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New research from Cornell University suggests graphic warning labels on cigarette ads have the same anti-smoking effect as similar warning labels on cigarette packs.

The labels - which contain images such as bleeding, cancerous gums and lips - also cancel out the effect of ads that prompt children to think of smoking as cool, rebellious and fun, according to the research.

"This study suggests the value of graphic warning labels extends beyond just getting people to have more negative feeling about smoking," said lead author Jeff Niederdeppe, [...]

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Cigarette packs and vaping tools will come off the shelves at drugstores and some grocery and big-box stores within three months in Erie County.

County Health Department officials have pledged to aggressively enforce a law passed Thursday by the County Legislature and to fine any pharmacy retailer that doesn't pull the products.

That suits Phillip Torres just fine.

"Let them ban 'em," said the Buffalo resident, who walked out of a Rite Aid with two new packs of Newports. "I'm supposed to be quitting anyway."

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All the cool kids are doing it. And that’s bad news for the nation’s top e-cigarette maker.

Facing lawsuits from parents of teenage vaping-product users and threats of crackdowns from regulators over kid-friendly packaging and flavors, Juul Labs has gone on a hiring spree on K Street, ramping up its lobbying spending fourfold in recent months. The San Francisco company that’s become synonymous with vaping — “juuling” is now a verb — has hired political hands in Washington and started a political action committee [...]

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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has published an Expert Consensus Decision Pathway to provide guidance to clinicians treating patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) who are also smokers. Authors of the pathway suggest that clinicians should ask all patients about smoking and tobacco use at every office visit, extending beyond cigarette smoking and asking about the use of cigars, hookah, smokeless tobacco, and electronic cigarettes. [...]

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At the beginning of the 21st century the scientific and technological advancement forced
a change in the way of thinking about nicotine; it also enabled the harmfulness of various types
of nicotine delivery products to be analysed, which constitutes an essential step towards the
determination of the continuum of risk of tobacco products. The availability of products with
various levels of harmfulness enables one to take a complete set of actions towards smokers
which include both those aiming at complete smoking cessation [...]

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Nobody knows who first said, "To succeed, you first have to fail." But it's a phrase many smokers likely relate to. About half of all smokers try to quit each year, according to federal data. But only about 7 percent are successful.

"We've heard about people who say, 'That's it!' and they stop for good. But that's pretty rare," said tobacco researcher John Dani. "The average person makes multiple attempts before they quit."

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New data suggests teen smoking rates in Canada are also rising. As he tallied his latest data on vaping rates among Canadian teens, University of Waterloo Prof. David Hammond tried to find reasons not to believe his own research.

That's because the results were troubling.

According to his numbers, Canadian teenage vaping rates have increased substantially, similar to the dramatic increase in the U.S. where rates shot up by 80 per cent in one year, a trend the FDA called "epidemic."

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The state of New York is undergoing efforts to ban certain vaping flavors from sale. Andrew Osborn, vice president of the New York State Vapor Association, discusses his efforts to oppose this legislation.

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Delays introducing legislation covering the sale of electronic cigarettes to under-18s could lead to young people vaping and becoming addicted to nicotine, anti-tobacco campaigners have claimed, writes Sean Pollock.

The current legislation governing tobacco and nicotine products in Ireland, transposed from an EU directive in 2016, refers only to the sale of “tobacco products” being illegal to under-18s. It does not specify an age limit for nicotine products.

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If Marlboro -maker Altria takes a stake in Juul, it wouldn’t be the first time the founders of a company that’s sought to bill itself as a tool for eliminating cigarettes has partnered with Big Tobacco.

The $16-billion valuation startup’s cofounders, James Monsees and Adam Bowen, sold a minority stake in their first stab at the e-cigarette market to Japan Tobacco International. [...]

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Makers of e-cigarettes are employing an active marketing strategy, reaching out directly to consumers, industry officials said Monday.

KT&G, Philip Morris Korea and British American Tobacco Korea have all set up departments to exclusively promote sales of their e-cigarettes and are increasing the number of their street stores. Philip Morris was the first of the pack, opening a shop in June last year with the launch of its IQOS. [...]

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E-cigarettes let people get a hit of nicotine without burning tobacco.

Avoiding burning tobacco is the single greatest preventative health measure human beings can take, given the diseases conventional cigarettes cause.

Unfortunately, our government and media now act as if vaping e-cigarettes is the health crisis.

“Your kids are not an experiment! Protect them from e-cigarettes,” warns former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy in a CDC PSA.

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Infants and toddlers in low-income, rural areas may be at higher risk for second- and third-hand smoke than previously reported, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. Approximately 15 percent of children in the study tested positive for cotinine, a byproduct formed when the body breaks down nicotine, at levels comparable to those of adult smokers. About 63 percent of children in the study had detectable levels of cotinine, suggesting widespread exposure to smoke. [...]

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The public health community needs to adopt a consistent science-based view on new generation tobacco products in order to properly inform regulators around the world and thereby shape a stable framework, James Murphy [...] (BAT) told EURACTIV.com in an interview.

Regarding the safety of the products, he noted that there was a huge body of scientific evidence, from academic, regulatory and public health science suggesting that electronic cigarettes are far less harmful than traditional smoking.

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I remember the days when a restaurant's seating host would ask, "Smoking or non-smoking?" [...] I'm glad those days are behind us. Even though the campaign to ban smoking in public places wasn't based on entirely solid science, there's adequate reason to conclude that restaurant workers and others constantly exposed to secondhand smoke would suffer some ill effects. Besides, it smells bad, and that negative externality is a good enough reason to ban it.

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Black and Hispanic Americans are less likely to smoke cigarettes than white Americans. Yet once they've started, they're more likely to stay hooked. National data show they successfully quit only about half as often as white smokers. Black and Hispanic Americans, especially those with low income and education levels, often work or live in places without smoke-free laws, said Stella Bialous, an associate professor of social behavioral sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Being around others who smoke makes it more difficult to quit.

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Controversy over the safety of using electronic cigarettes has stirred in the country after the government released a report stating e-cigarettes contained five harmful substances that could cause cancer. Cigarette manufacturing company Philip Morris filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety over the report.

Some 27 countries around the world including the United States, China and Hong Kong have some restrictions on e-cigarettes claiming they contain harmful substances. However, this is not the case in Korea [...]

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Consumer research has shown four key motivations that drive smokers’ interest in using vaping products. The first is financial, allowing smokers to enjoy an experience similar to smoking, while spending less money. Vapor products either have no, or very low excise tax, which makes them cheaper than traditional tobacco. At the same time, smokers are seeking an alternative that is thought to be less harmful than smoking. The third motivation to start vaping is the belief it may be possible to vape on more occasions and in more public places than smoking cigarettes.

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Although during is reported to have an adverse effect on foetus health, a new study shows that regular intake of C by smoker mom-to-be may help reduce harm done to infant's lungs after birth.

The study showed that at three months of age, infants whose mothers took 500 mg of C per day in addition to their prenatal had significantly better forced expiratory flows (FEFs) that measure how fast air can be exhaled from the lung and can detect 

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Enhanced prevention measures, especially against tobacco and electronic cigarettes, combined with access to innovative treatments can help tackle rising lung cancer cases in Europe, a new study funded by the industry has found.

Preliminary results of an ongoing research conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, focusing on 13 EU countries, found that effective prevention policies and timely access to innovative treatments could make a change in improving the efficiency of cancer care.

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