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The maker of Marlboro and other cigarette brands has a new mission: getting the world’s 1 billion smokers to quit smoking.

You read that right. Philip Morris International is trying to persuade customers to switch to its heated tobacco products, which it says are better alternatives because they are smoke-free. Eventually, the company hopes, governments will regulate cigarettes out of existence altogether.

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Anti-smoking advocates on Wednesday shrugged off a call by a pro-vaping group for e-cigarettes to be provided by the state as an option for smoking cessation treatment, as being offered in Britain.

They said Thailand will first have to achieve a good standard of tobacco use control that is of a similar standard to Britain. Britain was given a full score out of 10 whereas Thailand received only 5 for its achievements in tobacco control policy, said Roengrudee Patanavanich, a doctor and academic with Ramathibodi Hospital's Department of Community Medicine.

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Over the course of my troubled life, I have found refuge in tobacco. At times of intense stress, whether self-generated or imposed by outside forces, there has been comfort and solace in a taking a quiet moment with myself, a cigarette and a bad instant coffee.

I know smoking isn’t a safe product. My mother’s life was curtailed by a cancer that was probably the result of decades of tobacco use and – as I share some of her genes – I am conscious of the risks. Currently, as I battle a number of commercial challenges, I’ve found that a combination of vaping and an accelerated regime of running is helping me manage the associated pressure.

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Due to COVID-19, Coloradans have paid more attention to health issues over the past year than we have in decades. And while we know that COVID-19 is not as deadly to teens as it is to adults, particularly older adults, this pandemic is exacerbating an already concerning situation for Colorado teens — what the U.S. Surgeon General has named an epidemic — teen vaping.

[...] A recent research study from the Stanford University School of Medicine found a link between vaping and COVID-19 among teenagers and young adults. [...]

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Now it’s true not everyone within public health opposes THR products, such as vaping and smokeless tobacco, but for those who do, they seem to hold all the power.
Joining us for the first time on RegWatch is Dr. Lynn T. Kozlowski, Prof of Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions. [...] What’s the primary moral reaction towards vaping by harm reductionists within public health?

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Some 39% of British smokers aged 18 to 34 said they are now smoking more regularly in a survey commissioned by market researcher Mintel. What’s more, 10% of respondents said they started smoking again after quitting. Overall, the poll found that 30% of smokers are lighting up more regularly.

 
 

“Smoking is seen as a small vice, especially during these times when there is little else to distract people,” said Roshida Khanom, who leads the beauty & personal care category at Mintel. She cited loneliness, boredom and concern about the future as drivers.

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More than one in 10 women in the United States say they smoke cigarettes or e-cigarettes, according to figures released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, use of tobacco products varies from state to state, with just under 7% of women in California reporting cigarette or e-cigarette smoking, but as many as 75% of those in West Virginia doing so, the data showed. [...] Current tobacco use is highest among women ages 45 to 64, at just over 14%, and among those of American Indian and Alaska Native origin, at 21%, according to the CDC.

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The Philippine College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (PCOMS), one of the biggest groups of dental professionals in the country, said that it respects the stance of some members who urged smokers to switch to non-combustible alternatives.

Dr. Fernando Fernandez, a member and former president of the group, spoke [...] that if patients cannot quit, they should shift to a “non-combustible nicotine delivery system.”

“We are convincing our patients to stop smoking. But if our patients cannot quit, we advise them to at least consider shifting to a non-combustible nicotine delivery system, [...]

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“New Zealand smokers will who can least afford it will spend more on their habit and in turn do harm to those around them if the Government mandates lower nicotine in tobacco,” says ACT Social Development and Children spokesperson Karen Chhour.

“We knew this Government was dim but trying to wean smokers off nicotine by making them smoke more tar takes the cake.

“And we know Labour won’t cut taxes, so they’ll be increasing the tax on nicotine by a factor of 20, hitting poorer New Zealanders hardest.

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Raising the cigarette tax in Indiana started as a real possibility this 2021 legislative session but now it’s unlikely. However, a small vaping tax is still alive at the Statehouse despite criticism.

Seattle, Washington native Vasiliy Frantsevich doesn’t understand why Indiana is choosing to move forward with a vaping tax increase over cigarettes.

