Prompted by the statements of anti-tobacco groups throughout the country claiming that vaping causes popcorn lung, a new organization was launched this past Thursday to confront this new and alarming epidemic among young people. The organization is called the American Popcorn Lung Association (APLA) [...]
"Popcorn lung" is a serious, progressive lung disease that is technically known as bronchiolitis obliterans. The disease results in obstruction of the smallest airways in the lung. The disease is irreversible and can be fatal. [...]
Manchester has become the first city outside London to see the launch of IQOS Heated Tobacco technology. Two new IQOS stores have opened in St Ann’s Square and Princess Street, with heated tobacco sticks (called ‘HEETS’) now available in 50+ retailers across the city. A specialist local team has been recruited to help Greater Manchester’s 360,000 smokers understand how best to switch from cigarettes to less harmful alternatives.
The Islamic Republic spent government money meant for essential medical supplies on cigarette imports, while Iranians use over two metric tons of narcotic drugs daily, Radio Farda reported.
The “official” exchange rate of the Iranian rial is subsidized by the Islamic Republic at a rate far above the open market rate, according to Al-Jazeera. The official rate is 42,000 rials to every $1 and is only used to import essential goods. The open market rate stood at about 130,000 rials per dollar in the beginning of July.
E-CIGARETTES are being touted by their makers and some global public health figures as tools to help adult smokers kick the habit. But as vaping increases among young people, there are serious concerns that the devices will create a new generation of nicotine addicts. The Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation have both raised serious concerns about the risks to young people from e-cigarettes.
Around one in six New Zealand adults have tried e-cigarettes but only 2 percent are using them currently, a national survey has found. However, the research led by the Health Promotion Agency and recently published in the scientific journal Addictive Behaviours also found more than half (56.5 percent) of current smokers had at least tried e-cigarettes. Paper co-author, Professor Richard Edwards, [...] says daily use is highest among current smokers (3.1 percent) and among people who had quit smoking in the last year (9.0 percent), [...]
Kevin Burns, CEO of Juul Labs — the maker of the bestselling e-cigarette in the U.S. and center of federal regulators’ crackdown into what they’re calling a teen vaping “epidemic” — has a message for parents whose children are addicted to his company’s products: “I’m sorry.”
Since launching in 2015, Juul has quickly come to dominate the e-cigarette industry with roughly 40% of the market, becoming such a dominant player that Altria, the top U.S. cigarette company, invested $12.8 billion for a 35% stake in the San Francisco-based start-up. [...]
New York has raised the legal age to 21 for purchases of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, the latest step in the state’s efforts to curb youth smoking.
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed the bill, which raises the minimum age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21 in an attempt to combat “irresponsible corporate marketing campaigns” targeted at teenagers and young adults.
The United Nations has come a long way since the early days of the 21st century, when nicotine-craving delegates puffed cigarettes and cigars under incongruous “Smoking Discouraged” signs posted in the basement Vienna Cafe at U.N. headquarters. Then-Russian Ambassador Sergei Lavrov, a heavy smoker, took a certain pleasure in flouting failed attempts by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to enforce no-smoking rules on the U.N. headquarters premises.
Although e-cigarettes are currently available on the market, for a variety of reasons, such as a lack of application guidance and unclear deadlines, no e-cigarette has yet been formally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. When the FDA does start the process of application review, they will be required to consider whether the product in question is “appropriate for the protection of public health.”
A July 11 column by the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF) is entitled "Big Tobacco Lies. So Does Juul." [...] The headline should more appropriately say: "Big Tobacco Lies. So Does Juul. And So Does the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation."
ANRF is lying here because they are implying that Juul created cotton candy-flavored e-cigarettes which have attracted youth and gotten large numbers of them addicted to nicotine. However, there's just one problem with that assertion ...
... Juul does not make cotton candy-flavored pods.
Public Health England Director of Health Improvement John Newton describes e-cigarettes as 95% less harmful than cigarettes. He says it would be "tragic" if people kept smoking cigarettes because they haven't tried vaping. [...]
E-cigarette companies such as Juul Labs Inc. must submit applications to U.S. regulators by May 2020 to keep their vaping products on the market, a federal judge ruled Friday.
The ruling was the result of a court case brought by anti-tobacco and public-health groups after the FDA had delayed an earlier application deadline. The groups argued that the agency had abdicated its duty to regulate the products, which have been blamed for a rise of youth use of vaping products.
The Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday warned the public anew against the adverse effects on health and safety associated with the use of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems or electronic cigarettes.
“The department, together with the Food and Drug Administration, maintains that a series of long-term epidemiological and peer-reviewed studies are required to conclude that e-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional smoking,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a statement.
Vaping has already changed the lives of countless smokers across the world. This is all the more impressive given the relatively short time modern vaping has existed. However, despite the millions of former smokers who can attest to the incredible power of e-cigarettes, a large portion of the population remains skeptical about their value.
That said, the vaping community has come a long way in the last ten years. These claims are now also backed with a growing pile of peer-reviewed evidence to the harm reduction and smoking cessation value of vaping. [...]
Adult smokers who vape are more likely to quit using cigarettes, according to a study released Monday. But e-cigarettes also increase the risk of relapse in some former smokers, the researchers found.
"This study is the first to point out that even if smokers may succeed in stopping smoking with the aid of electronic cigarettes, they still need to be monitored by doctors and health professionals to prevent a relapse in the long term," said Ramchandar Gomajee, [...]
People who don't smoke can still be at risk for heart disease, lung cancer and stroke after they're exposed to secondhand smoke. Almost 20% of nonsmoking workers in the United States were exposed to secondhand smoke while on the job, according to a study published Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During 2013 and 2014, 1 in 4 U.S. nonsmokers reported a secondhand smoking exposure and an estimated 41,000 adult nonsmokers' deaths were linked to secondhand smoke.
San Francisco's chief economist has confirmed that the city's ban on e-cigarette sales will increase smoking as vapers switch to combustible cigarettes. Amid an uproar from vapers and bewilderment among public health professionals, little attention was paid to a revealing May 15 San Francisco Chronicle interview on the subject with the city's chief economist, Ted Egan. Egan's office is charged with analyzing the economic impact of legislation in San Francisco.
In late June, San Francisco banned e-cigarette sales completely. That means no bricks-and-mortar sales. And no e-cigarette deliveries for online purchases. Many cities already restrict vaping and e-cigarette sales. But San Francisco is the first major U.S. city to ban sales outright. Granted, it’s a cultural and political outlier. But other cities are already considering similar laws. So this looks like the start of a bigger trend that could weigh heavily on certain tobacco companies. Despite this threat, tobacco companies are still a great, recession-proof investment. And there’s one tobacco stock that will benefit from the crackdown on e-cigs big time.
Efforts by the FDA and some cities to limit the availability and appeal of e-cigarettes to young users could drive some existing users to smoke more tobacco cigarettes to get their fix, according to new research from Duke Health. "The FDA now has regulatory authority over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and we know that some communities have taken action to ban flavored e-cigarette products," said Lauren Pacek, Ph.D., the study's lead author [...]
Proposed legislation would require flavored e-cigarettes (other than menthol, mint and tobacco) to be sold exclusively at age-restricted retailers. After a bill that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products was shelved by its sponsor, California lawmakers are once again trying to restrict the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.