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The surge in sales of the Juul electronic cigarette is quickly shifting the product from trendy to dominant front runner.

In the latest four-week period tracked by Nielsen, through Dec. 30, Juul’s sales jumped to 46.8 percent U.S. market share from 40 percent on Dec. 2.

At that level, Juul has exceeded the top market share (46.2 percent) of Philip Morris USA’s Marlboro brand for traditional cigarettes.

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22nd Century is a plant biotechnology company that genetically engineers and breeds tobacco and cannabis plants to make them more valuable. Its primary work includes low-nicotine tobacco plants and hemp plants that can be used in soil remediation, but it's also working on cannabis that's high in CBD, a cannabinoid that's been associated with positive outcomes in epilepsy patients.a

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As a primary care physician, I will be watching closely on Jan. 24 when the Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) meets to review the Modified Risk Tobacco Product Application of Philip Morris International IQOS product. The agency recently announced it will convene a public hearing to examine the merits of a new heat-not-burn tobacco technology [...]

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The US researchers followed two groups of people 2002/03 and 2010/11 and found at the end of the 12-month period, those using varenicline (sold in Australia as Champix), bupropion (Zyban), or nicotine-replacement therapy (gums, mints or patches) were no more likely to have quit smoking for 30 days or more than those who didn't use these drugs.

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It’s common knowledge that smoking is dangerous. The breadth of the damage caused by smoking is far-reaching, with the health hazards a topic of debate for decades. Globally, it accounts for the largest avoidable cause of death, with over 7 million mortalities reported annually. With statistics like these, it’s no wonder that alternative products are gaining huge momentum in the marketplace, [...]

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The E-cigarette market is a multi-billion pound industry and one which is only continuing to grow.

For many “vaping” is now a part of everyday life and it’s rare to walk down a busy street these days without seeing somebody using one of the devices. Medical experts believe vaping is 95% safer than smoking a conventional cigarette - but there is still some uncertainty surrounding e-cigarettes [...]

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A vape shop in New York is launching a New Year’s effort to convert smokers to electronic cigarettes, offering consultations to educate tobacco users on the harm reduction devices.

180 Smoke, a Canadian vape chain founded by a heart surgeon that caters to former smokers, is marking its entrance into U.S. markets with a campaign to transition smokers to vapor products. [...]

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The smoking legal age is set to increase from 18 to 21 at the start of the New Year. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Public Law 34-01 will raise the legal age for access to tobacco products. [...]
It was Speaker Benjamin Cruz who wrote the bill. Cruz said that the bill became a law because of the young people in Guam. They believe that increasing the legal age is a cost effective way to save money and lives.

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The U.S. Supreme Court chose Monday not to hear the appeal for two tobacco manufacturers related to legal rulings involving Engle progeny smokers’ lawsuits.

As a result, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA face a combined $825,000 in judgments to Earl Graham, husband of the late Faye Graham.

The manufacturers submitted their petition for writ of certiorari Sept. 15. Reynolds declined to comment on the ruling.

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Non-cigarette tobacco products, which include electronic cigarettes, hookah [...] and non-cigarette combustibles, like cigars, are increasingly popular among young people. Considerable debate surrounds whether use of these non-cigarette products encourages youth to begin smoking conventional cigarettes. Several previous studies have shown associations between non-cigarette tobacco use and youth smoking. [...]

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While the number of smokers in Germany may have gone done over the last 15 years, cigarettes are still ubiquitous in films and on television. That's a problem, said Marlene Mortler, Germany's Federal Drugs Commissioner, [...]

"The more frequently that young people see others smoking in films and on television, the greater the likelihood is that they will pick up a cigarette," said Mortler [...]

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Synthetic drugs are being produced in liquid form and smoked through e-cigarettes and vaporisers, a new report shows.

And experts say ingesting the drug as a liquid increases the chance of risk.

[...] Samuel Andrews said the products were often imported as a powder, then made into a liquid which was usually put on a leaf to smoke. "When it's a liquid it's a lot harder to tell how strong the batch will be."

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British American Tobacco is likely to increase the consumer price of its heat-not-burn cigarettes from 4,300 won (US$4.01) to 4,500 won, on par with its competitors here, according to industry sources on Jan. 10.

The issue of tobacco producers raising the price of their HNB cigarettes arose last year, when the government announced plans to increase individual consumption taxes and other levies such as a health promotion fee. [...]

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Smoking increases the risk of lower back pain that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery, a Swedish study suggests. [...]

“Smoking appears to be a risk factor for developing lower spine space narrowing that can lead to surgical treatment,” said senior study author Dr Arkan Sayed-Noor, a researcher at Umea University.

“Quitting smoking can reduce the risk,” Sayed-Noor said by email.

 

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He is rugged, independent and rides horseback far across the American West. He inhabits a world of vivid sunsets and canyons, chain-smoking along the way as he lights up one of the 20th century’s most famous marketing campaigns. [...] These days, Americans are smoking fewer cigarettes. With adult smoking rates in the United States hovering around 15 per cent, down from 25 per cent in 1995, [...]

 

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SMOKERS ARE TWICE as likely to develop mental health issues than those who don’t indulge, research from an Irish health study has found.

Dr Paul Kavanagh, Director of Public Health Medicine North East, Specialist in Public Health Medicine and Advisor to HSE Tobacco Free Ireland programme has been researching the links between nicotine consumption and poor mental health.

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Plenty of other agencies, and plenty more companies in other sectors, have similar policies. It cannot be denied that tobacco is a pariah industry, but thanks to new ‘harm-reduction’ products, such as the e-cigarettes now used by about three million Britons, it appears to be turning a corner. In July, the Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Plan for England said that e-cigarettes were a viable tool for smoking cessation, [...]

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Faced with exploding crime and a stagnant smoking rate, the New Zealand government is under increasing pressure to follow through on its promise to legalise nicotine-containing vapour products. However, the new government has been accused of dragging its feet over the move. One of the big stories of last year was the NZ government’s announcement that it planned to end the ban on nicotine liquids [...]

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At least 61 per cent of people who try their first cigarette become, at least temporarily, daily smokers, suggests an analysis of survey data by Queen Mary University of London. [...]

Lead researcher Professor Peter Hajek from Queen Mary said: "This is the first time that the remarkable hold that cigarettes can establish after a single experience has been documented from such a large set of data.

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In 2015, the most recent year with available data, cancer deaths dropped to 158.6 per 100,000 people, according to a report released Thursday by the American Cancer Society. [...] For most of the 20th century, cancer death rates rose as tobacco usage caused an increasing number of male deaths from lung cancer. However, in the early 1990s that trend reversed, according to the report.