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The rise of e-cigarettes marketed as a safer alternative for smokers has led to more people getting hooked on nicotine products, research by a major tobacco company has revealed. Documents published by FTSE 100 giant British American Tobacco show the emergence of vaping and the use of other less harmful tobacco products has reversed a decline in nicotine use. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of nicotine users in BAT's top 40 markets outside of the US fell steadily from 366 million to 345 million [...]
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A man in France has lodged a complaint after claiming an image of his amputated leg was used as a health warning on tobacco packets across the EU without his permission. The 60-year-old man, who lives in Metz, eastern France, claims a picture displayed on a packet of rolling tobacco alongside the message “smoking clogs your arteries” is of his leg. The European commission, which is responsible for the graphic images of smoking-induced disease on cigarette packets, rejected the claim, saying any similarity was purely coincidental.

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Vapo co-founder Ben Pryor is begging the government not to take the puff out of the vaping industry. Vaping is a term that refers to breathing in nicotine-laced vapour from hand-held "e-cigarettes", offering a safer way to consume nicotine for the remaining 13 per cent of adults with a daily smoking habit. The government's position on vaping is that breathing any product into your lungs unnecessarily wasn't a good idea, but for those who smoked, switching to vaping was likely to substantially reduce health risks.
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Developed by a team of tobacco treatment experts, computer scientists, chemists, and physicians the IntelliQuit app leverages an FDA cleared, CLIA waived technology, allowing any tobacco user with their physician or other health care provider to measure all nicotine consumed from any source. Whether the nicotine is from combustible cigarettes, vaping, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, ENDS, heat not burn products, smokeless tobacco and/ or nicotine replacement medications the IntelliQuit mobile app measures all.

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Last month the Journal of the American Heart Association published a study that claimed "e-cigarette use is an independent risk factor for having had a myocardial infarction." Based on data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH), the researchers found that vapers were twice as likely to report heart attacks as subjects who had never smoked or vaped. In a blog post, study co-author Stanton Glantz, [...] described that finding as "more evidence that e-cigs cause heart attacks."
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Even if you never touch cigarettes, you probably know someone who does (or did) smoke. Nearly half of Americans smoked in the mid-1960s, compared with just 14% today. Still, cigarette smoking is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States, and about one-third of those are due to heart disease.

What about electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), the latest smoking trend? These battery-operated devices heat up a liquid, creating a vapor that users inhale and exhale, a practice known as "vaping." [...]

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Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) have been around for several years now. And while there is still much to be learned about e-cigarettes, scientific research has at least affirmed that vaping is safer than smoking. A landmark study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit with greater success rates than other nicotine-replacement products.
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While cigarette use for high school students is at an all-time low (8%), 21% of students in the United States report using e-cigarettes in the past month, which is the highest level to date. The use of e-cigarettes--electronic cigarettes often called vaping--has increased tremendously for young people in the past few years, making health care professionals and parents question its potential harm on health.

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Marlboro manufacturer Philip Morris International (PMI) will launch its smoke-free product iQOS in the GCC later this month, according to the tobacco giant. The device was launched at Dubai Duty Free in December 2018 following a powerful advertising campaign across Dubai International Airport. The move to launch it in stores follows the much-awaited approval by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) for the sale of the device. The company convinced regulators that iQOS produces lower levels of toxins than traditional cigarettes.
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Vape retailers are popping up all over Southland and the responses from customers have been nothing but positive, owners say.
Vaping has made its way across Southland over the past few years as more people switch from smoking.

While there has been much scepticism since it was introduced to New Zealand, some Southlanders have capitalised on the new craze. Vape Box owner Craig Dawson, who opened the first dedicated vape shop in Invercargill in 2016, said initially people were cautious but ''mostly just curious''.

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A hallmark of science is reproducibility: if an experiment is conducted twice using the same methods, the result should be the same. In most epidemiologic research, reproducibility usually extends the confirmation using multiple data sources. Of course, it does not matter how many times a result is reproduced if the methodology used to derive the result is faulty. In October 2018, Stanton Glantz and his team published a study that showed an association between myocardial infarction (MI), or heart attacks, and e-cigarette use. [...]
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Three quarters of Scottish constituencies of the Westminster parliament have above-average levels of smoking.

West Dumbartonshire has the highest use in Scotland, with one in five adults reaching for cigarettes, according to research from the tobacco company Philip Morris.

Analysts found wide variation by political party, with Liberal Democrat and Conservative-held seats having far lower rates of smoking than SNP or Labour constituencies.

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A 29-story office building at 123 Mission St. illustrates the policy puzzles that fester because of these facts: For centuries, tobacco has been a widely used legal consumer good that does serious and often lethal harm when used as it is intended to be used. And its harmfulness has been a well-established and widely publicized scientific proposition for generations. The building is the headquarters of Juul, a large company that markets vaping products — electronic cigarettes [...]

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Offering financial rewards to people trying to quit smoking could save the NHS billions of pounds a year and boost the economy, according to research.

The review found people were 50% more likely to stop smoking when receiving a financial reward than those who were not. The value of the rewards ranged from £35 to £912 in the form of cash payments, gift vouchers or deposits paid by participants that were later refunded.

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Marijuana legalization is not a new idea. For the past two decades, states have been chiseling away at pot reform in the United States, first passing voter initiatives to legalize for medicinal use and then finally, just about five years ago, pulling the trigger on the recreational front. Now, well over half the country has legalized the leaf in some form or fashion. Sure, some of these laws are as good as a three-legged horse and in desperate need of being put down. [...]

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In July 11, a Maryland district court judge ruled in a lawsuit launched by anti-vaping organizations, who demanded that the Food and Drug Administration be required to set a stringent four-month deadline for pre-market review of vaping products. In an argument rarely made by the FDA⁠—which is pivotal to US tobacco control, and is known for its fearmongering campaigns against youth vaping—the agency warned that the groups’ demand could jeopardize people’s efforts to quit combustible cigarettes. [...]

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CNBC's Carl Quintanilla gives a preview of his in-depth report on the trend of teenagers taking to vaping and e-cigarette use.

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Late last week, a U.S. District Court judge in Maryland issued a decision that, among other things, requires makers and importers of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and certain other tobacco products like cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah to submit applications for their currently marketed products to the agency within 10 months.

This court decision comes at a time when I, like many others, are tremendously concerned about the rising use of e-cigarettes among our nation’s youth [...]

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Two prominent vaping researchers are facing off over claims that electronic cigarettes double the risk of heart attacks in adults, muddying the science over how best to stop smoking.

Brad Rodu, a University of Louisville professor, asked the Journal of the American Heart Association to retract a study out last month by University of California, San Francisco professor Stanton Glantz.

The study, co-authored by Dharma Bhatta, claimed adult vaping was "associated with" a doubled risk of heart attack, but Glantz went farther in a blog post, [...]

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It is universally acknowledged that smoking leads to premature disease and death. Yet, 1 billion people worldwide, including 38 million adults in the U.S. continue to smoke. It's not because they are oblivious to the dangers of smoking, but because their addiction smothers all prudent consideration of the adverse health effects of tobacco use. Most people become addicted to nicotine when they are teenagers. That's why it's imperative that we do all that we can to deter early nicotine addiction in youth. [...]