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Hispanic and Black adolescents and teens are more likely to smoke marijuana using e-cigarettes than their White peers, an analysis published Monday by JAMA Pediatrics found.

More than one in four Hispanic youths in grades 6 through 12 reported using vaping devices to smoke marijuana in 2020, compared to 19% of Black students and 18% of White students, the data showed. "Marijuana use during adolescence is associated with decline in memory, attention and learning," the CDC researchers wrote.

"Evidence-based strategies to reduce marijuana use in e-cigarettes are important for protecting young people from these health risks," they said.

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In one way or another, every conversation we bring you about vaping is a conversation about nicotine. Whether it be regulations, the latest media scare, or a promising piece of new science, nicotine looms large over all the issues. Without nicotine, there would be no smoking and, of course, no need for safer nicotine products.

Joining us today on RegWatch is Paddy Costall, a global tobacco harm reduction advocate and co-organizer of the 8th Annual Global Forum on Nicotine. Hear about the issues and challenges tackled in this year’s event held online and in Liverpool, England, on June 17th and 18th.

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It’s been a decade since e-cigarettes first gained popularity in the UK. Since then, the types of devices available and the number of people using them has risen sharply.

And as the popularity levels of e-cigarettes grew, so did the debate around them.

The big selling point for e-cigarettes is they’re a way to help people stop smoking and reduce harm from the biggest cause of cancer in the world, tobacco.

But it’s a balancing act. E-cigarettes contain nicotine and so it’s important to make sure that people who have never smoked, particularly young people, don’t start to use them.

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In February, the European Commission (EC) presented its Beating Cancer Plan (BCP), which named tobacco as the top avoidable risk factor. [...] The plan was met with criticism by consumer organizations and trade associations. “The Beating Cancer Plan doesn’t just fail to make a distinction between the relative risks of combustible and noncombustible products, it also fails to recognize that low-risk alternatives like e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products are substitutes for the extremely hazardous combustible products,” says Damian Sweeney, a partner in the European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (ETHRA).

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When I was growing up in New York in the 1970s, both of my parents were physicians and both of my parents smoked. I remember the ads as a child for “Joe Cool” and menthol cigarettes in popular magazines such as Ebony and Essence and on billboards everywhere in our community. [...] It’s been more than a decade since federal law eliminated flavored cigarettes in the United States, with one notable exception: menthol. The flavor that hooked my mom from the start.

Like my parents, I became a physician too and I chose pediatrics. Now I live and work in Florida and have seen the impact of nicotine addiction on my own young patients.

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The Vype ePod is very easy to use and highly portable. However, you may find its vapour too mild, and lacking in strength in the context of a transition to e-cigarettes. When you switch over to e-cigarettes, you need to satisfy your nicotine habit. Therefore, you need to opt for an e-liquid with a sufficient nicotine content (nicotine concentration) to meet this need. The maximum content authorised in Europe of 20 mg/ml for all e-liquids.

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So much for lockdowns making us more health-conscious. Last week we saw Brits endure Arctic conditions for a pint. Now there’s data showing they’re smoking more too. Market researcher Mintel found in a survey of 2,000 British adults last fall that more than half of cigarette users were stress smoking more than before the pandemic. Some 10 percent started smoking again after giving up. Overall, 30 percent of the smokers surveyed reported lighting up more regularly since the outbreak. And the picture looks similar elsewhere: Many people in the U.S., as well as Canada, France, Israel and South Korea, have also said they are smoking more [...]

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There appears to be a silver lining to forced school and business closures during early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study: Fewer kids used e-cigarettes. "The combination of not being able to share, not having access to retail outlets and affordability were significant predictors of drops in vaping," said study author Jennifer Kreslake, research director from the Schroeder Institute at Truth Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based anti-tobacco group.

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Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in America and causes about 30% of all cancer deaths. That's why researchers with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center wanted to study the impact of a California law passed in 2016 that raised the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21.

Their new study [...] examines smoking behavior after the state implemented one of the first tobacco 21 (T21) policies.

The study, conducted by UC Davis researchers Melanie Dove, Susan Stewart and Elisa Tong, looked at smoking patterns before and after the law passed and compared California and other states without a T21 policy. [...]

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On April 19, the United States Postal Service (USPS) offered new guidance for vape businesses ahead of a rule that would make it difficult for their products to be shipped by mail to consumers.

The notice, published in the Federal Register, gave some clarity on the forthcoming policy and outlined potential exceptions, which could include legal hemp and its derivatives. As the restriction is set to take effect immediately after its finalized and USPS will not review any exemptions ahead of time, the agency released what it hopes is a streamlined application process.

