Relx enters Colombia: products have been sold since March


According to foreign reports, Relx International announced today that it will launch its next generation of e-cigarettes infinity and essential in Colombia, South America, bringing advanced technological innovation to Colombia’s mission of helping smokers transition to better alternatives.

Relx enters Colombia: products have been sold since March

Infinity devices have the latest innovations of relx international in product design, steam quality, mobility and overall user experience, proving the continuous innovation ability of relx in the high-end product category.

In addition, essential devices enable users to experience the key elements of infinity design at a more accessible price.

Infinity and essential will go on sale in Colombia in March 2021.

Infinity devices have been optimized more than 40 times to ensure leak proof performance and high quality standards. More than 50 innovations have been patented, including leak proof design, smoke bomb and wireless charging box.



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Bat South Africa opens its first VUSE store in Cape Town


According to foreign reports, Batsa has opened the first VUSE inspiration store in South Africa at canal walk shopping center in Cape Town.

VUSE inspiration stores will open in 67 existing locations throughout South Africa.

‘To date, we have made extensive investments in incorporating twisp into Batsa’s product portfolio and we plan to further invest in tobacco harm reduction strategies in South Africa, ‘said Johnny Moloto, general manager of Batsa, in a statement. We will expand the number of kiosks, invest in bringing our new products to market, and improve the skills of our bat team.

As part of the major spending program, 15 new sites will be added in key locations by December.

‘we opened our first flagship store, VUSE inspiration, in South Africa, which is an important milestone in achieving our harm reduction strategy and investing in science and innovation to demonstrate our potential to expand our product portfolio,’ Moloto said.



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The US’s Concern About Disposable E-Cigarette Use Among Youth 


The NYTS is a cross-sectional, school-based electronic survey that uses a stratified, three-stage, cluster-sampling design (across counties, schools, and classrooms) to generate a nationally representative sample of U.S. middle school students (grades 6 through 8) and high school students (grades 9 through 12).

Amongst middle school students, vaping dropped from 10.5% (1.24 million) in 2019, to 4.7% (550 000).

Carried out between January 16th and March 16th, the most recent school-based survey indicated that 19.6% of high school students (3.02 million) reported e-cigarette use, down from 27.5% (4.11 million) in 2019. Amongst middle school students the figure dropped aswell, from 10.5% (1.24 million) in 2019, to 4.7% (550 000).

However, despite these promising numbers pointed out the FDA,  teen vaping rates have increased dramatically since 2011 and remain relatively high, with 3.6 million youth believed to be current users. Moreover, explained the agency, data indicated an alarming increase in the number of teens using disposable e-cigarettes.

“This emerging shift in youth e-cigarette use according to device type aligns with retail sales data indicating increased sales of disposable e-cigarettes. Ongoing efforts to further address youth e-cigarette use across the diversity of device types, including disposable products, are critical,” reported an article on The New England Journal of Medicine.

Vape businesses warned

To this effect, the FDA has recently sent warning letters to ten vape businesses including Cool Clouds Distribution Inc. (doing business as Puff Bar), asking them to remove their flavoured disposable e-cigarettes off the market since they do not have the required PreMarket Authorization. These new actions are part of the agency’s efforts to remove products it considers appealing to teens from the market.

“The FDA continues to prioritize enforcement against e-cigarette products, specifically those most appealing and accessible to youth,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn. “We are concerned about the popularity of these products among youth and want to make clear to all tobacco product manufacturers and retailers that, even during the ongoing pandemic, the FDA is keeping a close watch on the marketplace and will hold companies accountable.”

“Despite suspending in-person inspection activities—such as retail compliance checks and vape shop inspections—due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our enforcement against unauthorized e-cigarette products has endured,” added the director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products Mitch Zeller, J.D. “These warning letters are the result of ongoing internet monitoring for violations of tobacco laws and regulations.”

