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The theme for the sixth edition of Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) 2019 is “It’s time to talk about nicotine”. The three-day conference will be held from June 13 in Warsaw. The forum will examine the rapidly developing science in relation to nicotine and its use, including policy and regulatory responses. Academics, researchers, politicians and policy makers, from all sides of the debate, along with nicotine consumers and advocates, will participate in various plenary and parallel sessions at the conference. “One of the major benefits of vaping is the ability to control the amount of nicotine that a person is ingesting and there is no evidence so far that vaping causes harm to people around which is in contrast to secondhand smoke,” the consultant said.

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Researchers have found that e-cigarette users potentially could be at increased long-term risk of heart disease and stroke. In yet another sign that electronic cigarettes are far from harmless, a new lab study suggests that vaping damages the cells that line the inside walls of blood vessels and could hasten heart trouble. Lab-grown endothelial cells were more likely to die off or suffer from impaired function when exposed to e-cigarette vapour, the researchers reported.

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Pakistan’s cabinet has approved a flat tax on all cigarette packets and soft drinks to try to plug a gaping budget deficit and discourage tobacco consumption, a document seen by Reuters said. The cabinet made the decision in late May, which is likely to be enforced after the parliament approves the 2019/2020 fiscal budget, due to be announced in parliament on Tuesday. A health tax of 10 rupees on tobacco for a pack of 20 cigarettes and one rupee for every 250 ml soft drink will be imposed, the document from the cabinet division said.

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Young adults may be more likely than older folks to go online to find health information, and less likely to view tobacco products as “very harmful,” according to survey results compiled to inform U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory policy. Preliminary findings suggest that people 65 and older are 4.5 times more likely than the youngest age bracket to obtain healthcare information from a provider as opposed to a non-healthcare provider. Likewise, those ages 30-64 are 2.6 times more likely than younger adults to get healthcare information from a provider.

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E-cigarettes, also known as vaping devices, were introduced on the market roughly 15 years ago as a “safer alternative” to traditional cigarettes. Even though very few studies have been conducted since their release that support the theory that they’re safer than cigarettes, e-cigarettes have skyrocketed in popularity – especially among young people. Due to their rapid increase in popularity, more studies are being conducted, including one published last month by Stanford University School of Medicine. According to that study, vaping leads to an increased risk of heart disease.

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Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) (PM) today renewed its call for continued action against illicit tobacco trade following the release of a new report produced by KPMG, which provides a stark reminder of the negative challenges and financial costs associated with illicit trade. “Beyond damaging government revenues, harming legitimate businesses—including our own—and fueling crime in local communities, the availability of cheap, unregulated cigarettes on the black market undermines efforts to reduce smoking prevalence and prevent youth from smoking,” said Alvise Giustiniani, PMI’s vice president illicit trade prevention.

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Nashville, Tennessee—A historically black college in Tennessee is planning to research the impact of electronic cigarettes and vaping with a grant from vaping device maker JUUL Labs. JUUL has been under fire as teenage e-cigarette use has skyrocketed in recent years to the point that former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., called it "an epidemic." Meharry Medical College in Nashville says that it and JUUL Labs have structured the $7.5 million grant in ways meant to ensure the "full autonomy" of the new Meharry Center for the Study of Social Determinants of Health, including "sole ownership of the sponsored research and complete control over publication of the findings."

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Nicotine withdrawal symptoms are experienced differently by each person, some feeling them more heavily than others. Generally speaking, withdrawal symptoms peak after 1-3 days and gradually decrease over a period of 3-4 weeks. After this time nicotine should be completely flushed out of the body. But, even after all this time, psychological effects may still linger. Understanding the effects of nicotine withdrawal is essential for successful smoking cessation.

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Tobacco sales are down 44% at $292,8 million after 53 days of trade, compared to $523,5 million achieved last season, data from the industry regulator Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board (TIMB) shows. Deliveries are down 12% at 157,7 million kg from 180,3 million kg delivered in the same period last year. The price being offered for the crop is also lower than last year at an average of $1,85 per kg, down from $2,87 per kg.

