0
0
0
s2sdefault

The 1988 U.S. Surgeon General's Report titled 'Nicotine Addiction' was a comprehensive treatise setting out the evidence that tobacco is addictive and showing that nicotine lies at the heart of this addiction. It likened tobacco to drugs such as cocaine and heroin, and provided a powerful rationale for combining public health and clinical approaches to prevent and combat tobacco addiction. The main conclusions of the report have stood up well to more than 30 years of further research, but there are areas where our thinking needs to be updated. [...]

0
0
0
s2sdefault

There’s a major loophole happening with the sale of e-cigarettes: synthetic tobacco. Dr. Andrew Ordon shares that as a physician he’s really concerned and public health expert Dr. Michael Siegel shares that it’s a loophole that needs to be closed. Plus, Dr. Siegel takes issue with headlines about e-cigarettes, like it causes severe lung disease, which he shares is true of THC vapes, not e-cigarettes.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

In a startling revelation, the use of tobacco among women has gone up four times in the state during the past five years, the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) has confirmed.

In contrast, men have started showing reluctance towards use of tobacco as it has come down by 32.81 per cent between 2015-16 and 2020-21, the national survey conducted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has revealed. However, the use of tobacco among both women and men in Punjab was much below the national average.

The development assumes significance as the initiatives undertaken by the state government against the use of tobacco have started showing positive results.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

On November 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected an electronic cigarette manufacturer's application of a stay of the Food and Drug Administration's order rejecting its application seeking approval of some of its vaping products. Now that e-cigarette company, Breeze Smoke, has filed an emergency application for a stay with Justice Kavanaugh. [...] While it is possible that there are substantive differences between the relevant product applications, the FDA did not engage in the sort of review expected of a regulatory agency. [...]

0
0
0
s2sdefault

The State Council of China amended its tobacco monopoly law Friday to include regulations for e-cigarettes and vaping. This result comes after months of deliberation by the Chinese government to regulate electronic tobacco consumption.

E-cigarette sales have been functioning in the grey area of the law since they became popular in China. Following the amendment, they will be regulated and supervised just like conventional tobacco products. The tobacco industry in China is fully controlled by the government. Companies and retailers have to obtain special permits before being allowed to sell tobacco products.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

On Sunday 28 November any car carrying people under the age of 18 must be smokefree.

Smokefree cars are yet another step in the move to achieve the Smokefree 2025 goal. New Zealand continues to have some of the most advanced smokefree policies in the world. Other recent steps taken have included plain packaging of cigarettes, a retail display ban, and progressive vaping legislation that supports vaping use as a quit smoking tool. The smokefree cars ban will greatly diminish the health hazard of second-hand smoke while young people are in cars.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

Earlier this year, a public consultation about the proposal to ban flavours was meant to close on the 19th of January, but had been extended to the 2nd of February. A statement published on the Netherlands’ Government website, had revealed that the consultation was extended “due to popular demand.” In line with this, a press release by the WVA had highlighted that the country had witnessed the largest number of responses ever collected in a public consultation on health matters. More importantly, an overwhelming majority of the responses, 98.54%, had opposed the ban. This equated to 746 responses out of the total 757 submissions [...]

0
0
0
s2sdefault

Since they hit the market, e-cigarettes have been touted as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes for adult smokers. When research began to suggest otherwise, many questioned whether smoking was still to blame for adverse effects, since most vapers are either "dual users" who also smoke cigarettes or have a prior history of smoking.

Now, a team of researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has demonstrated that - independent of the effects of prior smoking – using e-cigarettes is linked to adverse biological changes that can cause disease. [...]

0
0
0
s2sdefault

Choosing nicotine patches over quit smoking tablets does not reduce a person’s risk of heart attack or stroke, an Australian study has found, leading researchers to suggest the pills should be offered as a first line of treatment to people wanting to stop.

The new study, conducted by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, used linked pharmaceutical dispensing, hospital and death records from people who received prescription quit smoking medicine between 2011 and 2015.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

The debate gets heated as public health expert Dr. Michael Siegel shares that e-cigarettes have helped 20 percent of people quit smoking, which the president of Tobacco-Free Kids Matt Myers disagrees with because he says the majority of smokers are dual-users.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

In the absence of guidance from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), authors writing in the Medical Journal of Australia have provided advice to GPs about prescribing e-liquids for e-cigarettes to smokers trying to quit tobacco cigarettes. [...] Dr. Miranda Ween, [...] and Dr. David Chapman, from the University of Technology Sydney, wrote that although the TGA had released a Standard for Nicotine Vaping Products (TGO 110) effective from 1 October 2021, the order "does not refer to e-cigarettes themselves (which remain unapproved by the TGA as smoking cessation devices), but rather the nicotine-containing liquids (e-liquids) used in them."

