Buying Cigarettes Online E Fri, 30 Sep 2022 11:39:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Buying Cigarettes Online E 32 32 Biden’s Mark of American Fascism Thu, 29 Sep 2022 19:26:07 +0000

President Joe Biden’s reckless, unfounded, and hypocritical statement that the majority of the Republican Party is “semi-fascist” leaves me wondering if he understands what fascism entails. It would behoove Mr Biden to stop making these claims, considering his regime embodies fascism more than any administration in living memory.

Despite what many on the political left think, fascism and socialism share substantial commonalities, uniting around centralized economic planning, collectivism over individual rights, and totalitarian ideological control over the society. Essentially, fascism can be considered a more efficient and advanced form of socialism. Giovanni Gentile, the real author of the original Fascist experience in Italy who wrote “A Doctrine of Fascism for Benito Mussolini”, directly stated: “Fascism is a form of socialism, in fact, it is its most viable.

The socialist roots of fascism are impossible to deny, with almost all fascist leaders coming from a socialist background or drawing inspiration from socialist principles. Although it may seem hyperbolic to some, we are closer to fascism in America than ever before. Despite exhortations to the contrary, it was the Biden administration that led us to the doorstep of fascism, embracing the core components of fascism of state-run corporatism and totalitarian subversion of all sociopolitical institutions.

Economically, the federal government has bribed or interfered in the vast majority of private business and free market competition. Through endless subsidies, regulations, taxes and preferential contracts, vastly increased government spending and social initiatives, unprecedented synergies between the White House and Wall Street financiers, and the consortium of public elites and corporations attempting to impose environmental, social and governance scores on our entire economic system, free market capitalism is under siege.

If the Biden administration’s recent executive order to lay the groundwork for the issuance of a national central bank digital currency materializes – which should happen soon – the economic freedom of every American citizen will be fundamentally impaired, and eventually completely eradicated.

Politically, the situation is just as dire. Although the judiciary remains largely independent and retains the only real check on the executive branch — despite direct and indirect attempts by the Biden administration to undermine its legitimacy — Congress has become, for all intents and purposes, a rubber stamping entity. policies developed and pushed by the executive branch. Mr. Biden’s unilateral executive orders have circumvented democratic processes at every turn, using a vast array of bureaucratic regulatory authorities and executive actions to push green energy initiatives, impede national energy production, encourage the illegal immigration, improving access to abortion, imposing vaccination mandates, suspending deportations, providing widespread student loan relief to wealthy households, and even banning menthol cigarettes, among other policies. And let’s not forget his spread of what could be the worst foreign policy nightmare in American history, in which Mr. Biden acted completely alone to return Afghanistan to the Taliban on a silver platter.

In addition, supposedly “independent” government institutions have been militarized by the state. There are few better examples than Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice, in which the FBI turned into the Stasi overnight. Although the FBI has never been a paragon of real justice, it has gone off the rails under the Biden administration, with activities such as the politically motivated raid on Mar-a-Lago, the subpoena and arrests of allies of Trump, the classification of parents protesting the educational indoctrination of their children as domestic terrorists, and the recently unearthed evidence that the FBI conducted an estimated 3.4 million warrantless data searches on US citizens , to name a few examples.

As for civil institutions, almost all have become instruments or enablers of the state.

Our public schools have become vehicles for the progressive indoctrination of the children of our country. Elementary school officials have intentionally hired teachers who push liberal ideas and turn kids into Democratic voters. Students learn critical race theory and social and emotional learning, which often replace core curriculums such as math or science. Before reaching puberty, students are encouraged to examine their sexuality and change their gender identity; drag queens parade in front of kindergartens. This is all being pushed by school boards, teachers unions and the top of the Democratic Party. The Biden administration is working to redefine “sex” in Title IX rules to include “gender identity,” providing a precedent for the state — rather than parents — to become the primary guardians of children . And if parents express their displeasure or simply seek to understand what their children are being taught, they are labeled domestic terrorists by the FBI.