“I think because we already understand how horrible smoking cigarettes is, it’s kind of easier to convince people this is really bad for you,” explained Frantsevich.

In his state, they have a three dollar per pack cigarette tax. [...]

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There exists a lack of published academic research with and for young people who use drugs, including research focused on harm reduction. This is despite a majority of the global population of people who use illicit drugs being adolescents and young people—according to the latest (2018) statistics provided by the UN World Drug report—and the fact that they are disproportionately impacted by a range of drug- and drug policy-related harms. [...]

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Nicotine-free vaping? That might sound a little strange to you at first – especially if you want to switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes. But there are very good reasons why some vapers prefer to use a nicotine-free vape pen. In addition to the everyday use of nicotine-containing liquids, some vapers only occasionally switch to nicotine-free liquids. In this article you will find out what the reasons are and what the benefits are.

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The Estonian Parliament has recently voted to suspend the excise duty on e-liquids between the 1st of April 2021 until 31 December 2022, with the aim of reducing cross-border trade and illicit trade. [...]
“Suspending the collection of excise duty will make it possible to lower the price of e-liquids and thus offer consumers controlled and safe products at a lower price. It has the potential to become a success story if we manage to reduce both the illicit trade and cross-border trade and at the same time offer less harmful alternatives to cigarettes at a more competitive price,” said Tarmo Kruusimäe, Member of the Estonian Parliament

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How knowledge can help achieving a smoke-free future(Philip Morris International, CEO): Philip Morris International (PMI) is leading the transformation in the tobacco industry to create a smoke-free future and ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products for adult smokers who would otherwise continue to smoke. Since 2008, PMI has invested more than USD 7.2 billion into the science and research of developing smoke-free products, and employed more than 400 world-class scientists, engineers and technicians.

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Liverpool is set to host the 8th Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN21) in June, an annual event that was forced online during 2020 by the Covid pandemic. [...] The GFN21 organisers say it, “is the only international conference to focus on the role of safer nicotine products that help people switch from smoking. [...] “The rapid development and use of safer nicotine products raises a number of challenging scientific questions about their safety, who uses them and why, and the impact on smoking. These products also raise challenges for governments who seek to understand what kind of policy and regulation is appropriate. [...]

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Smoking cigarettes is a known risk factor for severe disease and death from many lung conditions. It is also a significant risk factor for both viral and bacterial infections of the respiratory system, with smokers being five times as likely to develop influenza and twice as likely to have pneumonia. Not surprisingly, smoking has also been linked to increased severity of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), ICU admission, and death in those who are hospitalized for the disease.

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The Government is suggesting limiting the amount of nicotine allowed in cigarettes.

It is one of a number of proposals being put forward to meet its goal of making New Zealand smoke-free by 2025.

Others include restricting where cigarettes can be sold and creating a licensing regime.

The Government is also talking about creating a smoke-free generation, where people who are under 18 next year will never be able to buy cigarettes.

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During 2021, 2.7 million EU residents were diagnosed with cancer and 1.3 million Europeans lost their lives to some form of the disease.

In order to combat the problem, the EU has presented a comprehensive Beating Cancer Plan, calling for €4bn in spending to improve prevention, treatment, and care.

One of the plan’s main priorities is to “ensure that less than 5% of the population uses tobacco by 2040”.

The formulation is an unfortunate one, according to tobacco harm reduction advocate Clive Bates, who served previously as the Director of Action on Smoking and Health in the UK. 

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Montana is facing an epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. The number of Montana high school students regularly using e-cigarettes rose 263% between 2017 and 2019. Five times more youth than adults in our state use these addictive products.

Yet, the aim of SB 398 is to prevent Montana communities from putting any restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, including the fruit- and candy-flavored products that are so successful in attracting and addicting our kids. Big Tobacco should not enjoy more protection than our children.

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Over the past few years, tobacco legislation has resembled a patchwork quilt across the United States: Tobacco-buying age rules that don't cross state borders. Flavor ban ordinances in one municipality, but not in another 10 minutes away. It was enough to make even the most seasoned tobacco retailer's head spin.

Uniformity began to creep into the landscape in late 2019. On Dec. 20 of that year, former President Donald Trump signed legislation to amend the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and raise the federal minimum age on the sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21. [...]