobacco products, however, will remain available. Hong Kong had ruled out a ban earlier this year and outlined in legislative proposal in June how it intended to regulate e-cigarettes by prohibiting advertising and restricting its sale to minors, as it...
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  • Vapers Get Health Insurance Boost

    Vapers Get Health Insurance Boost

    VAPERS are to enjoy the same insurance rates as non-smokers for the first time, according to a UK report. E-cigarette users will save thousands of pounds in health insurance after years of being put in the same category as smokers. The change comes after a Public Health England report earlier this year showed vaping to be 95 per cent less harmful than cigarettes. Vape advocates immediately called for a subsequent change to insurance premiums to reflect vaping being a far healthier alternative to smoking. Earlier this year, it was reported that life insurance had started to drop after experts revealed...
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  • Nicotine Patch Inventor Questions FDA’s Youth Vaping Strategy

    Nicotine Patch Inventor Questions FDA’s Youth Vaping Strategy

    “If anything, restricting e-cigarettes may incentivize youth to try combustible cigarettes instead.”  The man who invented nicotine patches to help smokers quit has raised serious doubts about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) strategy to combat youth vaping. Last month, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb launched a raft of new enforcement measures as he deplored a new youth vaping ‘epidemic’. New measures included a clampdown on shops selling to minors and the possibility that some products - particularly flavored e-liquids - could be removed from shelves. While Dr. Gottlieb acknowledged that e-cigarettes are a helpful smoking alternative for adults, he said...
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