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Pandemic-related anxiety, boredom, and irregular routines were cited as major drivers of increased nicotine and tobacco use during the initial COVID-19 "lockdown," according to research [...] The study highlights ways that public health interventions and policies can better support quit attempts and harm reduction, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. [...] Between April-May 2020, the researchers conducted telephone interviews with adults across the United States who use cigarettes and/or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes. Participants in the study were recruited using an advertisement campaign on Facebook and Instagram.

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Today, smoking is not cool, and many passionate nicotine users are trying to move to an alternative option, so they can decrease the risks of the usual tobacco usage. That’s the reason why vaping systems are so popular, especially pod vapes. But, what exactly is a pod vaping system? It’s any device that has a plastic pod for the e-liquids, that you can remove, and check if you have to refill. Some of them are even replaceable, and as you finish the one for single usage, you can put the next one. In general, pod vapes aren’t made for refilling, but surely there are some models that let you do that.

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Tobacco tax revenue has fallen by almost half as Kiwis kick the smoking habit.

On Thursday, Treasury released the Crown accounts for the seven months to January 31, 2021.

The accounts show revenue from customs and excise duty fell almost $700 million compared to the same period the previous year.

The fall was mainly due to a 47.8 per cent decline in tobacco duty driven by reduced demand for tobacco products.

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A new U.S. law that will impact the postal service has some within the cannabis industry concerned, as it will ban the shipping of vape products through mainstream mail. [...] The law, which is set to take effect late this month, was initially made to prevent youth from being able to order tobacco products online, and there is no explicit mention of hemp or cannabis in the law, but legal THC cannabis businesses and those in the CBD industry are getting worried about the implications.

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Millions of vapers across Asia could feel forced to return to smoking if a proposal from the World Health Organization (WHO) way on e-cigarettes and other smokeless products is passed by lawmakers. "The latest recommendation from WHO defies all logic," said Nancy Loucas, the Executive Coordinator of CAPHRA. "If countries adopt the recommendation to ban open-system vapes, years of hard work by ex-smokers as well as good public policy will be rendered meaningless." "Let there be no doubt: vapers will then go back to cigarettes, which is the worst possible outcome."  

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Consumer groups warned the Philippine government against non-government organizations (NGOs) such as those linked to Bloomberg Philanthropies that were banned by India for providing grants to lobby for local policies.

They issued the statement after India banned more than 14,500 non-government organizations over the past five years, including four groups that received foreign grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies of US financial billionaire Michael Bloomberg which are reportedly involved in tobacco control lobbying.

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The mouth hosts a variety of microbes: bacteria, protozoans, viruses and fungi. Bacteria dominate, and some act as gatekeepers of the mouth, protecting us from pathogens. Practices like vaping, however, can throw off the oral microbiome's delicate balance, leading to health concerns for the mouth and the rest of the body.

"It's not Vegas. What happens in the mouth doesn't stay in the mouth," said Purnima Kumar, professor of periodontology at The Ohio State University. "The mouth is the gateway to the body and because of that there is a pretty large and very vibrant, very dynamic and diverse microbial ecosystem."

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Cannadips CBD, an award-winning brand and a pioneer of the pouches format in the CBD hemp sector, was first introduced to Europe in Q3 2019 and has since been activated in 15 European markets, including Switzerland. "This latest addition of COOP retail stores in Switzerland is truly a fantastic opportunity for the Cannadips brand in one of our most strategic markets where Cannadips was already available at 107 Valora kkiosk stores and approximately 150 independent retail and wholesale providers," says SpectrumLeaf CEO Felix Sundstrom. 

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A VAPING shop owner in Worcester insists it would be “madness” to ban the e-cigarettes that have improved the life of his customers.

It comes on the back of news that vaping could soon be banned in the UK under recommendations set out by the World Health Organisation (WHO). [...] Andrew Connellan, who runs Connect2Vapes in Broad Street, Worcester, warned health officials should not throw out the baby with the bath water when it comes to tackling issues such as cheaper substitutes for branded products.

“My view is the same as that of the NHS,” said Mr Connellan.

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When trying to quit smoking, the most powerful weapon you have is your own resolve and desire to give up the habit. However, even with the greatest willpower in the world giving up cigarettes can be difficult so you should never be afraid of using all the supports you can to help you. Quitting after all will have the biggest possible positive impact on your overall health.

