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Smoking rates among military service members continues to decline as e-cigarette use increases, according to a 2018 study by the Rand Corporation. In Rand’s Health Related Behaviors Survey Substance Use Among U.S. Active-Duty, “13.9 percent of service members were current cigarette smokers, and 7.4 percent smoked cigarettes daily.” Among the general population, 16.8 percent of Americans were current smokers, and 12.9 percent were daily smokers.

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There is a deadly public health crisis in Malawi which kills over 5,700 people every year. It is smoking. There are over one million adult daily smokers in Malawi (source: 2018 GSTHR report). We know that tobacco is extremely harmful: there are more than 4,000 chemical compounds in tobacco smoke; 250 of these are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause various cancers.

Why do people smoke? Usually, they have become addicted to nicotine. But smoking tobacco is the most dangerous way to consume nicotine. [...]

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Debate among public health professionals over approaches to tobacco and nicotine regulation has intensified with the rise of vaping in the form of electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) and tobacco heat-not-burn products. In "Truth Telling about Tobacco and Nicotine", researchers Rachelle Annechino and Tamar Antin explain that, although there is agreement among researchers about evidence that vaping can be less harmful than combustible cigarettes, the tobacco control community remains divided about how to communicate [...]

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[...] I saw a committee for the state’s House of Representatives vote for a bill that would ban vaping from indoor public places. Under the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, smoking cigarettes and related tobacco products in public indoor spaces was prohibited unless the public area was a cigar bar, casino, or business that permits smoking.

The bill bans e-cigarettes under these justifications. Luckily, at the behest of cannabis advocates, the bill was amended during committee to protect vaping in cannabis social clubs and other venues like cigar bars.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on Tuesday that he plans to step down next month, a sudden resignation that calls into question how the agency will handle issues such as surging e-cigarette use among teens and efforts to increase competition in prescription drugs. Gottlieb was well regarded by public health advocates and won bipartisan support for his efforts to curb use of flavored e-cigarettes by youths, speed approval times for cheap generic medicines to increase competition and bring down drug prices, [...]

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Electronic cigarettes are marketed as less harmful alternatives to cigarette smoking, but researchers are increasingly concerned about the potential long-term health consequences of vaping. A study released Thursday in the journal Tobacco Control adds to the growing number of reasons the phenomenon is more risky than it might appear. According to scientists [...] people who vape are nearly twice as likely to experience wheezing compared to people who don’t regularly use tobacco products.

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[...] New Zealand’s Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa announced that she would be banning smoking and vaping in cars when anyone under the age of 18 is present. Once the law is changed, police will be required to look for puffs of smoke swirling inside vehicle cabs and sneaking out the window. Because it’s difficult to discern if an adult-sized body is under 18 from a distance, the police will have to get alongside vehicles to peer inside or simply pull all drivers over if anything resembling smoke or vapor is seen.

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A planned vaping ban in Hamilton's CBD has drawn the attention of the chairman of Action for Smokefree (ASH) 2025, Emeritus Professor Robert Beaglehole, who says the ban will cause more harm than good.

At last month's community and environmental services committee meeting, city councillors voted to reduce smoking and vaping in public places. However, the decision was met with reaction from Hamiltonians commenting on social media, including outrage from those who said that e-cigarettes were being to used to help quit smoking.

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It's pretty common knowledge that smoking during pregnancy confers a host of risks on a developing embryo and fetus, including miscarriage, low birth weight, and premature birth. But for ethical reasons, it's been difficult to directly study the effects of nicotine exposure before birth.

Now cardiologist and stem cell researcher [...] have found a way to use human embryoid bodies — balls of pluripotent stem cells that mimic aspects of the early human embryo — to examine at the single-cell level how nicotine affects cell development.

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A NETWORK of e-cigarette users has called on the authorities to quickly come up with appropriate solutions to regulate e-cigarettes in order to protect the country’s image among foreign tourists.