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BYD’s net profit in 2020 increased by 162% year on year, and the e-cigarette business released this year


BYD released its annual report for 2020. In 2020, the company achieved an operating revenue of 156.598 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 22.59%; the net profit attributable to shareholders of listed companies (hereinafter referred to as net profit) was 4.234 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 162.27%; the net profit attributable to shareholders of listed companies after deducting non recurring profits and losses was 2.954 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 1181.50%. A cash dividend of 1.48 yuan (tax included) will be distributed for every 10 shares. According to the annual report, the e-cigarette business will enter a large-scale period in 2021.

All along, BYD has maintained a state of increasing revenue but not profit. From the financial data since 2012, its operating revenue has basically maintained growth. In 2020, BYD stopped the continuous decline of net profit in the previous four years and achieved the second best net profit performance in history, only next to the 5.05 billion in 2016.

BYD is mainly engaged in automobile business including new energy vehicles and traditional fuel vehicles, mobile phone parts and assembly business, rechargeable battery and photovoltaic business, and actively expand the business field of urban rail transit.

It is worth noting that, according to the 2020 annual report, BYD will grasp the huge business opportunities in emerging business areas, lay out business areas in multiple dimensions, strive to expand categories, increase R & D investment, upgrade product technology, strive to expand new customers and continuously increase market share in 2021. In particular, the electronic atomization equipment, UAV, smart home and other business sectors will enter a large-scale period, promoting the group’s business into a high-speed growth track.

Among them, “electronic atomization equipment” is one of the important equipment of electronic cigarette. BYD’s annual report no doubt confirmed that it had entered the e-cigarette industry chain.

The news began with a patent message in January 2021. According to the enterprise search app, BYD disclosed the patent information of “an e-cigarette” on January 19, with the patent publication number of cn212368321u. Based on the smoke concentration or temperature and other parameters detected by the sensor, this patent calculates the current number of remaining extractable ports of the e-cigarette and displays them on the display, so that the users of the e-cigarette can know the remaining extractable ports of the e-cigarette in real time The number of puffs enables users to have a clear understanding of the use expectation of e-cigarettes, avoids users’ anxiety, and improves the user experience of e-cigarettes.



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North Dakota: Elementary Students Caught Vaping


Public health authorities in North Dakota say elementary students were caught vaping.

Fargo Cass County public health officials say that elementary students have been caught vaping in and around public grounds in Cass County.

These cases also include private settings like residential buildings and reportedly near schools and playgrounds.

Cass County public health agency announced the “Spot the Signs” campaign which launched this month to educate parents and their children.

Health officials also say kids are getting ‘sneaky’ and have found out ways that they can vape in cars without their parents even noticing.

While these claims are coming from experts, it seems like it’s a stretch, given that most people might sense certain scents and flavors.

The experts, however, call the practice of holding in vapor in their lungs long enough for the scent and cloud of vape to disperse as “zeroing out.”

The Fargo Cass Public Health Tobacco Prevention Program notes the agency that the education efforts behind the Spot the Signs campaign is to improve smoke-free environments while also assisting those who are ‘ready to quit.’

Fargo Cass Public Health shared the following signs that parents can keep an eye out for:

  • Unexplained sweet or fruity smells
  • Frequent headaches or nausea
  • Moody, anxious or impulsive behavior
  • Unfamiliar batteries, chargers, USB
  • Discarded pods or disposable devices
  • Device plugged into the back of video game console
  • Vape is hidden between mattress & box spring
  • Declining academic or athletic performance
  • A dull sense of taste, asking for spicier foods
  • Out of breath
  • Dizziness

Spot the Signs campaign also educates parents and kids about ‘spotting nicotine addiction.’ Public health authorities say that children may be addicted if:

  • Can’t leave the house without a vape
  • Anxiety if vape isn’t nearby
  • Need a hit to calm down
  • Distracted by strong cravings
  • Wake up at night to vape
  • Headaches, jitters, and crabbiness when cutting back

According to Fargo Cass Public Health, the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System — a national public health survey managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — found that 1 in 3 teens in North Dakota say they have vaped.

Read more at Valley News Live (.com). 

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Alabama house of Representatives passed a bill to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 21


According to foreign reports, the Democratic Caucus of the Alabama house of representatives said on Wednesday that the Alabama house of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and e-cigarette products to people under the age of 21.