Although the mainstream media apparatus (MSM) has long been the mouthpiece of the Democratic Party, it has completely abandoned its journalistic responsibility and has become a propaganda machine for the left. The Biden administration reportedly held secret meetings with representatives of major news outlets to “reshape coverage” of deteriorating economic conditions, worked with MSMs to redevelop the traditional definition of a recession, and paid “the mainstream media companies to promote vaccines and suppress stories”. this could increase vaccine hesitancy. Moreover, MSM has even stopped providing background checks on Biden administration officials.

Perhaps the most concerning are the recent revelations about the Biden administration’s synergistic relationship with Big Tech. In August, Facebook (now Meta) CEO Mark Zuckerburg admitted in “The Joe Rogan Experience” that the FBI had pressured Facebook to remove any information related to Hunter Biden’s business dealings with a Chinese energy conglomerate, which has substantial ties to the Chinese Communist Party. . Considering that polls suggest that approximately 1 in 6 Biden voters would have abstained from voting for Mr. Biden if they had known about this information, and given that 45% of Biden voters had never heard of From the Hunter Biden laptop debacle, it’s highly likely that the FBI’s actions helped secure the 2020 presidential election in favor of Biden.

Following Mr. Zuckerberg’s revelation, attorneys general in Louisiana and Missouri launched a broad investigation into the Biden administration’s relationship with Big Tech. Their first discoveries are extraordinary. In addition to at least 32 federal officials identified by Meta, 45 federal officials drawn from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of State, the Department of the Treasury, the Commission on campaign assistance, the Food and Drug Administration, the FBI, the Census Bureau, and even the White House itself, directly colluded with Big Tech executives to censor what they unilaterally considered misinformation.

It’s time to wake up and face the facts. Although America has slid into authoritarianism for decades as executive power has steadily expanded — without an administration beyond reproach — it is the Biden administration that presents the clearest and most present danger to Americans. free markets, the distinction between public and private enterprise, the rule of law, freedom of expression, individual liberties and our institutionalized democratic traditions. It is Mr. Biden, rather than a majority of Republican voters, who is spearheading a uniquely American brand of fascism.

• Jack McPherrin ( is research editor at the Heartland Institute.

Illicit tobacco trade | Trinidad and Tobago Loop Thu, 29 Sep 2022 18:01:53 +0000

Globally, the tobacco trade is a billion dollar industry that includes the entire value chain, from tobacco growing to primary processing, manufacturing, suppliers, distribution networks, taxes and consumers. However, the tobacco industry suffers the negative effects of the illicit trade. According to British American Tobacco (BAT), it is estimated that more than 456 billion cigarettes are sold illegally on the global tobacco market each year.

The illicit tobacco trade is a complex issue that affects the economic and social fabric of our society, including areas such as national security, tax collection, brand rights, brand investments and quality. With respect to cigarettes, illicit trade includes both illicit manufacturing, i.e. cigarettes produced in legal or secret facilities (not reported to tax authorities), and illicit importation, which describes legitimately manufactured brands smuggled and sold in another country without payment of an appropriate royalty. functions. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in ten cigarettes smoked worldwide is illegal.

The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) estimates that governments lose approximately US$40.5 billion in tax revenue annually from the illicit trade in tobacco products. In Trinidad and Tobago, major national tobacco industry players report that illicit tobacco trade accounts for approximately 5% to 10% of the market share, and that tax evasion related to illicit tobacco trade is amounts to $4.5 million a year.

Illicit tobacco products and counterfeit cigarettes are generally more harmful than legal products because they are not manufactured to the same strict health and safety standards (i.e. mandatory labeling requirements and health warnings) of the country of destination. Counterfeit cigarettes contain higher levels of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide, as well as high concentrations of toxic metals, which are harmful to health.

