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Many people know that smoking tobacco increases your chances of developing lung cancer and respiratory illness. But the negative health effects of smoking aren’t restricted to your lungs. One of the lesser-known side effects of smoking is an increased chance of developing hair loss. It’s not exactly clear why smoking is associated with hair loss, but it’s thought that there are many contributing factors.

Keep reading as we dig deeper into the many ways smoking may cause hair loss.

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The EU Commission will soon reveal the outcome of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) implementation report, a long-awaited document that will assess the strengths and weaknesses of the legislation and which could become the first step in the reformulation of the European approach towards tobacco-alternative products. The result of this preliminary work is expected to be used by officials as important sources in the document, which will be forwarded to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Committee of the Regions.

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Devices that deliver nicotine without smoke inhalation have potential to help smokers who cannot or do not want to stop using nicotine to reduce dramatically the risk of smoking-related disease and death.

However, for smokers to switch to these alternatives, the products need to provide what smokers expect from cigarettes.

The newest study from Queen Mary University of London evaluates safety and effects of these products and has focused on the most popular "heat not burn" product, IQOS. Author Professor Peter Hajek said: "IQOS is likely to be useful to help smokers quit, particularly in countries like Japan, where e-cigarettes are banned; [...]

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Titled, “E-cigarette use behaviors and device characteristics of daily exclusive e-cigarette users in Maryland: Implications for product toxicity,” the study recruited 100 daily exclusive e-cigarette users and 50 non-users from Maryland, between 2015 and 2017. Via interviews, the researchers collected data regarding sociodemographic characteristics, health status, patterns of vape-related behaviors, preferred device characteristics, and reasons for e-cigarette use.

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University College London Senior Research Fellow, Dr Sharon Cox, discusses relative risk and the harm reduction benefits of vaping, as well as her own research with smokers in disadvantaged groups.

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The American Lung Association and five other groups are asking Gov. Kay Ivey to veto a bill the group says has caveats that favor the tobacco and vaping industries.

House Bill 273 raises the age of buying tobacco and vaping products from 19 to 21, and establishes a registry that vaping manufacturers would have to submit to, but there’s concern that aspects of the bill are unworkable, and favor the industries. The bill passed both the House and Senate and awaits Ivey’s signature.

 

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PHILIP Morris International Inc is facing a possible import ban of its IQOS heated-tobacco sticks to the US, after it lost the first round of a legal trade battle with British American Tobacco Plc.

Philip Morris and Altria Group Inc infringes two patents owned by BAT’s subsidiary Reynolds American Inc, International Trade Commission Judge Clark Cheney said in a notice on the agency’s website.

The judge’s findings aren’t public to give both sides time to redact confidential information. [...]

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Today sees the publication of the Nanny State Index, now in its fourth edition. Launched in 2016, it looks at the over-regulation of food, soft drinks, vaping, tobacco and alcohol in thirty European countries. Since the last edition was published in 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has led governments around the world to impose coercive controls on an almost unprecedented scale.

The index does not include anti-Covid policies that are expected to be a genuinely temporary response to the pandemic, but the outlook is bleak nonetheless. Almost without exception, governments across Europe are adopting higher sin taxes and more prohibitions. 

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New Brunswick’s health minister says further legislation to combat youth vaping is on the way, as the opposition calls for more to be done.

Health Minster Dorothy Shephard tabled legislation this week that would create a registry of businesses selling vaping products, as part of the effort to crack down on the use of e-cigarettes by minors. Opposition parties have said the bill won’t actually address the problem of youth vaping, but Shephard says more is on the way.

“This is only the first bill that’s being brought forward and this is about regulation and licensing, so there is more to come,” Shephard said on Friday.

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Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) include structural and functional blood vessel injuries linked to poor neurocognitive outcomes. Smoking might indirectly increase the likelihood of cognitive impairment by exacerbating vascular disease risks. Sex disparities in VCID have been reported, however, few studies have assessed the sex-specific relationships between smoking and memory performance and with contradictory results. [...]

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A new advertising campaign launched by Quit Tasmania uses graphic imagery to encourage Tasmanians to quit smoking.

