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In response to U.S. restrictions on where tobacco companies are allowed to advertise their products, the industry now dedicates nearly all of its $9 billion advertising budget to activities occurring in retail settings. A new study [...] fills an important gap by documenting specific characteristics of storefront tobacco advertisements in the context of today's diverse tobacco product landscape. [...] "The mechanisms through which tobacco advertising in retail settings influence product use are not well understood, particularly for non-cigarette products," [...]
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A leading academic has criticised health officials for ‘promoting’ e-cigarettes despite growing evidence of their harms. Professor Martin McKee, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said there are grounds for ‘serious concerns’ about e-cigarettes. But Public Health England (PHE) recommends they be prescribed on the NHS, controversially claiming they are 95 per cent less harmful than cigarette smoking. Last year it campaigned for smokers to switch to e-cigarettes, including as part of its annual ‘Stoptober’ quitting campaign.
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The ban of e-cigarettes is back in the news in Asia, this time partnered with its disastrous partner, “plain packaging.” As these violations of intellectual property (IP) rights are being proposed once more, it is important to review where they have been implemented and what effects they have had. [...] Fast-forward 26 years – to when Singapore introduced its ban on e-cigarettes last year – and critics, including Bloomberg, asked, is this the new chewing gum?
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A majority of healthcare professionals in New Zealand view Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, as a viable alternative to cigarettes if they are legalised and regulated appropriately, according to new research conducted by Frost & Sullivan. Over 500 adults in New Zealand (including current, former and non-smokers), as well as 60 healthcare professionals [...] were interviewed as part of an opinion research study to gauge the level of understanding and attitudes towards alternatives to cigarettes
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An Ontario judge says he suspended legal proceedings against three tobacco giants to ensure a level playing field for all parties as the companies try to negotiate a settlement with their creditors. Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas McEwen released his reasons Tuesday for last week’s decision to uphold an order that halted any existing or new proceedings involving JTI-Macdonald Corp., Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd.
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Americans with cancer are more likely to use marijuana and prescription opioids than those without cancer, and the use of medical marijuana by this group is on the rise, new research shows. The new study looked at more than 800 adults with cancer who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2014. The patients were compared with about 1,650 adults without cancer. The findings showed that 40 percent of the cancer patients had used marijuana within the past year, compared with 38 percent of those without cancer.
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People caught vaping or using an e-cigarette in unauthorised areas in Dubai will be hit with a fine of up to Dh2,000. Dubai Municipality has announced that the use of the devices - the sale of which was made legal in the UAE for the first time earlier this year - will be subject to the same laws as those who light up using traditional cigarettes. Locations where smoking is banned include places of worship, schools, universities and shopping malls as well as health and pharmaceutical facilities.
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The world’s leading vaping brand is planning a significant UK expansion, including the marketing of fruit flavours that critics have said are designed to appeal to teenagers. Juul, which has been stocked in Boots, Sainsbury’s and specialist e-cigarette stores since last July, now intends to offer its products in around 55,000 British outlets, the company has confirmed. Among the flavours it will offer more widely are apple, mango and berries, despite ceasing selling these products in the US following an outcry that they were luring young people into vaping.
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The federal regulator is considering every measure to stem the tide of youth vaping and is calling on parents, educators, youth and public stakeholders to weigh in on key issues in a consultation on potential regulatory measures to reduce youth access and appeal of vaping products in Canada. In part-2 of our exclusive interview with Director General Van Loon, hear a detailed discussion on youth vaping statistics, flavours, nicotine salts, online sales, the upcoming federal election and much more.
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At age 20 in the United States, you’re old enough to fight in the military overseas, work full time, [...]. But apparently Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., doesn’t think a 20-year-old is mature enough to buy a pack of smokes. The senator plans to introduce a bill raising the national age requirement to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. McConnell might be well-intentioned, but this plan is ridiculous and will only strip away consumer freedom from millions of young adults with negligible benefits to public health.