As the government of Trinidad and Tobago strives to combat illicit trade, the Illicit Trade Task Force, through its Tobacco Task Force, is working with several authorities to put implementing awareness and capacity building programs for border agencies to identify and reduce tobacco trade.

In addition, the Ministry of Trade and Industry is working to implement a strong Special Economic Zones (SEZ) regime which aims to bring the country in line with international practices and create an encouraging environment for businesses and consumers. The implementation of SEZ measures should contribute to the fight against illicit trade through improved monitoring and detection of products and enhanced compliance.

To help combat the illicit tobacco trade, consumers should pay attention to tobacco product labels and packaging, which must include the following:

  • the country of sale provided on the packaging
  • the name and address of the manufacturer
  • the label must be in English
  • a graphic health warning

More importantly, they must be aware of the price. Illegal tobacco is generally less expensive than the average pack of cigarettes. If these factors or elements are present, they may be in possession of a contraband product or an item not intended for domestic sale.

Join us next week as we continue to examine other key areas – alcohol, cleaning products and pharmaceuticals – impacted by illicit trade in Trinidad and Tobago.

If you suspect items are being traded illicitly, you can make an anonymous report by calling 800-TIPS (8477) or tipping online at

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

E-cigarette company Buffalo owed employees $191,000 in unpaid wages Wed, 28 Sep 2022 19:35:00 +0000

A Buffalo e-cigarette company had to pay $191,000 in back wages to its employees after the company unknowingly violated a state law, state officials said Wednesday.

Magellan Technology/Demand Vapes owed 93 current and former employees additional wages following an investigation by the New York State Department of Labor.

The investigation found the employees had lost their pay under the state’s Allocation of Work Hours Act for Service Workers, according to the Labor Department. Employers are required to pay an overtime hour per day at minimum wage when an employee works more than 10 hours or a split shift.

The Department of Labor became aware of the issue after a competitor filed a complaint. The investigation revealed that Magellan Technology/Demand Vape was understaffed from January 2019 to April 2022, according to the department.

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The company said it was unaware of this law, conducted a self-audit at the request of the Labor Department, and paid all employees their wages due in August.

“We are doing everything we can to not only protect workers, but also to educate employers and businesses,” Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said in a statement. “NYSDOL’s involvement brought this matter to the attention of the employer and ensured the collection of unpaid wages.”

Mandatory organic waste recycling is coming to Pacific Beach homes Wed, 28 Sep 2022 16:31:51 +0000

Environmental issues that affect all residents of Pacific Beach were the subject of two presentations at the community’s town council meeting on September 21.

The City of San Diego is preparing for the mandatory organic waste recycling program that will impact all garbage collection customers.

According to a state mandate, San Diego was already supposed to start the program, but a lack of equipment and facilities caused it to miss the deadline. No official launch date has been set either.

Known as SB 1383, the Organics Recycling Act was enacted in 2016 to reduce greenhouse gas methane emissions from rotting food and other organic materials sent to landfills. Waste should be diverted to facilities that create compost and mulch or natural gas from the waste.

Although many cities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, have met the state’s Jan. 1, 2022, deadline to segregate organic waste during residential and commercial curbside collection, San Diego is not ready.

Meagan Browning, a recycling specialist with the Department of Environmental Services, said San Diego is still buying new collection trucks and containers, hiring additional staff and changing municipal code and franchise agreements with waste haulers.

“You name it, we worked on it,” Browning said. “The city has done a lot of things in recent years. It’s quite a long implementation plan, but it’s a very large jurisdiction.

She said methane takes 10 years to break down, but is 84 times more powerful than carbon at trapping heat in the atmosphere. With the law aiming for a 75% reduction in methane emissions from landfills by 2025, approximately 40% of the 900,000 tonnes of waste sent to the Miramar landfill each year is organic waste that must be redirected.

“California is experiencing many drastic effects of climate change,” she said. “We see it with the continued droughts we face, warmer temperatures and all of this contributes to our tough fire seasons.”

