Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Health has proposed a ban on the circulation of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes and liquids used in them, as well as tobacco heating systems, according to a report by Trend 1. The proposed ban is outlined in a draft law published on Uzbekistan’s portal for discussion of draft normative legal acts. Read more

After a three-year dormancy, the Canadian government has resurrected its plan to ban most vape flavors and impose stringent regulations on the manufacturing of e-liquids. The new rules, initially approved almost three years ago, will drastically limit the available flavoring ingredients and restrict manufacturers to producing only tobacco, mint, and menthol flavors.

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In a concerning development, UK experts have discovered the presence of a highly dangerous substance called xylazine in some confiscated cannabis THC vapes. Xylazine, a sedative designed for use on large animals such as cows and horses, can be lethal when consumed by humans.

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Poland finds itself amidst a heated debate concerning the proposed complete ban on single-use e-cigarettes. The Ministry of Health has announced radical measures to prohibit their sales, citing concerns over youth popularity and online accessibility. However, the Vaping Industry Employers’ Association (ZPBV) warns that such a ban may have unintended consequences, urging for a more nuanced approach. Read more

Virginia is on the verge of implementing a new law that would pull flavored vape products lacking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval from store shelves. The identical bills, sponsored by Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico) and Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Charlottesville), have passed both chambers of the state legislature and now await Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s signature. Read more

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has signed House Bill 11 into law, making the state the sixth in the nation to implement a Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) registry law. The bill, which passed with bipartisan support in both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly on March 28, will take effect on January 1, 2025. Read more

In a bid to curb the rising trend of e-cigarette use among young people, Nepal is on the verge of implementing a ban on these devices, as reported by MyRepublica. Bhakta Bahadur KC, an information officer at the National Health Education, Information and Communication Center, stated that the move comes in response to the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes among the youth. Read more

In a groundbreaking study published in Tobacco & Nicotine Research, researchers have discovered that vaping could be a crucial tool in helping people quit smoking. The findings suggest that individuals who start using e-cigarettes are more likely to stop smoking traditional cigarettes entirely, marking a significant shift from previous research.

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The U.S. vape market experienced significant growth in 2021, with combined sales of cartridge-based and disposable e-cigarette products from nine leading manufacturers exceeding $2.67 billion, according to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) third report on e-cigarette sales and advertising. The report, released on April 3, 2024, also highlighted a $370 million increase in sales between 2020 and 2021, and a $90.6 million rise in advertising and promotional spending by e-cigarette companies. Read more

A recent study conducted by online vape store Go Smoke Free has revealed that Blackburn, a former mill town in Lancashire, has the highest concentration of vape shops in the United Kingdom. The research, which analyzed data from Companies House, found that Blackburn had 22.56 e-cigarette shops per 100,000 people, surpassing other major cities such as Bolton, Manchester, and Middlesbrough. Read more