The use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, causes serious damage to the lungs. After the novel coronavirus responsible for the respiratory disease COVID-19 emerged last year, there have been ongoing concerns about how vaping might impact risk of infection and severity of symptoms. Some evidence shows an increased risk of COVID-19 among those who vape. Research also shows a higher COVID-19 mortality rate in men compared to women, and men are more likely to vape than women. However, there is no evidence to link these two observations.
Juul Labs reached a $40 million settlement with North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein this week, agreeing to limit its sales and marketing practices to quell underage use of its potent e-cigarettes.
The settlement is also part of an “ongoing effort to reset our company and its relationship with our stakeholders” and “earn trust through action,” as a Juul spokesperson put it in a statement. In other words: Juul is trying to shed its reputation as the company that fueled a youth vaping epidemic, and it’s willing to pay $40 million to do it.
More than six in 10 Brits want pub gardens to ban smoking and vaping, according to a poll. The survey of 2,000 adults found that, with the summer pub garden season upon us, tolerance for smokers has gone up in smoke.
Three quarters of those polled feel smokers and vapers should check with non-smokers before puffing away in a group situation.
Nearly half (45 per cent) have even asked smokers or vapers not to indulge around them, with Londoners more confident to speak out (70 per cent) than any other region.
Any day now, Canadian vapers expect Health Canada to announce a nationwide restriction for nicotine levels in vaping products that promise to cut by over half the amount of nicotine available in current devices and e-liquids. In this episode of RegWatch, we are joined by Ian Irvine, Professor of Economics at Concordia University and Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute. Hear his warning to Health Canada that these efforts, ostensibly to combat teen vaping, would lead to an increase in smoking-related disease and death.
(...) rising proof means that e-cigarettes generally is a useful software in smoking cessation. Researchers in Moffitt Most cancers Heart’s Tobacco Analysis and Intervention Program wished to construct upon this proof by testing whether or not they may assist twin customers, individuals who use each flamable cigarettes and e-cigarettes, stop smoking. In a brand new article revealed in The Lancet Public Well being, they report outcomes from a first-of-its sort nationwide examine evaluating a focused intervention aimed toward remodeling twin customers’ e-cigarettes from a product that may keep smoking right into a software that can be utilized to assist smoking cessation. An estimated 8 million adults within the U.S. use e-cigarettes, typically with the purpose of quitting or decreasing cigarette smoking. Almost 41% are (...)
E-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine replacement treatments in achieving long term smoking reduction and cessation, according to the results of a clinical trial by Queen Mary University of London. The results, published in the journal Addiction, found a significant difference in smoking reduction (including quitting altogether) in the e-cigarette group. After six months, in the e-cigarette group, 27 per cent of the participants had reduced their smoking by at least half, compared to 6 per cent of participants in the NRT group. A significant difference was also found in rates of stopping smoking altogether, [...]
Researchers at Penn State University examined how flavored e-cigarettes may distinctly affect the brain compared to non-flavored ones. The study was released in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. “We recruited smokers who had never used e-cigarettes before or were not regular e-cigarette users. What we were interested in is figuring out whether or not flavor changed how they perceived or how their brain responded to this e-cigarette use.” The findings suggest that fruity and dessert-flavored e-cigarettes may (...)
We have had the 2025 goal since 2011 but are not currently on track. A boost in funding and commitment is required, writes public health expert Robert Beaglehole.
Colin still haunts me. He was the first hospital patient I talked with as a young medical student in Dunedin in 1965. He was coughing blood from lung cancer caused by his long history of cigarette smoking. I was shocked and powerless; treatment of advanced lung cancer, then as now, is mainly palliative. Along with many other personal experiences of the uniquely harmful effects of cigarettes, my passion for a smokefree country led to the formation of ASH, Action for Smoking and Health, in 1982.
Homeless people are to be given free e-cigarette starter packs as part of a trial designed to help them quit smoking. The study will be conducted in 32 centres for the homeless across five regions in the UK – Scotland, Wales, London, the South East and the East of England. E-cigarette starter kits, which usually cost around £25, will be given for free to people at half of the participating centres. The full £1.7 million research trial will include 480 participants, with 240 in each group and 15 from each centre.
The percentage of Americans aged 18 and over who smoke cigarettes is 14%. Two recent publications from the Recovery Research Institute indicate that the rate of tobacco use among persons receiving recovery support services is dramatically higher. It is noteworthy that these studies are of substance use disorder recovery populations as opposed to populations engaged in treatment or pre-treatment.
