Posts tagged with "Toxins"

Amid U.S. vaping clampdown, Juul enters China, the world’s largest tobacco market

September 13, 2019

Holy smokes! No sooner did U.S. e-cigarette maker Juul Labs come under scrutiny for its flavored products at home than it surfaced in China, Reuters reports—with online storefronts on e-commerce sites owned by Alibaba Group and, geared to tap into the world’s largest market of smokers.

Following a press conference on September 11, during which President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump voiced concern about the health effects of vaping—noting that their 13-year-old son, Barron, is in the age group most likely to be captivated by the tasty, new smokes—the U.S. government announced plans to remove all flavored e-cigarettes from store shelves.

Juul, in which tobacco giant Altria Group owns a 35% stake, has been launching its products in international markets such as South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines, Reuters says.

The move comes as U.S. health officials are investigating a handful of deaths and potentially hundreds of lung illnesses tied to contaminants in vaping products—among them, E acetate, THC, cutting agents/diluents, pesticides, opioids and other toxins.

China, which is the world’s largest single market for tobacco consumption with over 300 million smokers, represents a market with both opportunity and risk for the company.

It is already home to dozens of Chinese competitors with names such as Relx, Yooz, and SNOW+ that have taken tens of millions of dollars in venture capital funding from high-profile investors.

Research source: @Reuters

Fixer-uppers: Plastic and cosmetic surgery trends of 2017

February 21, 2018

If 2016 was the year of the lip filler, then 2017 was the year when we really “put some skin in the game” to experiment with stealth procedures such as Botox treatments (up by 15%), microneedling (up by 85%) and non-surgical nose jobs (up by 35%), according to a study by the website, RealSelf

As a well-known online community for sharing information about cosmetic treatments, RealSelf summed up last year’s most in-demand plastic and cosmetic surgery treatments, based on data from the site.

Herewith, their list of the most mainstream, non-surgical techniques of the year (from most popular to least) :

  1. Non-surgical fat reduction (such as Sculpsure and Coolsculpting);
  2. Fillers (Juvederm and Restylane);
  3. Hair restoration (using injections, lasers, light therapy or transplants);
  4. Toxins (Botox and Dysport);
  5. Facial lasers (for rejuvenation);
  6. Resurfacing lasers (for scar treatment);
  7. Acne treatment;
  8. Laser hair removal; and
  9. Chemical peels.

And for those who were willing to go beyond skin deep, the following surgical techniques were most requested (in order of preference): breast augmentation/lift; rhinoplasty; tummy tuck; liposuction; vaginal rejuvenation; butt enhancement; facelift; eyelid surgery; breast reduction; and the “mommy makeover.”

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