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Around 65 percent of adult vapers in Europe use fruit or sweet liquids. The
variety of flavours is one of the most important reasons for smokers to switch to e-cigarettes and
for vapers not to go back to smoking.

Without paying attention to this fact, the Dutch State Secretary Paul Blokhuis has announced to ban
all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco flavours in the Netherlands, as they are supposedly
particularly attractive to young people.

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The City of Alexandria, in collaboration with the
Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA), has launched a vaping prevention social media campaign featuring
six short videos created by Alexandria teens to raise awareness of the dangers of e-cigarette use and encourage youth to stay substance-free. "E-cigarette" is an umbrella term for a variety of devices, including vape pens, that produce an inhalable aerosol containing thousands of harmful chemicals. Many e-cigarettes also contain nicotine, the addictive substance found in tobacco products.

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As COVID-19 infections continue to rise and cold and flu season take hold, physicians are adamantly advising patients to do all they can to remain healthy—including not smoking or vaping. Multiple studies have shown that smoking is associated with increased severity of COVID-19 disease. However, because vaping, which is the use of nicotine-containing electronic or e-cigarette products, is relatively new, there is less data. "But it is clear that smoking and vaping are bad for the lungs. Patients who smoke and vape can have damaged lungs that make them susceptible to respiratory infections, including COVID-19," says Charles Dela Cruz, [...]

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Last year, the California Legislature passed the toughest law in the nation to protect kids like mine from getting hooked on Big Tobacco’s menthol cigarettes and sugary-sweet, candy-flavored e-cigarettes. As a parent and a volunteer advocate for Parents Against Vaping E-cigarettes, I felt like I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. The feeling was short-lived. A month before this life-saving law was set to take effect, the tobacco industry submitted signatures to reverse this measure through a referendum on the 2022 statewide ballot. [...]

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This time last year, convenience store owners and operators were dealt a double whammy: First they had to adapt to the recently passed federal minimum tobacco purchase age of 21; then they had to pull product in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ban on most flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). Next, the coronavirus swept the country, and no one knew how the category would fare during lockdowns.

For many businesses, consumer response was surprisingly positive. Early in the pandemic, anecdotal reports indicated customers stocked up on virtually all tobacco SKUs.

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Since January 1, 2021, the specific rate of excise duty on cigarettes has increased by 20% and is UAH 1,088.64 (39 USD) per 1,000 cigarettes, and the minimum rate is UAH 1,456.33 (52 USD) per 1,000 cigarettes. "The price of traditional cigarettes is expected to increase not only due to the increase in excise taxes but also with the increase in production costs (increase in the cost of electricity, the size of the minimum wage and other macroeconomic factors)," the press service of British American Tobacco Ukraine (BAT) noted.

Cigarillos will also rise in price. [...]

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We discuss the implications of possible contagion of COVID-19 through e-cigarette aerosol (ECA) for prevention and mitigation strategies during the current pandemic. This is a relevant issue when millions of vapers (and smokers) must remain under indoor confinement and/or share public outdoor spaces with non-users. The fact that the respiratory flow associated with vaping is visible (as opposed to other respiratory activities) clearly delineates a safety distance of 1-2 meters along the exhaled jet to prevent direct exposure. [...]

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Researchers at the University of York are calling for more stringent regulatory measures to reduce the health burden of smokeless tobacco, a product often found in UK stores without the proper health warnings and as a result of illicit trading.

Smokeless tobacco is particularly popular in Asia and Africa and includes chewing tobacco as well as various types of nasal tobacco. They contain high levels of nicotine as well as cancer producing toxic chemicals, making head and neck cancers common in those who consume smokeless tobacco products.

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AN expert on tobacco dependence and treatment from the New York University’s (NYU) School of Global Public Health has voiced concern over “zombie theories” which plague tobacco harm reduction (THR) research.

In his presentation [...] Dr. Raymond Niaura, a professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at NYU, said the scientific agenda on THR research was being driven by interest groups rather than scientists.

As such, he said, the agenda comprised “zombie theories”, which “cannot be killed by evidence and refuse to die”.

 

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Marijuana use increases throughout the calendar year, with use up 13 percent on average at the end of each year (2015-2019) compared to the beginning, according to a new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

"We found that marijuana use is consistently higher among those surveyed later in the year, peaking during late fall or early winter before dropping at the beginning of the following year. We think this may be due, in part, to a 'Dry January' in which some people stop drinking alcohol or even stop using marijuana as part of a New Year's resolution," said Joseph Palamar, [...]

