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Dr. Marewa Glover: Harm reduction starts where person is at, respects them as a whole person coping with life; it’s different for each person. (..) Using harm reduction to reduce risks of tobacco smoking means encouraging people to switch to alternatives that carry less risk of harm. Sweden had snus, in USA people switched to chewing tobacco or snuff. Now there’s vaping-cigarettes, snus & heated tobacco products.

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Altria is betting heavily on the rising demand for smokeless or heated tobacco products to drive its overall revenue and profitability in the medium term. This is evident from the company’s recent initiatives of investing significant resources in expanding its e-vapor footprint through organic as well as inorganic strategic decisions. Trefis estimates that the smokeless products division could add close to $930 million in revenue over the next five years, while (..)

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“Designing a smoke-free future” is the goal of Philip Morris International (PMI), said the company s Manager Market Campaigns & Initiatives, Anna Bodi, during a presentation for a group of journalists, Daily News Egypt included, at the company s Research and Development (R&D) centre in Switzerland. PMI aims to offer smoke-free alternatives that have the potential to reduce the risk of developing smoking-related diseases, as compared with continued smoking, Bodi added, explaining that this is why PMI decided to create an R&D centre in 2009. “We work on developing products that are satisfying to current adult smokers, so they can fully switch.”

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Entrepreneurs from the vaping industry recently joined about 600 public health experts, academicians, industry executives and consumer advocates from 70 countries, including the Philippines, in an international conference forum in Warsaw, Poland, to ask government and health authorities to allow safer nicotine products.Business executives who participated in the 6th Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) said aside from ending the scourge of smoking, permitting safer nicotine products would support a fast growing industry.

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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.

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Two hospitals have opened shops selling e-cigarettes as part of an anti-smoking drive. Visitors can buy vaping products with names such as Jubbly Bubbly, Wizard’s Leaf and Simply Tobacco at City Hospital, Birmingham, and Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich. The outlets are being opened as part of a complete smoking ban on sites run by Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust. (..) David Carruthers, trust medical director, told The Times it could ‘no longer support smoking on our sites, even in shelters or cars’.

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Propylene glycol, a liquid alcohol that's often used in food processing because of its ability to mix well with flavoring ingredients, can lead to dry mouth, which (when chronic) can cause cavities and gum disease. PG also breaks down into acetic acid, lactic acid and propionaldehyde -- all of which are known to deteriorate tooth enamel and soft tissues. Research also shows that when teeth are exposed to vaping aerosol that contains a mix of vegetable glycerin and flavorings, they carry four times more bacteria than teeth that haven't been exposed.

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Recent research by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has indicated that taxes on traditional cigarettes may be driving smokers to try vaping. The study titled, “The Effects of Traditional Cigarette and E-Cigarette Taxes on Adult Tobacco Product Use,” distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), says that a $1 tax increase on traditional cigarettes reduces cigarette use by 1.9% overall and by 3.5% for daily smokers, and increases vaping rates by 9.7%.

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After banning smoking in restaurants and bars since 2005, a new move to keep smoking in line has been made by the Swedish authorities. The Scandinavian nation just introduced new regulations that expand the areas where smoking is prohibited. This time, they go after some public places and starting the 1st of July, it is not permitted to smoke in or near playgrounds, railway stations or any indoor section of a restaurant or bar.

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San Francisco — Juul is gearing up for an all-or-nothing fight over the surge of local bans on vaping around the country. And the battle is starting in its headquarters city of San Francisco, which just enacted the nation's first blanket prohibition on e-cigarette sales. More than 200 jurisdictions have placed limits on selling flavored tobacco products, including nearly two dozen cities and counties in California. San Francisco's ordinance, signed last week, goes further by cutting off all sales, including online purchases delivered to city addresses, until the products go through FDA reviews.

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Could nicotine-free tobacco eliminate the scourge of smoking once and for all? The World Health Organization (WHO) seems to think it could. Now, they’re pointing to research from the Technical University of Dortmund, which is currently developing tobacco with the world’s lowest nicotine levels in hopes of helping smokers quit or reduce their habit. They’re asking for trouble.

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Vape shops provide easy access to a less harmful alternative to smoking and are able to respond to market developments quickly. Their customers are likely to be interested in quitting smoking or cutting down, and staff interactions with customers can provide opportunities to promote and maintain smoking cessation. This makes it particularly important to understand the role of vape shops in e-cigarette use and supporting quitters.

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iQOS was launched at Dubai Duty Free in December 2018 following a strong advertising campaign across the airport, and now it will be launched in the other GCC countries (Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf), which consist of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf except Iraq, ie: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), points out that smokers are twice as likely to lose their eyesight as non-smokers. A poll by the Association of Optometrists (AOP) found that despite the obvious link between the two variables, sadly only one in five people are aware that smoking may lead to blindness. From 2,006 adults, 18% correctly said that smoking increased the risk of blindness, while three-quarters (76%) knew smoking was linked to cancer.

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The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) held an expert-laden press briefing at the Global Forum for Nicotine to warn that removing e-liquid flavours from sale threatens the proven success of e-cigarettes to help adult smokers switch. The organisation contends that flavours have been instrumental in vaping’s success as a smoking cessation method, demonising flavours is a threat to global public health, and that experts agree flavours are key to tempting smokers to try safer products.

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The recent rise in teen vaping has sparked a national conversation about the risk of e-cigarettes. Some, including former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, view the problem as an “epidemic.” Meanwhile, states and municipalities across the country have moved quickly to introduce excise taxes, flavor bans, and even outright prohibitions of the product. The fear is, while vaping is safer than smoking, it’s not perfect—and it serves as a “path to nicotine addiction,” sparking concerns that e-cigarettes will act as a “gateway drug” to smoking.

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Tobacco company Philip Morris is visiting marae and sports clubs to offer free trials and discounts on its e-cigarette as it targets Māori. In the first story in the Smoke and Mirrors series, Guyon Espiner asks if vaping and e-cigarettes offer smokers a less dangerous habit or give them a new, damaging problem.

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E-Cigarettes were invented by business, not medicine. But as more smokers make the switch, some health experts believe we’ve finally hit on something that could stub out smoking for good. Smokers in Norway, and in neighbouring Sweden, were being targeted by one of the most advanced anti-smoking pushes in the world. In 1975, Norway banned all tobacco advertising and added health warnings to cigarette packs. In the 1980s, ratcheting taxes made it one of the most expensive countries in which to buy cigarettes (..)

 

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Teenagers are less likely to use cannabis in places where the drug has been legalised, a new study suggests. Researchers at Montana State University looked at health surveys of US high school pupils between 1993 and 2017. While overall use of the drug among young people went up in the US, teen use declined by nearly 10% in states where recreational use was legalised. Some 33 states have legalised medical cannabis, while 10 states have also legalised recreational use.

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Smoking should be eradicated in England by 2030, ministers are set to urge. The Government will vow to get all smokers to either quit the habit entirely or switch to e-cigarettes within the next 11 years. (..) The target to make the country smoke-free by 2030 will be announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock next week as he unveils a Green Paper looking at how prevention is better than cure. Smoking rates in Britain have halved in the last 35 years to become one of the lowest in Europe, with fewer than one in six adults now taking up the habit. But health chiefs will promise to ‘finish the job’ by getting rid of all smoking.