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Smoking remains a leading cause of preventable disease and premature death in Scotland, and the joint campaign, ‘Don’t Wait’, between Scotland’s three largest health boards focuses on the harms smoking can cause and the free NHS stop smoking services available to help stub out the addiction.

The campaign features NHS respiratory consultant, Dr Colin Church, emphasising that it’s never too late to see the benefits that come from quitting smoking.

Shirley Mitchell, Tobacco Control Programme Manager, NHS Lanarkshire commented: “It’s inspiring to see that people are still looking to quit smoking, during such challenging times.

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Anti-tobacco campaigners have vowed to oppose any mutilation of the Tobacco Control Act to favour the sale of banned nicotine pouch Lyft in Kenya.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance accused the Lyft manufacturer, BAT, of trying to amend laws to suit its 'highly addictive' narcotic product.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe stopped the sale of the nicotine pouches in September 2020, because they were illegally allowed in Kenya by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) and were being sold to minors.

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A new sensor is under observation by a research team. It's intended use is to track smoking habit. When attached to e-cigarettes, the tiny device will track smoking and vaping patterns, and its goal is to help users quit the harmful habit.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in UK are conducting a study in which they observe participants who use a small monitoring device attached to e-cigarettes. "We’re using a powerful scientific method to enable us to build a picture of each participant’s smoking and vaping behaviour. [...]

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Last week, dozens of United States Congress members demanded that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strip flavored vaping products from the market by halting a long-awaited federal product review process.

In March 23 letter to acting FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock and director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products director Mitch Zeller, the representatives wrote that “flavored e-cigarettes are putting a new generation of kids at risk of nicotine addiction and the serious health harms that result from tobacco use.”

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Cigarette smoking is a known risk factor for severe disease and death from respiratory infection. Initial data suggest that smoking is a risk factor for COVID-19 symptom severity. Exposure to increased pandemic-related stress and subsequent worry about COVID-19 may amplify the desire to smoke to down-regulate distress. The present investigation sought to test this conceptual model by evaluating worry about COVID-19 in relation to COVID-19 coping motives for smoking, perceived barriers for smoking cessation, and smoking abstinence expectancies. Participants were 219 daily combustible cigarette smokers (55.70% female, Mage = 41.43 years, SD = 11.06). [...]

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Vapes containing nicotine and marijuana are not only being found more often among teens in school, but also in the hands of younger and younger kids.

Traditionally, vapes have contained a nicotine-type product and could be mistaken for USB ports. But a new THC cartridge is a derivative from marijuana and is typically very concentrated.

Scott Vanover, a school resource officer in the Buchanan County R-4 district, said a marijuana cartridge recently was found in a middle school he works in, and it’s a problem seen in every school.

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[...] from 1 October 2021, consumers will need a doctor’s prescription to legally access nicotine e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine. [...]

“My final decision is to make certain nicotine-containing products, including e-cigarettes, only available with a prescription from an Australian medical practitioner,” said the TGA delegate.

“The basis on which I have made my final decision balances consumer demand for nicotine e-cigarettes to support smoking cessation and the public health need to reduce and prevent the initiation of nicotine addiction among non-smokers, in particular, in adolescents.”

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More states are on the cusp of marijuana legalization. That in mind, the federal government should carefully observe the policy and political dynamics playing out in Colorado and Washington.

It should look closely at the marijuana industry’s deflection of any responsibility for youth use of the narcotic. After all, regardless of how each of us views adult use of marijuana, we should all agree that this intoxicating substance harms teenagers and their developing brains. [...]

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A Taranaki vape retailer has pre-empted a Government proposal and already has warning labels in te reo on its products.

If the proposal is approved, e-cigarettes containing nicotine will be required to carry a health warning label in both English and te reo Māori – similar to those on cigarettes and tobacco.

Consultation closes on March 15, but in anticipation of its approval vape and hookah specialist Shosha on New Plymouth’s Devon St West has already started with the te reo warning, manager Prince Mehra said.

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Nicotine toothpicks are pretty self-explanatory: traditional toothpicks infused or coated with tobacco-free nicotine and food-grade flavorings. Users suck on the stick to release the nicotine within a few minutes. For a more intense experience, users can chew or nibble on it. Most brands sell toothpicks with three milligrams of nicotine as well as in a variety of flavors, including wintergreen, peppermint and cinnamon.

