There is a new tobacco harm reduction (THR) activist group that has started up called ETHRA – European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates, currently with fifteen partners. This is the latest THR advocacy group following in the footsteps of groups now spanning the globe... Read More
IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
The U.S. vaping crisis helped tank merger talks between Philip Morris International and Altria , a top PMI executive said Thursday. PMI and Altria confirmed they were in merger talks in late August before calling off a potential deal in September. King told analysts on a call discussing the company’s third-quarter earnings the discussions were “a natural outgrowth” of Altria and PMI’s work together launching Iqos, PMI’s heated tobacco device, in the U.S.
A new drug epidemic is sweeping across youth in our nation’s schools and colleges. These products come in attractive flavors like banana split, birthday cake [...] If you think we are talking about electronic cigarettes, you are wrong. The drug that is ravaging the health of youth and young adults across the nation is marijuana. While politicians and policy makers have been busy trying to address the problem of nicotine intake among youth due to their vaping of electronic cigarettes, the problem of youth vaping of marijuana has swept across the nation under their noses.
The team of researchers, in the pilot clinical trial have found that those who smoked e-cigarettes twice a day for just a month had higher levels of chemicals such as propylene glycol in their blood. This was associated with inflammatory changes in their lungs. The count of the inflammatory cells in their lungs rises over time, speculate the researchers. However, they agree that this was a small study of a short duration and the magnitude of the changes noted in the lungs were small.
Even though vaping has become a problem all across the U.S., some cities have more e-cigarette users than others. HeyTutor recently published a report on the metropolitan areas with the highest percentages of e-cigarette users. The tutoring company also reported on the growth of e-cigarette use in each city. According to the report, there is also a correlation between e-cigarette use and depression.
The titles of two congressional hearings [...] give you a sense of how serious Democratic legislators are about understanding health issues related to vaping. A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee considered "Legislation to Reverse the Youth Tobacco Epidemic," while a subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee heard testimony about "E-Cigarettes: An Emerging Threat to Public Health."
Juul has agreed to a settlement restricting its youth advertising practices, the first legally binding commitment related to marketing to children for the embattled e-cigarette company. Under the new guidelines, Juul is prohibited from advertising on social media or media outlets with younger readers – specifically, if at least 15% of a publication’s audience is under 21. It cannot advertise within 1,000ft of schools or playgrounds and will be prohibited from using models under the age of 28 in its advertisements. [...]
Some Canadian doctors and public health experts say Canada should hit pause on this week's legalization of cannabis oils, given the nearly 1,300 cases of vaping-related lung injury in the U.S. due to an unknown cause. Cannabis vapes are among a series of new products — including edibles, extracts and topicals, like lotions — that officially become regulated on Oct. 17, 2019. [...] While doctors welcome the idea that the tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, content in legalized products will be regulated, they are concerned about the health effects of vaping, which have yet to be well-researched and tested.
One of the UK's largest mental health hospitals is to hand out free e-cigarettes to those trying to quit smoking, in a deal with a vaping retailer. The trust said it would help patients “transform” their health. But critics last night said the deal - believed to be the first of its kind - was “extraordinary” at a time when the safety of vaping is under increasing scrutiny. Prof Martin McKee [...] said: “This is an extraordinary time for the NHS to engage in a project like this, in light of what we are seeing in the United States, and the risks of vaping.”
There is a new tobacco harm reduction (THR) activist group that has started up called ETHRA – European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates, currently with fifteen partners - https://twitter.com/europethra. This is the latest THR advocacy group following in the footsteps of groups now spanning the globe, in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, India, Canada, USA, Asia and Africa, as well as other European-based organisations and the international agency INNCO.
Over half a billion smokers live in Asia, and Asian countries have some of the highest per capita smoking rates – and some of the highest numbers of smoking-related deaths – in the world.
Given the staggering damage to its citizens’ health that smoking is responsible for you’d think that regional governments would be eagerly embracing any less harmful alternatives such as vapes and heat-not-burn (HNB) devices to encourage people to wean themselves off conventional tobacco