The law is already in effect for large food companies such as distributors and supermarkets. In addition to separating organic waste, they must donate edible food to organizations such as food banks, to represent a 20% reduction.

Private haulers serving multi-family dwellings (apartments and condos) and small businesses are prepared to divert organic waste, Browning said.

Service for single-family homes has not yet started. Every household in the city will receive a green bin for organic waste, including food scraps, food soiled paper (plates, napkins and bags) and plant clippings (lawn clippings, leaves, branches and flowers) .

So-called brown fats, oils, liquids and biodegradable plastics and bags must not be placed in the green bins.

Homes with green bins will not receive new ones, but will have their organic collection weekly instead of every two weeks, Browning said.

Households will also be provided with plastic buckets to deposit leftover food before disposing of it in the bins. Browning suggested that buckets be kept in freezers and emptied into bins closer to collection day to minimize odors, flies and rodents.

“If you get fixed on Tuesday and your cart is emptied and you throw food waste in it and it’s 100 degrees, I think we can imagine what’s going to happen there,” she said. .

The city will stagger its rollout of organic waste collection by neighborhood to familiarize itself with the new system and make adjustments to unforeseen issues, Browning said.

“It will be a learning curve for everyone,” she said, adding, “you don’t create more waste. You just separate it into another container.

SB 1383 stipulates warnings and fines for serial offenders. A reporting system is set up for the city and carriers to collect and report data to the state.

“We’ll get the overall compliance of who’s actually participating and who’s not participating, where we can see the diversion numbers that way,” Browning said.

Locals will be notified when the program arrives in their area with the arrival of the kitchen bucket and a flyer in the mail.

“It is mandatory that every generator has a three-bin system,” she said, adding, “We will do our best to make sure you are aware before the cart is actually delivered to your home. But if you have a private carrier, it’s available to you now.

In the second presentation, Lydia Greiner, project coordinator at San Diego State University’s Research Foundation Center, spoke about her group’s tobacco product waste reduction program.

Beginning in July 2021, the project collected, counted, weighed, geocoded and photographed tobacco litter on public walkways in 60 random census blocks — including four in Pacific Beach — across eight towns in the county. The majority were in the city of San Diego.

“We are working in select locations in San Diego County to systematically collect and measure tobacco product waste so that we can map its distribution, identify land use and socioeconomic characteristics that may influence this distribution, and then feed this information back to communities for conversations about developing systemic solutions,” Greiner said.

Socio-economic factors were divided into two levels of household income. The study also includes six land use categories – single-family homes, multi-unit homes, entertainment areas, parks, mixed-use commercial and office space, and parking lots.

“Parking lots are a huge problem,” Greiner said. “They are basically a giant ashtray. It doesn’t matter where they are. Choose a city.

Although cigarette butts are the main waste, they also include plastic and metal cartridges and batteries from electronic cigarettes and other tobacco waste.

“I live near PB,” Greiner said. “I can assure you that e-cigarettes are a huge part of tobacco product waste. On a Sunday morning walking past bars and restaurants you will see so much e-cigarette waste.

Greiner said cigarette butts take 10 years to decompose and eventually end up in the ocean.

“They break down into micro-plastics, where they remain in our environment and accumulate in marine life and eventually enter our food chain and our water,” she said. “Just when you think that wasn’t bad enough, they’re also releasing toxic chemicals into our soil and water: nicotine, arsenic, metals, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, to name a few.”

She said tobacco waste is often reported near schools.

“Anecdotally…people told us there was a really big problem around the schools,” she said. “Not because of the kids, but because of the parents picking up the kids. They park their cars and eat junk food and they drop their cigarettes outside their cars.

Data on litter collected at Pacific Beach should be ready by January. Greiner said she would like to speak with the board in more detail then.

“We will share data with communities and brainstorm solutions,” she said. “I’d love to hear your feedback on this. I’d love to think about how this project might align with your priorities as a band and your ideas for collaboration.”

