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Thai government urged to reverse vape ban

A vaper advocacy group in Thailand has urged the government to reverse its e-cigarette ban after a study supporting the ban was retracted. The study, co-authored by long-term vape industry adversary Stanton Glantz, suggested that vaping caused heart attacks. However, the analysis included former smokers who had had heart attacks before they started vaping. End Cigarette Smoke Thailand (ECST) spokesperson…

FDA sends warning letters to flavoured pod sellers

The FDA has sent warning letters to 22 retailers and manufacturers for illegally selling flavoured vape products. Cartridge-based flavoured pods have been banned since February 6 as the FDA cracks down on products that it believes appeal to youth. The FDA appears to be targeting non age-restricted retailers rather than adult-only vape shops. All 16 of the recent round of…

PHE recommends vaping for NHS mental health trusts

Public Health England (PHE) has released advice for the NHS on vaping as a way to reduce smoking rates among mental health patients. Although smoking rates are currently at a historic low at 14.4 percent, the rate among hospital patients remains high at 25 percent and 40 percent among severe mental health patients. PHE has suggested that vaping could be…

Disposable paper vape wins design award

Chinese vape company FEELM has won a coveted iF Design Award for the environmentally-friendly SMOORE paper vape device. The award was introduced in 1953 and is the oldest design seal in the world, spanning multiple disciplines. FEELM’s innovative design is 76 percent more biodegradable than a plastic vape and also comes with hygiene benefits. The mouthpiece has a multi-layer rolling…

JUUL to propose age-locked vape

Under-fire vape giant JUUL is to propose an age-locked vape device as it seeks approval under the Premarked Tobacco Application (PMTA) system. It hopes that the technology would convince regulators that the device will not be used by teenagers. JUUL has until May 12 to submit their products and prove that they provide a public health benefit. The company will…

American Heart Association retracts vaping heart attacks paper

The American Heart Association has retracted a study that purported to show that e-cigarettes cause heart attacks – even before people use them. The study was authored by Dharma Bhatta and anti-vaping activist Stanton Glantz. After analysing data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH), the authors concluded that ‘e-cigarette use is an independent risk factor for having…