‘we certainly strongly recommend that we make other changes and reforms, but this bill is a starting point and it will increase the sense of responsibility of manufacturers and retailers,’ said representative Barbara Drummond.

In addition to banning the sale of e-cigarettes and e-cigarette products to people under the age of 21, the bill will create a database to track retail stores to monitor their compliance with the law and regulate advertising to ensure that minors are not targeted when they are passed by minors.

There may also be other regulations on tobacco use, including classifying electronic cigarette devices and nicotine substitutes as tobacco products and punishing businesses that sell such products to teenagers instead of criminalizing minors.

Drummond said it is challenging to pass more tobacco legislation because of the participation of many stakeholders with conflicts of interest.



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UK: ASH Calls For Smoking Cessation Training for Mental Health Staff


Data gathered across the globe keep indicating that mental health patients are more likely to smoke than individuals who do not suffer from psychological or psychiatric conditions. Moreover, these individuals are more likely to find it harder to quit. To this effect, they benefit greatly from having extra support in relation to smoking cessation and access to safer alternatives, that would at least lessen the chances of them also suffering from smoke-related conditions.

Sadly, the ASH report has highlighted concerns reported by staff who felt they were ill-equipped to support their patients, with the charity adding that the current training of mental health nurses and psychiatrists to help their patients to quit smoking was “woefully inadequate”.

The report findings are based on the responses compiled from 427 mental health nurses and psychiatrists in adult community or inpatient settings in NHS organisations across England, via a survey completed in November 2019. Moreover, more responses were obtained via a series of focus groups carried out with mental health staff during November and December.

25% of mental health nurses do not adequately trained

Only 17% of mental health nurses and 13% of psychiatrists surveyed felt that their undergraduate training on links between smoking and mental health had been adequate.

Sadly, the compiled data indicated that only 17% of mental health nurses and 13% of psychiatrists surveyed felt that their undergraduate training on links between smoking and mental health had been adequate. While 25% of mental health nurses felt that their postgraduate training on smoking had been inadequate.

“A lack of training during education or within the workplace leaves staff ill-equipped to implement smoking cessation strategies,” said the report authors. Moreover, they added, as the government strives to achieve a smoke free nation by 2030, it risks leaving certain groups behind.

Similarly, a 2016 ASH report; The Stolen Years, which was endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing, had challenged health services to cut smoking rates amongst mental health patients to less than 5% by 2035, and an interim target of 35% by 2020.

The target rate for 2020 has been achieved

Meanwhile, a recent article by former stop-smoking service manager at Leicester City Council, Louise Ross, the third in a series of five, said that this target has been achieved. The article states that the target for 2020 has been achieved thanks to the following factors:

  • “A strong focus on the skills and training of the workforce;
  • Better access to medications that will help people to quit;
  • Improving understanding that e-cigarettes are substantially safer than smoking;
  • Moving to smoke-free mental health settings, while providing appropriate support for smokers.”

The role of nurses

The piece adds that nurses are in an especially good position to promote smoking cessation. Keeping in mind that studies have indicated that smokers respond well to intensive smoking cessation treatments that are tailor made for their needs, nurses who understand individual patients’ needs are ideally placed to give ongoing smoking cessation support.

Ross’s paper reflected on the nurses’ role in offering smoking cessation guidance and support, and pointed out amongst other things, that smokers on psychotropic drugs tend to need higher doses of nicotine.

“The tar (and not the nicotine) in tobacco smoke also increases the need for higher doses of some psychotropic medications, so stopping smoking enables some people to be prescribed a lower dose and experience fewer side-effects (NCSCT, 2018).”

Read Further: Nursing Times

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Connecticut considers banning flavored cigarettes and e-cigarettes


The Connecticut convention will consider a bill to ban the sale of oriental tobacco and e-cigarettes, vapingpost reported.

Connecticut considers banning flavored cigarettes and e-cigarettes

S.B. 326 will ban spice products from October 1. The bill received a 25-to-8 vote on the Connecticut Senate Public Health Committee earlier this month and is scheduled for another hearing this week.