Board chair Marcella Bothwell agreed with the plan.

“We will be very curious to hear the results,” Bothwell said.

Fastest Growing and Highest Revenue E-Cigarette Market Segments, Key Trends, Competitive Scenario Wed, 28 Sep 2022 07:24:00 +0000

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According to a new report, the global e-cigarette market is segmented on the basis of product type, flavor, distribution channel, and region.

The distribution of e-cigarettes in some countries, along with the establishment of stringent legal frameworks is restraining the growth of the market.

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The increased knowledge that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes, especially among young people, is driving the growth of the global e-cigarette market. However, the side effects of electronic cigarettes limit the growth to some extent. On the other hand, the continuous improvement of players in the development of new products presents new opportunities in the coming years.

In recent years, market players have focused on improving knowledge about e-cigarettes and vaping devices, especially among adult smokers. JUUL Labs, Inc., for example, launched a marketing campaign in January 2019 to educate adult smokers about the negative effects of traditional fuel-powered cigarettes and encourage them to switch to e-cigarettes and vapes. During the forecast period, these marketing strategies are expected to drive the expansion of the market.

The global e-cigarette market is segmented on the basis of product type, flavor, distribution channel, and region. On the basis of product type, the market is divided into disposable, rechargeable and modular. The modular electronic cigarette is the most popular among others because it can be recharged and allows the user to regulate the power delivered by the system battery to the atomizer. Accordingly, the production of e-cigarette products is expected to be the leading segment during the forecast period.

Based on flavor, the tobacco segment held the largest market share in 2020, holding more than a quarter of the total market share, and is expected to maintain its leading status during the forecast period. Moreover, the same segment is expected to register the highest CAGR of 18.2% from 2021 to 2030.

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Over 800 illegal vapes seized from Gold Coast shop – Wed, 28 Sep 2022 00:19:14 +0000

Over 800 illegal e-cigarettes have been seized from a Gold Coast tobacco retailer.

The Gold Coast Public Health Unit has launched an investigation into the company following a complaint from a concerned member of the community.

Samples of the vapes seized were submitted for analysis and all were found to contain nicotine, which is illegal unless supplied by a pharmacist on prescription or obtained through an approved process from the Therapeutic Goods Administration.


Gold Coast Public Health Unit director Sharon Jurd said the use of vaping products among young people was a growing concern.

“We are extremely concerned about the increasing and unacceptable levels of e-cigarette use among young people, including schoolchildren,” Jurd said.

“The flavors (such as watermelon, grape, bubblegum, and mint) along with the bright packaging make the vapes appealing to young people. The tobacco and vaping industry targets nicotine e-cigarettes among young people, even though they know they are harmful and most are addictive.

“The healthiest option is not to vape or smoke.

“Testing has revealed that many vapes labeled ‘nicotine-free’ actually contain nicotine, further adding to the deception surrounding these products.”

Environmental Health Officers in the Gold Coast Public Health Unit are responsible for monitoring and enforcing the requirements of various public health laws throughout the Gold Coast.

Officers have seized more than 5,700 vapes this year from outlets across the city.

South African police intercept R1.5m worth of smuggled cigarettes Mon, 26 Sep 2022 19:25:30 +0000

South African security officials intercepted contraband cigarettes and a truck worth R1.5 million believed to have been smuggled through the Beitbridge border post.

Two immigrants were arrested in connection with the case on Saturday.

Limpopo Police spokesman Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the suspects were arrested along the public road R71 in Dalmada, outside Polokwane.

“The Makhado Crime Intelligence Unit received information from a community member regarding an 8-tonne truck that was driven from Musina by two suspects heading towards Alberton in Gauteng Province,” it said. he declared.

“An intelligence driven operation was then carried out by Mankweng SAPS, members of the Limpopo Highway Patrol (LHP) team with Polokwane Police to monitor the truck from the N1 North where the truck was monitored from Makhado to to be stopped and searched in Dalmada area under Polokwane police area”.