Voice Box, launched Sunday, was chosen for Tasmanians after a survey revealed some hard-hitting facts about the state's smoking population.

Quit Tasmania Director Abby Smith said the survey of 1000 Tasmanian smokers and recent quitters showed only 35 per cent identified mouth and throat cancer as a health risk from smoking. "We know that Tasmania has the second highest smoking rate in Australia," she said.

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When e-cigarettes first came on the market in the mid-2000s, they were touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, and even a way for tobacco users to quit smoking. However, vaping still causes serious health complications. 

Here's what you need to know about how vaping compares to smoking and the health risks associated with e-cigarettes. The assumption that vaping is less harmful than smoking is demonstrably false, says Osita Onugha, MD, thoracic surgeon [...]

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In recent weeks, federal officials have announced policies that are very likely to increase cigarette smuggling into the United States and bring other unintended consequences.

The Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2021, introduced in Congress on April 22, would both raise federal excise taxes (FET) on each pack of cigarettes and adjust the tax each year for inflation to ensure automatic tax hikes. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration has moved to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes, a popular type of smoke. [...]

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The Food and Drug Administration announced late last month that it wants to ban menthol cigarettes, which are the overwhelming preference of African American smokers. But if a smoking prohibition is good for Black people, who comprise only about 1 in 7 U.S. cigarette smokers, why isn’t it good for whites and other Americans as well? 

A smarter policy would be to phase in an FDA ban on all products that burn tobacco and aggressively urge adult smokers who can’t quit to transition to alternative devices that deliver nicotine in a far less dangerous way.

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Vapers are more likely to suffer from asthma, according to a new study.

While vaping is thought to be a safer alternative to smoking, researchers found that teenagers and young adults who use electronic cigarettes are at far greater risk of developing asthma and having asthma attacks than non-vapers.

 

The Canadian research team set out to determine whether youngsters who are current e-cigarette users were more likely to have suffered an asthma attack within the last 12 months.

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E-cigarettes made their debut in the early 2000s as a potential cessation device or an alternative to cigarette products. Almost twenty years later, the long term effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown.

In 2011, the New Zealand Government set a goal to be Smoke-free by 2025 and just last month it released a discussion document on Proposals For A Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan. Nancy Loucas, co-director of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA), says the plan acknowledges vaping, but it fails to support it as a key factor to achieving a smoke-free nation.

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The use of e-cigarettes is associated with wheezing and shortness of breath in young adults and adolescents, even in those who don't smoke cigarettes or marijuana, according to research [...]

Alayna P. Tackett, PhD, assistant professor of preventive medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and colleagues conducted a web-based survey of 2,931 adolescents and young adults (average age: 18.9) with questions on the use of e-cigarettes, cigarettes and cannabis, along with self-reported asthma diagnosis and respiratory symptoms, over the previous 30 days.

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To assess knowledge and attitudes about e-smoking among undergraduate medical students, specifically focused on favorable view of therapeutic e-cigarette use for smoking cessation or harm reductioThis cross-sectional study included medical students at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. A six-item subscale was used to explore knowledge and attitudes about the therapeutic use of e-cigarettes, measuring participants’ likelihood of favoring such use. A four-item questionnaire measured confidence and importance of being educated about smoking and e-smoking, in addition to sources of knowledge about e-cigarettes.

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There is debateregarding the possible health benefits of e-liquid flavour restrictions. Restrictionsmay discourageelectronic cigarette (e-cigarette) uptakeamong non-smokers, in particular youth. However, possible unintended consequences may include reduced appeal and effectiveness of e-cigarettes for smokingcessation. We conducted an experimental study in a UK sample of daily smokers, using an independent groups design (n = 84). Participants were randomised to usean e-cigarette withnicotine-containingfruit/sweet-flavoured e-liquid (blackcurrant, strawberry, vanilla, caramel)or unflavoured e-liquid, for one week. [...]

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In this SPOTLIGHT, Aaron Biebert circles back to hear from Canadians who were affected by the deadly moral panic in Canada that sparked his latest film project. Because of the resulting irrational fear & political pressure that followed, thousands of Canadians are now at risk of losing their health or the information that can improve their lives.