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Researchers at the University of York have shown that regulations on smokeless tobacco are still lacking, despite 181 countries agreeing to a common approach to controlling the demand and supply.

The study, published in The Lancet Oncology, highlighted that of the 181 countries using the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), only 138 define smokeless tobacco in their statutes and 34 countries have so far reported levying tax on smokeless tobacco products.

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Over 1,000 doctors from 24 states and three union territories have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to enforce a ban on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), including e-cigarettes and flavoured hookah before it becomes an "epidemic in India", especially among the youth.
Expressing concern over media reports that 30 organisations have written to the IT Ministry to prevent the ban on promotion of ENDS, 1,061 doctors in a letter to the Prime Minister said this was a public health matter and commercial interests should not be entertained.

 

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Since June 2018, the agency received what it called “a recent uptick” in reports where users describe having seizures that may be connected with their e-cigarette use. The FDA collects information about vape safety risks through their Safety Reporting Portal, where people who use e-cigarettes can share their experiences. Between reports via that portal and from poison control centers, the FDA counted 35 reports of seizures between 2010 and early 2019 that may be related to vaping. Most of those, it said, involved “youth or young adult users.”

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The secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar and the outgoing commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb, recently declared the “e-cigarette craze” among teenagers an epidemic. There has been a nearly 80 percent increase in current e-cigarette use among high-school-age teenagers over the previous year, they said, citing the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, and an almost 40 percent increase in teens using e-cigarettes on 20 or more of the past 30 days.

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Dr Graham Moore and Joan Roberts present findings from Britt Hallingberg's latest paper: 'Have e-cigarettes renormalised or displaced youth smoking? Results of a segmented regression analysis of repeated cross sectional survey data in England, Scotland and Wales'.

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Big tobacco companies are seeking to overturn Australia’s ban on vaping in a bid to prise open one of the last untapped developed markets for the $25bn-a-year ecigarette industry. 

Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco have made submissions to an Australian parliamentary inquiry that is considering whether ecigarettes should be legalised.

 

Vaping companies have provided seed funding for a doctor-led charity leading the fight to legalise ecigarettes, [...]

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The P.E.I. division of the Canadian Cancer Society is lobbying parties in the current provincial election campaign to increase tobacco taxes, and use the revenue for programs to help people quit.

"We really want to see a new, comprehensive smoking cessation program on P.E.I., because the current program that we have is not meeting the needs of Islanders," said Jayna Stokes, the provincial lead for the Cancer Society.

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Some parents would like to give in to that enemy in hiding, denial, and turn a blind eye to the possibility of psychoactive (mood and mind-altering) substance use in their teenager’s life. However, I believe it best to admit that this is a drug-filled world in which today’s adolescents are growing up and so merits continual vigilance and discussion. What follows are some thoughts about this unwelcome topic: the Reality that exists, the Risks to beware, the Precautions to advise should use begin, and when parents might consider seeking Help.

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As federal regulators and state legislators race to restrict electronic cigarettes – the most effective means to quit smoking – at least two other companies are introducing alternatives that involve nicotine without the need to inhale.

Vaping, the most criticized smoking cessation option, will have a version of tobacco-free snuff to compete with starting this month. At the same time, the makers of Camel cigarettes are bringing back dissolvable nicotine lozenges.

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Vaping has never been a simple topic. It seems like ever since they first hit the scene, people have been arguing over how to properly use them without putting teens in harm’s way. It’s not uncommon for legislators in the same municipality to change their vaping regulations on a semi-regular basis, as either new people come into power, or the media simply stokes public outcry. One of the regulations quickly gaining popularity around the world is e-liquid flavor bans. [...]

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Over the last nearly two years, we’ve spoken often about both the opportunity for e-cigarettes to be an off-ramp for currently addicted adult smokers to completely switch to a potentially less harmful form of nicotine delivery, as well as the tremendous concern for – and series of actions we’re taking to forcefully confront – the recent epidemic level rises of youth e-cigarette use that’s threatening the commitment we’ve made to reduce tobacco use among our nation’s children. [...]