Brigadier Mojapelo said the truck was loaded with 152 boxes of Remington Gold cigarettes.

The suspects, he said, did not explain the origin of the illicit cigarettes.

He said the lorry and illicit cigarettes worth R1.5 million were seized during the arrest.

“The suspects aged 39 and 49 will appear in Polokwane Magistrates Court on Monday, September 26, 2022. Police investigations are continuing,” said Brig Mojapelo.

Limpopo Police Commander Lt Gen Thembi Hadebe said the police carried out a well-coordinated operation.

She also thanked community members for continually helping them fight crime.

Maine vaping numbers drop for college students as work continues toward new bans – Knox County VillageSoup Sun, 25 Sep 2022 22:06:32 +0000

When Mary Lou Warn found out her teenager was vaping six years ago, he assured her it was safe. He had done his research, he said, and vaping was just flavored water. It was nothing like smoking.

Warn tried to do his own research but there was little information available at the time on these new e-cigarettes.

“I couldn’t find anything to counter that message,” she said. “I didn’t really have a leg to stand on.”

Mary Lou Warn, middle, stands with fellow American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer advocates Carol Pesti and Matt Dexter at the Leadership Summit and Lobby Day, when the group met with the Golden and Pingree and Sens representative offices. Collins and King in Washington, DC Courtesy photo.

By the time his son, Jake, went to college, Warn said his addiction to vaping began to have a visible impact on his health. Jake had been an athlete, but now he was pale, had a constant cough, and was restless and depressed.

Jake eventually worked with his doctor to wean off his use over the course of six months. And in the years since, the public has a better understanding of the risks associated with vaping. But Warn says the damage is done.

“I feel like public health is at risk here,” Warn said. “We’re going to see long-term effects and (the response) has to happen faster than it’s happening.”

Before e-cigarettes hit the market, public health advocates in Maine and elsewhere were making progress in their war on tobacco. Smoking was down. It was considered old-fashioned and less accepted in many parts of society.

Vaping manufacturers have bucked this trend with subtle marketing, sleek devices, and tantalizing flavors. Youth vaping rates in Maine nearly doubled between 2017 and 2019, affecting health advocates in a state that already had above-average smoking rates.

But since then, there have been signs that the tide could be turning again. Portland, Bangor and Brunswick have banned the sale of flavored vaping products this year, with South Portland set to consider its own ban.

Maine was to receive about $11 million from a recent deal with Juul, an e-cigarette maker, over its marketing tactics targeting young people. But Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey decided on Friday to walk away from the deal on terms imposed by Juul.

This week, the latest Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey found that vaping rates among high school students in the state have fallen from 45% in 2019 to 32% last year.

Dr. Deborah Hagler

The survey numbers are “encouraging,” said Dr. Deborah Hagler, outgoing president of the Maine chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She remains “cautiously optimistic”.

Social distancing and remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic have likely made it harder for young people to share vaping devices, which is the primary way they are first exposed to e-cigarettes, a she declared. For this reason, it will be important to watch the next set of data that comes out again in two years, when children are back in the classroom, to see if the trend continues.

“We can be happy that the numbers have gone down. We can’t know exactly why they fell,” Hagler said.

The survey also found that 17% of high school students said they had used an electronic vaping product at least once in the past 30 days, compared to 29% in 2019. This means there has been a drop to both the number of new users and the amount of vaping. among current users.

Overall vaping rates for middle schoolers also dropped from 16% to 10%.

“That’s where politics comes in and could be really important,” Hagler said. “Can we maintain the downward trend with good public policy? That means keeping the kids away from the flavors, which we knew was a huge attraction to initiate.

The recent deal over Juul’s marketing tactics amounts to the company admitting, on some level, that it was targeting kids by making vaping cool, Hagler said.

