Even if you consider yourself a light or "casual" smoker, it does not necessarily mean that you have completely escaped nicotine addiction, warns new research.
Many light smokers – those who smoke one to four cigarettes per day or fewer – meet the criteria for nicotine addiction and should, therefore, be considered for treatment, said the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
"In the past, some considered that only patients who smoke around 10 cigarettes per day or more were addicted, and I still hear that sometimes," said Jonathan Foulds, Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the US.
From 1 October 2021, the law for consumers to import nicotine e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine will align with the law for them to buy such products domestically. Closing a gap between Commonwealth and state and territory law, the decision announced by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (the TGA) today, clarifies that consumers will require a doctor’s prescription to access nicotine e-cigarettes and certain other nicotine products. [...]
"E-cigarette sales are driving a youth tobacco tipping point. But we now have new tools to protect youth and support parents frustrated by the targeting of their children and the ease of purchasing e-cigarettes online," said Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health,
[...] signing of the 2021 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act becoming law. The new law will apply the same safeguards already in place for traditional cigarettes to online sales of electronic cigarettes and vapor products, including age ID requirements.
We read with interest the study by Gaiha et al. which examined the association between e-cigarette use and COVID-19. The authors found a statistically significant association between ever, but not current, e-cigarette use and COVID-19. It is not biologically plausible that e-cigarette trial or experimentation would cause effects that result in stronger predisposition to COVID-19 than current/regular use.
Titled, “The effects of prenatal cigarette and e-cigarette exposure on infant neurobehaviour: A comparison to a control group,” the study explored how prenatal e-cigarette exposure compares to prenatal cigarette exposure, in terms of birth outcomes, neurological development and subsequent behavioural abnormalities.
The researchers followed eighty-three infants, who were either exposed prenatally to cigarettes or e-cigarettes, or not exposed to either. The differences amongst these groups were assessed by observing measurable birth outcomes and scores on the Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) at one month of age.
Since vaping has become so popular in recent years, it is not a surprise that companies are upgrading and developing better devices that can provide users with an improved experience. The industry of vaping products is slowly becoming bigger than the tobacco industry. vaping is a great way to stop being addicted to nicotine. One of the best products that quickly became very popular is Squonk. This device shares the same features as a standard vape pen but has a much bigger tank for e-liquid. [...]
NNA Smoke Free Estonia announced that the Estonian Parliament voted to suspend the collection of excise duty on e-liquids in order to reduce cross-border trade and illicit trade. Excise duty will not be collected from 1 April 2021 until 31 December 2022. According to various estimates, self-mixed, cross-border and smuggled e-liquids account for 62-80% of the entire Estonian e-liquids market.
"Suspending the collection of excise duty will make it possible to lower the price of e-liquids and thus offer consumers controlled and safe products at a lower price. [...]
The US vaping market has recently experienced inputs and changes which are shaping new trends and transforming a market that generally is a bellwether for the rest of the sector worldwide.
E-cigarette use has risen steeply and mostly without regulation over the past decade. The devices have diversified into a dizzying array of vape pens, tank systems, “mods,” and more, mass-marketed and sold to the public. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in the midst of considering whether to approve thousands of pre-market applications for the sale of e-cigarettes as consumer products. In the new study, [...] Richard Wang, MD, MAS, surveyed the scientific community’s understanding of e-cigarettes and found that, in the form of mass-marketed consumer products, they do not lead smokers to quit.
People importing nicotine for e-cigarettes will need to have a prescription from October 1 next year, the national medical watchdog has decided. The Therapeutic Goods Administration's decision followed consultations, public submissions and a report by the Senate select committee on tobacco harm reduction.
In a statement announcing the decision, the TGA said the decision balanced consumer demand for the product as a smoking cessation aid and the potential for nicotine e-cigarettes to lead to addiction.