It’s been proven that the use of NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) doubles your chances of quitting for good, and remember, staying off cigarettes for 28 days means you are five times more likely to stay off them for good.

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Adolescents who vape cannabis are at greater risk for respiratory symptoms indicative of lung injury than teens who smoke cigarettes or marijuana, or vape nicotine, a new University of Michigan study suggests.

The result challenges conventional wisdom about vaping nicotine, says the study’s principal investigator, Carol Boyd, [...]
“I thought that e-cigarettes (vaping nicotine) would be the nicotine product most strongly associated with worrisome respiratory symptoms,” she said. “Our data challenges the assumption that smoking cigarettes or vaping nicotine is the most harmful to the lungs. [...]

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In "Smoking and COVID-19: The Real Deal," Enid Neptune, MD, and Michelle N. Eakin, PhD, of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, discuss research to date on this topic and propose areas of research that can help clarify this relationship.

Studies have shown that current smokers with COVID-19 have twice the risk of dying in the hospital as nonsmokers. However, the data on whether tobacco use increases the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection is mixed.

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Public health researchers have called on the government to pass the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill into law.

The bill is expected to further regulate the use, marketing and sales of e-cigarettes or vapes in South Africa, with these products currently operating in a legislative vacuum.

In a report published by the Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research (ATIM), the researchers said that it has now been two years since the bill was closed for public comments.

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[...] Dr. Scott Trapman helps patients with a full range of issues [...] But one of his passions is helping people quit smoking.

“Smoking causes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer. When it comes to COVID-19, smokers and vape users are much more likely to suffer serious complications or death than healthy non-users,” Dr. Trapman says. “But evidence suggests that once a person quits using tobacco products for twenty years, their risk of heart attack, stroke or cancer becomes equal to the risks faced by non-smokers. So it’s always worth it to try to cut back.”

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A public hearing on banning the sale of flavored tobacco products at city-based stores drew passionate local advocates, plus large companies and trade groups aiming to defeat the measure.

“Adult customers will not stop using the products,” Michael McQuillan of Core-Mark International, a distributor to North American convenience stores, testified Monday. “They will either go online, to neighboring towns or the black market. All you’re doing is hurting local businesses.”

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Monday it has ordered five e-cigarette companies including JUUL Labs and NJOY to turn over sales and advertising data.

The regulatory agency said it sent orders to JUUL Labs, Inc; R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company; Fontem US, LLC; Logic Technology Development LLC; and NJOY, LLC seeking information from 2019 and 2020 including annual data on sales and giveaways of e-cigarettes and characteristics of their e-cigarette products such as flavors.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn smokers face a higher risk of suffering life-threatening COVID-19 complications.

Smoking weakens your immune system and increases your risk of respiratory infections.

UAB Department of Pediatrics Professor Dr. Susan Walley said smoking puts people at a higher risk of being admitted to intensive care units, placed on ventilators, and dying from COVID-related conditions.

Smoking e-cigarettes and vapes, popular among young adults, a group normally considered to be low risk, can also lead to complications.

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Local public health researchers have called on the government to revive legislation intended to regulate e-cigarettes, saying they are being heavily marketed to young people as a means to stop smoking, but don’t help people kick the habit for good. [...] Local evidence was vital to counter claims made by the e-cigarette industry, said Lekan Ayo-Yusuf, director of the Africa Centre for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University.

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Illinois smokers are now among the priority groups eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

As a part of the state’s vaccination schedule, residents with certain high-risk medical conditions — including smoking — are now able to get shots, along with seniors and medical and essential workers. According to the Centers for Disease Control, being a “current or former cigarette smoker” puts you at greater risk for severe COVID-19 illness.

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Fancy a mango, watermelon or lemon-ice flavored vape? You are in luck. They are being sold online by Puff Bar, a brand that last year was ordered to take its e-cigarettes off the U.S. market.

The Food and Drug Administration told the e-cigarette maker to stop selling its fruity, disposable vaporizers, as part of a broader crackdown on underage vaping. The brand resumed sales on its website last month and introduced a change that may allow it to sidestep the FDA: Puff Bar says it is using nicotine that isn’t derived from tobacco.