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New research conducted in West Michigan could help people addicted to smoking quit cold turkey without any withdrawal or chance for relapse. It uses the enzyme nicotine oxidoreductase (NicA2) to rid nicotine from the body without any adverse effects, making it easier for those addicted to quit. "It’s the new year, and so a lot of people have New Year's resolutions to give up smoking. It is really difficult to do," said Dr. Ricky Stull, an enzymologist and assistant professor for the Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University.

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Vaping is touted as a lesser of two evils for smokers trying to quit - but a Kiwi scientist says there's much about e-cigarettes' long-term effects that we still don't know.

The University of Auckland's Dr Kelly Burrowes has now launched the most advanced study of its kind in the world, using human trials and state-of-the-art 3D computer models to get a precise look at what vaping does to our lungs. Worldwide sales of e-cigarettes have boomed around the globe over the past decade, and today an estimated three in 100 Kiwis use them at least once a day.

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A new year and new resolutions. [...] for many smokers the beginning of a new year marks a resolution to quit smoking.

This particular resolution is difficult. A 2016 study from the UK’s Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) reported that “quitting smoking is the most difficult resolution to keep,” and that among Brits who reported making a resolution to quit smoking, “41% kept this for a month, [and] 13% [stuck] with it after a year.” A study from the University of Scranton found “only 8 percent of people who make resolutions [to quit smoking] meet their goal.”

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Big Tobacco did something unusual in Marlboro Country last fall: It stood aside while Colorado voters approved the state’s first tobacco tax hike in 16 years.

The industry, led by Altria Group, one of the world’s largest tobacco companies, has spent exorbitantly in the past to kill similar state ballot initiatives. In 2018, Altria’s lobbying arm spent more than $17 million to help defeat Montana’s tobacco tax ballot initiative. That same year, it spent around $6 million to help defeat South Dakota’s similar measure.

 

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New Year resolutions always include commitments to quit smoking. Most people fail not for want of trying but for want of options that can help them. Our interventions to date are not good enough.  Will the World Health Organization’s (WHO) campaign to help 100 million people quit tobacco [...] make a difference? Is the WHO willing to embrace new methods and emerging scientific data to course correct and in the process save millions of lives? Unfortunately, most of the countries listed as priorities for this campaign have yet to include NRTs in their national drug formularies despite WHO having included it in the Essential Drug list way back [...]

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In England, many people of South Asian origin consume smokeless tobacco (ST). ST use can lead to oral cancer, which is disproportionately high in South Asians. Our aims were to assess the compliance of ST product retailers with statutory regulations and to explore the supply chain of ST. We undertook a multimethods study between August 2017 and July 2019 in five English boroughs with a high proportion of ethnic South Asians. We purchased ST products and conducted field surveys with ST retailers at point of sale. [...]

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The contribution made by e-cigarettes to smoking cessation continues to be controversial. Reports suggest that teenagers are becoming increasingly addicted to e-cigarettes and that e-cigarette use in adolescents is associated with subsequent cigarette smoking. [...] Low certainty evidence suggests that e-cigarettes appear to be potentially effective for smoking cessation. The use of e-cigarettes in adolescents may be associated with smoking initiation. No serious adverse events were reported.

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The Canadian federal government announced late last year that it’s moving to restrict nicotine levels in vaping products that are manufactured, imported, or packaged for sale in Canada. Joining us today to talk about the impact and efficacy of nicotine caps is Lynne Dawkins, Professor of Nicotine and Tobacco Studies at London South Bank University. Professor Dawkins is one of the UK’s leading authorities on e-cigarettes, having published numerous papers on the use, acute effects and delivery of nicotine through vaping products. 

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport working in conjunction with agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced [...] that they have seized 33,681 units of e-cigarettes with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $719,453. “Many counterfeit, unapproved or unauthorized products are likely produced in unregulated facilities with unverified ingredients posing a serious health concern to consumers. It is especially alarming when these types of counterfeit and unauthorized products find their way into the hands of children as studies indicate,” said CBP Port Director Timothy Lemaux. [...]

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Vaping is a new trend and has taken the world by storm. It might be a safe alternative to traditional tobacco smoking; it comes with a number of dangers. [...] E-liquids purchased from reliable retailers have gone through a variety of processes to make sure they are completely safe to use. That’s why experts suggest not to modify them by adding further ingredients or substances in them. Doing this can cause hazardous chemical reactions that can have adverse effects on your health.