Congress late last night passed legislation in the end-of-year omnibus spending packages to stop the online sales of e-cigarettes to minors. The legislation, strongly supported by NACS, closes the online loophole for e-cigarettes that exists by requiring that the age of the recipient be verified in-person at delivery, a requirement that exists for other age-restricted products sold online but not for vapor.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), citing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, issued a rule on March 17 requiring 11 new health warnings on cigarette packs, cartons and ads, consisting of text warning statements accompanied by graphic color images.
This was the second such set of warnings, as the first set was overturned as unconstitutional by an appellate court, which sent them back to the FDA to create new compliant warnings. These new warnings would have been required by the FDA beginning June 18, 2021.
Starting January 1, water pipe tobacco (shisha) or electrically heated cigarettes cannot be sold in the UAE unless they bear the digital tax stamp (DTS), the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has said.
These products cannot be sold, transported, stored or possessed without the tax stamp.
The DTS system helps the FTA “improve its ability to collect excise tax charged” on such products on being imported or manufactured locally. It also enables “stakeholders to analyse the supply chain to better control illicit tobacco products”.
While health officials and lawmakers continue trying to steer young people away from vaping, the wide variety of enticing flavors added to these products make that a tough task. Although most of the worry over vaping comes from the risk of addiction, lung damage, and threat of switching to conventional cigarettes, a new study finds the flavoring chemicals these products use may be just as harmful as anything else. Researchers from the University of South Florida Health say vaporized flavoring molecules are toxic to the heart and damage the organ’s ability to beat correctly.
Groups advocating awareness and acceptance of harm reduction by society come together under one umbrella organization to promote the adoption of harm reduction strategies by the Philippine government. Harm reduction is a public health strategy that was developed initially for adults with substance abuse problems for whom abstinence was not feasible. [...] “It refers to a range of practical strategies aimed at lessening the negative social and physical consequences associated with particularly risky human behaviors,” said Prof. Ron Christian Sison, Lead Convenor of the Harm Reduction Alliance of the Philippines (HARAP), [...]
Roughly one in six teens across the United Stated used some type of tobacco product in 2020, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This means that nearly 4.5 million teens nationally used traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes or chewing tobacco this year, officials estimated. "These findings demonstrate success in reducing youth use of tobacco overall, while also revealing changes in use patterns that will inform policymakers," U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen M. Hahn said in a statement.
Doctors groups say a lack of locally-approved nicotine-based vaping products remains a concern, but have welcomed the national medical watchdog's decision to make them prescription only. [...] But no liquid nicotine products are TGA-approved. Australian Medical Association president Dr Omar Khorshid said this remains a concern for GPs who were wary of prescribing e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid.
"I think it's one of the reasons why GPs haven't been prescribing: one is the lack of an approved product, and two, also a lack of decent quality evidence of the efficacy of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation," he said.
“The Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) is alarmed by the resurgence of articles inaccurately depicting vaping as being as harmful as smoking, as well as linking vaping to increased COVID-19 symptom severity. As both claims have long been disproven, it is concerning to see a sudden return of misinformation coming out of the United States,” read the opening paragraph of the release. The association referred to the fact that the UK’s Royal College of Physicians first concluded that vaping is at least 95 percent less harmful than smoking six years ago. [...]
The latest federal COVID-19 relief legislation contains an element that affects the distribution of electronic-cigarette products, according to a tobacco analysts.
The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act prohibits the U.S. Postal Service from delivering packages containing e-cigarettes, FiscalNote analyst Stefanie Miller wrote Monday. The bill also subjects e-cigarettes to other rules that currently govern online cigarette sales. The prohibition could go into effect as soon as 120 days.
According to the latest national drugs survey, more than half a million Australians are current vapers and 2.4 million people have tried it at some point.
Later this month, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will decide whether to make it illegal to import nicotine liquid for vaping without a doctor's prescription.
It's a move that vapers say would completely change the way e-cigarette users access liquid nicotine and could push people back to smoking cigarettes instead.