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Vaping Laws Are Changing Next Month – This Is What You Need To Know…

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New rules on vaping are coming into force within weeks – and if you’re a vaper you will need to be aware of these changes.

The new Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 comes into force on Monday, May 20, and introduces a number of rules about the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids.

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E-cigarettes safer than smoking says long-term study.

E-cigarettes are far less toxic and safer to use compared to conventional cigarettes, according to research* published in Annals of Internal Medicine today (Monday the 6th of February 2017).

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“This study adds to growing evidence that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco, and suggests the long term effects of these products will be minimal.”

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK-funded scientists found that people who swapped smoking regular cigarettes for e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) for at least six months, had much lower levels of toxic and cancer causing substances in their body than people who continued to use conventional cigarettes.

For the first time, researchers analysed the saliva and urine of long-term e-cigarette and NRT users, as well as smokers, and compared body-level exposure to key chemicals.**

Ex-smokers who switched to e-cigarettes or NRT had significantly lower levels of toxic chemicals and carcinogens*** in their body compared to people who continued to smoke tobacco cigarettes. But, those who used e-cigarettes or NRT while continuing to smoke, did not show the same marked differences, highlighting that a complete switch is needed to reduce exposure to toxins.

Dr Lion Shahab, senior lecturer in the department of epidemiology and public health at UCL, and lead author of the publication, said: “Our study adds to existing evidence showing that e-cigarettes and NRT are far safer than smoking, and suggests that there is a very low risk associated with their long-term use.

“We’ve shown that the levels of toxic chemicals in the body from e-cigarettes are considerably lower than suggested in previous studies using simulated experiments. This means some doubts about the safety of e-cigarettes may be wrong.

“Our results also suggest that while e-cigarettes are not only safer, the amount of nicotine they provide is not noticeably different to conventional cigarettes. This can help people to stop smoking altogether by dealing with their cravings in a safer way.”

Alison Cox, Cancer Research UK’s director of cancer prevention, said: “Around a third of tobacco-caused deaths are due to cancer, so we want to see many more of the UK’s 10 million smokers break their addiction.”

“This study adds to growing evidence that e-cigarettes are a much safer alternative to tobacco, and suggests the long term effects of these products will be minimal.

“Understanding and communicating the benefits of nicotine replacements, such as e-cigarettes, is an important step towards reducing the number of tobacco-related deaths here in the UK.”

Source: Press Release – Cancer Research UK

References
*Lion Shahab, L., Goniewicz, M, L., PhD; Blount, B, C., Brown, J., McNeill, A., Alwis, K, U., Feng, J., Wang, L., & West, R. Nicotine, carcinogen, and toxin exposure in long-term e-cigarette and nicotine replacement therapy users: a cross-sectional study. Annals of Internal Medicine. doi:10.7326/M16-1107

Notes to Editor

**Previous research into the toxicity of e-cigarettes has focused on assessing concentrations of potentially harmful chemicals within the products themselves, or the vapor they produce.***Levels of TSNAs (tobacco-specific nitrosamines) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) metabolites were examined – these compounds have well-established smoking-related toxicological and carcinogenic risks.

Vaping is ‘97% Safer’ than smoking, say health experts.

First long-term study of vaping effects show fewer toxins compared to normal cigarettes.

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Vaping has been given an emphatic thumbs up by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers. After six months, people who switched from real to e-cigarettes had far fewer toxins and cancer-causing substances in their bodies than continual smokers, scientists found.

Nicotine patches also appeared to be far safer than tobacco products, according to the analysis of saliva and urine samples. Experts hope the findings will reassure would-be quitters who have been confused by mixed messages about the safety of e-cigarettes.

Some previous studies suggesting that vaping is as harmful as smoking have little in common with real-world experience, it is claimed.

The new findings also show that to be safe it is necessary for smokers to switch over completely to e-cigarettes or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT).

Study participants who failed to make a clean break still had significant amounts of tobacco-related toxins in their saliva and urine.

Lead author Dr Lion Shahab, from University College London, said: “Our study adds to existing evidence showing that e-cigarettes and NRT are far safer than smoking, and suggests that there is a very low risk associated with their long-term use.

“We’ve shown that the levels of toxic chemicals in the body from e-cigarettes are considerably lower than suggested in previous studies using simulated experiments. This means some doubts about the safety of e-cigarettes may be wrong.

