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More underage and young adult e-cigarette users reported reducing or quitting e-cigarettes since the COVID-19 pandemic began than those who reported increasing their use or switching to other nicotine and cannabis products. Researchers conducted a national cross-sectional anonymous online survey study of 4351 participants in May 2020, including 2167 youth and young adults who use e-cigarettes. [...] The researchers surveyed participants aged 13 to 17 years, 18 to 20 years, and 21 to 24 years, with a 50:50 ratio of ever-e-cigarette users to never-e-cigarette users through Qualtrics. [...]

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The amount of liquid marijuana seized in Japan has been surging, putting police and customs authorities on high alert.

The estimated amount of marijuana in liquid form confiscated by Tokyo Customs in 2020 jumped nearly 70 times from the previous year’s level. A customs official described the situation as “an explosive increase.”

The liquid extracted from marijuana plants has a higher content of hallucinogenic tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, than dried cannabis and can be used in a similar way to electronic cigarettes.

 

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International public health policy experts called for a deeper investigation on the receipt of funds by the Philippines Food and Drug Administration from the anti-tobacco Bloomberg foundation to determine whether it violated both Philippine and United States laws.

 

Dr. Joel Nitzkin, a US physician who was cross-trained in public administration, cited the need to shed light on the filing of a resolution by two Filipino congressmen last month calling for a congressional probe on the Philippines FDA’s acceptance of foreign funding from Bloomberg in possible breach of the 1987 Constitution and several laws.

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E-cigarettes stress and inflame the lungs of rats, compromising important regulatory proteins through exposure, according to research [...] The findings, made possible by a biomolecular technique developed by researchers [...] reveal that vaping induces subtle structural changes in proteins, marking the first time researchers have measured such damage.

The results suggest that common compounds in the electronic alternative to conventional cigarettes are not without their own harms. After exposing rats to e-cigarette vapor for three one-hour sessions for three days, researchers discovered signs of oxidative stress: [...]

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The number of smokers per capita in the NWT remains more than double the national average and stubbornly so, something that should worry policymakers within the territorial government, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst with the society, said although there are some signs of progress, smoking rates remain far too high in the NWT. “My general comments are that the smoking prevalence rate is 35 per cent when Canada-wide it is 15 per cent,” Cunningham said.

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Smoking within a 10m (30ft) distance of other people is no longer permitted from Tuesday at bus and tram stops as well as in the city's parks and green spaces, sports and recreational grounds, children's play areas, stadiums and cemeteries.

Italy was the first country in the EU to pass a law backing an indoor ban on smoking in public places in 2003.

Milan is now the first Italian city to introduce such an extensive outdoor ban, part of a package of measures to improve air quality and combat climate change.

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Vietnam has seen certain achievements made in tobacco harm prevention and control but challenges continue to emerge, including the increasing trend of smoking e-cigarettes, Associate Professor and Dr Luong Ngoc Khue has said. A decline has been recorded in smoking in public places like schools, offices, and public transport; a behaviour subject to increasing objections from the community. Smoking is now almost never seen at meetings, weddings, or funerals.

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“You either become somebody who lays down and takes it, or you just get to that point that you can’t take it anymore and you have no choice but to stand up and fight back.”

A new short documentary opens on Claudia Perez, president of the resident council at a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) building where she lives. She explains the “intimidation tactics,” invasion of privacy and puntive consequences associated with the blanket ban on public housing residents smoking in their own homes.

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Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized two foundational rules for the premarket review of new tobacco products. These final rules provide additional information on the minimum requirements for the content, format and review of premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs) and substantial equivalence (SE) reports. PMTA and SE are two of the pathways through which a manufacturer can seek marketing authorization for a new tobacco product from the FDA.

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[...] the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to 10 firms who manufacture and operate websites selling electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products, specifically e-liquids, advising them that selling these products, which lack premarket authorization, is illegal, and therefore they cannot be sold or distributed in the U.S. The firms did not submit a premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) by the Sept. 9, 2020 deadline.

This is the first set of warning letters being issued to firms who have not submitted premarket applications to the FDA [...]

