Ben Fordham has had a fiery exchange with NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard on the merits of e-cigarettes in reducing smoking related deaths.
Australia should follow the lead of other countries, and make it more accessible for smokers to access e-cigarettes, Ben says. “There is pressure building on lawmakers to stop ignoring the evidence on e-cigarettes.
The Food and Drug Administration chairman, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, took aim at the increasing use of e-cigarettes among minors in the United states on Twitter last week. [...]A few things stand out here. First, as many people noticed, e-cigs currently sold in the United States do not contain any tobacco. It’s possible that Gottlieb was referring to a new generation “Heat Not Burn” technology that does use actual tobacco in creating a vapor without combustion. [...]
Despite the hype swirling around, smokers in Hong Kong must wait until April at least before they find out whether a new smoking device, IQOS, will be introduced in the SAR. [...]
Anti-smoking group the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health slammed the product, saying it is nothing more than a tactic by the tobacco industry "to downplay the health risks associated with smoking" and lure "curious youngsters" to try it.
Smoking in the bathroom has returned with a vengeance and a twist at some Chicago-area high schools, where administrators worry that new ways to get a nicotine fix are making the illegal habit even more appealing to students, and harder for teachers to catch.
Educators say they have seen a dramatic increase in the number of students caught vaping on campus in recent months.
In a policy shift, the American Cancer Society (ACS) this week endorsed e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid for smokers who won't use FDA-approved methods.
"Some smokers, despite firm clinician advice, will not attempt to quit smoking cigarettes and will not use FDA approved cessation medications," according to a position statement posted on the ACS website. "These individuals should be encouraged to switch to the least harmful form of tobacco product possible; [...]
Mr. Alexandrakis, almost every company in the industry indicated it is working on innovative tobacco products with some potential to reduce risk. What does it mean for the future of the industry?
- Let me start by referencing the World Health Organization who estimates that by 2025 around one billion people will continue to smoke worldwide. We feel that we have an obligation to offer alternative products with potential to reduce risk comparing to conventional cigarettes. [...]
Lithuania’s tobacco regulator believes Philip Morris’s new electronic smoking device should be subject to the same advertising restrictions as tobacco, potentially dealing a blow to a product the company has touted as the future of smoking.
Although the tobacco giant only risks a fine of up to 2,896 euros ($3,560) if it is found guilty of breaching Lithuanian advertising law, the case could have far-reaching consequences if it prompts regulators elsewhere to follow suit.
Tobacco products have changed in recent years. Contemporary mortality risk estimates of combustible tobacco product use are needed. The National Longitudinal Mortality Study is a longitudinal population-based, nationally representative health survey with mortality follow-up that includes demographic and other information from the Current Population Survey, tobacco product use information from the Tobacco Use Supplement, and mortality data from the National Death Index.
The NTRI who amongst its members boasts renowned anti-smoking advocate Derek Yach and the Attorney General of Iowa, Tom Miller, pointed out that a recent report by the US’ National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), indicates that switching from smoking to vaping, carries significant health benefits. “We urge these professionals, within and outside government, to embrace the concept of relative risk,” said a press note by the NRTI. [...]
Researchers found evidence that e-cigarette vapor increases a receptor that pneumococci use to adhere to cells that line the airways.
Although the study enrolled only a small number of participants, Jonathan Grigg, MD, MBBS, MRCP, FRCPCH, professor of pediatric respiratory and environmental medicine [...] said their findings suggest that people who are exposed to e-cigarette vapors are more susceptible to pneumococcal infection. [...]
There have been several letters discussing the pros and cons of vaping, the latest being that of Dr Yik Keng Yeong [...] Dr Yik acknowledges that "it is probably true that the ills of vaping are lesser than those of smoking cigarettes", but argues that e-cigarettes should be banned as the inhaled contents would still cause some harm to their users.
Tobacco control measures have reduced overall smoking rates in the United States from 42 percent in 1965 to 15 percent by the middle of this decade, but a new American Cancer Society report says several vulnerable subpopulations continue to smoke at high rates.
The populations include those in lower education and/or socioeconomic groups; from certain racial or ethnic groups; in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, [...]
Electronic cigarettes could help recovering alcoholics and other patients, new research has found.
Researchers say the use of e-cigarettes in hospitals should be given more thought, as they could lessen the stress of patients' treatment.
Dr Penelope Truman from Massey University's School of Health Sciences said their research found e-cigarettes could aid patients battling alcohol addiction and patients admitted to psychiatric units.
Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates.
The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011.
It found that, compared to people who had never smoked, people who regularly smoked only cigarettes had double the risk of death in that time frame, from whatever the cause. [...]
Nicandro Durante, chief executive, said the company expects sales from the “potentially reduced-risk product” range to double to £1bn in 2018 and hit more than £5bn by 2022.
The company was reporting full-year results for the 12 months to December 31, with operating profits up from £4.6bn to £6.5bn, boosted by a six month contribution from RAI and helped by the weakness of sterling.
Increasing amounts of literature defending vaping are being published now, even as e-cigarettes are set to overtake tobacco sticks as the leading source of nicotine addiction, in a pushback against the medical fraternity and its warnings against the occult dangers of vaping [...] It took decades for the medical establishment to convince governments and people that smoking is one of the most devastating habits to one's health. [...]
Significant amounts of toxic metals, including lead, leak from some e-cigarette heating coils and are present in the aerosols inhaled by users, according to a study [...] the scientists examined e-cigarette devices owned by a sample of 56 users. They found that significant numbers of the devices generated aerosols with potentially unsafe levels of lead, chromium, manganese and/or nickel. [...]
The American Cancer Society is recommending — with caution — to health care clinicians that they add electronic cigarettes and vaporizers as a smoking-cessation option.
The nonprofit group stressed Tuesday its policy statement is directed strictly at adults, including strongly recommending against its use by the young. It said it will closely monitor e-cigs innovations and research.
Police are warning motorists who smoke e-cigarettes while driving that they risk losing their license if their vision is obscured by clouds of vapour.
While vaping while driving is not in itself illegal, police say that an e-cigarette will be treated the same as any handheld electronic device. As such, motorists who are distracted by them, or the clouds of vapour they produce, could face prosecution for driving without due care and attention.
No doubt you will have seen some of the stories in the media recently following the publication of PHE’s latest update of the evidence on e-cigarettes . E-cigarettes do seem to be a bit like Marmite, courting controversy among the public and media alike.
Not surprisingly, there are lots of inaccuracies and misconceptions about e-cigarettes and vaping. This blog looks at the most common myths and provides the facts.