Comment below with your thoughts on this research that has now been published. What do you think with this new insight and do you think it will have an influence on legislation in the future and help change peoples views on vaping?

Source: The Irish Times

VAPING IS SAFE… NO BUTS! Vaping is dubbed ‘very low risk’ and less toxic than tobacco in the first major study into e-cigarettes and vaping.

Experts warned two in three smokers ‘wrongly’ thought e-cigarettes were just as harmful than tobacco.

VAPING has been found to be “very low risk” in a study of its effects on ex-smokers.

The British research says the devices are far less toxic than cigarettes.

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A study has found that the effects of vaping has shown to be far less toxic than traditional cigarettes.

Researchers at the University College of London found that levels of cancer-causing toxins fell by up to 97 per cent in those who vape within six months after they switched from cigarettes.

But those who continued to use both saw no benefit.

The study of 181 people found using the devices was as beneficial for health as taking up nicotine replacement therapy.

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Experts have warned that two in three smokers ‘wrongly’ thought e-cigarettes were just as harmful as tobacco.

Researcher Dr Lion Shahab said: “Our study shows that e-cigarettes and nicotine-replacement therapies are far safer than smoking, and suggests that there is a very low risk associated with their long-term use.”

Alison Cox, of Cancer Research UK, said: “This adds to growing evidence that e-cigarettes and vaping products are a safer alternative to tobacco and suggests that long-term effects will be minimal.”

About 2.2 million regularly used e-cigs in 2015.

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BAT agrees to pay $49 billion to take over Reynolds.

After being in discussion for months, British American Tobacco (BAT

British American Tobacco company

BAT is a British multinational tobacco company that belongs to the top five worldwide largest tobacco companies. It has a market-leading position in more than 50 countries and distributes brands like Dunhill, Lucky Strike, Kent, Pall Mall, Kool, Benson&Hedges and Rothman.

“>BAT), and Reynolds American, have agreed on a price for the merger that will create the world’s largest Big Tobacco

Term commonly used to describe the main tobacco manufacturers which are Altria, British American Tobacco (BAT), Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco (JTI), Philip Morris International (PMI) while China National Tobacco Co. is considered to be the largest by volume. See also Big Tobacco’s investments in tobacco harm reduction products.

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The British company which has been a Reynolds shareholder for over a decade, said that the acquisition of this 57.8% of the stake, ”creates a stronger, truly global tobacco” business, adding, that this was “the logical progression in our relationship”.

BAT’s proposal

On the 20th of last October, BAT, who is the second-largest tobacco manufacturer in the United States, sent an acquisition proposal to RAI. This comprised of an offer of $20 billion in cash and about $47 billion in shares, for the acquisition of the remaining 57.8% in the company.

This merger is expected to save BAT $400 million, whilst bringing together some of the most popular cigarette brands such as Lucky Strike, Rothmans, Dunhill and Camel cigarettes.

However at the beginning of November Reynolds replied with a refusal of the initial offer, well aware that BAT, which already owned 42% of the company, would be willing to re-negotiate.

Now that the deal has been concluded, this merger is expected to save BAT $400 million, whilst bringing together some of the most popular cigarette brands such as Lucky Strike, Rothmans, Dunhill and Camel cigarettes.

The UK company which has also been extensively branching out to vaping products, owns over 200 brands, and last November even purchased major Polish vaping company, Chic, in a move that will ensure its presence in Eastern Europe. Subsequently the takeover of Reynolds will now also guarantee its presence in South America, the Middle East and Africa.

The creation of the world’s largest tobacco company

“Our combination with Reynolds will benefit from utilising the best talent from both organisations. It will create a stronger, global tobacco and NGP [new-generation products] business with direct access for our products across the most attractive markets in the world.” said BAT’s chief executive, Nicandro Durante.

“The sheer scale of the enlarged BAT raises the pressure on the remaining players to bulk up too, and attention is likely to turn to Imperial Brands, who look more and more like a minnow swimming in a tank of big, hungry fish.” Steve Clayton, Fund Manager at Hargreaves Lansdown.

While fund manager at Hargreaves Lansdown, Steve Clayton, said this was a big move that made sense, adding, “The sheer scale of the enlarged BAT raises the pressure on the remaining players to bulk up too, and attention is likely to turn to Imperial Brands, who look more and more like a minnow swimming in a tank of big, hungry fish.”

Source – The Vaping Post