Colombian Justice Minister: Supports lifting ban on cannabis consumption
Colombia’s justice minister reiterates support for lifting the ban on cannabis consumption; latest data shows no change in drug consumption in schools; girls consume more alcohol than boys.
Colombian Justice Minister Néstor Osuna reiterated during a debate in the Senate that President Gustavo Petro’s government supports lifting the ban on cannabis consumption.
He said that the original constitution (in 1991) did not explicitly prohibit drug consumption and that the ban was added in a legislative act in 2009.
Now, they’re not trying to lift all prohibition, they just want to decriminalize marijuana. Additionally, Osuna has published its latest data on drug consumption in school settings for 2022, confirming that these levels have not changed significantly since 2016.
A Department of Justice study also revealed that girls in school settings consume alcohol more than boys, which is a cause for concern.
Russia’s Gorno-Altaysk mayor calls for strategy To cope with the popular trend of e-cigarettes
Olga Savronova, the mayor of Gorno-Altaysk, Russia, said on her social media channel that the spread of e-cigarettes in the city is widespread, especially among minors, and has caused widespread concern.
According to a report by the Russian website Asfera on November 15, Olga Safronova, the mayor of Gorno-Altaisk, Russia, stated on her social media channel that the spread of e-cigarettes is very common in the city, especially among minors. Among people, it attracted widespread attention.
Although smoking is prohibited in public places, 194 people have been ticketed in the city for violating administrative regulations so far this year. Mayor Safronova said that the authorities could not stand idly by and decided to jointly develop strategies to deal with the problem.
According to reports, due to the spread of the “e-cigarette epidemic”, the number of smokers is increasing, which is clearly reflected in Gorno-Altaisk. The mayor expressed serious concern and it was discussed at a city committee meeting on healthy lifestyles.
In order to deal with this problem, the mayor decided to develop a series of response measures and invited citizens to share their opinions and ideas on the matter.
Malawi officially becomes party to WHO Convention on Tobacco Control
By ratifying the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the Government of Malawi joins 182 other parties and declares its high priority for public health and well-being.
According to the official website of the World Health Organization on November 16, the Malawi government approved the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to officially enter into force. This decision joins Malawi’s 182 other parties to the Convention and demonstrates the country’s high level of political commitment to the global tobacco epidemic, prioritizing public health and well-being.
The Convention aims to address the serious public health risks associated with tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke. Malawi’s ratification of the Convention in August 2023 demonstrates the country’s determination to protect current and future generations from tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke. hazards.
Argentina’s National Cannabis Parade Held Call for an end to the criminalization of cannabis
Argentina holds a national cannabis march calling for an end to the criminalization of cannabis and a change in cannabis regulations.
According to Pagina12, Argentina held the 14th National Cannabis Parade. Social organizations, citizen groups, cannabis growers and users joined hands to draw attention, elaborate on the multiple uses of cannabis, and protest against the criminalization of cannabis by the judiciary and police. The slogan is: “Stop detention for marijuana.”
They believe that despite legislative advances such as Law No. 27.350 on Medical Cannabis and Law No. 27.669 on the Production of Medical Cannabis and Industrial Hemp, these regulations do not yet reflect the reality of a cannabis culture that is still criminalized.
The march took place amid industrial cannabis cultivation across the country, advocating for an end to the detention of cannabis growers.
On November 16, the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA), founded by John Boyd, Jr., called on the Biden administration to stop its proposal to ban menthol tobacco products, saying it was a move that would harm black farmers and rural communities. Misguided federal policies that were devastating.
According to media businesswire news on November 16, the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) founded by John Boyd, Jr. called on the Biden administration to stop the proposal to ban menthol tobacco products, claiming that this would be a negative impact on black people. Misguided federal policies that have devastated farmers and rural communities.
NBFA has launched a national #SupportBlackFarmers Change.org petition among its 130,000 members in 47 states to rally support.
Lithuanian government says pharmacies will not sell e-cigarettes
The Lithuanian government has decided to reject proposed changes to the Bill on Prescription E-cigarettes and Pharmacy Sales of E-cigarettes, noting that the bill may restrict the use of e-cigarettes by teenagers. However, selling e-cigarettes as medicines requiring a prescription may be misleading. Public perceptions of e-cigarettes.
According to news from the media kurierwilenski on November 15, the Lithuanian government decided to reject proposed changes to the Act on Prescription E-cigarettes and Pharmacy Sales of E-cigarettes.
