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It is well known that smoking is much more common amongst people with mental illness—especially depression and schizophrenia. [...] Dr. Robyn Wootton, Senior Research Associate in the School of Experimental Psychology and the study's lead author, said: "Individuals with mental illness are often overlooked in our efforts to reduce smoking prevalence, leading to health inequalities. Our work shows that we should be making every effort to prevent smoking initiation and encourage smoking cessation because of the consequences to mental health as well as physical health."

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Three days after Chinese regulators banned online sales of e-cigarettes, the Global Times found these products remained available on several e-commerce platforms on Monday, with some vendors claiming still awaiting specific instructions. [...] When asked about the ban, a salesperson said that "the company is waiting for specific notices [about the ban] and is discussing the relevant solutions, please be patient. As for the Double 11 event, we haven't received any notification yet, and sales are going on as usual."

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New research published Tuesday indicates the surge in underage use of electronic cigarettes shows no signs of slowing down. Another study also released Tuesday shows U.S. teens who use e-cigarettes prefer those made by Juul Labs, and mint is the favorite flavor for many of them, suggesting a shift after the company stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors in stores. An estimated 28% of high school students and 11% of middle school students said they'd used e-cigarettes within the past month, according to a report based on a national survey conducted earlier this year. [...]

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Philip Morris Korea announced Nov. 4 that it has launched a project to push forward its vision of a smoke-free future in Daegu City and Gyeongbuk region.

The ‘Smoke-Free City’ project will last until the end of this year. “Smoke-free future is not just simply a motto of our company’s vision,” Philip Morris Korea Managing Editor Chong Il-woo said in a statement.

“Through our project in Daegu and Gyeongbuk, we hope to transparently provide scientific information to consumers and stakeholders, and create a progressive environment that protects everyone.”

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The San Francisco startup that invented the groundbreaking Juul e-cigarette had a central goal during its development: captivating users with the first hit. The company had concluded that consumers had largely rejected earlier e-cigarettes, former employees told Reuters, because the devices either failed to deliver enough nicotine or delivered it with a harsh taste. Developers of the Juul tackled both problems with a strategy they found scouring old tobacco-company research and patents: adding organic acids to nicotine, which allowed for a unique combination of smooth taste and a potent dose.

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A new study in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, published by Oxford University Press, suggests that adolescent e-cigarette users are more similar to conventional cigarette smokers than they are to non-tobacco users in terms of demographics and behavioral characteristics. While many public health advocates have suggested that vaping may lead to cigarette smoking, this new research suggests that cigarette smoking may be entirely attributable to adolescents' pre-existing propensity to smoke, rather than their use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

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President Trump apparently thinks implementing paternalistic nanny-state policies is more important than addressing actual issues of governance or real health crises such as the opioid epidemic. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Trump administration will this week go through with a proposed regulatory ban on flavored vaping products, meaning that the Food and Drug Administration will unilaterally ban popular vape flavors such as mint and mango. Their slightly-modified rule will contain two exceptions, permitting the sale of menthol and tobacco flavored vapes.

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Amid increases in deaths related to e-cigarette use, a team of scientists at the Yale School of Medicine is conducting research on topics ranging from e-cigarette packaging to their chemical composition.

The group, Tobacco Research in Youth, has 40 researchers who have already conducted extensive research on e-cigarettes. And, as nearly 4 million adolescents have taken up vaping nationwide, team members have traveled across Connecticut to educate the public on risks associated with
using e-cigarettes.

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A new survey says that while teens are aware of the risks of vaping, it has become a common part of the youth landscape of America.

 

The poll by Common Sense and SurveyMonkey reflects the rapid spread of vaping among teens and the powerful reach of social media in exposing kids to the risky trend. "As these results show, vaping is everywhere kids are, whether it is online, at home, or at school, and now, because of the woeful lack of regulatory oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it has become a national health epidemic," said James P. Steyer [...]

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With public health being such an ongoing and important concern, we’re aware first hand of the relationship between smoking and health. It’s more complex than simply becoming an addiction for some people and it’s not just a matter of simply quitting. We also know there are other factors that play into why people pick up a cigarette for the first time (and continue to do so). We did some work with Smokefree Hackney to look at smoking rates and which factors were affecting the prevalence of smoking. We know it isn’t only a local issue and realised just how pervasive smoking is UK wide.

