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issue 3 - november mmxx

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Philippines

Group set to file complaint vs FDA

A consumer group threatened to file a complaint against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for accepting grants from “foreign interest groups,” which they claimed ignored the viewpoints of stakeholders who would be affected in the agency’s crafting of the guidelines on rules and regulations of electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs)
In a statement, the president of the Nicotine Consumers Union of the Philippines, Anton Israel, said the group would file a case against the FDA for adopting an administrative order that was “lifted from the playbook of their anti-tobacco patrons.”
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Base vape, heated tobacco regulations on science...

A medical expert urged the Food and Drugs Administration to base the proposed vape and heated tobacco regulations on science — not on fiction — in the wake of the beleaguered agency’s admission that it received funding from foreign anti-tobacco organizations.
“Science — and there is an abundance of curated and peer-reviewed studies out there — should be the basis of regulation. Not political or ideological agenda,” Dr. Lorenzo Mata Jr., president of Quit For Good, said in a statement recently sent to INQUIRER.net
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New Zealand

MOH completely misses opportunity this Stoptober

By not getting in behind Stoptober 2020, the Ministry of Health has missed an excellent opportunity to fully support Kiwi smokers, says Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA).
Created by Public Health England and launched in 2012, Stoptober has become a popular initiative in many countries to encourage smokers to quit for the month of October and beyond. In the UK, the NHS, Ash, the British Lung Foundation, the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK are all backing Stoptober 2020.
https://bit.ly/37U6B9G

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Philippines

Stick to science on THR regime

The Food and Drugs Administration must base the proposed vape and heated tobacco regulations on science and not on fiction in the wake of the beleaguered agency’s admission that it received funding from foreign anti-tobacco organizations, according to a medical expert on smoking cessation.
“Science, and there is an abundance of curated and peer-reviewed studies out there, should be the basis of regulation. Not political or ideological agenda,” said Dr. Lorenzo Mata Jr., president of Quit For Good—a group that advocates sustainable ways to quit the smoking habit.
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Australia

Industry calls for a delay to proposed restrictions on sales

The Federal Government has met for consultations over its plans to limit the sale of vaping products to pharmacies, but small retailers are angered to have been locked out of consultations.
Speaking at the Senate Estimates Committee meeting, the Deputy Secretary of the Department for Health, Adjunct Professor John Skerritt said, “The evidence is in that vaping is less harmful than tobacco smoking”.
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