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Cannabis vaping is increasing as the most popular method of cannabis delivery among all adolescents in the U.S., as is the frequency of cannabis vaping, according to research at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The study found that the frequency of vaping cannabis among adolescents from all demographic groups is reported at six or more times per month, and rising faster than occasional use. Those who vape and smoke nicotine are more than 40 times more likely to also vape and smoke cannabis.

 

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It’s hard to believe, but this month is the fourth anniversary of nicotine vaping products becoming legal in Canada. It’s been a brutal four years, and much of the blame lies at the feet of Canada’s health regulator.

Joining us today to discuss Health Canada’s wrong turn on vaping is Martin Cullip, International Fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and prolific writer on harm reduction policy issues for major publications such as InsideSources, Center Square, Townhall, and Filter.

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Thailand may soon become the next Southeast Asian nation to embrace tobacco harm reduction as a national policy at pace with the Philippines which is on the verge of enacting a law that regulates e-cigarettes, heated tobacco products and other less harmful alternatives to combustible cigarettes. Thailand’s possible regulatory shift comes on the heels of the Philippine Congress’ approval of the Vaporized Nicotine Products Bill or Vape Bill which only awaits the President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature to become a law.

 

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E-cigarettes are as safe to use as nicotine patches for pregnant smokers trying to quit, and may be a more effective tool, researchers have revealed.

Smoking in pregnancy can increase the risk of outcomes including premature birth, miscarriage and the baby having a low birth weight. But stubbing out the habit can be a struggle.

 

“Many pregnant smokers find it difficult to quit with current stop smoking medications including nicotine patches and continue to smoke throughout pregnancy,” said Dr Francesca Pesola, an author of the new study who is based at Queen Mary University in London.

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The annual E-Cigarette Summit in Washington, DC, is perhaps the most eclectic conference in tobacco control. Consumer advocates, vape shop owners, academics, [...] all gathered on May 17, as they have for the past several years.

Perhaps more than anything, the conference is a rare opportunity to publicly levy questions at higher-ups in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an agency not known for its transparency. So it didn’t take long for attendees to rise during the Q&A sessions and ask [...] why the FDA has continued to communicate so poorly the “continuum of risk”—the idea that some nicotine products are significantly safer than others.

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THE Health Ministry has announced that its minister will table a Tobacco Control and Smoking Bill in the Dewan Rakyat in July.

The new legislation targets those born in and after 2005, who would be prohibited from buying, possessing or consuming tobacco products, including cigarettes and vape.

This move aims to ultimately ban access to tobacco and nicotine by Malaysian youth and future generations. This strategy is termed the Generational End Game (GEG).

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As an emerging industry, e-cigarettes have been greatly prosperous globally in recent years. In China, Shenzhen is the center of e-cigarette production, and a complete business ecosystem has been built at this point. To explore the phenomenon of the agglomeration of e-cigarette enterprises in Shenzhen, the business ecosystem structure and evolution path of e-cigarette industrial clusters in Shenzhen [...] are illustrated in this study from an ecological perspective, and the development characteristics of the Shenzhen e-cigarette industry as well as the interspecies relationships among enterprises were studied based on the population life history theory. 

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 E-cigarette makers are adding potentially dangerous levels of the synthetic cooling agents WS-3 and WS-23 to disposable e-cigarettes and e-cigarette refills sold in the U.S., according to research published at the ATS 2022 international conference.

Mint and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes are highly popular due to their “cooling” effect. E-cigarette suppliers recently started marketing synthetic cooling agents as additives that have a cooling effect, but lack a “minty” odor. Yet, there is very limited knowledge about the content of synthetic coolants in e-cigarettes marketed in the U.S.—or about their health risks.

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Marijuana legalization is associated with decreased use of alcohol, nicotine and non-prescription opioids among young adults, according to a new study.

Researchers at the University of Washington analyzed data on substance use trends from 2014 to 2019, finding that people aged 21-25 were less likely to consume the arguably more dangerous drugs post-legalization in the state.

The study [...] analyzing data from 12,694 adults.

“Contrary to concerns about spillover effects, implementation of legalized nonmedical cannabis coincided with decreases in alcohol and cigarette use and pain reliever misuse,” the study abstract said.

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The state government is taking a "zero-tolerance approach" to illegal vaping, announcing it has seized more than $1 million worth of illegal e-cigarettes and liquids this year. 

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said retailers selling illegal vapes containing nicotine were being put on notice. 

