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A new Tel Aviv University study published in Addiction finds that only eight out of 100 smokers who take smoking cessation medications will have benefited from taking smoking medications after one year's time. The researchers conclude that this low rate of success should lead policymakers to find better methods to help smokers quit—and to prevent young people from taking up smoking to begin with.

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<p>Even the most ardent e-cigarette enthusiasts hardly ever claim that e-cigarettes are “medicine.” And, by conventional standards, they aren’t. While Chinese pharmacist Hon Li, creator of the first commercially viable e-cigarette, did hope to create a smoking cessation aid, the people responsible for the design and marketing of today’s products mostly aim to create things that are pleasurable and profitable. [...]<br/><b>2018-01-30 | <a href='http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/e-cigarettes-are-what-the-doctor-ordered/article/2647376' target='_blank'>washingtonexaminer.com</a></b></p>

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The chewing gum and candy company Wm Wrigley Jr Co said in a new lawsuit that a seller of e-liquid for electronic cigarettes should stop trading off its Starburst and Skittles brands in its marketing. [...] Wrigley said there was “growing concern” among U.S. regulators and politicians that the marketing of e-cigarette materials in candy flavors “harmfully targets” children.

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Philip Morris has argued all along that the iQOS heated-tobacco system offered advantages to users over traditional cigarettes. [...] the advisory panel wasn't convinced by the company's arguments. The panel voted 8-0 in support of the assertion that Philip Morris hadn't proven that switching to iQOS cuts the risk of users contracting diseases related to tobacco use. [...] Philip Morris remains optimistic about iQOS' chances for eventual adoption.

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After WSU updated its Smoking, Tobacco and Nicotine Use Policy the campus became smoke-free for employees, students and visitors. Smoking bans target freedom of choice, selectively limiting rights while discouraging individuals from exercising personal responsibility. This creates a sense of powerlessness.

According to the Washington Administrative Code, “smoking or other tobacco usage is not permitted within the perimeter of WSU Pullman property. [...]

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Seventeen public health schools in the U.S. and Canada pledged Thursday to refuse research money from a new anti-smoking group funded by the tobacco industry.

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World was created in September with nearly $1 billion from the Philip Morris tobacco company, saying it aims to end smoking worldwide and support research to meet that goal.

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The Army released a public health warning on Monday about potentially dangerous side effects of vaping.

The warning advised soldiers not to use electronic cigarettes or vaporizer pens containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil. The Army said CBD vape oils likely also contain synthetic cannabinoids, concentrated tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC, and other hazardous substances.

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<p>The Government has been urged to tax so-called 'heated cigarettes', targeted at young people, at the highest rate imposed on tobacco products. However, the World Health Organisation has warned that all forms of tobacco use are harmful, including heated cigarettes. The WHO also says there is no reliable evidence that these products are any less harmful than regular cigarettes.<br/><b>2018-01-29 | <a href='https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/heated-cigarettes-must-face-highest-taxation-here-td-36540244.html' target='_blank'>independent.ie</a></b></p>

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A new study adds to growing evidence on the harmful health effects of e-cigarettes. The study finds that exposure to commonly used e-cigarette flavoring chemicals and liquids can cause significant inflammation to monocytes, a type of white blood cell. Moreover, many flavoring compounds are toxic, with cinnamon, vanilla and buttery flavors among the worst. It also finds that mixing e-cigarette flavors has a much worse effect than exposure to just one.

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The US-based tobacco giant, whose major brands include Marlboro, Benson & Hedges and Chesterfield, has pledged to stop selling cigarettes in the UK within the next decade. Philip Morris International (PMI), a multi-national tobacco firm with products sold in more than 180 countries, is aiming to move towards selling smoke-free products and away from cigarettes that kill millions every year.

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The Pacific Legal Foundation filed lawsuits on behalf of vaping businesses [...]

In the lawsuits, the foundation argues the FDA’s so-called deeming rule, which brings e-cigarettes under the same regulatory scheme as traditional cigarettes, violates the First Amendment because it allows the agency to treat many nontobacco vaping products as if they were tobacco products regulated by the Tobacco Control Act.

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The Foreign Ministry issued a travel alert last Thursday informing Israelis going to Thailand that e-cigarettes are illegal in the country. The alert followed the detention of an elderly Israeli couple last week for possession of e-cigarettes in the Land of Smiles, and a fine of some NIS 4000. They were also threatened with arrest. "“Enjoy your Thailand holiday, but please leave the electronic cigarettes at home. [...]

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The e-cigarette industry has been increasingly viewed as one of the most disruptive changes in the tobacco market, with vapes now commonly perceived as an alternative to traditional tobacco products.

In my own survey of 781 adult vapers, 83 per cent of whom were vape enthusiasts, I found that about 90 per cent were ex-smokers and viewed e-cigarettes as a tool to help them quit smoking [...]

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The UK government is lobbying on behalf of UK-based tobacco giants operating overseas, despite spending millions of pounds trying to curb smoking rates abroad.

Freedom of information requests reveal that the Foreign Office and the Department for International Trade have been championing the interests of British American Tobacco. This is despite the government being forced to draw up new guidelines for UK embassy staff [...]

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Evidence-based policy’ is the mantra of the public health lobby, but two events last week revealed how empty this slogan can be when ideology is in play.

The first took place at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and involved snus, an issue that I have written about before. It is hard to imagine a more unscientific and counterproductive health policy than the EU’s ban on this smokeless tobacco product.

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Tobacco companies resist excise tax increase and refuse to pass on increased costs


The excise tax on tobacco products increased on January 1 2018, but the increase hasn't been passed on to all retail products. New Zealand's largest Māori Public Health organisation, Hāpai Te Hauora, is concerned that this will limit the effectiveness of the tax increase to reduce smoking rates, and that tobacco companies should be forced to increase the prices of their products [...]

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Vaping may raise the risk of certain cancers and heart disease, according to a team of scientists who studied the effects of e-cigarette smoke on healthy mice and human cells.

Researchers found evidence that nicotine inhaled from e-cigarettes could be converted into chemicals that damage DNA in the heart, lungs and bladder, and dampen down the body’s genetic repair mechanisms.

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A federal judge on Wednesday questioned why the Food and Drug Administration was delaying putting out a congressionally-mandated final rule requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs and advertising and said she may need to order it to do something.

U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston said during a court hearing that she had no evidence before her showing that FDA was trying to move expeditiously to put forward new rules [...] <span class="icon-lock"></span>

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Adults who buy children cigarettes could set them up for a life of health and financial problems, the children's health charity Fast Forward has said.

Its chief executive Alastair MacKinnon said some adults think they are "doing young people a favour" when buying them tobacco.

 

On average, 36 young people in Scotland take up smoking every day, according to Ash Scotland.

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For many smokers, quitting attempts include a combination of white knuckle determination and a mixed bag of FDA approved products including pills, patches, gums and sprays, many of which are associated with only modest success. Success rates in quitting through the use of e-cigarettes, however, have been much more impressive, despite the fact that regulators have never permitted them to be marketed as cessation products.

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