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A recent report release by the National Academy of Sciences confirms that despite the opposition to vaping by many anti-tobacco groups and state health departments, use of these products is much safer than smoking, and there are no known long-term health effects associated with vaping.

This does not mean, of course, that vaping is safe. It just means that we don't know what the long-term effects may be. But it is important to stress that [...]

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Chain-smoking Indonesia is moving to stub out its booming e-cigarette sector, sparking criticism that the government is siding with giant tobacco firms at the expense of public health.

The South-east Asian nation has one of the world's highest smoking rates - some 65 per cent of adult men smoke - with a pack costing just US$2 (S$2.63). Cigarette advertising is everywhere across the vast archipelago which once had the dubious distinction [...]

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Starting Feb 1, buying, using and possessing tobacco products like e-cigarettes, shisha and chewing tobacco will be illegal, the Ministry of Health said on Friday (Jan 26).

The new prohibitions on such "emerging and imitation" tobacco products are part of the first phase of amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act, which were passed in Parliament in November last year.

 

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Georgia once again gets a failing grade in tobacco control from the American Lung Association for everything from a very low tobacco tax to restricting what help Medicaid patients can get to quit smoking. [...] In the lung association’s annual State of Tobacco Control report card, Georgia would likely be held back after getting a failing grade in four out of five categories. [...]

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Philip Morris International Inc should not be allowed to claim that its iQOS electronic tobacco device can reduce the risk of tobacco-related diseases compared with cigarettes, an advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. The panel concluded that Philip Morris had not proven that iQOS – a sleek, pen-like device that heats tobacco rather than burning it – reduces harm compared with cigarettes. [...]

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The prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report on e-cigarettes Tuesday that’s the most comprehensive look at the evidence to date.

A panel of experts analyzed the findings of 800 peer-reviewed studies and came out with a grab bag of conclusions about e-cigarettes’ public health impact. [...] the 600-page volume signals an important shift in the conversation about e-cigarettes here in the US.

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The house-to-house survey also indicated that prevalence of tobacco consumption amongst minors had reduced from 10 to 4 per cent countrywide from 2010 to 2017. However, a significant 12.4 per cent of total tobacco users were in the age bracket of 15-24 years.

“The age of initiation into consuming tobacco is low. It starts from 15-17 years of age due to either popularity or ease of access,” said Sulabha Parasuraman, [...]

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The stock has been smoking hot since the idea began floating around that if the FDA approves an e-cigarette maker’s claims, XXII might have a future. [...] Mr. Sweanor said the company came off sounding like an unbelievably happy groom left at the altar.

“It’s as if 22nd Century was saying, ‘Terrific news - every hot woman in the congregation looking for a date - I’m available right now,’” said Mr. Sweanor. “They certainly were spinning it.”

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WBUR spoke with Dr. Siegel about the new report, [...] The report really lays to rest several major misconceptions that have been kind of lurking around for quite some time.

• First of all, I think it's very clear that vaping is much safer than smoking.

• Second, if people switch from smoking to vaping that is a good thing, it can improve their health. [...]

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Bangladesh outlawed smoking in public places in 2013. However, our survey of primary school children in the capital, Dhaka, found that 95 per cent had recently been exposed to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which can cause cancer. Children are particularly vulnerable to the harms caused by this smoke, as their lungs are still developing and they breathe at a faster rate than adults.

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The lack of regulation of electronic cigarettes in Mexico puts users at risk, the number of whom is increasing despite the fact that there is not yet enough scientific evidence to say that they help “treat” smoking addiction, experts consulted by EFE warned.

Currently, there is regulatory ambiguity surrounding e-cigarettes in Mexico, given that Article 16 of the General Law for Control of Tobacco prohibits marketing and sale of the product but not consumption.

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A new consumer advocacy group has been launched in Italy to represent the country’s e-cigarette users. The National Association of United Vapers - Associazione Nazionale per i Vapers Uniti in Italian – says its primary objective is to promote harm reduction by example, through introducing smokers to the new generation of safer nicotine products.

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Smokers need to quit cigarettes rather than cut back on them to significantly lower their risk of heart disease and stroke, a large BMJ study suggests.

Martin Dockrell [...] said: "This study adds to the growing body of evidence which tells us that cutting down to just one cigarette a day still leaves a substantial risk of heart attack and stroke. The best and safest thing you can do is to quit completely for good."

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Marijuana can be consumed in a number of different ways. You can smoke it, vape it, turn it into edibles and many more. But there is one way that could be far more popular in the future: Transdermal patches.

Transdermals are patches infused with THC and/or CBD that are applied to a veinous area on the body and delivers those ingredients into the user's body. 

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The NASEM report [...] acknowledges the harm-reducing potential of e-cigarettes. "E-cigarette aerosol contains fewer numbers and lower levels of most toxicants than smoke from combustible tobacco cigarettes does," Eaton et al. say. "Laboratory tests of e-cigarette ingredients, in vitro toxicological tests, and short-term human studies suggest that e-cigarettes are likely to be far less harmful than combustible tobacco cigarettes."

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Washington lawmakers have again been asked to raise the state’s legal age for buying tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21. Supporters say tobacco companies are more aggressively marketing to young people and this would help to blunt the effects of that.

Washington state Health Secretary John Wiesman told lawmakers his department’s Tobacco 21 proposal is the single most important step the state can take to save lives.

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Philip Morris International Inc told a U.S. advisory panel on Wednesday that it expects around 6 million smokers to switch completely to its iQOS electronic tobacco device if the company is allowed to claim it is less risky than cigarettes. [...] Moira Gilchrist, Philip Morris’ vice president [...] estimated that 90,000 smoking-related deaths could have been averted over 20 years based on an assumed switch rate of 15 percent.

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A new Ottawa study suggests that cutting the rate of smoking among the poor and homeless can also reduce their use of street drugs, including opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.

The study, conducted by researchers at The Bridge Engagement Centre, enlisted 80 inner-city residents in Ottawa. It offered them free nicotine replacement therapies — patches, gum or inhalers — along with peer support, mental health counselling [...]

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Female smokers usually show less interest in breastfeeding as they believe that formula food is a safer alternative. Infants born to women smokers have shown to be prone to lung infections, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), and asthma. [...] A few researchers declare that, as an aftereffect of smoking, breast milk contains low iodine levels, which leads to iodine deficiency and induces brain damage in children. [...]

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A coalition of health groups is demanding a sharp increase in the state’s cigarette tax to counter high smoking rates – but they want the price hike to be imposed on e-cigarettes, too. The proposal, which has already been backed by some lawmakers, would significantly increase the price of a reduced-harm alternative in a state that’s already lagging far behind the rest of the USA in smoking cessation.