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A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has denied a resident’s application for an injunction against the provincial government’s tough-on-vaping rules.

 

William MacEachern, co-owner of the Cloud Factory Vape Shop in Dartmouth, alleged that increased taxes on vaping products and devices, a ban on flavoured e-cigarettes and vape juice, and a prohibition on sampling such items in stores unduly restricted his access to a critical harm reduction tool.

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Adolescents and teenagers who experiment with marijuana and prescription drugs are more likely to get hooked on them than young people who try these drugs for the first time when they are college-aged or older, according to a new analysis of federal data.

The research suggests that young people may be particularly vulnerable to the intoxicating effects of certain drugs, and that early exposure might prime their brains to desire them. The findings have implications for public health policymakers, who in recent years have called for increased screening and preventive measures to reverse a sharp rise in marijuana vaping among teenagers.

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Vaping captures headlines in the United States, where outcry over a perceived youth “epidemic” drives health misinformation and efforts to restrict products that could save smokers’ lives—with international implications.

But tobacco harm reduction’s most important battleground, where more than half of the world’s smokers live, is Asia. The continent is home to a diverse range of nicotine policies, ranging from innovative approaches that the world should watch to harsh prohibitions.

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The Florida legislature is considering new vaping regulations after a bill to ban flavored vaping products was vetoed by Governor Ron DeSantis last year. The original bill was supported by several public health advocates and anti-vaping activists.

That bill was eventually passed by the House and Senate but was vetoed by DeSantis, who claimed it was too restrictive. [...]
This new bill sponsored by State Rep.Travis Hutson will require vape shops in the state to apply for a special license to sell e-cigarettes. The vape shops will not be required, however, to pay for this fee.

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Eight in 10 parents who smoke are worried about setting a bad precedent for their children by smoking or vaping, new research has found. Just under half of the 490 smokers polled say their children have now rumbled parents for their smoking or vaping habits and asked them to quit.

The research by Swedish Match, producer of tobacco-free nicotine pouches ZYN, also revealed more than 41 per cent confess they have resorted to finding new ways to hide their habits in fear of being ticked off by their kids.

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Imperial Brands Plc said on Tuesday it is off to a “good start” this year as the maker Gauloises and Winston cigarettes looks to capitalise on higher tobacco prices and “significantly reduced” losses in vaping. On aggregate it has started to increase its tobacco market share in its top five markets with gains in the United States, UK and Spain offsetting declines in Germany and Australia, the FTSE-listed company said. New CEO Stefan Bomhard two months ago laid out a five-year plan that focuses investment on five markets that generate 72% of its profits.

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A plant-based medication may be the solution to nicotine and cigarette addiction, and an ASU professor is helping lead the study.

Scott Leischow, director and professor at the College of Health Solutions, is heading the Arizona site for a clinical trial on the naturally occurring smoking cessation drug cytisinicline. According to Achieve Life Sciences CEO John Bencich, the Phase 3 ORCA-2 clinical trial is being run across 15 centers around the U.S. and the company hopes to enroll 750 participants in the 12-week trial. Leischow said people are paid up to $1,950 as compensation for participating in the study [...]

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Last week, Statistics Canada reported that Canadians in their twenties are butting out at an unprecedented rate. Smoking among them fell from 13.3 percent to a mere 8 percent – a 40-percent drop – between 2019 and 2020 according to the Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey.

This is a historic achievement and augurs well for Health Canada’s smoking prevalence target of 5 percent for 2035. Since smoking among those aged 15-19 is currently no more than 5 percent, that cohort has already reached the 2035 target – 14 years before the due date, and the 20-24 group is not far away.

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The Cancer Society has today launched a petition calling for a significant reduction in the number of stores that are able to sell tobacco. Between 3000 and 4000 shops sell tobacco in New Zealand, but the society would like that to drop as low as 200.

It said only drastic action can help the country reach its Smokefree 2025 goal, and combat health issues which kill up to 11 people a day. More than half a million adults are thought to be smokers in New Zealand, and each year about 4000 people die from smoking-related issues.

 

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The latest from the Raupo podcast. Michael McGrady and Marewa Glover