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  • 18 February 2017

    Harry Shapiro Director DrugWise

    Forget La La Land (you know, that place where WHO and CDC views on vaping live) – instead grab your popcorn for some much more rewarding screen time.

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  • Momentum building to legalise nicotine for vaping in Australia.

    Attila Danko | 16 February 2017

    I wrote earlier this month about the TGA’s rejection of our application to legalise low-strength nicotine for vaping. Since then we have taken our campaign forwards. 

    A team of three consumer vaping advocates from the NNA AU, myself, Donna Darvill and Andrew Thompson, along with two specialists in harm reduction, Dr Colin Mendelsohn and Dr Alex Wodak, spent a day in Parliament House Canberra.   We had multiple meetings with Members of Parliament, Senators and staffers from across the political spectrum.

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  • The federal government is proposing to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes to 21 and ban smoking on college campuses or inside condo and apartment buildings as part of a new drive to dramatically curb smoking rates. [...] the government wants to see smoking reduced to less than five per cent of the population by 2035 — a reduction of about two million people.
    2017-02-24 | news.nationalpost.com

    • Ban
    • Smoking
    • Smoking Age
  • While calling on senators from both opposition and treasury not to pass the private members bill to amend the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Ordinance 2002, tobacco control advocates appreciated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his decision to oppose the bill. Nadeem Iqbal, [...] said: “The main thrust of the amendment in the existing tobacco law was to ban tobacco advertisement [...]
    2017-02-24 | thenews.com.pk

    • Advertising
    • Ban
    • Smoking
  • Dripping is the new vaping method that is gaining popularity among American youngsters. A new study reveals that at least one in four American high school teens has tried this new vaping method. Dripping sees e-cigarette smokers dropping the liquid directly on the coils. This produces a more thick and flavorful smoke. However, the question that begs an answer is “Dripping or Vaping, which is safer?”
    2017-02-23 | healthaim.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
    • Vaping
  • Raising the minimum legal purchasing age could help young adults in Washington from becoming established smokers, according to one researcher. “We know from previous studies, we know that most of the period between 18 and 21 is a period in which smokers begin to transition from experimental smoking to regular smoking. So, that is a very critical period for teens [...]
    2017-02-23 | legalnewsline.com

    • Smoking
    • Smoking Age
    • Youth
  • A new bill that proposes to impose further restrictions on the legal smoking age was mostly greeted with support yesterday as several advocacy and awareness groups gathered again at the public hearing room of the Guam Legislature to provide input on the latest iteration of the measure. Bill 9-34, introduced by Speaker Benjamin Cruz, proposes to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 years old [...]
    2017-02-23 | postguam.com

    • Smoking
    • Smoking Age
  • Habitual electronic cigarette use was associated with a shift in cardiac autonomic balance toward sympathetic predominance and increased oxidative stress, both indicators of CV risk, [...] “Although tobacco cigarettes are widely recognized as the most common preventable cause of [CVD] in the world, virtually nothing is known about the [CV] risks of e-cigarettes,” Holly R. Middlekauff [...] wrote.
    2017-02-23 | healio.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
  • Electronic cigarettes may be illegal to sell to people younger than 18, but plenty of 17-year-olds are pretty savvy about them. Wyatt is a Missouri 12th grader who says he knows about 20 kids who use e-cigs and another 15 or so who smoke the real thing. “I believe there is a difference in the harms to your body,” Wyatt said [...]
    2017-02-23 | watchdog.org

    • E Cigarettes
    • Vaping
  • The death rate from lung cancer among young women will outstrip that of men for the first time this year [...] Carlo La Vecchia, professor at the University of Milan, who led the research, said: “The difference is not significant, but it reflects the similar smoking patterns in younger generations over recent decades and confirms that smoking is as harmful to women as it is to men.”
    2017-02-22 | thetimes.co.uk

    • Smoking
    • Study
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