Teenage use of electronic cigarettes (EC) has reached epidemic proportions. In 2011, fewer than 3 percent of high school seniors used ECs. In the past 12 months the number has increased to 37 percent, up from 28 percent in 2017. The epidemic has been fueled by the Juul, a stylish EC that has captured more than 70 percent of the market. The Juul company is being investigated for aggressively promoting to teenagers. Even if it stops, the damage has been done, Juul’s wild popularity will continue to addict teenagers.
India’s plans to regulate internet content have put its vaping community at loggerheads with its government.
The country’s ministry of electronics and IT proposed changes to India’s Information Technology (IT) Act last December that would require web platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter to remove online content that promotes Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). As a category, ENDS includes e-cigarettes and other methods of vaping, and currently occupies a legal grey area in India.
The European Commission is “reluctant” to sit with the tobacco industry at the same table to discuss novel tobacco products such as e-cigarettes, a high-ranking EU official has said.
E-cigarettes may be less harmful, according to some reports, but they’re still “poison,” said Arūnas Vinčiūnas, [...] Asked why the Commission had systematically refused to meet with tobacco industry representatives during the current term, Vinčiūnas replied:
“There is reluctance and a specific attitude towards the tobacco industries,” which does not exist with other sectors.
Of all the things you can die from, smoking ranks at the top of the list as far as preventable deaths go, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency's findings show that smoking-related deaths are responsible for about one in five deaths every year. There is some good news here, though, because the number of people who smoke cigarettes is on the decline.
India’s ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) is likely to walk back the stance on vaping laid out as part of its proposed rules for policing internet content.
This follows submissions made by India’s fledgling vaping community that using e-cigarettes is not as harmful as smoking or chewing tobacco, and therefore should not be included in the rules. ”We do not, in fact, understand vaping and ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems).
SMOKING IS an unmitigated public-health horror. But is vaping? Just when the case against e-cigarettes seemed to be growing stronger by the day, a new study presents a more complicated public-health picture: They seem to be bad for some but good for others. The study, published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed 886 British smokers seeking government help to quit.
If you’re walking down the street or are out and about...you see fewer people having a “bunger”, a dart, a cigarette, right? Strong anti-smoking campaigns in Australia are working, but smoking is still a massive killer. [...] Aaron Kearney speaks with the co-deputy director of the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance and HMRI professor Christine Paul and Conjoint Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn from the University of NSW who is also the Chair of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association.
Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are almost twice as effective as nicotine patches and gum in helping smokers to quit, a study suggests. A year after quitting tobacco, however, most vapers were still using e-cigarettes, while fewer than one in 10 smokers who quit with the help of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) were still using it.
Rampant misinformation is a massive problem for the vaping industry. You don’t have to look very far to find a report which claims to put the nail in the coffin for vaping, only for the report to be woefully misguided or even blatantly biased. This is why it’s always so important to do your own research before believing anything you hear. A lot of people don’t follow this simple rule, however, so it’s no wonder why public perception to the benefits of vaping remains as low as 13%. [...]
A study funded by the National Institutes of Health is testing whether the nicotine patch can improve memory and functioning in people who have mild memory loss or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The largest and longest running study of its kind, the MIND (Memory Improvement through Nicotine Dosing) Study is looking for 300 volunteers at sites across the United States who have mild memory loss but are otherwise healthy, non-smokers over the age of 55.
Health Canada is proposing new restrictions on advertising vaping products and e-cigarettes to minors, citing concerns about the products’ rising popularity among teens.
The proposed regulations, which have yet to be finalized, restrict advertising where youth might see it. This means not allowing advertisements at points of sale where youth are allowed access — including online. It would also remove ads from public places like malls, billboards and public transit.
A coalition of conservative and libertarian groups is demanding President Trump “pump the brakes” on the administration’s crackdown on e-cigarettes, arguing the anti-vaping efforts will hurt “an innovative industry that is helping American smokers quit.”
The letter, sent to the White House on Monday, criticized the Food and Drug Administration — and specifically its commissioner, Scott Gottlieb — for waging an “aggressive regulatory assault” on e-cigarettes. The signers include Americans for Tax Reform, ALEC Action, [...]
Hawaii is considering laws which would incrementally raise the legal age at which you can smoke, until only those aged over 100 can buy cigarettes.
Democratic state representative Richard Creagan’s proposed legislation would effectively ban the sale of cigarettes on Hawaii, and if adopted it would become the first US state to do so. Currently Hawaiians must be 21 in order to buy cigarettes, but under the proposals, the age would rise to 30 in 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022, 60 in 2023, and then jump from 60 to 100 in 2024.
[...] The NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL of MEDICINE (NEJM) published the following positive study ‘A Randomized Trial of E-Cigarettes versus Nicotine-Replacement Therapy’. Letitia O’Dywer [...] reports: “It’s great to see a robust randomised controlled trial coming out in such a high impact journal on this subject.” “As we know, smoking rates are higher for Māori and Pasifika peoples. This new study shows that e-cigarettes could be a useful tool in the battle against higher smoking rates, alongside wraparound smoking cessation services."
According to the headline of a UPI news story from last week, vaping has been linked to an increased risk of having a heart attack. [...] It is irresponsible to use the results of this cross-sectional study to conclude (or even suggest) that e-cigarette use increases heart attack or stroke risk. Why? Because the study only assessed the relationship between "ever" having used e-cigarettes and "ever" having had a heart attack. [...]
E-cigarette use is surging among American teenagers, with millions of kids flirting with nicotine addiction by regularly vaping. Unfortunately, these kids are going to face a rocky road if they try to kick their nicotine habit, experts say.
There are no tested or approved methods for quitting e-cigarettes, said Linda Richter, director of policy research and analysis at the Center on Addiction.
'Heat not burn' or 'heated tobacco' products are electronic devices that, unlike e-cigarettes, contain tobacco leaf and heat it to a high temperature, without setting it alight. This difference is important. Because the devices contain tobacco, they come with all the long-term health concerns of tobacco. [...] Dr. Ed Stephens, a researcher at the University of St Andrews, whose work has compared the health impact of tobacco, e-cigarettes and heat not burn products, to find out more.
Vaping regulations are running rampant around the world. Between the lack of understanding on e-cigarettes and their visual similarities to smoking, it’s no wonder so many legislators decide to place harsh bans or taxes on vaping products. In fact, the misinformation surrounding vapes has been directly related to wider acceptance of these crippling regulations. These new laws are often sold to the public as purely about protecting health, but at the same time, they’re putting millions of extra dollars in the government’s budget. [...]
A Hawaii lawmaker has proposed a bill that would gradually raise the minimum smoking age to 100, which could effectively make Hawaii the first state to outlaw the sale of cigarettes.
“The state is obliged to protect the public’s health,” State House member Rep. Richard Creagan told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.
“We, as legislators, have a duty to do things to save people’s lives,” he said. “If we don’t ban cigarettes, we are killing people.”
During my 11-plus years in Korea, I have inhaled vast amounts of second-hand smoke. I have never smoked and would never do so, believing it to be a vile and disgusting habit. The deleterious effects of smoking on the human body are legion.
People who light up are more likely to develop lung cancer (not to mention cancer of the mouth, throat, bladder and kidneys), emphysema, diabetes, leukemia, blood clots, high cholesterol, heart disease, strokes, bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.