The first study surveyed 275 new attendees at recovery community centers in New England and reported a current tobacco use rate of 60.7% (ever used 74.5%). [...]
Last month, a scientific journal published a peer-reviewed study with encouraging news for anyone concerned by the toll that smoking takes on people’s health. The study in the American Journal of Health Behavior identified more than 17,000 cigarette smokers who purchased a Juul starter kit, which includes a rechargeable e-cigarette and four flavored pods. A year later, more than half said they had stopped smoking and switched to e-cigarettes, which, by nearly all accounts, cause much less harm than combustible tobacco. The study has limitations, she says, but its findings align with experience in the UK, where smoking has declined sharply as public health authorities encourage smokers to switch to e-cigarettes. There’s just one problem (...)
The situation with WHO, FCTC and smoking and vaping in six parts Part 1: the public health issue Part 2. the WHO and what it does Part 3. the FCTC and what it does Part 4: the problem with WHO and FCTC Part 5: a seven-point reform agenda Part 6. advocacy
Healthcare staff should give clear and up-to-date information on e-cigarettes to people who are interested in using them to stop smoking, according to draft NICE guideline recommendations out for consultation today. NICE worked with Public Health England to develop this guideline. The evidence shows that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes can help people to stop smoking and are similarly effective to other cessation options such as a combination of short- and long-acting nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). The expert committee agreed that people should be able to use e-cigarettes as one of several options to support smoking cessation, if they so choose. The draft recommendations advise that, combined with behavioural support, the option of either a combination of short- and long-acting NRT or nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are more likely to result in people successfully stopping smoking. The draft recommendations state that (...)
I found conversations at the Global Forum on Nicotine – held earlier this month in Liverpool – very interesting, experts repeatedly highlighting the vital role of safer nicotine products in the fight to reduce global smoking-related death and disease.
They have reasons to be worried. Nearly four million people have died from the pandemic, a devastating figure that is, sadly, less than half the annual death toll from smoking. [...]
As promised, GFN21 has addressed many of the concerns prompted by recent reviews and reports and discussed how they have impacted the vape industry and public health. Moreover, these reports were discussed in the context of their implications for the infamous WHO FCTC COP 9 meeting, taking place later this year. The event featured a number of renowned expert speakers who presented perspectives from the the arenas of health, tobacco harm reduction, the vaping industry, and consumer rights. A number of the formal presentations in the program were posted on the event website in advance, with the aim of providing the maximum time for presenters to engage in live hosted panel discussions and debates, and maximize (...)
This fact sheet analyses how behaviour and attitudes to e-cigarettes among adults aged 18 and over have changed over time. The data are taken from an annual survey, Smokefree GB, carried out for ASH by YouGov. The survey first started asking about e-cigarette use in 2010 and this update includes the results of the 2021 survey carried out in February and March 2021.
Advocates of tobacco harm reduction (THR) urged adult smokers to discern the science behind non-combustible alternatives as misleading and false information may push them away from switching to better nicotine alternatives like vapes and heated tobacco products (HTPs). “The perception of harm from vaping is not consistent with the scientific evidence. Local public health experts should take the lead in providing Filipino smokers who cannot or do not want to quit smoking by themselves or with currently-approved methods with accurate scientific information on e-cigarettes and other better nicotine alternatives” (...)
Earlier this month, a disturbing incident of over-policing on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland was caught on video. Police tasered a Black teenager and arrested at least two others for vaping in violation of a city public smoking ban. Regardless of what one thinks of the law’s merit, the cops’ draconian enforcement points to a larger problem with modern policing: Minor offenses too often escalate into dangerous, and even deadly, incidents.
The message from the 30 speakers who spoke during the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) 2021 in person or online was clear. Policymakers in public health and tobacco control need to listen to both the science on tobacco harm reduction and the experiences of consumers who are benefiting from it every day. Ideology must be set aside to prioritize progress towards the common goal of ending smoking. Experts at the GFN were discussing an approach called tobacco harm reduction, in which people who cannot quit nicotine are encouraged to switch from dangerous combustible or oral products to safer nicotine products including vapes (e-cigarettes), pasteurized snus, non-tobacco nicotine pouches and heated tobacco products. Compared to continued smoking (...)