Children who try vaping because it is “cool” could inadvertently become hooked on nicotine and take up smoking, a new study has warned. E-cigarettes enable smokers to use nicotine without many of the health effects of smoking regular tobacco products, but the findings show that as many as half of young vapers have never tried a normal cigarette. The study raises questions about the lower tax levy placed on e-cigarettes, and the use of sweet flavourings that appeal to younger users. Research from Coventry University, where researchers surveyed 499 pupils, shows that less than half of users knew that vape products contain nicotine, and less than half knew that they were addictive.
Chinese tobacco regulators are calling for comprehensive awareness and control on electronic cigarettes – an alternative to cigarettes which currently operates in a regulatory gray area under the country’s nationwide ban for public smoking, [...]
"We are currently calling for relevant departments to look into regulation for standardized control on e-cigarettes and prohibit its public use like tobacco," says Zhang Jianshu, president of the Beijing Tobacco Control Association.
The new release is the first of two draft guidance document supporting the development of novel inhaled nicotine replacement therapies that could be submitted to the FDA for approval as new drugs. The guidance, "Nonclinical Testing of Orally Inhaled Nicotine-Containing Drug Products," focuses on data recommended to evaluate potential toxicities associated with orally inhaled nicotine-containing drug products, including products such as e-cigarettes that are intended for smoking cessation and other long-term uses that would make them subject to regulation as drugs.
On Monday, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that they plan to introduce a bill this week that will regulate e-cigarette flavorings and ban flavors in cigars. Experts say that the proposed legislation is a step toward keeping young people from trying e-cigarettes, but it may not get very far in Congress as the midterms approach. “I am convinced that e-cigarettes represent the ‘re-invention of smoking,’ cooked up by Big Tobacco to hook a new generation,” [...]
The intention of the award is to honour someone who has made a substantial and innovative contribution to the science and understanding of safer nicotine products and tobacco harm reduction. The 2018 Michael Russell Award was presented to Dr Lars Ramström in recognition of his contribution to tobacco harm reduction through science and scholarship. Dr Lars Ramström has undertaken meticulous analysis of the epidemiology of snus use in Sweden, and its impact on reducing smoking related mortality. He started publishing and working in tobacco control in the 1960s. In 1998 he was given the World Health Organization Award Medal for achievements in Tobacco Control.
E-cigarettes essentially were banned in New Zealand until this summer when the Ministry of Health opted not to appeal a court ruling that found most tobacco products could be legally sold under the country’s Smoke-free Environments Act.
“They’re trying to get their arms around tobacco products to promote a healthier citizenry,” Peace said. “They have a goal of being tobacco-free by 2025.”
To reduce smoking, the country has raised taxes dramatically on cigarettes, Peace said. [...]
In India, the preferred method to buy e-cigarette merchandise, from the juices and the batteries to the vape itself, is through online distributors. Most of them ship these products from foreign shores, especially China, which is widely believed to be the manufacturing hub for vaping hardware. Pratik Gupta, one of the directors of the Association of Vapers India (AVI), an advocacy group that pushes for the use of e-cigarettes to help smokers quit, points to the expansion of the group to emphasise his point. “When we started back in 2015, we were about 10 of us. Now we are some 5,000 people,” he says.
More than 80 per cent of drugs sold as heroin on the streets of Vancouver don’t contain any heroin at all, while nearly all of the city’s street drugs contain the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, [...]
The centre gave local users the opportunity to check their drugs not only for the presence of fentanyl, but a wide range of substances. The final results, [...] show that fentanyl has overwhelmingly supplanted the local supply of illicit opioids, and heroin in particular.
Last Monday, two US Senators announced their plan to introduce a bill that would regulate e-cigarette flavours, in order to reduce the products’ appeal to youngsters. These two senators were amongst the fourteen who last week sent a letter to the FDA, urging the agency to take serious action in order to prevent kids from becoming addicted to vaping via candy flavoured e-liquids. “I am convinced that e-cigarettes represent the ‘re-invention of smoking,’ (..)
The smart-phone app, initially limited to android-based operating systems, automatically texts 20- to 120-second video messages to smokers when sensors detect specific arm and body motions associated with smoking.
There is no shortage of products or programs—from nicotine gum to hypnosis—to help people stop smoking. More recently, wearable technology has gained popularity in the fight against addiction.
Vape titan Juul said the company will launch a Bluetooth-linked vape in some Western European countries and Israel to bar student smokers.
The redesigned Juul, initially designed to track former smokers’ nicotine intake, could verify a user’s age to prevent minors from illegal inhalation, CEO Kevin Burns said. The company has been criticized by health and school officials who claim it promotes addiction among the 15 to 24 year olds who make up the bulk of its demographic.
Deaths among women with lung cancer are predicted to rise by almost half before 2030, as the harmful legacy of tobacco firms’ targeting female smokers in the 20th century continues to unfold.
Among women with the disease across 52 countries the average mortality rate is due to increase by 43 per cent between 2015 and 2030, according to research published in the journal Cancer Research on Wednesday.
Wealthier nations are expected to have the highest death rates in 12 years’ time, [...]
In a random sample of more than 30 000 Swedish adults, e-cigarette use was most common among current smokers, and the prevalence of respiratory symptoms was highest among the current smokers who also used e-cigarettes. [...] During the last 30 years, the proportion of smokers has steadily decreased in Sweden, which has contributed to a decreased prevalence of respiratory symptoms and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among adults, less exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, [...]
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) implemented a nationwide ban on smoking inside or near public housing facilities into effect on Tuesday.
Under the terms of the ban, which was passed by the Obama administration in 2016, the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes is prohibited in all government subsidized housing units. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have not been banned but may be in the future.
Whitehall sources are looking at so called “sin taxes” to raise cash for the health service’s spending bonanza. And e-cigarettes are not currently taxed – because of their benefits in helping people quit fags.
But Chris Snowdon of the Institute of Economic Affairs think tanks compared it to “taxing bicycles to pay for the costs of obesity”.
Users typically go through one 10ml bottle a week costing around £5 which amounts to an annual bill of £275.
Gallup recently announced that American smoking rates have hit an a record low of 16 percent. Evidence suggests that e-cigarettes deserve some of the credit.
Nearly half a million Americans die each year of cigarettes. That is nearly three times more than the combined number of suicide, overdose and alcohol deaths, whose rise have generated headlines and been attributed to the decline in U.S. life expectancy. [...]
In direct contradiction to marketing efforts claiming that hookah (water pipe) smoking is less hazardous to health than cigarettes, a new UCLA study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found that just a half-hour of hookah smoking resulted in the development of cardiovascular risk factors similar to what has been seen with traditional cigarette smoking.
Researchers measured heart rate, blood pressure, arterial stiffness, blood nicotine and exhaled carbon monoxide levels [...]
If you've ever walked down the sidewalk and passed through the scented plume of someone vaping away on an e-cigarette, you've had a firsthand encounter with what is essentially a nationwide experiment with our health. Poorly regulated and largely untested, these products are nonetheless experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity.
In 2016, it was estimated that 9 million Americans regularly used e-cigarettes [...]
SALES OF E-CIGARETTES have grown rapidly in recent years, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, underscoring concern among public health advocates about the impact of the devices.
E-cigarette sales skyrocketed by 132 percent while their prices fell substantially between 2012 and 2016, especially prices for rechargeable devices, according to the study. Researchers measured average monthly sales and prices for four types of e-cigarette products [...]