Of people who smoke cigarettes daily, 99% first tried it before age 26, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vape makers insist their mission is to keep adult smokers away from cigarettes. Although e-cigarettes contain fewer chemicals than cigarettes, they still contain chemicals associated with serious lung damage, as well as other potentially harmful substances. Additionally, almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive.

There’s a “vigorous discussion” internationally about the effectiveness of these devices as a tool for adult heavy smokers to try to quit, Hagler said. In other countries, they were regulated differently, with limited amounts of nicotine and restrictions on advertising aimed at young people.

But in the United States, they were heavily marketed to young people. And young people who vape are three times more likely to switch to a traditional cigarette, Hagler said.

That’s concerning in Maine, where adult smoking rates are higher than the national average, said Hilary Schneider, Maine government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. About 17% of adult Mainers smoke. The national average is 12.5%.

Tobacco-related cancer in Maine is higher than the national average, and cancer remains the leading cause of death among Mainers, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these cancers, such as bladder, throat and neck, have tobacco as a preventable risk factor, Schneider said.

“While it’s great to see a decline in youth smoking, as well as a decline in youth e-cigarette use, usage rates are still too high,” Schneider said. “Ever since rates of youth e-cigarette use exploded, youth smoking rates remain higher than they were more than two decades ago. Cigarette and e-cigarette use among Maine youth remain well above the national average.

Schneider attributed the decline between 2019 and 2021 to policies such as raising the legal age for tobacco products to 21, equalizing the tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes, and increasing government investments in tobacco prevention and treatment.

“The public health response, although late in the game, certainly shows you that evidence-based policies are making a difference,” Schneider said.

Juul settlement talks fail

Earlier this month, Juul Labs agreed to pay nearly $440 million to settle an investigation in 33 states and territories, including Maine, into the e-cigarette maker’s marketing and sales practices. The agreement also requires Juul to comply with strict terms limiting its marketing practices.

Maine was expected to receive between $10.7 million and $11.6 million over the next six to 10 years. But as part of the deal, Juul wanted states to waive the right of school districts to pursue their own lawsuits, according to the Maine AG office. Maine was unwilling to accept this.

“We are disappointed with the outcome of these negotiations, but ultimately we were unwilling to waive the rights of other entities that are also trying to hold Juul accountable for its deception,” Attorney General Aaron Frey said in a statement. a statement to the Maine Monitor.

In a statement, Juul Labs said the terms of the agreement “are aligned with our current business practices that we began implementing following our company-wide reset in the fall of 2019.”

This summer, the US Food and Drug Administration banned Juul from selling e-cigarettes, but the agency quickly decided to suspend the ban for further review. Juul said it filed an administrative appeal against the ban, showing that the denial order was “substantially and procedurally flawed and should be overturned.”

“We remain focused on the future as we strive to fulfill our mission to steer adult smokers away from cigarettes – the number one cause of preventable death – while combating underage consumption,” the company said.

The recent Juul deal serves as “evidence that the marketing tactics used to promote these products are targeting young people,” said Dan Cashman, spokesperson for the Maine chapter of Flavors Hook Kids.

But he said the $11 million probably wouldn’t make much of a difference to youth vaping rates.

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“We would like to see flavored products removed from shelves statewide,” Cashman said. “It will have the greatest impact that no amount of money can match.”

Flavors Hook Kids led statewide efforts to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products.

Bangor, Portland and Brunswick passed municipal bans on flavored products after a statewide effort stalled in the Legislature earlier this year. South Portland is gearing up for a vote as early as next month, and at least five other communities are also considering a ban, Cashman said.

Flavors Hook Kids hasn’t given up on its efforts for a statewide ban and hopes to continue pushing it forward in the next session, Cashman said.

But health experts have warned that a ban on vaping products could push people back to traditional cigarettes, The Times Record reported earlier this year.

Cashman said the goal was to keep kids from getting addicted.

