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[...] Merianos performed a secondary analysis of the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey and found that of 1,579 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 who had admitted to using electronic cigarettes within the last 30 days of the survey, 13.6 percent were daily users. Her research further found that those daily users were far more likely to obtain their electronic cigarettes and accessories from commercial sources than their non-daily using counterparts.

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Research shows that experiencing menopause before the age of 45 is associated with a higher risk of bladder cancer. This higher risk was notable if the woman is a smoker. The study, which looked at health outcomes of more than 220,000 US Nurses [...]
Bladder cancer is the 6th most common cancer diagnosed in Europe*. It is more common in men than in women, but women are more likely to suffer from advanced bladder cancer and are less likely to survive than men. Around 27,000 European women, and 19,000 US women, are diagnosed with bladder cancer each year.

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Various tobacco companies' attempt to partnership with motor-racing teams has not gone down well with the World Health Organisation (WHO) which has asked the countries to enforce ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship at sporting events, including when hosting or receiving broadcasts of Formula 1 and MotoGP events.

The WHO has also urged all sporting bodies, including Formula 1 and MotoGP, to adopt strong tobacco free policies that ensure their events are smoke-free and their activities and participants, [...]

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb became commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration in 2017 with an ambitious plan to reduce cigarette smoking, a habit that kills nearly half a million Americans each year, by shifting smokers to less harmful alternatives like e-cigarettes.

But he was quickly embroiled in an unexpected crisis: the explosion of vaping among millions of middle and high school students, many of whom were getting addicted to nicotine.

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Are die-hard tobacco controllers driven by ideology rather than a desire to improve public health? It’s become a legitimate question as harm reduction advocates report that the epidemic of fear over youth vaping—including breathless claims regarding the dangers of nicotine—have metastasized the world over.

In this LIVE streamed episode of RegWatch hear Paddy Costall from the Global Forum on Nicotine track the contagion as it hops from the U.S. to Canada and all the way to the lands down under.

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[...] the Food and Drug Administration took another step towards limiting the sale of sweet-flavored e-cigarettes in places where kids can buy them. But public health experts wonder if the move will be enough to make a dent in the massive increase of youth vaping.

After announcing plans in November to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes that come in kid-friendly flavors, the FDA today issued what’s called a “draft guidance” that starts to spell out how the agency intends to do so. [...]

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Teen vaping is on the rise, and schools are searching for solutions, with some taking disciplinary action or installing vape detectors in bathrooms. Last month, students from middle and high schools in California's Santa Clara County gathered for a pilot program designed to teach them about the potential dangers of vaping and how to deliver that message to their fellow students -- and how to resist peer pressure that experts say has contributed to students' vaping.

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Tobacco company Philip Morris says it will stop the sale of cigarettes in New Zealand when required to by law, regardless of whether the government lowers taxes on its new smokeless tobacco products. It was reported last week that Philip Morris was seeking a tax break as part of its plan to stop selling cigarettes in New Zealand ahead of the government's 2025 goal of making the country smokefree.

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The debate over e-cigarettes is something that the Singapore government would not want to take chances on, as evidenced by campaigns against the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices in Singapore.

We at Coconuts Singapore also started covering this matter way back in 2015, when we spoke to a secret community of vapers that have been lighting up in Singapore before authorities kicked in with islandwide bans on emerging tobacco products.

 

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For many within the tobacco control movement the debate over vaping—considering the decades spent fighting big tobacco—is filled with contradiction.
On one hand, you have the cigarette which is proven to be deadly and on the other, you have vaping, which despite relentless demonization is considered by even the most ardent critic, to be a much safer alternative to smoking. As the saying goes within vaping advocacy: Smoking kills and vaping saves lives.

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Globally, smoking rates are decreasing, but in many lower and middle income countries, African nations among them, rates are increasing. WHO data show a steep rise in smoking in many African countries, with many 5-year projected increases at 5% and more.

Public health experts from UK-based Knowledge∙Action∙Change have this week visited Lilongwe, Malawi and Nairobi, Kenya to launch No Fire, No Smoke – The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018 (GSTHR), a landmark report on the worldwide availability, regulation, [...]

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Vaping regulations around the world vary quite dramatically. From places such as the UK, which have gotten fully behind e-cigarettes for their harm reduction and smoking cessation purposes, to those such as Australia and Thailand, which have instead taken a very strict stance and virtually banned them. However, as more evidence is published regarding the impact of vaping there’s more and more support for loosening vaping regulations. Australia’s neighbor, New Zealand, went down this path a few years back after having followed suit with the Aussies for years. [...]

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There’s an old joke about the neighbourhood dog that loved to chase cars down the road – what would it ever do if it caught one?

The Government has been a bit like that with tobacco harm reduction. A very promising car has come around the corner and stopped. And the puzzled dog is standing there growling at it.

For decades, government has wanted to reduce smoking rates. Why? Smoking causes cancer, myriad respiratory problems, and shortens lives.

 

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Officials say it’s becoming more common among people and people trying to quit smoking to turn to vaping. Now, a Michigan dentist says things like vaping an E-cigarettes can have a negative impact on dental health. Doctor Zareena Banu of Grand Blanc has been a dentist for more people who vape over the past few years and E-cigarette use among teens is also growing.

"Nicotine is something that constricts your blood vessels and it causes decrease in blood flow to the gum tissue,” said Dr. Banu. [...]

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My colleagues and I in the tobacco control movement have based our entire careers on the principle that it is wrong to lie to the public. The bulk of our campaign against Big Tobacco was based on the contention that the cigarette companies lied to the public about the health risks of smoking. Numerous lawsuits were filed against Big Tobacco, seeking damages based on the claim that the companies are responsible because they misrepresented the health effects of their products, thus preventing smokers from making an informed choice. [...]

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved forward with its much-anticipated plan to limit sales of most flavored e-cigarettes in an effort to curb what it calls an epidemic of youth vaping.

 
 

The agency released a draft guideline for the industry on Wednesday, just weeks before Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is set to step down. The move is one of Gottlieb’s signature priorities after antismoking advocates blamed his earlier steps to ease restrictions for e-cigarettes for the rise in underage use.

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There are plenty of theories about why so many people seem to hold maniacal dispositions against vaping.
Are they in bed with big tobacco? Or maybe they work for big pharma? Some may simply have an authoritarian personality and like telling people how to live their lives. It could be all of these reasons and more: Including prejudice. Find out how in our inaugural edition or “Reg Rant” by RegulatorWatch.com.

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Making sure electronic cigarettes don't get into the hands of youngsters is the key to beating tobacco use and nicotine addiction in the United States, a new American Heart Association policy statement says. The statement authors said the tobacco industry's aggressive targeting of youngsters has led to a sharp rise in the use of e-cigarettes and other new types of tobacco products, which threatens Americans' health and decades of efforts to reduce tobacco use.

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Daughters born to women who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to be short and obese as adults. 

That's according to an international study led by the Liggins Institute in Auckland, which found women whose mothers smoked during early pregnancy were 47 per cent more likely to be obese as adults.

They were also 51 per cent more likely to be short compared to women whose mothers were non-smokers.

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Youth are using e-cigarettes (also known as vaping devices) at a rapidly increasing rate — a practice that constitutes an urgent threat to public health. [...] Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control in the United States also found that 1.5 million more youth used e-cigarettes in 2018 than in 2017. If unchecked by strict regulations, the next generation of youth is likely to be the most nicotine-dependent and the heaviest smoking in recent history, wiping out decades of efforts to protect them.