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The next time you visit a vape or e-cigarette retail store in the country, make sure you have your ID.

Retailers that sell electronic cigarette (e-cig) and combustible tobacco products could ask for age verification before selling electronic vapour products (EVPs) as part of a drive to prevent underage sales. This is just one of the guidelines vape and electronic cigarette retail stores are now reinforcing.

The vaping industry has come under intense scrutiny recently amid a wave of underage vaping.

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Something very curious is happening as anti-tobacco groups led by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids seek city-by-city, state-by-state bans on flavored tobacco products.

They have succeeded in just one state — Massachusetts, which ended the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, e-cigarettes and cigars, last June. In a full-page ad in The Boston Globe, the anti-tobacco groups thanked lawmakers “for protecting our kids and communities.”

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Congressional Democrats have introduced a bill that would impose the first federal tax on vaping products, and increase other tobacco taxes for the first time in a decade. Currently, about half of U.S. states have some kind of vaping product tax, but there is no federal tax.

The bill is supported by longtime Illinois vaping foes Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, and co-sponsored by a handful of the usual Senate vaping opponents. The Tobacco Tax Equity Act Of 2021 (S.1314) will close “loopholes that the industry has exploited to target our children” by doubling the cigarette tax [...]

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A new analysis of data from a randomised controlled trial of the stop-smoking drug varenicline (brand name Chantix in the US and Champix elsewhere), has provided clear evidence that varenicline does not increase the risk of psychiatric problems. The study also assessed the risk of psychiatric problems associated with bupropion and the nicotine patch. It similarly found moderate to strong evidence for no increased risk of neuropsychiatric adverse events relative to use of a placebo. 

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The right to information is a fundamental consumer value, may it be any form of product; the benefit to the consumer has to be at the heart of it. Today’s consumer is increasingly health conscious, from food to skincare to health and work-life balance – every aspect of life is now a well thought out, researched and self-aware decision. There are more than 1 billion smokers worldwide. And while everyone knows the negative impact of smoking on health, not many know why or of a solution, if they can’t quit smoking.

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A war on nicotine could transform society's fight against cancer, heart disease and ill-health.

Medical experts said plans in the US and New Zealand to slash the amount of nicotine in cigarettes could save millions of lives.

US President Joe Biden's administration is reported to be planning an assault on the tobacco industry, just days after Jacinda Ardern's government in New Zealand set out plans to make cigarettes so weak they are no longer addictive.

Reducing the amount of nicotine in cigarettes would push more UAE smokers towards less harmful alternatives and improve public health, doctors said.

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A recent survey conducted by CSIR (Council of Scientific Industrial Research), Government of India, has revealed that smokers and vegetarians are less likely to contract Covid-19 infection. The survey suggested smoking may be protective, despite Covid-19 being a respiratory disease, due to its role in increasing the mucous production that may be acting as the first line of defence among the smoking population. It indicated that vegetarian food rich in fibre may have a role to play in providing immunity against COVID-19 due to its anti-inflammatory properties by modification of gut microbiota.

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It may be that all smoking isn’t bad for you in the same way. According to an analysis published in EClinical Medicine, smoking cigarettes is far more likely to lead to heart disease than smoking marijuana.

The analysis conducted by David Lorenz, PhD, a research scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and colleagues adds to the already overwhelming data showing that smoking tobacco—a practice more prevalent among people with HIV—is associated with shorter life spans and worse HIV outcomes. This analysis [...] included 245 people at least 40 years old who were followed between 2016 and 2018.

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In recent years, the billionaire-politician-philanthropist has used his largesse to bend regulators in the United States and elsewhere to his will in service of his social agenda, which includes eradicating smoking and battling climate change.

Earlier this year, the government of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte came under intense fire for denying tobacco companies access to COVID-19 vaccines imported by the government in partnership with the private sector for employee vaccination programs. The Duterte administration’s decision was based on a 10-year-old policy forbidding government officials from interacting with the tobacco industry. [...]

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Somewhere deep in our subconscious we’re all drawn to death, or so said the neurologist Sigmund Freud.

He thought our death-drive lived in constant conflict with the stronger life-drive, but in cases of mental distress he said these drives became unbalanced. In everyone, he said this death-drive would sometimes come to the surface through aggression and self-destructive behaviour.

Freud had some really weird ideas. Some were pretty preposterous.

But seeing the pushback to the Government's plans to forge towards to its Smokefree 2025 goal, I thought he might have a point here.