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Mary* is quick to list the benefits that vaping has over smoking: it’s more affordable than tobacco, it makes her feel healthier, and her hands and hair no longer smell of stale smoke: “I also prefer being able to just have a puff of a JUUL, and not have the commitment of a whole cigarette because most of the time, I don’t feel like a whole dart,” she says. [...] The landscape of smoking is one that’s been rapidly changing over the last two decades. Thanks to a greater consciousness of the health effects, [...]
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"Our findings suggest that smoking parents who start using e-cigarettes may have done so out of a desire to quit smoking," says Emara Nabi-Burza, MS, of the MGHfC Division of General Academic Pediatrics and the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Tobacco Research and Treatment Center (TRTC), lead author of the report published online in Academic Pediatrics. "However, many of them end up becoming dual users of cigarettes and e-cigarettes, maintaining their addiction to nicotine and also exposing their children to e-cigarette aerosols, which contain hazardous substances."
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People have been debating the long-term effects of vaping for almost as long as they’ve been around. Many people worry about currently unknown health risks which they believe could be doing massive damage in the long run. Even more common is claims that acceptance of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation purposes will do little more than make a new generation of teens believe vaping is 100% harmless. According to stories, these teens are eventually ending up full-blown smokers, and it can all be traced back to vaping. [...]
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants Congress to raise the minimum age for tobacco products, including vaping devices, to 21 from 18 nationwide, seeking to curb teenage use the U.S. Surgeon General described as an “epidemic.” Speaking at event Thursday in his home state of Kentucky, the second biggest tobacco producer after North Carolina, the Republican leader said he plans to introduce legislation in May and expects it will get bipartisan support in the Senate.
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Measuring smoking prevalence over the course of the last decade, University of Southern California (USC) researchers found that disparities—particularly concerning smoking initiation and cessation—widened with each “additional disadvantage faced.” [...] “If you are experiencing a lot of stress—whether it’s because you’re unemployed, struggling with an alcohol problem, or coping with mental illness—there’s evidence you’re more liable to smoke to manage stress,” Adam Leventhal, one of the study’s authors [...]
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Every year, 6 trillion cigarettes are disposed of, and plastic butts are filled with toxic chemicals, like arsenic. a single cigarette butt can pollute up to one thousand liters of water. Even if you switch to E-Cigarettes, are you really helping the environment?
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The study, which examined 75 popular e-cigarette products—cartridges (single use) and e-liquids (refillable material)—found that 27% contained traces of endotoxin, a microbial agent found on Gram-negative bacteria, and that 81% contained traces of glucan, which is found in the cell walls of most fungi. Exposure to these microbial toxins has been associated with myriad health problems in humans, including asthma, reduced lung function, and inflammation.
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Smokers who use two forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), including a patch and nicotine gum, lozenges or other short-acting delivery treatments, are more likely to successfully quit smoking than those who rely on a single NRT, according to Cochrane reviewers. In a report examining the efficacy and safety of different forms, deliveries, and doses of NRT for smoking cessation, Nicola Lindson, [...] concluded that there is now "high quality evidence" supporting the use of dual therapy, based on their review of 63 trials involving around 41,500 participants.
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The study led by Cardiff University researchers, was conducted in collaboration with academics from Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow and Bristol, and analysed data from three national surveys containing the views of 248,324 young people aged between 13 and 15. The participants were from Wales, England and Scotland. Contrary to claims saying that vaping acts as a ‘Gateway’ to smoking and that it normalizes the habit, this research indicated that the percentage of young people who reported that trying a cigarette was “OK”, has declined from 70% in 1999 to 27% in 2015. [...]
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In a huge blow to smokers who are trying to switch to safer nicotine products, Rite Aid, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the US, has announced that it will stop selling vaping products. Rite Aid caved because of the relentless fear-mongering around teen vaping that is being whipped up by the FDA, the CDC, and tobacco harm reduction-hating organizations like the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.