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A new study from Duke Health has found pregnant women experienced less secondhand smoke exposure since the 2009 passage of the 'smoking ban' in North Carolina, which outlawed smoking inside public places such as bars and restaurants. [...] The data comes from 668 women who enrolled in the study between 2005 and 2011. Their secondhand smoke exposure was measured by the presence of cotinine, [...]

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Parents will rally this morning outside San Francisco City Hall to demand elected officials, candidates and political groups refuse money from any tobacco company seeking to repeal the city's ban on the sale of flavored tobacco, organizers said Sunday. [...] Organizers said they are holding the rally as tobacco companies campaign to overturn a flavored tobacco ban passed by the Board of Supervisors in June of last year.

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We all remember the anti-tobacco presentations from elementary school; the numerous slide shows of blackened lungs and deformed infants. But for most of us, the issue of tobacco consumption is more in relation to cigarettes. Sure, we may have been informed about other methods such as chewing tobacco, but cigarettes are the most remembered. [...]

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The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) reminded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) bound for Qatar to refrain from bringing tobacco products there.

This after the host country has banned all tobacco derivatives, equipment, and other materials in relation to tobacco usage. “OFWs are advised to be wary of these prohibitions and should never attempt to carry any of these banned products when travelling to Qatar,” [...]

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High school bathrooms have never smelled better. Unfortunately, the watermelon, mint and mango scents aren't a sign the custodial staff is testing a new air freshener. Rather, the pleasant odor signals a troubling new trend among teenagers - juuling. In an era where teenage fads move ten times faster than parental awareness, juuling -- the name given to the use of small, easily concealable e-cigarette pens - is especially concerning.

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When Congress gave the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco in 2009, it provided a pathway for companies to obtain approval for “modified risk tobacco products (MRTPs)…, sold or distributed for use to reduce harm or the risk of tobacco-related disease…” [...]  While decades of epidemiologic studies prove that non-combustible tobacco products are vastly safer than those involving inhaled smoke laced with thousands of toxins, [...]

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[...] Businesses are required to file complex applications with the FDA for pre-approval of all new tobacco products, while existing cigarette brands are exempt from submitting an application and are allowed to be sold without changes to the products’ content. In 2007, vape products were just starting to be developed and have advanced rapidly in the last 11 years with evidence clearly showing they are much safer than cigarettes.

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The overall tobacco consumption among adults in Karnataka has declined by nearly 5.4 percentage points in the last seven years, says the findings of the second round of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey [...] the mean age of tobacco initiation among teenagers has increased, indicating that they are now starting to use tobacco at a later age compared to earlier. [...]

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Another state is mulling a hike to the minimum tobacco purchasing age, relying primarily on the debunked claim that e-cigarettes are a “gateway” to smoking for teens.  Officials are using alarmist tactics, pushing misinformation on the effects of vaping, in order to secure a tobacco purchasing age hike in Idaho, that will also apply to all vapor products.

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It’s true the war on smoking in this country is led by health concerns. And 15 years ago there were some 15,000 deaths a year attributed to smoking from illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and respiratory conditions such as asthma, [...]

But — importantly — it’s not illegal. So are the increasingly draconian laws about where you can smoke, or even what can be published about smoking, justified?

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Nonsmoking adolescents who use e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or tobacco water pipes are more likely to start smoking conventional cigarettes within a year, according to new research by UC San Francisco. The study analyzed data from a nationally-representative sample of more than 10,000 adolescents, ages 12 to 17. It is the largest study to date to estimate the impact between alternative tobacco use and the subsequent start of conventional cigarette smoking in youth. 

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E-cigarette regulations should be relaxed to make vaping more attractive to smokers of traditional cigarettes, expert witnesses have told a House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee hearing.

Riccardo Polosa, professor of internal medicine at the University of Catania, in Italy, told MPs that selling larger refill containers for e-cigarettes might persuade tobacco smokers to make the switch to vaping.

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Nicotine patches, chewing gum and sprays used by nearly two million Britons each year have been linked to cancer. A study by a leading cancer expert has sparked fears that popular methods of giving up smoking could have long-term health implications. Researchers discovered that chemicals released by nicotine can break down in the body into a known cancer-causing agent.

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The consumption of alcohol and tobacco has dropped among Australian teenagers and they are also using fewer drugs than 20 years ago, according to a new study [...] Tobacco use dropped from 45% to 10% over the same period – the steepest decline of all substances – and marijuana use fell from 15% to 4%. Lead researcher Prof John Toumbourou said it was a success for Australia’s public health campaigns over the years.

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As resolutions go, quitting smoking could be the most important choice on a smoker's list. Smokers are more likely to develop diseases like lung, throat and mouth cancer. And they're more likely to die earlier than are people who don't light up. Dr. J. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, says it's never too late to quit the habit.

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Passive smoking or involuntary smoking refers to the unconscious inhalation of smoke that emerges as a result of others burning cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. This inhaled smoke is also termed as known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) or second-hand smoke (SHS). Mostly children are affected by passive smoking at a higher rate than adults.

 

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Global tobacco giant Philip Morris International has announced that its new year's resolution is to give up cigarettes manufacturing. In an unusual move, the tobacco company recently placed full-page adverts in several UK newspapers claiming that the firm's "New Year's resolution" for 2018 is to "stop selling cigarettes ."

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Last month, the FDA together with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched this consultation in order to gather feedback on how to best regulate flavours. [...] In response to this, Attorney General of Iowa Thomas Miller, and four Public Health experts amongst whom renowned anti-smoking activists Clive Bates and David Sweanor, sent a briefing and letter to Dr. Gottlieb [..]

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New "heat-not-burn" tobacco products on sale in the UK are harmful to health but are likely to be less risky than smoking conventional cigarettes, a scientific advisory committee has said. Evidence suggests that the products, which heat tobacco in a device to produce a vapour instead of burning it as in conventional cigarettes, still pose a risk to users, the independent Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) announced.

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The state government has banned electronic cigarettes in Bihar. The manufacturing, distribution, sale, purchase, display and advertisement of e-cigarettes have been banned as well. Online purchase of e-cigarettes has been prohibited, too. The notification was issued by the State drug controller (SDC) Ravindra Kumar Sinha recently and was also sent to all the assistant drug controllers (ADC) and drug inspectors [...]