0
0
0
s2sdefault

This month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) held two virtual meetings relating to its mission to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products, [...] But those titles are misleading: key stakeholders were shut out of the conversation. As is now typical of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), key parties were excluded from these vital conversations. The media was shut out, as was law enforcement. Countless organizations and individuals with potential insight into the issue, such as scientists, were excluded because of alleged distant connections to tobacco interests.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

Tobacco control is working—slowly. The number of people smoking worldwide has declined and tobacco-attributable deaths are falling. This progress is evident in WHO's fourth report on international tobacco trends, released on Nov 16, which estimates 1·30 billion tobacco users globally in 2020, compared with 1·32 billion in 2015. 60 countries are now on track—versus 32 countries 2 years ago—to achieve the voluntary global target of a 30% reduction in tobacco use between 2010 and 2025. Such progress is welcome. But as tobacco elimination nears, progress will become more difficult and incremental gains will be harder won. Accelerated advocacy and action are required.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

Most adult vapers of non-tobacco flavoured e-cigarettes overwhelmingly oppose flavour restrictions, according to a recent study.

The study, conducted by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project at the University of Waterloo, examined whether regular vapers from Canada, England and the United States who only use non-tobacco flavoured e-cigarettes, would support or oppose a ban on all non-tobacco flavours and how they would potentially respond to such a policy.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

Since they hit the market, e-cigarettes have been touted as a safe alternative to tobacco cigarettes for adult smokers. When research began to suggest otherwise, many questioned whether smoking was still to blame for adverse effects, since most vapers are either “dual users” who also smoke cigarettes or have a prior history of smoking.

Now, a team of researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has demonstrated that - independent of the effects of prior smoking – using e-cigarettes is linked to adverse biological changes that can cause disease. [...]

0
0
0
s2sdefault

People who use e-cigarettes are more prone to fractures, warn scientists.

Lead investigator Dr Dayawa Agoons said: ‘To our knowledge, this is the first study to investigate the relationship between e-cigarette use and fragility fractures.

‘It fills an important knowledge gap given the increasing popularity of e-cigarette use and the significant economic burden and known morbidity and mortality associated with osteoporotic fractures. ‘Our findings provide data to inform researchers, healthcare policy-makers and tobacco regulators about the potential association of e-cigarette use with reduced bone health.’

0
0
0
s2sdefault

As a junior doctor in the UK, Kevin Murphy said he was “hideously addicted” to nicotine and would creep off the hospital campus to have a smoke, wearing disposable gloves and, on his way back, chewing as many mints as possible.

Before doing medicine, he’d worked as a radiographer and had seen “loads of lung cancer”. Then he was at his mother’s side when her 40-a-day habit for 40 years ended in lung cancer too. [...] Dr Mendelsohn says tobacco harm reduction with safer nicotine products is an additional, evidence-based tool for helping smokers quit, but many doctors remain misinformed about it and about the safety of nicotine.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

E-cigarette giant Juul Labs will pay Arizona $14.5 million and vowed not to market to young people in the state to settle a consumer fraud lawsuit.

The settlement announced by Attorney General Mark Brnovich Tuesday is the second Juul has reached with state prosecutors. It ends litigation the Republican U.S. Senate candidate filed in January 2020 against Juul and another maker of electronic cigarettes, alleging they illegally targeted young people in their marketing. [...]

0
0
0
s2sdefault

According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2019, more than an estimated 27,200 deaths in Malaysia were related to smoking tobacco.

 

The NHMS reported that the prevalence of current smokers was 21.3%, i.e. an estimated 4.8 million Malaysians aged 15 years and above were smokers.

 

Smoking was 30 times higher in males than females.

The highest prevalence was in the 30-34 years age group.

 

Smoking was more prevalent in those with primary and secondary education, and least with tertiary education.

0
0
0
s2sdefault

It often comes up in the crosshairs of politicians and political editorialists, who see it as an opportunity to mix up many subjects.

Unfortunately, this is sometimes what happens when it comes to the legality of CBD in The UK.

Confused with cannabis, cannabidiol is, however, not the same substance. This is why it is necessary to take stock of the legality of these products in the UK.