She said young people believed vapes were just "flavoured water", but in reality, they contained poisonous chemicals which could cause life-threatening injuries. 

"[NSW Health is] cracking down on the illegal sale of nicotine e-cigarettes and liquids and taking a zero-tolerance approach to those who sell them," Dr Chant said.

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The FDA has opened the public comment period for the agency’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes. Epidemiology and global health professor Rafael Meza studies data modeling in disease prevention and cancer risk. David Mendez, who studies smoking cessation and tobacco control policies, is an associate professor of health management and policy. These University of Michigan researchers found that, in a 38-year period, African Americans suffered most of the harmful effects of menthol cigarettes. Now the researchers have developed a model to simulate the possible benefits of the menthol ban, based on studies of population trends in tobacco use. [...]

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“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will create an enduring legacy by signing the Vape Bill into law before he leaves office, and we are confident he’ll do just that,” says Peter Dator, President of consumer group Vapers PH and CAPHRA member.

CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates) has joined other vaping advocates encouraging the outgoing President to approve legislation to give the green light to less harmful nicotine alternatives.

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Quitting smoking is a difficult task, but it's worth undertaking. There are many benefits to quitting, including improved health, more money in your pocket, and reduced stress levels.

While there are many methods available to help you quit smoking, not all of them are effective for everyone. We're here to help you learn all the needed information and come to a conclusion about which alternative will work best for you. 

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Companies like British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International don’t typically come to mind as environmental stewards. But a new report from the World Health Organization and STOP, a global tobacco watchdog, outlines how the tobacco industry has been working to rehabilitate its image by showcasing sustainability efforts that critics claim is a form of “greenwashing.”

The term, which refers to a form of disinformation published by an organization to appear to be environmentally friendly, is a common practice in numerous industries.

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Smoking rates have declined globally for the first time on record, according to a new report on tobacco use from a public health campaign group and U.S. academics. However, the figures from the Tobacco Atlas report – described as a potential tipping point by the authors – also mask growing numbers of smokers in parts of the world, as well as increased tobacco use among young teenagers in almost half of the countries surveyed.

Globally, there are 1.1 billion smokers and 200 million more people who use other tobacco products, the report from Vital Strategies and the Tobacconomics team at the University of Illinois at Chicago found.

 

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Philip Morris International's (PM.N) $16 billion bid for smaller rival Swedish Match highlights the urgency among cigarette makers to tap new and potentially less harmful alternatives as regulation and health concerns snuff out traditional smokes.

Marlboro maker Philip Morris agreed on Wednesday to buy Swedish Match, one of the world's biggest makers of oral nicotine products. These include Snus - a sucked tobacco product the firm says is less harmful than smoking - as well as Zyn nicotine pouches, which are used the same way and tobacco-free.

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Imperial Brands is on track to meet its full-year goals helped by strong sales of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco sales in Europe, it said, boosting its shares to a more than two-year high.

Shares of the maker of Winston cigarettes and Backwoods cigars rose as much as 7%, the second-best performance on the Stoxx Europe 600 index. 

Investors seem "relieved that the firm is on track to hit its full year guidance figures, as it proceeds in its five-year strategy to shift to tobacco alternatives", Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said.

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The SC Legislation Ends on Thursday, May 12 and there is one Bill in particular that Dr. Dave Keeley is interested in talking about.

Dr. Keeley, semi-retired in the areas of public health and family medicine, says the big news is the latest tobacco survey showing that 30% of South Carolina Youth are still involved using tobacco products. He says the bulk of that is in the use of electronic cigarette form. The big concern lately is the attraction of flavored products.

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“This study is an important development in managing the sometimes seemingly intractable problem of helping pregnant smokers to quit. Smoking in pregnancy is a major health hazard to the unborn and newborn baby, causing the loss of up to 5000 babies every year and possibly impairing development throughout the child’s life. Methods to help pregnant women to quit are therefore urgently needed, particularly since conventional methods are of relatively low efficacy in this group.

“In this study, the relative efficacy on effectiveness is robust. [...]

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The study used a longitudinal design, following approximately 32,000 adults over a six-year period from 2013 to 2019. E-cigarette use and tobacco cigarette use were assessed periodically, as was self-reported heart disease, including a heart attack, heart failure, or stroke. Public health organizations should be ecstatic about the results of this research. It is ground-breaking research because it provides the first longitudinal assessment of heart disease risk that compares smokers and exclusive vapers. The finding of a 34% decline in heart disease risk among vapers is a game changer. [...]