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Passive smoking, also called second-hand smoking (SHS), is the term for inhaling the sidestream smoke emitted from the end of a lighted cigarette along with the smoke exhaled by the smoker in proximity. This smoke contains more than 7,000 noxious chemicals, of which at least 70 are carcinogenic. Sidestream smoke contains 10 times higher amount of toxins than mainstream smoke. On an estimate, children whose parents smoke are exposed to as much nicotine as if they themselves had smoked 60-150 cigarettes a year.

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Smoking is a risk to your life and you can die because of various diseases that smoking causes. This is why when you go to buy life insurance the company will see you as high risk if you are a smoker. You thus will have to pay penalty because the company is covering your high risk. This penalty is charged in terms of higher premium. Since smoking increases the risk of dying it becomes more expensive for smokers to buy life insurance. [...]

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Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 13 others are pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its decision to delay a review of vaping products.

Their concern is for products like the JUUL e-cigarette and other vape products that have flavors like cotton candy, gummy bear, and other sweets that they say are "clearly being marketed to children and teens."

The senators want additional information from the FDA on its current oversight of e-cigarette products.

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A study by renowned anti-smoking expert Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos analyzes and compares carbonyl emissions from an HnB device, an e-cigarette and a regular cigarette. The products used in this study were PMI’s IQOS, both regular and menthol variants, the Nautilus Mini e-cigarette, a tank-type atomizer tested with a tobacco-flavoured liquid at 10 W and 14 W and a Marlboro Red cigarette. Aerosol and smoke were collected in impingers containing 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine [...]

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The Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would raise the statewide age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21.

The bill would also ban smoking of e-cigarettes in places where cigarettes are currently banned, such as on school grounds. It would prohibit pharmacies and health care institutions from selling tobacco.

"This bill will not only protect our young people from beginning a dangerous addiction to tobacco, but it includes safeguards for public health by restricting the use of e-cigarettes [...]

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Smoking is banned in all ­public indoor areas including malls and public transport facilities, and some outdoor areas such as parks. Offenders face a fixed fine of HK$1,500.

Kuan recalled: “I told him not to run and said: ‘You have committed an offence. Stand still!’”

He is among a group of 20 ­former policemen, most in their 50s, spending their retirement cracking down on smoking offenders. [...]

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Quitting smoking is no easy feat.

Glamorous advertising campaigns by the big cigarette brands may be something of the past, but there are still millions of people all over the world who are hooked.

Countless quit smoking programmes and even the most graphic, to-the-point warnings on packages struggle to get devoted smokers to kick the habit. And then there are those smokers who won't even consider quitting and use the following myths as an excuse: [...]

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Vaping has become wildly popular in UK prisons with 65,000 refill and e-cigarettes sales in jails every week. The Ministry of Justice allowed vaping in cells after last year’s smoking ban sparked riots in several prisons and now 33,000 prisoners are get their nicotine fix through e-cigarettes. Prisoners have to buy flavoured liquid for their vapes and jail shops have been doing a roaring trade, however, there have been reports of mind-bending substances like spice being squirted in the machines.

 

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Tobacco products contain nicotine and are highly addictive. Nevertheless, we have made steady progress to bring down smoking rates. Smoking prevalence fell to 12 per cent last year. We intend to bring the number down to below 10 per cent by 2020.

Dr Lim suggests a harm reduction approach. This entails enabling, even facilitating, a person to do harm to himself, albeit to a lower degree. We should be focused on preventing harm in the first place.

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Vaping has become the latest trend amongst youngsters from different parts of the globe. [...] Firstly, vaping does not involve seriously harmful chemicals entering your lungs. Secondly, vaping is a great alternative to smoking as it helps many people to quit smoking. Lastly, vaping does not involve the use of an actual cigarette or a cigar. Nonetheless, the presence of nicotine in both smoking and vaping is similar. However, the primary question is how much nicotine is optimum in an e-cigarette.