If passed, Connecticut, along with California and Massachusetts, will be the only state to ban the sale of spice tobacco products. However, the two states have some exemptions when seasoning products can be sold under certain circumstances, which S.B. 326 does not have.

S. B.326 will impose a fine of $300 for the first violation, $750 for the second violation, $1000 for the third violation, at least 30 days’ license revocation for the third violation, and a license revocation for the fourth violation.

Other bills introduced by Connecticut lawmakers at the Convention earlier this year include a ban on the sale of nicotine products in pharmacies and within five miles of schools. Some of the proposed amendments also include a total ban on refillable e-cigarettes and other e-cigarette products.

Some towns in New York State, including New York City and Albany County, have implemented similar bans, and tobacco products were voluntarily removed from CVS pharmacies in 2014. Moreover, in 2019, it was said that similar legislation would pass through the Capitol, which would ban the sale of e-cigarettes in pharmacies.



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FDA starts to collect social media marketing information of e-cigarette Enterprises


The food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires aspire vapor Co., joyetech, vapor and voopoo to provide information on social media and “online Red” marketing strategies.

FDA hopes that data collected from these brands will provide FDA with an effective strategy for the FDA’s pre market review application (PMTA) to assess the marketing of related products.

“With growing attention to the marketing of new tobacco end products for adolescents, the FDA is trying to further understand the growing online terminal marketing and adolescent engagement,” the FDA said.

An analysis by the tobacco product center (CTP) found that most of the top end brands sell products through a variety of social media platforms, but do not use age limiting tools to prevent the sale of products to teenagers.

In addition, CTP said that atomization companies often have brand ambassadors and influential people who have a large number of fans on social media who can get paid for promoting products.

FDA has selected the four companies to respond to the letter dated March 17 within 60 days. If it does not respond within the deadline, FDA may take mandatory measures.

Earlier this year, the FDA sent a warning letter to 10 atomizing companies that are still producing and selling electronic nicotine delivery system (ends) products to warn them that they did not submit PMTA but are still engaged in the sales of related products.

According to the FDA website, for companies that submit applications before the deadline, the FDA usually delays its execution for one year, pending FDA review unless the FDA rejects the application.

In addition, the FDA announced in September that the PMTA procedures that should normally be kept confidential will be made public in the future and that FDA will publish a list of all products submitted by the deadline. Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA tobacco products center, announced the news on its blog, when the FDA had received about 2000 applications for e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products.

From warning letters to data collection from companies, this suggests that FDA is preparing to move enforcement procedures to a substantive stage.



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KT & G of Korea applied for patent “vaporizer and aerosol generating device with the vaporizer”


According to the report from the website of the State Intellectual Property Office, the patent “vaporizer and aerosol generation device with the vaporizer” applied by Korean tobacco and ginseng company (application No.: cn201880029050.9) introduces a new vaporizer and aerosol generation device with the vaporizer.

The vaporizer is provided with: a liquid storage part for storing liquid composition; an upper cover part, which is combined with the liquid storage part and has a through hole for the liquid combination of the liquid storage part to flow into; a lower cover part, which is combined with the upper cover part and forms an aerosol generation space together with the upper cover part; and a liquid conveying unit, which is arranged in the aerosol generation space between the upper cover part and the lower cover part and is used for conveying liquid To absorb the liquid composition transmitted from the liquid storage part; to have at least one joint groove supporting the ends of both sides of the liquid conveying unit, to be arranged between the upper cover part and the lower cover part, and to be connected with the through hole, so as to transmit the liquid composition flowing from the liquid storage part to at least one of the ends of both sides of the liquid conveying unit; to heat the liquid And a foot portion extending from the upper cover portion to the lower cover portion so as to contact at least a part of the liquid conveying unit, and closing the joint portion of the joint groove of the sealing portion and at least one of the ends on both sides of the liquid conveying unit, so as to block the flow of the liquid compound from the sealing portion to the aerosol generating space.



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