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The sharp increase in the use of e-cigarettes has not led more British children to take up cigarettes or regard smoking as normal, the first study of its kind has shown.

Some health experts and anti-smoking groups have expressed concern that the growth of e-cigarettes might normalise the idea of smoking for young people.

But the study led by Cardiff University researchers suggests the number of teenagers who said they had tried smoking or thought it was acceptable to smoke has continued to fall despite the rise in e-cigarette use.

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An estimated 7 million people in the world lose their lives every year due to smoking tobacco, and these numbers are only rising. By 2030, scientists believe that this number could hit 8.3 million and if the trend continues unabated, by the end of the century, the world will lose a billion lives. Most of these deaths would be in low- and middle-income countries that are witnessing rapid socioeconomic changes. In Asia, the tobacco epidemic is surging, and half of the world’s male smokers live in China, India and Indonesia. [...]

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I started smoking in Japan as a 22-year-old teacher. Doing otherwise at that time, in that country, would have marked me out as an oddball. [...] There are estimated to be 500,000 cigarette vending machines in Japan – and, while Starbucks won't tolerate it, until recently you could still smoke to your lungs' discontent at McDonald's and KFC.

On the bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo, a fellow overseas teacher and I once got through a packet each during the 140-minute ride. My smoking habit continued apace and unabated for the following 15 years [...]

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Smoking is a form of slavery and is completely incompatible with widely recognised human rights, activists against smoking have said. They also criticised the so-called novel tobacco products for muddying the waters with the claims of being “much less harmful”. [...]

“I am absolutely convinced that smoking is slavery and it goes against the human right for life and health. We should engage our work with activists in the human health field,” Francisco Rodriguez Lozano, president of the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) told EURACTIV.

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The first state to limit tobacco and electronic cigarette sales to people 21 and older is contemplating a new nicotine crackdown: outlawing flavored electronic cigarette liquids and flavored tobacco to combat a spike in teenage vaping.

Hawaii would be the first state to adopt such a ban under a bill before the Legislature. [...] The proposal would ban flavored e-cigarette liquids such as Maui Mango and Cookie Monsta, along with cloves and other flavored tobacco products, but it would exempt menthol cigarettes and vaping liquids.

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A larger percentage of American 12th graders (79.7 percent) say marijuana is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get than say the sane thing about cigarettes (75.1 percent), according to an annual survey of adolescent drug use [...] Similarly, a larger percentage of 12th graders say they “disapprove” or “strongly disapprove” of people 18 or older who take one or two drinks nearly every day (74.7 percent) than disapprove or strongly disapprove of people 18 or older who smoke marijuana regularly (66.7 percent).

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The global vaping sector faces a number of regulatory challenges that could drastically change the industry and have serious consequences for public health. In the United States, outgoing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Scott Gottlieb has proposed new restrictions on e-cigarettes and vaping. If these proposals become law, retailers across the country could be subject to aggressive restrictions. Some flavoured e-cigarette products will no longer be sold at all, while others will be sold ‘only in a manner that prevents youth access’.

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MANY GPs and pharmacists are reluctant to recommend vaping to smokers due to confusion about safety, research suggests. For smokers attempting to quit, vaping can be a good alternative to cigarettes as it delivers the nicotine without other toxic substances like tar. However, a worrying 93 percent of healthcare professionals were unaware of Public Health England’s position that vaping is at least 95 percent less harmful than smoking.

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More American adults perceive electronic cigarettes to be as harmful as or more harmful than regular cigarettes, according to a new analysis. When the results of both surveys were combined, the percentage of people who believed that e-cigarettes were less harmful than regular cigarettes decreased from 45% in 2012 to 35% in 2017. The number of people who thought e-cigarettes were as harmful as cigarettes increased to 45% in that time, and the percentage who believed that e-cigarettes were more harmful remained low, at less than 10%, according to the results [...]