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Smoking cigarettes is terrible for our health in a myriad of ways, but scientists believe it might not affect a part of our chromosomes linked to aging as previously thought. An international team of scientists looked at how smoking affects telomeres: compounds at the end of our chromosomes that protect our DNA. They are regarded as the clock of life: We age as they waste away.

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Nicorette gum sales have definitely been on the decline, especially since the advent of e-cigarettes. In response to this, the brand is launching its first major new product in 10 years, a coated ice mint nicotine lozenge. The coating helps deliver a punch of minty flavor, offering a smoother texture than other nicotine lozenges that can sometimes be chalky.

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Nicotine in e-cigarettes may hamper mucus clearance from the human airways, increasing the risk of infection and injury, according to a study. The study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, found that exposing human airway cells to e-cigarette vapour containing nicotine in culture resulted in a decreased ability to move mucus or phlegm across the surface. This phenomenon is called "mucociliary dysfunction".

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A new website that provides information and advice on vaping in New Zealand has been launched this morning. The site - www.vapingfacts.health.nz - was developed by the Ministry of Health and the Health Promotion Agency with input from an expert advisory group. Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa said the website gives clear and credible information about vaping as a way to stop smoking. "Many people miss the nicotine when they quit smoking. Vaping can replace this nicotine but without the toxins found in cigarette smoke (..)"

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Tobacco use particularly smoking is widely recognized by the medical community as well as the general public as a major public health hazard. Women smokers suffer all the consequences of smoking that men do such as increased risk of various cancers and respiratory diseases but women also can develop numerous other smoking-related health risks which are uniquely theirs.

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While common awareness brings in the understanding that smoking can lead to cancer and cardiovascular diseases, not everyone is aware that smoking can also cause lower back pain or can further worsen an existing back condition. Smoking is often seen as a risk factor for multiple medical issues. However, its relation to musculoskeletal conditions, like that of back pain, is rarely understood and evaluated. Inspite of regular exercise, a healthy diet plan, and a proper lifestyle, you may experience chronic back pain if you are addicted to smoking or often breathe in second-hand smoke.

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If you're a child of the '90s, surely you remember Joe Camel. The slick, suave, animated character was anthropomorphized as the face of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's Camel Cigarettes and that dude was everywhere. The controversial, kid-friendly tobacco pusher was seen playing pool in ads on the back of magazines, and hanging at the beach on mega-sized billboards.

But the one place Joe was nowhere to be found: television. [...]

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed Senate Bill 21 into law, which will end the sale of tobacco products to those under 21. Supporters say increasing the minimum age by three years should reduce the risk of addiction. Abbott on Friday signed the legislation, which covers cigarettes, e-cigarettes or other tobacco products. Texas is among a growing number of states raising the tobacco age. Illinois signed similar legislation in May. States where the legal age is already 21 include Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Oregon, Maine and Massachusetts. Laws will take effect later this year in Arkansas and Virginia.

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Sometimes, it feels like we live in Bizarro World, where everything is the opposite of what we would expect.

Consider, for example, the regulation of e-cigarettes and other alternatives to traditional cigarettes. Those who advocate policies that would help maintain existing levels of cigarette smoking are somehow viewed as the “righteous.”

The Tobacco Control Act, which gave the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products, is creating major obstacles for the sale of e-cigarettes and other alternative products, [...]

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According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 10 million die each year due to tobacco use in India and there are about 120 million smokers in the country. Amid a raging debate over the use of e-cigarettes, experts from all over the world will assemble in Poland this week to debate on the role of safer nicotine products that can help people switch from smoking. The theme for the sixth edition of Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) 2019 is "It's time to talk about nicotine". The three-day conference will be held from June 13 in Warsaw. The forum will examine the rapidly developing science in relation to nicotine and its use, including policy and regulatory responses.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) unveiled a plan on Wednesday that would legalize recreational and medical marijuana, expunge all nonviolent marijuana convictions and “tap into the medical and economic opportunity” of the drug.

“Fundamentally, whether adults use marijuana is a matter of privacy, and we should treat marijuana as a major economic opportunity and revenue source,” Gillibrand, a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, wrote in a Medium post.