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Tracking e-cigarette news around the world Tracking e-cigarette news around the world
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Although once hailed as a partial solution to risks of smoking, there has been recent rollback on vaping. Add latest news. Although once hailed as a partial solution to risks of smoking, there has been recent rollback on vaping. Add latest news.
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<strong>India's health ministry recommended in August that all its states ban vaping. However a UK government inquiry said its government should consider allowing e-cigarettes on public transport. In May 2018, new tobacco legislation regulating vaping came into effect in Georgia (<a href="http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/georgia/news/news/2018/5/new-law-on-cigarettes-and-tobacco-coming-into-effect-in-georgia">WHO</a>). And in April, Switzerland overturned its ban on e-cigarettes (<a href="https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/immediate-effect_court-overturns-swiss-ban-on-e-cigarettes/44082174">Swissinfo</a>).</strong><sup id="cite_ref-74" class="reference"></sup> <strong>India's health ministry recommended in August that all its states ban vaping. However a UK government inquiry said its government should consider allowing e-cigarettes on public transport. In May 2018, new tobacco legislation regulating vaping came into effect in Georgia (<a href="http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/georgia/news/news/2018/5/new-law-on-cigarettes-and-tobacco-coming-into-effect-in-georgia">WHO</a>). And in April, Switzerland overturned its ban on e-cigarettes (<a href="https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/immediate-effect_court-overturns-swiss-ban-on-e-cigarettes/44082174">Swissinfo</a>).</strong><sup id="cite_ref-74" class="reference"></sup>
The picture is mixed across the globe on official attitudes to electronic cigarettes and Vaping. Vaping is the act of using electronic cigarettes. India has been making efforts to reduce smoking drastically overall, but still has <a href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-is-second-to-china-in-terms-of-numbers-of-smokers/articleshow/64401783.cms">more than 100 million smokers</a> in its population of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_India">1.3  billion.</a> The picture is mixed across the globe on official attitudes to electronic cigarettes and Vaping. Vaping is the act of using electronic cigarettes. India has been making efforts to reduce smoking drastically overall, but still has <a href="https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-is-second-to-china-in-terms-of-numbers-of-smokers/articleshow/64401783.cms">more than 100 million smokers</a> in its population of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_India">1.3  billion.</a>
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<h2>Georgia</h2> <h2>Georgia</h2>
<strong>May 2018:</strong> <strong>May 2018:</strong>
<ul> <ul>
<li><strong>Law regulating vaping comes into effect - </strong></li>  <li><strong>Law regulating vaping comes into effect - </strong></li>
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<h2>India</h2> <h2>India</h2>
<strong>August 2018:</strong> <strong>August 2018:</strong>
<strong><a href="https://mohfw.gov.in/newshighlights/advisory-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-ends-including-e-cigarettes-heat-not">India's health ministry</a> advised states to ban e-cigarettes, vaping, e-Shisha and e-Hookah - </strong>It said these devices should not be sold online or offline, manufactured, imported or advertised. <a href="https://mohfw.gov.in/newshighlights/advisory-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-ends-including-e-cigarettes-heat-not">The advisory</a> says these devices "are a great health risk to public at large, especially to children, adolescents, pregnant women and women of reproductive age." It also says "nicotine may function as a 'tumour promoter' and that long term exposure could lead to learning and anxiety disorders. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigarette">Most cigarettes</a> also contain nicotine.Some of India's states, including Punjab, Karnataka, Mizoram, Kerala, Jammu &amp; Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have already prohibited the manufacture, distribution, import and sale of e-cigarette devices.The Council for Harm Reduced Alternatives (CHRA), a national tobacco harm reduction organization, and the Association of Vapers India (AVI), an advocacy group representing e-cigarette users, claim e-cigarettes are "95 percent less harmful compared to tobacco cigarettes" and a ban would deprive them of safer choices (<em><a href="https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/ban-on-e-cigarettes-to-reduce-safer-choices-for-smokers/article24667867.ece">The Hindu</a></em>). The Indian government says tobacco use kills more than 900,000 people every year (<em><a href="https://www.voanews.com/a/india-s-health-ministry-urges-end-to-e-cigarette-sales/4547947.html">Voanews</a></em>). <strong><a href="https://mohfw.gov.in/newshighlights/advisory-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-ends-including-e-cigarettes-heat-not">India's health ministry</a> advised states to ban e-cigarettes, vaping, e-Shisha and e-Hookah - </strong>It said these devices should not be sold online or offline, manufactured, imported or advertised. <a href="https://mohfw.gov.in/newshighlights/advisory-electronic-nicotine-delivery-systems-ends-including-e-cigarettes-heat-not">The advisory</a> says these devices "are a great health risk to public at large, especially to children, adolescents, pregnant women and women of reproductive age." It also says "nicotine may function as a 'tumour promoter' and that long term exposure could lead to learning and anxiety disorders. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cigarette">Most cigarettes</a> also contain nicotine.Some of India's states, including Punjab, Karnataka, Mizoram, Kerala, Jammu &amp; Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have already prohibited the manufacture, distribution, import and sale of e-cigarette devices.The Council for Harm Reduced Alternatives (CHRA), a national tobacco harm reduction organization, and the Association of Vapers India (AVI), an advocacy group representing e-cigarette users, claim e-cigarettes are "95 percent less harmful compared to tobacco cigarettes" and a ban would deprive them of safer choices (<em><a href="https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/ban-on-e-cigarettes-to-reduce-safer-choices-for-smokers/article24667867.ece">The Hindu</a></em>). The Indian government says tobacco use kills more than 900,000 people every year (<em><a href="https://www.voanews.com/a/india-s-health-ministry-urges-end-to-e-cigarette-sales/4547947.html">Voanews</a></em>).
