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Over the past decade, hip-hop music has become a world-wide phenomenon and, in 2017, surpassed rock as the biggest music genre in the United States. Up until now little has been known about how often, or in what context, tobacco and marijuana products and imagery appear in hip-hop music culture. In order to get a better understanding of the presence of these products--and the potential public health threat they pose--a team of researchers [...] analyzed leading hip-hop music videos over the five years from 2013-2017.

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has taken ownership of the government’s decision to abandon a plan to merely regulate e-cigarettes [...] Meanwhile, the government continues to allow a regulated legal market in conventional cigarettes, which are known to kill many of those who smoke. That is not to mention the significant disabilities known to be caused by conventional smoking, such as emphysema and circulatory problems, which people live with before dying, and the cost to the economy in lost productivity due to illness and death.

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British American Tobacco Plc said revenue from smoking alternatives will miss expectations this year as it issued a more pessimistic outlook for the tobacco industry’s new products than rival Philip Morris International Inc.

The maker of Lucky Strikes lopped 10 percent off its target for revenue from electronic and noncombustible cigarettes this year. BAT now forecasts 900 million pounds ($1.2 billion) after it recalled a device in the U.S. and Japanese demand for so-called heat-not-burn tobacco has gone flat.

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Multiple studies completed over the past several years indicate several health issues associated with vaping and smoking an e-cigarette. When e-cigarettes hit the market in 2006, companies assured the FDA the products were safe for consumption. They believed the product safety based on the fact that ingredients used in their product were already FDA approved. However, studies completed indicate the products damage the lungs and increase the risk of heart attack in users.

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Residents in the UAE are confused over the rules surrounding the personal use of e-cigarettes, both in public places and at home, and are calling for clearer rules on the issue. However, the Dubai Municipality has made it clear that e-cigarettes are treated like any other cigarettes in Dubai.

Despite a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes in the UAE, many residents are still unclear as to whether they can legally smoke the device in designated public areas.

 

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Vaping and e-cigarette use among minors has increased to ‘epidemic proportions,’ and the FDA is considering banning online sales of these products and banning flavored vapes. Online retailers and manufacturers of vape-related products are worried about how this will harm sales in their fast-growing category. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is putting a spotlight on the fast-growing e-cigarette and vaping industry and is considering more regulations of these products, [...]

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Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye said [...] the new ban against smoking in public places and eateries will not be extended to vaping.

He explained that under current laws, the authorities could only take action on vape products which contain nicotine.

“Only vape which contains nicotine is considered illegal, but as for whether vaping of non-nicotine products is an offence or not, what I can tell is that, at the moment, there is no law against that,” he told [...]

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As the Oct. 17 cannabis legalization date fast approaches, post-secondary institutions are updating their smoking rules on campus and in residences.

 

The regulations also cover edible products, storage of cannabis, and the display of cannabis paraphernalia. The south-end Halifax campus already has a no-smoking policy, which came into effect on Sept. 1, 2003. That policy extends to cannabis smoking, and bans smoking from all university buildings, residences, property and vehicles.

 

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The use of e-cigarettes is becoming more prevalent worldwide. In the US, more than 2 million middle and high school studentsuse e-cigarettes, which has led the Food and Drug Administration to declare an “e-cigarette epidemic among teens”. However, I am not convinced this is a problem of similar magnitude in Hong Kong. Researchers in 2016 found that 1.1 per cent of Hong Kong students used e-cigarettes, much lower than in the US (1.5-13.4 per cent) and South Korea (4.7 per cent).

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At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are deeply concerned about the risks that e-cigarettes pose for children, given how quickly teenage use of these products has accelerated. Using a small battery to heat a liquid that contains nicotine, e-cigarettes turn the liquid into an inhalable vapor. [...]

And e-cigarettes' popularity is accelerating: From 2017 to 2018 [...] the number of high-school-age children reporting use of e-cigarettes rose by more than 75 percent.

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Canada-based policy expert and lawyer, David T Sweanor JD, Chair of the Advisory Board, Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics, University of Ottawa recently criticised the Indian Government for enforcing a policy to ban e-cigarettes. In an email interview with Usha Sharma, David expresses his views and believes that India could lead the world on disruptive technology that replaces toxic tobacco products and export products and expertise to other countries

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Flavoring and additive ingredients in e-cigarettes may increase inflammation and impair lung function, according to new research. The study [...] also found that short-term exposure to e-cigarettes was enough to cause lung inflammation similar or worse than that seen in traditional cigarette use. Researchers studied several groups of mice that received whole-body exposure to varying chemical combinations four times each day. Each exposure session was separated by 30-minute smoke-free intervals.

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Longitudinal studies report associations between use of electronic cigarettes (ECs) and cigarettes over time among young people, but do not distinguish within- from between-person effects, which complicates interpretation of findings. Further, the role of shared risk factors, such as substance use and mental health, in explaining longitudinal associations between EC and cigarette use remains unclear. This study used within- and between-person analyses to assess longitudinal associations between youths' EC and cigarette use and shared risk factors.

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Thursday it is worth considering banning traditional tobacco in Hong Kong, a day after she proposed to fully ban electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, in her second policy address.

Lam expressed her view when she was asked during a radio interview why the government only wants to ban e-cigarettes but not traditional tobacco as well if it really cares about public health, Apple Daily reports.

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Manufacturers are marketing e-cigarette liquids that experts say lure children into nicotine addiction. The £1bn vaping industry in Britain is today exposed for using cartoon characters and images of sweets, popcorn and ice cream to market nicotine products that can hook children into addiction.

A Sunday Times investigation reveals that vaping manufacturers exploit lax regulations, describe liquid nicotine mixtures for electronic cigarettes as “sweet treats” and sell them online for £1.

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Big tobacco companies moved Thursday to counter the hard line taken by a global tobacco control treaty, including its decision that new "vaping" products should face the same restrictions as cigarettes.On Thursday, PMI published a poll it commissioned from Ipsos about attitudes to new so-called "harm-reduction" products such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco sticks.

The survey of 31,000 people across 31 countries, conducted in September, showed that "77 percent of adults agree that governments should do all they can [...]

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A study by scientists at British American Tobacco has shown that e-cigarettes and tobacco heating products cause significantly less staining to teeth than conventional cigarettes.

"Many studies have postulated that it is the tar in cigarette smoke that stains teeth. We now have a method where we can rapidly assess in the laboratory the level of enamel discoloration by cigarette smoke and vapour from our ECs and THPs," explains Annette Dalrymple, a senior scientist at BAT R&D.

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The Food and Drug Administration warned an e-cigarette manufacturer Thursday to stop putting the key ingredients of an erectile dysfunction drug and an anti-obesity drug into vaping liquid.

The warning letter is another part of a broad crackdown on e-cigarette makers and retailers meant to curb the growing use of the product among minors. But this is the first warning letter sent to a company for adding prescription drugs into an e-cigarette liquid, the agency said.

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Smoking-related lung cancer rates are expected to drop dramatically over the next 50 years, but lung cancer will continue to be a significant health problem in the United States, says a University of Michigan researcher. Rafael Meza [...] utilized four independent models to project lung cancer rates for U.S. men and women aged 30 to 84 from 1964 to 2065. All models projected the impact of changes in smoking prevalence since the 1960s on past and future lung cancer mortality.

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Inaccurate and biased media coverage of drugs, drug use, and harm reduction was in full swing over this past weekend. Many have noted the role of the news media in perpetuating, and sometimes explicitly endorsing, the War on Drugs. This is not going to end soon. In different ways, the three articles below disparage drug users, discredit harm reductionists, and make damaging alarmist claims.