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The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on the Nova Scotia government to raise the legal age for buying tobacco and vaping products from 19 to 21. The plea comes after a study published by the British Medical Journal Thursday found vaping among 16-19 year olds increased 74 per cent — from 8.4 per cent to 14.6 per cent — from 2017 to 2018. Kelly Cull, spokeswoman for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Atlantic region, called the results of the study “disturbing.”
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Forty-three million Americans live in poverty, and the numbers are not diminishing. Certainly poverty is complicated, and there are economic, social and cultural issues at play. But is there more government can do — or not do — to ease the burden on the working poor? Sara Greene, associate professor of law at Duke University, thinks there is.

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Juul, the small, sleek, aromatic vape that claimed three quarters of the e-cigarette market share in 2018, proves popular as a cigarette alternative.

While many people find success using  e-cigarettes to quit smoking traditional cigarettes, it's not true that vaping is always a stepping stone from smoking to quitting. Research shows that as many as 90 percent of smokers can't quit after vaping for one year.

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My dad reluctantly tried a Juul e-cigarette six months ago. He now likes it so much he won’t give it up.

I bought my dad a Juul in November as an experiment to see if it would help him kick his longstanding cigarette habit. After a little over a week of vaping his Juul and smoking his Marlboros, he ditched the Marlboros altogether. He would text me every day to brag about how many days had passed since he smoked a cigarette.

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About three per cent of adults in India are aware about e-cigarettes and an estimated 0.02 per cent of the population use it, the government informed Lok Sabha on Friday. In written reply to a question, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey said, “As per the second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) 2016-17, about 3 per cent of adults (aged 15 years and above) in India are aware about e-cigarettes and there are 0.02 per cent estimated e-cigarette users.”

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More moms-to-be in the United States are using marijuana, especially in their first trimester, according to a study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA.

The percentage of pregnant women who reported using marijuana in the past month increased overall from 3.4% in 2002 to 7% in 2017. In the first trimester, past-month marijuana use increased from 5.7% to 12.1%. Pregnant women consistently reported more medical marijuana use in the first trimester than in the second or third trimesters.
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It’s been seven years since Colombia decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis and other illicit drugs, and about three years since the South American country legalized medical cannabis – and while home cultivation for personal use is allowed, recreational cannabis remains illegal to date.

In another big step for a country blessed with the ideal conditions to grow marijuana, the legal framework and labor costs needed to make it profitable, and an export quota second to none – which represents more than 25 percent of the world’s total cannabis [...]

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We are a consumer crowd international movement with several thousand members from 100 nations, many women. We all love #snus and support #harmreduction to the world without giving up the tobacco and #nicotine.

Smoking kills. Snus do not!

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One of the world’s biggest tobacco manufacturers is considering opening hundreds of stores in Britain in a drive for sales of alternatives to cigarettes.

Philip Morris International, the owner of Marlboro cigarettes, plans initially to open four IQOS stores selling heated tobacco and vape products in Bristol and two in Manchester to sell its heat-not-burn tobacco devices.

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Vaping most likely represents a less harmful mode of nicotine delivery compared with inhalation of smoke from combustible cigarettes. Although the number and levels of toxicants are lower in aerosol from electronic cigarettes than from tobacco smoke, long term exposure to e-cigarette vapor might cause nicotine dependence and increase the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular health effects. In addition, though the use of e-cigarettes might assist established smokers in quitting smoking, there are widespread concerns [...]

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Presently, about 3 per cent of adults in India are aware about e-cigarettes and an estimated 0.02 per cent of the population use it.

Going tough on e-cigarettes, the health ministry has proposed to classify such alternative smoking devices as "drugs" under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, in a bid to ban their manufacture, sale, distribution and import. [...] Several healthcare professionals from India who participated in the conference debated how regulation not ban would be the way forward in dealing with ENDS.

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"San Francisco could soon become the first city to block the sale of e-cigarettes, in an effort to crack down on vaping by kids. [...]

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What if you could harness technology to accelerate the decline of smoking by offering potentially less risky alternative products? According to recent studies, this is exactly what the U.K. has achieved in just a few short years, by embracing a group of products that use technology to eliminate the burning of tobacco, which is widely acknowledged to be responsible for the majority of smoking-related health risks.

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Tobacco companies worldwide have gone to great lengths to keep selling products that they now admit kill people. In China and Japan those efforts typically take the form of shadowy dialogues between government officials. That’s because both of these governments—despite being signatories to the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, sponsored by the World Health Organization—own or control large tobacco companies.

The framework calls for signatories to protect tobacco control policy from vested interests, [...]

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“[The company’s entry into] the Asia Pacific market [is the] next step in the company’s mission to help improve the lives of the world’s one billion adult smokers by offering a viable alternative to combustible cigarettes,” Juul Labs said in a statement.

Juul entered the South Korean market last month, and is set to introduce its products in Indonesia in the next few weeks.

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State leaders in New York failed to reach a consensus Wednesday on key details in the state's plan to legalize recreational marijuana, flattening a final push from Democratic leaders hoping to pass an agreement this year.

Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat who sponsored the bill, confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that the legislation will not pass this year. The New York State Assembly's legislative session began in January and was scheduled to end on Wednesday.
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In this documentary from Global Forum on Nicotine (#GFN) 2019 you will hear some of the top scientists of the world talk about #snus and #EUforsnus for an end to the deadly ban on snus in #EU where 100 million Europeans are deprived of the oldest product of tobacco harm reduction in the world i.e. #snus.

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Connecticut has become the latest state to raise the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21.

A bill signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont on Tuesday – set to take effect in October – also bans the sale of electronic cigarettes and vaping products to anyone under 21.

Harold Wimmer, president and CEO of the American Lung Association, hailed the new law as “an important, life-saving measure.” He told the Associated Press that such “Tobacco 21” laws are “more important than ever” given the increase in youth e-cigarette use.

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The 6th Global Forum on Nicotine [...] stirred the conversations on development of a policy framework for the use of new nicotine products with appropriate standards and regulations. At a time when India looks at banning e-cigarettes, a viable choice for smokers all over India, experts at GFN highlighted that ‘Quit or die’ is no longer the only option for those who cannot give up nicotine.

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Philip Morris - the nation's largest cigarette manufacturer - is about to land a huge legislative gift from the most unlikely of sources: the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

[...] the Board approved an ordinance that will ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the city, including both brick-and-mortar and online sales. Before it becomes law, the ordinance is subject to a final vote, which is expected to take place next week.