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  • Remembering the Oft Forgotten

    Significant progress has been made in reducing smoking prevalence within the United Kingdom but the benefits have not fallen fairly across all groups. Smoking rates amongst those with personal incomes under £10,000 per annum is more than double of those with incomes over £40,000. However, there are other groups with rates higher still, for example people experiencing mental ill health have a smoking prevalence rate double the population average. Amongst those who are homeless or rough sleeping we see even higher rates, in many instances services report that all their clients smoke.

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  • Anti-smoking campaigners in Scotland are seeking to stop people lighting up at home as part of a drive to reduce the harmful health effects of inhaling secondhand tobacco smoke. Last week, Dr Sean Semple, an academic from Aberdeen University, said restrictions on smoking at home may have to be imposed to protect children.
    2017-10-17 | thetimes.co.uk

    • Ban
    • Smoking
  • U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to reverse a recent decision to delay the regulation of e-cigarettes. The New York Democrat said Sunday that the Food and Drug Administration should reconsider its decision announced earlier this year to put regulating electronic cigarettes on hold.
    2017-10-17 | chron.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • FDA
  • Eminent public health experts have written to the Australian heads of tobacco companies calling on them to advertise the lethality of smoking, the addictiveness of smoking and nicotine, and to reveal their deliberate attempts to make tobacco products more addictive. In 2012 the US federal court ordered major tobacco companies to run advertisements in the media admitting that they deceived [...]
    2017-10-17 | theguardian.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • Cigarette filters were initially introduced by the tobacco industry in the 1960s to make cigarettes “safer”. But we now know they provide no safety, no health benefits, and are a major cause of environmental littering. It was initially professed that filters reduced tar and other toxicants, and prevented tobacco flakes from entering the lungs. [...]
    2017-10-17 | theconversation.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Tobacco
  • Legalising e-cigarettes in Australia could make smoking obsolete and save lives, a British electronic cigarette advocate is poised to tell a parliamentary inquiry in Canberra this week. Clive Bates, a former director of Action on Smoking and Health in the UK who claims to have no financial links with the tobacco industry, believes vaping products could lead to "one of the greatest public health wins of all time".
    2017-10-17 | smh.com.au

    • Australia
    • E Cigarettes
  • E-cigarettes are hot on the black market, given the rising number of cases the authorities have investigated in recent years. From April 2014 to March this year, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) probed about 15,000 vaporiser cases, including cases of people trying to sell them online or smuggle them here for their own use. Vaporisers include e-cigarettes and e-cigars.
    2017-10-16 | straitstimes.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Another British medical organisation has come out in support of vaping as a safer alternative to smoking. In a surprising development from California, the state governor has blocked two bills that would have made it illegal to vape in many public spaces – the new law was judged “too coercive” even for Sacramento. Meanwhile the WHO and other tobacco control groups continue their attacks on harm reduction groups.
    2017-10-17 | vapingpost.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Vaping
  • Early signs indicate that Public Health England’s new harm reduction approach to decreasing smoking rates across the UK has not only been widely accepted, but capitalised upon. For the first time, vaping has featured prominently within the NHS Stoptober campaign, with the official website included in the Stoptober TV advertisement.
    2017-10-16 | londonlovesbusiness.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Japan is currently the only country where heat-not-burn tobacco products are sold widely, so researchers compared Google search from that country to e-cigarette Google searches in the U.S. According to the study, heat-not-burn queries in Japan spiked by 1,426 per cent the first year it was on the market in 2015. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of queries grew by 2,956 per cent.
    2017-10-16 | globalnews.ca

    • E Cigarettes
    • HNB
    • Study
  • All evidence points to e-cigarettes being an effective tool in helping smokers to quit, experts told the RCGP annual conference in Liverpool – but only if they are coupled with specialist support and complete cessation of tobacco use. In a session on cancer care in general practice, GPs said smoking cessation was one of the most cost-effective ways GPs could help prevent cancer.
    2017-10-16 | gponline.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Quitting
    • Smoking
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