“We were winning the war on smoking before vaping became much more common. We’ve backed off since,” Cashman said. “Now is the time to ban the sale of flavored products so we don’t continue to slip.”

Hagler, the pediatrician, said boredom is a big reason kids try vaping. She said many kids have told her they tried vaping for the first time while hanging out with friends and wanting something to do.

“When they engage in vaping, it has a fusion and bonding experience,” Hagler said. “Can we find something as a community that loves our children that is a different way for them to engage? It is a form of primary prevention that is truly undervalued, underfunded, and underutilized.

This story was originally published by The Maine Monitor. The Maine Monitor is a local journalism product published by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic news organization.

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HEALTH NOTES: Groggy Brits don’t like to wake up Sat, 24 Sep 2022 21:01:02 +0000

HEALTH NOTES: Groggy Brits don’t like to wake up

A quarter of Britons wake up groggy every day, according to a new poll.

More than half regularly press ‘snooze’ on their alarm clock because they have trouble waking up.

The YouGov survey of 2,000 Britons, commissioned by tech firm Sleepwave, also found age differences in fatigue.

The survey suggested that a third of 25 to 44 year olds get sleepy every day, more than any other age group.

More than half regularly press ‘snooze’ on their alarm because they have trouble waking up

Amplification of lymph node analysis for cancer

Cancer patients with swollen limbs may benefit from a new analysis that predicts whether treatment to reduce swelling is likely to work.

Some 400,000 people suffer from lymphedema – where fluid builds up in certain parts of the body.

Most cases are due to cancers damaging the lymph nodes – nodules that filter fluid to break down waste.

Cancer patients with swollen limbs may benefit from a new scan that predicts whether treatment to reduce swelling is likely to work (MRI file photo)

Cancer patients with swollen limbs may benefit from a new scan that predicts whether treatment to reduce swelling is likely to work (MRI file photo)

Excess fluid can be drained from the node during surgery. But fatty deposits in the lymph nodes can make drainage impossible, and current tests don’t differentiate between fat and fluid.

The new tool – Dixon Sequencing MRI – produces a “map” that shows the distribution of fat and water.

Plastic surgeon Professor Dominic Furniss said the analysis, which was pioneered by The Oxford Lymphoedema Practice, helps doctors predict surgical outcomes “with a high degree of accuracy”.

Hospitalized patients are given antibiotics for twice as long as usual to protect them from life-threatening infections.

Abdominal infections after surgery are the leading cause of sepsis – and one in ten patients do not survive.

Usually, patients are given short-acting antibiotics to fight antibiotic resistance. But in one in five cases, antibiotics fail to eradicate the bacteria, which can lead to sepsis.

Doctors at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust will give patients antibiotics for 28 days and compare their results to another group on standard treatment.

Co-researcher Dr Andrew Kirby said: “We want to see if a longer, fixed course cures more people and saves lives.”

UK smokers are pulling 26 fewer cigarettes each month, on average, due to the cost of living crisis.

Eight out of ten of a sample of 1,000 smokers said they had cut back to save money. Five percent had quit.

A pack of 20 cigarettes costs an average of £12.67, according to a recent report. With the average UK smoker lighting up 20 times a day, that can add up to around £390 a month.

Some 13.5% of Britons smoke, up from 45% in 1975.

Labuan feels the impact of taxed cigarettes | Daily Express Online Sat, 24 Sep 2022 03:18:39 +0000 LABUAN: Empty cigarette shelves in cafes and grocery stores are becoming commonplace here, reflecting the impact of the revocation of duty-free tobacco in Labuan, which came into effect mid-last year.


Cafe owner Ah Khoon said he was no longer interested in retailing cigarettes because sales were slow due to fewer buyers, low profit margin and that he had to pay cash to the supplier on delivery. The shelves were once filled with an array of cigarette brands such as Dunhill, Marlboro and Winston, and what remains are the price tags of the cigarettes according to brand.

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