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A recent study conducted by Georgia State professors found that the noted decline in youth tobacco consumption may not have fully accounted for the rapid growth in JUUL usage. JUUL, a discreet, non-combustible vaping pen has only been on the market for a little over three years. However, since beginning in 2015, sales across the e-cigarette market have increased by $200 million every fiscal quarter.

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San Francisco became the first city in the country to ban the flavored liquids used in e-cigarettes, unwilling to wait for the Food and Drug Administration to take federal action. And New York state is not far behind.

San Francisco voters approved a ban on liquids that come in flavors such as cotton candy and cookies and cream, while New York’s state legislature is considering a similar ban. Activists and lawmakers say flavored e-liquids can entice minors to take up e-cigarettes.

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So you’re one of the many, many people who’s moved from smoking cigs to vaping. Maybe you made the switch for the health benefits, maybe it’s because you like treating yourself to a new vape-y flavour, or maybe you bowed to peer pressure after someone asked ‘do you even vape, bro?’ a few too many times. Whatever the reason, you’ve likely weighed up all the pros and cons to settle on which nicotine based option is right* for you.

 

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There was bad news for vapers in Scotland last week, as local politicians attempt to make the EU’s notorious Tobacco Products Directive even worse. However, in a more positive development, a new study has found that most pregnant women know e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to smoking. An opinion poll shows that most Australians disagree with their government’s prohibitionist stance – even as the country is ranked second worst in the world for vapers’ rights, with only Thailand scoring lower.

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It’s a big question for smokers and policymakers alike: Do electronic cigarettes help people quit? In a large study of company wellness programs, e-cigarettes worked no better than traditional stop-smoking tools, and the only thing that really helped was paying folks to kick the habit.

Critics of the study say it doesn’t close the case on vaping products. It didn’t rigorously test effectiveness, just compared e-cigarettes to other methods among 6,000 smokers who were offered help to quit. [...]

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Imperial Tobacco says Health Canada's proposed plain packaging regulations for cigarettes are confusing and warns it may have to go to court if changes aren't made.

Eric Gagnon, head of corporate and regulatory affairs at Imperial Tobacco Canada, says his organization is "shocked and confused" by the proposed regulations.

 

"There's a number of provisions that are basically impossible to comply with," Gagnon said Monday.

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A recent clinical trial investigated the safety of the three most commonly used drugs for quitting smoking: nicotine-replacement therapy, varenicline, and bupropion. The three most commonly used medications for quitting smoking include nicotine-replacement therapy (Nicoderm, Nicorette, Habitrol), varenicline (Champix or Chantix), and bupropion (Zyban). All three drugs may affect cardiac health. Nicotine increases heart rate, blood pressure, and cardiac work.

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The NHS’s failure to help smokers quit is “as negligent as not treating cancer”, top doctors say.

Every smoker who goes into hospital should be treated for tobacco dependency alongside any other ailments, according to a report by the Royal College of Physicians.

It calls for stop-smoking services to be a “routine component of all hospital care”, offered on an opt-out rather than opt-in basis to the 3,000 smokers admitted each day. The policy would double the rate of quitting, evidence suggests.

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on Wednesday passed an anti-smoking ordinance that is stricter than the national version currently under consideration, in a move intended to rein in secondhand smoke and create a tobacco-free 2020 Olympics.

The capital city’s smoking ban precedes the passage of a similar amendment to the Health Promotion Law that is being deliberated by the national Diet.

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The legalization of recreational marijuana use in California has set off an advertising boom on billboards across the state. The gigantic ads try to persuade us — and our offspring — that we can easily get “chill vibes,” say “goodbye stress” or “get rid of pesky hangovers.” The proposed cure-all, of course, is marijuana. Since recreational marijuana became legal this year, advertising for the drug has gotten out ahead of regulations that could restrict where and how teens are exposed to such promotional displays.

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