Vaping Hotspots of the Week

1. Malaysia removes nicotine from controlled substances

The Malaysian government has decided to remove nicotine from the list of controlled substances, which means that nicotine is no longer considered a controlled substance, but a common commodity.

The decision, which was announced on February 18, 2023, will allow nicotine manufacturers to sell their products in Malaysia without imposing any restrictions or regulations on nicotine.

The decision is understood to be based on the findings of a study that nicotine replacement therapy products such as nicotine gum and patches can help ex-smokers reduce their reliance on traditional tobacco. The Malaysian government believes that nicotine replacement therapy products can help people quit smoking, thereby reducing the harm of smoking to public health.

Although the removal of nicotine from controlled substances is a positive development, the Malaysian government still needs to develop more policies to promote the sale and use of nicotine replacement therapy products to help the public quit smoking.

2. The Argentine Ministry of Health announced that it will ban heated tobacco products

The Argentine Ministry of Health announced that it will ban the sale and use of heated tobacco products (such as electronic cigarettes, hot pipes, hot tobacco rolls, etc.) in Argentina. The ban will take effect on January 1, 2024.

Compared with traditional tobacco products, heated tobacco products can reduce the release of nicotine and other harmful substances due to their relatively lower burning temperature and longer burning time, thereby reducing the harm to health. However, these products still contain nicotine and other harmful substances, and because they are used differently than traditional tobacco products, they may make people more prone to addiction.

The Argentine Ministry of Health said the ban on the sale and use of heated tobacco products aims to reduce smoking rates and protect public health. The ban will affect all tobacco products in Argentina, both conventional and heated.

It should be noted that this ban is only implemented in Argentina, which may have a certain impact on the global heated tobacco product market.

3. Latvia is about to ban flavored e-cigarettes

The Latvian government is considering a bill that would ban the sale and use of flavored e-cigarettes in the country. The ban will take effect on January 1, 2024.

Flavored e-cigarettes usually use various flavors of e-liquid, such as strawberry, blueberry, chocolate, etc., to attract young people to use these products. However, some studies suggest that these flavored e-cigarettes may negatively impact nicotine addiction in young people and may make them more susceptible to addiction to traditional tobacco products.

The Latvian government believes that banning the sale and use of flavored e-cigarettes will help reduce smoking rates and protect public health. It should be noted that this ban only applies to Latvia, which may have a certain impact on the global flavored e-cigarette market.

4. American university professors suggest that countries promote e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool

A professor at an American university suggested that countries should promote e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool to reduce dependence on traditional tobacco products.

The professor pointed out that compared with traditional tobacco products, electronic cigarettes have the advantage of reducing the harm to health. In addition, electronic cigarettes can help people gradually reduce their dependence on traditional tobacco, so as to achieve the purpose of quitting smoking.

The professor suggested launching e-cigarette pilot projects in some countries to promote their use as a harm reduction tool by regulating and standardizing e-cigarettes. In addition, he also suggested that governments of various countries strengthen the supervision of the e-cigarette market to ensure the quality and safety of e-cigarette products.

It should be pointed out that the professor’s suggestion is not against the control and restriction of traditional tobacco products, but hopes to reduce the dependence on traditional tobacco products and improve public health by promoting the use of e-cigarettes as a harm reduction tool .

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