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There is currently much attention being paid to the need to update the regulation of tobacco and nicotine products in Canada. The main debates centre around non-combustible innovations in tobacco and nicotine products — particularly e-vapour technology or “vaping” as it is commonly referred to and a proposed law designed to provide a regulatory framework for vaping being deliberated in Parliament this month.

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E-cigarettes are only the latest entrant into the longstanding category of perils we might wish for our teenagers to avoid. Vaping — using an electronic cigarette to inhale vapor infused with flavor, nicotine, both or neither — holds promise as a path away from the harms of conventional cigarettes. But a report [...] found evidence that vaping might prompt teenagers or young adults to try cigarettes, [...]

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Nobody wakes up one morning and, out of nowhere, stops smoking. Successfully giving up smoking takes a lot of thought, planning, effort and commitment.

There is a lot of psychological research about change, about how we come to change, what motivates us to change, what makes us welcome or resist change and how we can reach the desired goal of change most effectively. Some of that research has helped us to develop models, or ways of conceptualising how change occurs.

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A member of [...] (NASEM) committee that recently issued the report, "Public Health Consequences of E-Cigarettes," Rigotti writes that while, "E-cigarettes have the potential for enormous benefit if they help smokers quit... This benefit must be balanced against potential harm if e-cigarettes entice youths who would not otherwise have become cigarette smokers to try e-cigarettes, become addicted to nicotine and then switch to combustible cigarettes."

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We know that smoking is bad, but what many of us might not know is that 1 in 6 10th-graders has smoked, vaped or used smokeless tobacco in the last 30 days. And for our high school seniors, that rises to 1 in 4. Today’s high schoolers are primarily getting their tobacco through their 18-, 19-, and 20-year-old friends because we have clamped down on illegal sales to minors. We have to do something if we want this cycle of addiction to stop.

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E-cigarette devices are promoted as a safer alternative to tobacco but studies into the health impacts of vaping have reached conflicting conclusions. 

New US research suggests that vaping is “far from harmless” and could pose a serious health risk. However, a Public Health of England evidence review published last week says swapping combustible tobacco cigarettes for e-cigarettes - which turn liquid nicotine into vapour - brings substantial health benefits.

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Two anti-tobacco groups say they’ll consider dropping their support for the Liberal government’s bill that revises Canada’s tobacco laws unless MPs amend it to restrict the types of advertising available for e-cigarette products so the rules are closer to tobacco and cannabis promotion.

“We can not give our support as a public health organization to advertising on mainstream media on TV for nicotine-containing products [...]

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The percentage of global smokers has dropped in the past 25 years, but in countries like Bangladesh, where as many as 40 percent of people smoke on a daily basis, [...]. Similarly, though worldwide 40 percent of children are exposed to second-hand smoking (SHS), in Bangladesh—a country with laws against smoking in public places—as many as 95 percent of children are affected, which is more than double the global ratio.

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Despite substantial progress over the past 50 years, tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable mortality in the United States, causing more than 480,000 deaths annually. If current trends continue, 5.6 million youths who are alive today will die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. Addressing the continuing tobacco epidemic is one of the most important public health priorities of the twenty-first century.

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In my opinion, it’s appalling that a state-funded, state-sanctioned public health body should recommend vapes to people who want to stop smoking. E-snout would probably be available on the NHS already, were it not for the fact that medical licensing requires them actually to justify health claims made on their behalf – and the only one licensed so far is eVoke, controlled by those famed devotees of the stop-smoking cause, British American Tobacco. [...]

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You can buy pot-laced jerky, marijuana body oils and Valentine’s themed joints in some states that have legalized cannabis in recent years. But you will not find Marlboro brand marijuana cigarettes, despite online articles suggesting they’re on sale.

Philip Morris spokeswoman Iro Antoniadou said in an email the account published in urhealthguide is false.

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Domestic and international tobacco companies are rolling out their heat-not-burn cigarettes in the Korean market with Philip Morris Friday launching a Metallic Blue edition of the iQOS, dubbed the “iPhone of e-cigs.” Metallic Blue cigarettes, priced at 120,000 won ($110), will be sold in stores both online and offline and retail chains [...] Philip Morris International first launched the tobacco heating system in Korea in May last year.

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Analysts at ECigIntelligence, an independent e-cigarette and tobacco-alternatives market analytical resource, believe that the products “will play an important role in the future of the US tobacco alternatives market no matter what the FDA eventually decides.” However, in spite of whether they are endorsed or not, the analysts do not believe that the products will ever reach the same level of success they have reached in Japan.

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E-cigarette ads on TV can influence smokers, but not in the way that the industry wants them to.

Seeing e-cigarette advertisements on the small screen gives smokers the urge to quit, according to a report by researchers at Bentley University, the City University of New York, Cornell University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. The researchers suggest that banning such commercials would result in a 3% drop in quitters (or 105,000 fewer people).

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Two Dutch family doctors’ associations and the national dentists association have thrown their weight behind the anti-smoking law suit which aims to prove the big tobacco companies deliberately conspired to make people addicts. The health professionals’ organisations are the latest in a string of groups to support the action, started in 2016 by lung cancer patient Anne Marie van Veen and lawyer Bénédicte Ficq. [...]

 

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Switching from smoking to vaping may not be as easy as it seems, a University of Otago study has found. "Many started their quit attempt expecting that vaping would offer them exactly the same experience as smoking. However, they often became disappointed when their experiences didn't replicate smoking, and continued smoking as well as vaping," lead author Dr Lindsay Robertson said.

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He had never smoked a cigarette in his life, but one freshman finance major still felt the need to buy a Juul — an electronic smoking device that utilizes disposable pods containing fluid with high amounts of nicotine — during his senior year of high school. Each Juul pod contains the nicotine equivalent of a pack of cigarettes, and he began to go through one pod each day.

Within a year, the habit went from a casual stress reliever to a five-dollar-a-day addiction. 

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Public Health England has released its latest report on e-cigarettes, updating on research into their safety and making new recommendations.

The key findings won’t come as a surprise to those who follow the research closely: research shows e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, and they can help smokers quit.

But a worrying trend continues to emerge. [...]

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THE Government has come under renewed pressure to change laws that ban supplying nicotine for e-cigarettes, as one politician conducted a bizarre stunt.

Crossbench senator Cory Bernardi is taking a stand on the issue, spending his Valentine’s Day taking a protest bus called “Vape Force One” for a lap of Parliament House in Canberra.

The senator claimed the Government’s prohibition doesn’t stack up with health evidence, [...]

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French anti-smoking campaigners launched a legal case Friday against international tobacco giants claiming their cigarette filters have helped them falsely report the level of tar and nicotine in their products.
The National Anti-Smoking Committee (CNCT) says tiny holes in the sides of the filters stop authorities being able to tell if the legal limits for the toxic substances have been breached.