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OWN #10 | 10-16 June 2019

A few quick stories this week, let's dive right in.

Vaping Laws Around the World

India is the latest country proposing a ban on vaping. Vaping devices are now classified as 'drugs', allowing government to ban their sale and importation. The current vaping market in India is valued at $15.6 million, and was set to grow 60% per year.

Let's look at the laws in various countries across the world:

United States

The FDA classifies vaping and other ENDS devices as tobacco products. They are currently legal, but products produced after 8 Aug 2016 require a marketing order from the FDA. Furthermore, from 2022, all products (including those produced before 8 Aug 2016) will require this marketing order from the FDA.

Canada

Vaping is legal for use and purchase by adults in Canada.

Europe

Vaping is legal in most parts of Europe, except in public areas. Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive regulates e-cigarettes and sets a maximum nicotine concentration and volume on e-liquids. E-cigarettes also need to contain a health warning.

Russia

Russia does not regard electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and therefore the restrictions on their sale and consumption do not apply.

Australia & Japan

In both these countries the use of vaping devices is legal, but it is illegal to sell nicotine.

Asian Countries

Vaping is banned in the following Asian countries: Cambodia, Lebanon, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Jordan, Oman and Qatar.

South American Countries

Vaping is banned in the following South American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Uruguay.

African Countries

Gambia has banned vaping. However, it is legal to use but not sell vaping products in the following African countries: Ethiopia, Uganda, Seychelles and Mauritius.

Read the full article here:

A Website Promoting Vaping To Quit Smoking

Over in New Zealand a new website was recently launched by the Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa, providing "clear and credible information" about vaping as a way to stop smoking.

In New Zealand, 5,000 people die each year from smoking-related illnesses. While vaping products are not harmless to health, they are much less harmful than smoking.

This website will provide a centralised, credible source of information, with facts and advice on vaping in New Zealand. We know through Google data there is a massive unmet need of search requests for information on vaping. The 'vapingfacts' website means people won't have to resort to unreliable sources like YouTube videos and overseas sites.

What an enlightened way of going forward. Provide the science, and let people decide for themselves - it's shocking that we have to applaud the treatment of people like adults, with the freedom of choice, but there it is.

Some people worry that vaping might be a 'gateway' to smoking for young people, but there is no clear evidence for this. Smoking among young people is continuing to decline and most young people who vape are smokers or ex-smokers.

This is what rational thought and having the public's best interest at heart looks like - take note world.

Now let's not forget, New Zealand wasn't always this enlightened about vaping. Previously they had a full ban on vaping, which was finally reversed in 2017. So maybe there's still hope for the rest of the world.

Read the full article here:

5 Ways to Quit Smoking

Now we don't usually look at articles like this, but in this case vaping is one of the recommended methods - which is to be applauded.

I'll provide a quick summary of the recommendations here, but if you are attempting to quit smoking, read the full article (linked below):

Quit now, rather than later

Basically you have a better chance of succeeding by quitting cold turkey instead of gradually weaning off.

Don't be afraid of nicotine

Especially at first, take as much nicotine replacement as you need in order to deal with the withdrawal from not smoking. Don't be afraid to use multiple forms of nicotine replacement.

Try e-cigarettes

Due to the similarity of the physical process between vaping and smoking, there is a psychological aspect that can help silence the withdrawals from stopping smoking. A study has also shown it to be one of the most successful methods to quit smoking.

Seek support

Behavioural support, from family and friends or through counselling, can help give smokers the motivation to quit.

Avoid triggers

All smokers have triggers that make them crave a cigarette. Changing your routine to avoid as many of these triggers as possible will increase your chances of success.

All very good advice, and definitely worth a try if you are struggling (or simply wanting) to quit smoking. It truly is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Full article below:

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