<h2><strong>Switzerland </strong></h2> <h2><strong>Switzerland </strong></h2>
<strong>April 2018:</strong> <strong>April 2018:</strong>
<ul> <ul>
<li><strong>Court overturns country ban on E-cigarettes. </strong>In contrast to the UK study finding, lung specialists said e-cigarettes <a href="https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/smoking-warning_e-cigarettes-stubbed-out-by-lung-experts/38406528">should be forbidden</a> on public transport.</li>  <li><strong>Court overturns country ban on E-cigarettes. </strong>In contrast to the UK study finding, lung specialists said e-cigarettes <a href="https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/smoking-warning_e-cigarettes-stubbed-out-by-lung-experts/38406528">should be forbidden</a> on public transport.</li>
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<strong style="font-family: 'Noto Serif', serif;font-size: 2.4rem">United Kingdom</strong>  <strong style="font-family: 'Noto Serif', serif; font-size: 2.4rem;">United Kingdom</strong>
<strong>August 2018:</strong> <strong>August 2018:</strong>
<ul> <ul>
<li><strong>E-cigarettes inquiry by UK government's Science and Technology Committee said<a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45212444"> government should consider</a> allowing e-cigarettes on public transport</strong> (<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/article/84378/"><em>See here for more</em></a>) - <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/e-cigarettes-17-19/">The report said</a> the government should support making e-cigarettes more widely used. However, studies have not reached a conclusion about the long-term health impacts of smoking e-cigarettes. A <a title="PDF: Opens in new window" href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/454517/Ecigarettes_a_firm_foundation_for_evidence_based_policy_and_practice.pdf">review by</a> UK government agency, Public Health England, found, like the Indian research, that e-cigarettes were 95 percent less harmful than traditional smoking.</li>  <li><strong>E-cigarettes inquiry by UK government's Science and Technology Committee said<a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-45212444"> government should consider</a> allowing e-cigarettes on public transport</strong> (<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/article/84378/"><em>See here for more</em></a>) - <a href="https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/science-and-technology-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/e-cigarettes-17-19/">The report said</a> the government should support making e-cigarettes more widely used. However, studies have not reached a conclusion about the long-term health impacts of smoking e-cigarettes. A <a title="PDF: Opens in new window" href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/454517/Ecigarettes_a_firm_foundation_for_evidence_based_policy_and_practice.pdf">review by</a> UK government agency, Public Health England, found, like the Indian research, that e-cigarettes were 95 percent less harmful than traditional smoking.</li>
</ul> </ul>
<h2>United States</h2> <h2>United States</h2>
<strong>September 2018:</strong> <strong>September 2018:</strong>
<ul> <ul>
<li>The Food and Drug Administration has ordered five companies to submit plans within 60 days detailing how they will prevent teens from using their e-cigarette products or it will potentially forceablly remove them from circulation.</li>  <li>The Food and Drug Administration has ordered five companies to submit plans within 60 days detailing how they will prevent teens from using their e-cigarette products or it will potentially forceablly remove them from circulation.</li>
<li>Supporting this decision, the Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, told news outlet <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/14/hhs-supports-fdas-proposed-e-cigarette-crackdown-hhs-chief-azar-says.html">CNBC</a> "we are not going to permit e-cigarettes to become a pathway to nicotine dependency” and disagreed that banning e-cigarettes would make youth turn to conventional cigarettes instead.</li>  <li>Supporting this decision, the Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, told news outlet <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/14/hhs-supports-fdas-proposed-e-cigarette-crackdown-hhs-chief-azar-says.html">CNBC</a> "we are not going to permit e-cigarettes to become a pathway to nicotine dependency” and disagreed that banning e-cigarettes would make youth turn to conventional cigarettes instead.</li>
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<h2>Vaping around the world</h2> <h2>Vaping around the world</h2>
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<li>Though the legal status of e-cigarettes is pending in most countries, in 2015 around two thirds of major nations had <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulation_of_electronic_cigarettes" rel="external nofollow">regulated e-cigarettes</a> in some way.</li>  <li>Though the legal status of e-cigarettes is pending in most countries, in 2015 around two thirds of major nations had <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulation_of_electronic_cigarettes" rel="external nofollow">regulated e-cigarettes</a> in some way.</li>
<li>In the United States, at least 48 states and two territories have banned e-cigarette sales to minors. In 2016<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_cigarette#History"> the US Department of Transportation banned</a> the use of e-cigarettes on commercial flights.</li>  <li>In the United States, at least 48 states and two territories have banned e-cigarette sales to minors. In 2016<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_cigarette#History"> the US Department of Transportation banned</a> the use of e-cigarettes on commercial flights.</li>
<li>Brazil, Singapore, the Seychelles, and Uruguay have outright banned e-cigarettes.</li>  <li>Brazil, Singapore, the Seychelles, and Uruguay have outright banned e-cigarettes.</li>
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