They also plan to submit suggestions to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The suggestion was in response to a news report on French online media outlet Var-matin, which reported that Thai authorities had demanded a Bt40,000 bribe from a Frenchwoman to free her after she was arrested for possessing an e-cigarette.

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Colorado congresswoman Diana DeGette plans to introduce legislation this week that could ban e-cigarette flavors on a national level, her office announced Monday.

The bill, expected to be introduced to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, enters a contentious debate on how to regulate vaping products and address rising levels of e-cigarette use among youth. Flavors are at the center of the regulatory debate: Some say they're an important tool in getting adults to switch from combustible cigarettes, while others want to ban them entirely [...]

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An email originating from a senior journalist at a national newspaper reached me indirectly this morning. The newspaper had sent position statements from nine anti-vaping ‘experts’ asking someone (not visible to me) for a reaction to twelve ‘observations and opinions’ advanced by members of this group. The newspaper proposed to publish these in an article soon after. [...]

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As the number of children using e-cigarettes remains at epidemic levels, our enforcement work has been one cornerstone of our efforts to protect youth from the dangers of tobacco products. In recent months our vigorous enforcement efforts as part of the agency’s Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan have included a number of actions to combat the illegal sales of e-cigarettes to youth at brick-and-mortar and internet storefronts, as well as steps to target companies engaged in kid-friendly marketing that can increase the appeal of these products to youth.

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the cultural anxiety directed at what youths are doing wrong in the context of smoking and vaping. From the iconic imagery of film noir where cigarette smoke swirls about the night air to the every-present now of kids being “bad,” there is no shortage of social and cultural interpretations of this latest chapter of a repeating phenomenon: adolescents pushing back against what is expected of them. [...]

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In 2017, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Fatima Z. Alshbool, began to research the effects of e-cigarettes and vapor machines. Alshbool is focused on the Cardiovascular disease aspect of this research—specifically, the pathogenesis of thrombotic diseases. She became interested in heart health after she lost relatives to smoking-related heart illnesses. She hopes that her findings will lead people to reconsider vaping and inform teenagers of risks.

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Public health officials’ goal should always be to build awareness of the risks associated with smoking and educate the public on the products that can help smokers quit. Yet the public health community has failed to build awareness of how switching to e-cigarettes can reduce the harm associated with smoking by as much as 95 percent, according to the Public Health England and multiple independent reviews.

This is a public health tragedy. Currently 38 million Americans are addicted to traditional combustible cigarettes, [...]

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For the first time in its roughly two-year history, e-cigarette company Juul has funded a study on its devices that was reviewed by outside experts. The vetting, a process called peer review, is widely considered to be the gold standard for health research. "We are identifying that between 30% to 40% of smokers initiating using Juul manage to completely cease their smoking by 90 days," Neil McKeganey, the lead author of the paper and a sociologist who founded the Scotland-based research consulting firm CSUR, told Business Insider.

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Smoking is injurious to health! A message that was echoing for quite some time. Some say they even used many remedies like nicotine gums to curb the urge to smoke. Alas! They have all failed. Although one such way recently has been researched by scientists that e-cigarettes can help not only curb smoking but also help one It has been one of the most pressing unanswered questions in public health: Do e-cigarettes actually help smokers quit? Now, the first, large rigorous assessment offers an unequivocal answer: yes.

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Reynolds American tobacco is tightening restrictions to buy its Vuse e-cigarettes online and running a national ad campaign to try to position itself as a leader in combating underage use amid a federal crackdown on teen vaping.

A unit of British American Tobacco, Reynolds debuts its ad campaign on several cable networks, including CNN, The History Channel and AMC, starting Monday to promote its Vuse Alto e-cigarette as a way to help adult smokers quit. [...]

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U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey criticized Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb for delaying a regulation that would have temporarily removed electronic cigarettes from the market this year, saying it helped fuel an epidemic in teen use and calling it a "big, big whopping mistake." The FDA in 2016 said companies would need to submit e-cigarettes already on the market for review in 2018. These products would have been able to stay on shelves for another year while the FDA reviewed companies' submissions.