In this regard, former Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said, “Many people have misunderstood my proposal to sell e-cigarettes in pharmacies with a doctor’s prescription. We are not suggesting that all e-cigarettes be moved now. Go to pharmacies and sell them with a prescription. If e-cigarettes are recognized as medicinal products, they can be sold in pharmacies with a prescription, just like the current medical chewing gum that helps quit smoking, but this is only a theoretical possibility, so I suggest that in Lithuania has completely banned the sale of e-cigarettes.”
Meanwhile, Gintaras Karanda, head of the Department of Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol Control, noted that the bill may restrict the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers.
Vietnamese medical experts propose ban on e-cigarettes
Statistics from the Vietnamese health department show that the age group of Vietnamese smokers in 2020 is highly concentrated in 15-24 years old, with a proportion of 7.3%. Vietnam’s scientific research institute pointed out that criminals have recently begun to add illegal drugs to e-cigarette juice, posing a serious threat to users’ health.
According to news from Vietnamese media baodautu on November 15, Vietnamese medical experts said that e-cigarettes are having an unpredictable impact on the health of Vietnam’s young generation, so the product should be banned from circulation in Vietnam.
Statistics from Vietnam’s health department show that the rate of e-cigarette smoking among adults in Vietnam’s 34 provinces increased 18 times in 2020, rising from 0.2% in 2015 to 3.6% in 2020. The age group of smokers is highly concentrated in 15-24 years old, the proportion is 7.3%.
At the same time, Vietnam’s scientific research institute pointed out that criminals have recently begun to add illegal drugs to e-cigarette juice, posing a serious threat to the health of users.
Philip Morris Egypt announces price adjustments for tobacco products Respond to the government’s latest tax changes
Philip Morris Egypt announced the price of tobacco products and responded to adjustments to Egypt’s new tax policy to meet market demand and transition to a smoke-free future.
On November 15, according to Vetogate, Philip Morris Egypt announced price adjustments for all its tobacco products, including “HEETS” and “TEREA” heated tobacco products, as well as “Merit”, “Marlboro” and “L&M”, etc. Various traditional cigarettes.
Philip Morris Egypt’s new prices come after the Egyptian government unveiled the latest tax changes for tobacco products. The company said all adult smokers and nicotine users can view these new prices through a QR code on product packaging.
Company CEO Ali Navzat Kerman said Philip Morris will continue to work hard to meet the needs of smokers and adult nicotine users in the Egyptian market and support the transition to a smoke-free future.
E-cigarette use among Scottish teenagers rising Government considers banning disposable e-cigarettes
The use of e-cigarettes among teenagers in Scotland has surged, with 25% of 15-year-olds now using them, driven mainly by marketing of products directly to children, and the government plans to ban disposable e-cigarettes.
According to a report by the BBC on November 14, Scotland, UK, is facing a surge in e-cigarette use among teenagers.
According to a survey, 10% of 13-year-olds and 25% of 15-year-olds are currently using e-cigarettes, an increase from 2015, and this situation is mainly driven by product marketing directly to children.
In September, Scotland’s First Minister Humza Youssef said his government would hold a consultation on a ban on disposable e-cigarettes. The British E-cigarette Industry Association said e-cigarettes should be praised for helping people quit smoking and said a ban would create a black market.
Sheila Duffy, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) Scotland, said there was “robust evidence” that e-cigarette aerosols “contain mechanisms linked to lung inflammation, DNA damage and subsequent risk of particulate matter”.
She said there had been a “high take-up rate” among young people in Scotland since autumn 2021.
French Congress to discuss proposal to ban disposable e-cigarettes The proposer emphasizes its negative impact
The French National Assembly will begin discussing a proposal to ban disposable e-cigarettes in early December.
According to a report by Agence France-Presse 20minutes on November 14, the French National Assembly will begin discussing a proposal to ban disposable e-cigarettes in early December.
In November 2022, Ecology Party MP Francesca Pasquini and Renaissance Party MP Michel Lauzzana submitted this proposal, which received support from a wide range of groups.
They condemned the impact of disposable e-cigarettes on public health, especially on young people, and the damage to the environment as unacceptable.
A meeting of National Assembly leaders decided on Tuesday to include the plan on the agenda for the next “parliamentary week” – expected to take place between December 4 and 8.
Previously, French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne also called for a future ban on these products with nicotine content between 0 and 20 mg/ml and which can provide a certain number of puffs.