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  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Germany's conservatives back ban on tobacco ads

  • Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the CSU, have backed a plan to phase out tobacco advertising in outdoor areas from 2022.

    The issue has long been a source of debate within the country's ruling conservative bloc, which had struggled to arrive at a common position and had blocked previous efforts to introduce such a ban.

    A policy paper endorsed by the bloc's parliamentary group on Tuesday said the move was necessary to confront "the biggest avoidable health risk of our time."

  • Thursday, November 07, 2019
  • Bfr advises e-cigarette consumers to avoid products of uncertain origin

  • This is pointed out by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) following the frequent occurrences of severe lung disorders amongst "vapers" in the USA. "According to current understanding, e-cigarette consumers in Germany do not face any increased risks, provided they continue to use products that comply with European and German regulations," says BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel."

    However, 'vapers' should pay attention to symptoms such as breathing difficulties or chest pain, especially after product change."

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Vaping News Roundup 2019

  • Smoking e-cigarettes or “vaping” has been marketed as an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes to help existing smokers “kick the habit”. However, their popularity is also rising among non-smoking adolescents – from 2017–2018 e-cigarette use increased by a staggering 78% in high school students – with the primary appeal cited as being the variety of available flavors. But how safe are the ingredients in e-cigarettes? Here we highlight some of the studies exploring e-cigarette safety, published during 2019.