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The over $12 billion Indian tobacco industry has a new problem at its doorstep, as the government is set to enforce strict regulations around the consumption of tobacco, mainly cigarettes. While the need for regulations around tobacco is to be lauded as it impacts the health of millions, in a year where the government has to ensure its cash flow remains strong, it remains to be seen whether Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hurt the likes of India’s big tobacco companies, ITC. For ITC, cigarette sales alone account for 46% of its total revenue – a whopping $6 billion in FY20.

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This month and the last brought arrests and prison sentences for smuggling cigarettes and other contraband into correctional facilities in Kansas and Maryland, respectively. Lawmakers considering hiking cigarette taxes ought to note: Higher taxes encourage more illegal smuggling into a state, and if law enforcement can’t keep illicit smokes out of prisons, there is little hope of keeping smuggled ones out of the hands of the public. 

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Inmates are likely counting down the days until they’ll be able to light up again in Mississippi’s prisons.

So many people are expected to begin smoking, in fact, that some facilities began taking pre-orders for cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products earlier this month.

However, the rollout isn’t without its hitches.

Some inmates are complaining of price-gouging, while some nonprofits are saying the change in policy will only hurt inmate health.

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Many of us make New Year’s resolutions related to our health.

We may vow to exercise more, eat better or lose weight. Some may decide to stop smoking or opt for electronic cigarettes, thinking they are a healthier alternative.

At the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, researchers are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind study to learn more about the potential health effects of e-cigarettes. [...] researchers are exploring whether vaping causes subtle changes in proteins at the molecular level that could contribute to disease or other health problems.

 

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With the door now finally shut on the disastrous year of 2020, it’s time to reflect on how vaping and tobacco harm reduction in general, faired during a year that brought massive upheaval to the lives of so many. [...] Hear Conley’s take on which disaster caused more damage to the U.S. vaping industry: the scare over the so-called teen vaping epidemic, EVALI, or the response to the pandemic. And hear his detailed warning about the recently passed vape mail law that bans U.S. Mail shipments of vaping products and forces online vape sellers to comply with an unwieldy tax mandate.

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There is a lot of debate about the effects of smoking on COVID-19. A recent fixed-effects meta-analysis found smoking to be associated with disease severity among hospitalized patients, but other studies report an unusually low prevalence of smoking among hospitalized patients. The purpose of this study was to expand the analysis by calculating the prevalence odds ratio (POR) of smoking among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, while the association between smoking and disease severity and mortality was examined by random-effects meta-analyses considering the highly heterogeneous study populations.

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New Jersey this week made millions of people eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including smokers, a move that prompted gripes about them skipping to the front of the inoculation line. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy made people 65 and older and those 16 and older with medical conditions eligible to get the vaccine. That started Thursday. New Jersey’s list of conditions mirrors that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes cancer, kidney disease and other illnesses. Also listed is smoking. Wait. Why?

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MONTREAL -- Beyond the lungs and heart, tobacco can also affect the digestive system, Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health (CQTS) says.

The council took aim at these unknown impacts of cigarettes in its 44th week for a tobacco-free Quebec.

Over time, the CQTS has often tried to educate Quebecers about the harmful effects of tobacco on the lungs and cardiovascular system. But this year, the council wanted to focus on the impacts of smoking on digestive cancers - liver, colorectal, pancreas, stomach and esophagus.

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The coming presidency of Joe Biden is a new chapter in American history, hopefully closing a divisive chapter of hate among fellow citizens and a lack of basic human decency in the Oval Office. That means new regulations, new executive orders, and President-elect Biden’s highly anticipated legislative priorities for domestic policy. Since the world has faced the scourge of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, one of the main issues for voters is the protection of the public’s health during turbulent times.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has focused global attention on the need for rational measures to reduce risks, effectively treat those afflicted and develop vaccines.

[...] Yet at the same time another pandemic, one claiming over 20,000 deaths a day globally, rages on despite being something that can be easily addressed through effective public health policy. The cause is the use of toxic tobacco products as a way of obtaining nicotine, and India is well positioned to be a world leader in addressing it.