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It’s probably not surprising that smoking wreaks havoc on your health (and skin) thanks to all the tar and chemicals inside each stick. But does smoking cause acne?
[...] Smoker’s acne, or acne that comes directly from smoking a cigarette, has been studied extensively over the years and some studies seem to support a correlation between the two. [...]

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Staff at the medical centre at Fort Bragg, one of the US Army’s largest military bases, claim dozens of soldiers have suffered serious health problems because of vaping. The “potentially life-threatening” symptoms, which so far have not been observed anywhere in the world except at Bragg’s Womack Medical Center and at the US Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune, include loss of consciousness and uncontrollable seizures.

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If smoking had been a socially accepted choice for most of the 20th century in Ireland - a key part, even, of reaching adulthood - it truly begun to be frowned upon in the 1980s. Restrictions had been placed on tobacco advertising and the decade saw several government-sponsored campaigns to warn the public about the dangers of lighting up.

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In the 1930s, Lucky Strike was the bestselling cigarette brand in America.

Its producer, the American Tobacco Company (since bought by British American Tobacco), promised its method of “toasting” the tobacco meant no throat irritation or cough. But that was then, and recently big tobacco has been in decline. Today, the FTSE 100 behemoth BAT is setting out its stall with a new range of products. [...]

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In 2017, Thomas Wyatt, a film editor based in Bed Stuy, was smoking up to a pack of cigarettes daily. But when his girlfriend pressured him to cut back on his smoking, he decided to try a Juul, a sleek vape pen that delivers a hit of nicotine without emitting any smoke.

“It definitely satisfies my craving,” says Wyatt, a 29-year-old who goes through a pod of Juul, which contains a cigarette pack’s worth of nicotine, every other day. [...]

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Efforts by some lawmakers to create laws and taxes that could curb the use of tobacco and nicotine products have sputtered this session as some legislators note a deadline for passing bills is fast approaching.

Bills to raise the age to purchase tobacco, tax electronic cigarettes and designate Capitol Hill a smoke- and tobacco-free area have all struggled to gain traction as the 45-day legislative session passed the halfway point this week.

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Thousands of West Australians are risking hefty fines by using nicotine electronic cigarettes as the State Government moves to tighten laws that could outlaw vaping as much as smoking. Under WA’s Medicines and Poisons Act, people can be fined $45,000 for possessing the product but many users are either unaware of the laws or take the risk. About 3.1 per cent of Australians aged 14 and over are estimated to have used vaping. 

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A group of Senate Democrats is urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reject an application from Big Tobacco to market a new "heat not burn" cigarette as less risky.

Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter [...] asking FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to deny Philip Morris International’s modified risk application for its new IQOS product, given the recent mixed findings from an FDA advisory board.

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In a position statement released on it’s website, the ACS rightly pointed out that while smoking is responsible for the deaths of millions, current research keeps indicating that e-cigarettes are safer than regular cigarettes. The organization added that although it primarily recommends FDA-approved cessation aids, it recognizes that some smokers are not interested in trying these products to quit.

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In March last year, a six month pilot involving the use of e-cigarettes as alternatives to regular cigarettes, at the Isle of Man jail was announced. The aim of this trial was to reduce the dangers caused by inmates lighting up and smoking “illicit materials” [...] Following the trial, Prison governor Bob McColm said the pilot has been a “major success story.” [...]

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The decision to ban vaping in smoke-free and indoor areas in NSW is well-meaning but not evidence-based and may harm public health.

State Health Minister Brad Hazzard intends to protect bystanders from passive exposure to vapour. But a comprehensive review by British government body Public Health England last week concluded that “to date there have been no identified health risks of passive vaping to bystanders”. [...]

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The Senate State Affairs Committee has killed SB 1233, the bill to raise Idaho’s smoking age to 21, on a voice vote, with just three committee members dissenting; [...] Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, said people are allowed to make other life-altering choices at 18, including to marry. “If it was as simple as passing a law to fix these problems, we’d probably have a lot more laws and a lot fewer problems,” [...]

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More than 100,000 Austrians have signed a petition against the government's scrapping of a complete ban on smoking in the country's bars and restaurants.

The high number of signatures means the issue will now have to be debated in parliament.

The ban, which was due to come into force in May this year, was imposed by the previous coalition government.

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Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says she’s “open” to amending the government’s tobacco reform bill so that it clamps down harder on advertising for e-cigarettes and vape products, banning any kind of “lifestyle” advertisement.

“I share some of the concerns expressed by the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control and others,” she said. “We do not allow the lifestyle promotion for tobacco products… and we do not allow it for cannabis products.”

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Philippine health authorities are being urged to endorse electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) as part of the country’s tobacco control program after an international study found them to be far less harmful than smoking.
PHE recommended that e-cigarettes, alongside nicotine replacement therapies, be made available at hospital shops for smokers who want to quit.

 

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Alana Rojewski, Ph.D., was awarded a nearly $900,000 grant, Tobacco Treatment in the Context of Lung Cancer Screening, from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). [...] Specifically, she'll be examining the benefits of a technology-based tobacco treatment intervention in a new clinical trial for smokers in the Lung Cancer Screening Program at the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

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Ministry of Health (MoH) and Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) met to discuss the future advice on e-cigarettes and vaping to the New Zealand general public.

There was common ground between the two parties around the need for regulation and education to the general public. [...] “We are really pleased to be talking with the Ministry of Health in terms of looking to improve regulation and education to the public. [...]

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Twitter user Rob Whisman spotted a number of poor reviews for generic food flavouring on Amazon, and on taking a closer look figured out that a number of vapers had been mistaking the flavourings for e-liquids. “It’s fun looking up concentrated food flavouring on amazon and finding people who thought it was vape juice,” he tweeted.

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In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that cigarette smoking among high school students had dropped to its lowest level in 24 years. Survey data from 2015 had shown that fewer than 11 percent of students now smoked cigarettes. Rates had peaked in 1997, when the figure was more than three times that, and remained in decline ever since.

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In recent years, New Zealand and international stakeholders have floated several potential ways to move towards smoke-free goals, including the possibility of restricting tobacco sales to the pharmacy channel.

The concept was raised last year by University of Otago researcher Dr Lindsay Robertson, who conducted in-depth interviews with 25 health experts and found that restricting accessibility was seen as critical.