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Hong Kong bans electronic cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products

21 October 2021 Source: The Standard Hong Kong lawmakers have passed a bill banning the sales of electronic cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products.  The ban will come into effect as soon as mid-2022, Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said.  The move makes Hong Kong the 47th territory to ban e-cigarettes. Legislative Council …

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Myanmar is third Asian country requiring standardized packaging for tobacco products

(20 October, Bangkok) The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) congratulates Myanmar for mandating standardized packaging for tobacco products, becoming the third Asian country after Thailand and Singapore to adopt this life-saving measure. The Ministry of Health issued the Standardized Packaging Notification on 12 October 2021. The new Notification requires that all outer surfaces of …

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Vectura’s Sales May Slow Over Philip Morris Backlash

11 October 2021 Corinne Gretler. Source: Bloomberg   Vectura Group Plc faces a growing backlash over its acquisition by a tobacco company, with some doctors and patients signaling they may switch to treatments made by rivals such as AstraZeneca Plc and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.  Respiratory organizations plan to issue guidance within the coming weeks on how health-care …

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New Australian vaping research finds ‘suite of chemicals’ in liquids used in vapes, some at ‘dangerously high’ levels

11 October 2021 Alison Branley. Source: ABC They are flavoured, colourful and popular with teenagers, but new Australian research is discovering mounting evidence that vapes are also unsafe to use. Key points: Researchers found pesticides, cleaning agents and potentially dangerous chemicals in vaping products They also found trace elements of nicotine in products that claim …

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EXCLUSIVE: Illegal super-strength nicotine vapes disguised as Cadbury’s chocolates are being sold to children for £5 on TikTok so they can be ‘smuggled past parents

7 October 2021 Dan Sales. Source: Mail Online Illegal super-strength vapes popular with children are being sold online disguised as Cadbury chocolates to get past worried parents.  The high level smoking ElfBar and GeekBarPro devices – which feature liquid with two times the legal nicotine strength and three the capacity – are being promoted on …

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Study: E-cigarette aerosols contain thousands of potentially harmful chemicals

6 October 2021 Brian P. Dunleavy. Source: UPI  E-cigarettes and other vaping devices contain thousands of unknown chemicals and substances not disclosed by manufacturers, including industrial materials and caffeine, a study published Wednesday by Chemical Research in Toxicology found. The aerosols produced by these devices contained more than 2,000 chemicals, the vast majority of which are unidentified, the …

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Thailand: Doctors oppose legalising e-cigarettes

6 October 2021 Source: Bangkok Post The Medical Association of Thailand has come out strongly against the proposal by Digital Economy and Society Minister Chaiwut Thanakamanusorn to legalise the sale of e-cigarettes. The association sent an open letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asking him to caution the minister.   The letter was signed by Amorn …

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