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Ilona Jaspers initially approached the outbreak of vaping-related illnesses with a clinical curiosity.

As an inhalation toxicologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jaspers has for nearly 20 years studied the health effects of many substances that can be inhaled. Seven of those years involved researching e-cigarettes. She had been following cases of patients with symptoms similar to those seen in the outbreak through academic articles since 2016.

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I expect the FDA to announce soon that it is banning the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes, with the exception of tobacco and probably mint and menthol as well.

As you know, when an executive agency issues a regulation, it is required by the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) to go through a formal rule-making process, which at a minimum requires that the agency publish the proposed rule in the Federal Register, allow public comment on the rule, and then respond to the comments before actually issuing the rule. This process can take one to two years.

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Our Northern neighbor, Canada, has faced the same problem with the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers, banning their sale on a provincial basis between 2015 to 2017 and nationally in May 2018. Canada also has data of e-cigarette use from before these laws went into place, making for a natural cause and effect experiment, reported in JAMA Pediatrics. The analysis looked at the differences in the use of e-cigarettes by people younger than 18 or 19 in provinces with and without the ban; the key assumption, motivation to use these vaping devices, was the same or similar across them all. [...]

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It is the kind of news that could easily prompt a flurry of worrying headlines. The latest official safety data on electronic cigarettes – seen by The Mail on Sunday – suggests that the increasingly popular devices, which are backed by health chiefs as a safe way to quit smoking, are linked to another UK death. [...] Ann McNeill, professor of tobacco addiction at King’s College London, said: ‘We need to be careful that, when we hear these stories from the US we don’t deter people from using e-cigarettes. Tobacco is so uniquely harmful.’

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American vapers and vaping businesses will shortly enter a period of chaos and existentially threatening regulation. First will be a ban on almost all flavours – everything except tobacco flavour and possibly menthol and mint. That is likely to shut down nearly every vape shop and e-liquid company that isn’t part of a tobacco company. Then by 12 May next year, any surviving vaping companies and will have to comply with the hugely burdensome, opaque and unpredictable pre-market tobacco application process. [...]

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Should there be a measure filed in Congress calling for a total ban on the use of electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) would definitely support it. DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Domingo said the use of vaping products does not make a lower-risk substitute to cigarettes because it still contains nicotine, which poses health risks.

“If the DOH had its way, we would go for an outright ban and I think there is a possible legislation that will be proposed in the Senate and maybe in the House (of Representatives) and we will support it,” Domingo said [...]

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America is in the middle of a health epidemic, and the nation’s youth and young adults are taking the brunt of it. Every year hundreds of thousands of middle, high school, and college students take up vaping and many become addicted to flavored electronic cigarettes. That news is particularly alarming given the nearly 2,000 reported vaping-related illnesses and 38 deaths in the last few months, many believed to have been caused by black market products.  

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As everyone knows, it’s tough to give up the bad habit of smoking.

That’s why the health authority in Beijing has launched a program to recruit 500 smokers this year to help them quit smoking for free through outpatient services and a dedicated hotline, Xinhua reported.

Zhou Wei, an associate chief physician in charge of the project at Beijing Hospital, told Xinhua that a drug called Varenicline plays an important role during the treatment.

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Vaping is just as harmful to human health as cigarettes, and even has the potential to cause lung cancer, scientists at the University of Tasmania have found. "When we stimulate the cells with these new gadgets, they switch on to produce cancer-related proteins," Dr Sukhwinder Sohal, from the University of Tasmania, said.

[...] Brad McKay is among a group of Australian doctors who believe vaping is a better alternative to cigarettes. Dr McKay said he would support someone vaping if they had tried everything to quit without success.

 

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Miscommunication is a fickle thing. To manipulate emotions, miscommunicating a specific message could be successful in stoking fear in the layperson.

Just like in any typical horror story, powerful entities utilize the fears of people to assert dramatic changes in life and belief. Through this dynamic principle of perceived fear and manipulative orchestration, we can draw parallels to the history of drug prohibition and how these happenings inform modern policy