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Vapers in the Philippines hailed a recent policy paper from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stating that nicotine, although not totally risk-free, was not directly responsible for fatal lung and heart diseases.

In a recently published paper, the US FDA said, “It is the other chemical compounds in tobacco, and in the smoke created by setting tobacco on fire, that directly and primarily cause the illness and death — not the nicotine.”

 

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Japan Tobacco Inc said on Tuesday it plans to launch a new “heat-not-burn” (HNB) product in Japan as early as the end of this year, as it tries to catch Philip Morris International in a growing cigarette-alternative category.

Japan Tobacco is under pressure to keep its dominance in the domestic market where its sales of conventional cigarettes fell to the lowest since the former state monopoly was reorganised to the current company in 1985. [...]

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The use of electronic cigarettes is set to be banned indoors under changes NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is expected to take to cabinet this week.

The Australian understands NSW is set to go down the road of Victoria and put a ban on the practice of vaping indoors by imposing some of the tightest restrictions in the country on the practice.

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For the most part, experts caution pregnant women to avoid exposure to hookah smoke, because it poses many health risks to the baby. "It is very clear that being exposed to smoke from hookahs (second hand smoke) causes many of the same effects as being exposed to second hand smoke from cigarettes," says Scott E. Sherman, co-chief of the Section on Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use in the Department of Population Health at New York University Langone. 

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A new study [...] finds that vape shops provide behavioural support which could help people stop smoking and remain smoke free. And health professionals could benefit from understanding the role that vape shops play in reducing smoking. Britain is home to some 2,000 vape shops, and they are by far the most popular places that the country's estimated 2.9 million vapers buy their e-cigarettes. [...]

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Vaping should be widely encouraged as a way to help people quit smoking, and e-cigarettes should even be offered for sale in hospital shops, the government’s public health body has said.

At least 20,000 people a year could be giving up cigarettes thanks to vaping, according to Public Health England’s (PHE) latest review, which said more could be done to get people to switch to products that are far safer than smoking.

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Recent research [...] examines the effect of electronic cigarette vapors on two types of white blood cell. The findings suggest that the compounds that give e-cigarettes their flavor are toxic, with some flavors being worse than others. Despite the fact that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) help some people to quit smoking conventional ones, the devices contain many other non-nicotine chemicals, [...]

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The federal government is doing a little window-shopping for cigarettes — a million of them.

Health Canada recently issued a tender notice asking suppliers what it would cost to purchase a million very low-nicotine cigarettes as part of its wider tobacco control strategy.

VLN cigarettes, which have less than 0.4 mg of nicotine each, aren't available in Canada now. The tender notice is meant to find out which companies could make them and at what cost.

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Long-term users of electronic cigarettes might face increased susceptibility to pneumonia and other lung infections, according to early research in cells, mice, and humans.

The studies suggest that, just like conventional cigarette smoke, inhaled e-cigarette vapor increases the risk of airway bacterial infection. "We know that exposure to traditional cigarette smoke helps these bacteria stick to airway lining cells, increasing the risk of infection. [...]

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In a huge sea-change UK authorities are throwing their full weight behind the products which they say could save many more lives by helping smokers quit. Hospitals should sell e-cigarettes and allow vaping indoors in a new national drive to transform public spaces. Public health leaders have issued drastic new advice to replace smoking shelters with vaping lounges on wards and in workplaces. 

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THC. It flows off the tongue much more easily than "tetrahydrocannabinol," the full name of the chemical. THC is the primary chemical responsible for marijuana's psychoactive effects. And it may be the primary reason several marijuana stocks could have staying power.

Canopy Growth (NASDAQOTH:TWMJF), Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQOTH:ACBFF), and Aphria (NASDAQOTH:APHQF) rank as the biggest pure-play marijuana stocks on the market right now.

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Plans to prescribe e-cigarettes on the NHS have collapsed following the abandonment of the only product licensed for medical use.

The eVoke device received approval two years ago amid hopes it could help thousands of smokers to quit.

But British American Tobacco, which holds the medical licence, says the product is unlikely to ‘see the light of day’ because of production difficulties.

 

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The Dutch addiction treatment sector has thrown its weight behind a law suit alleging tobacco companies conspired to get people addicted. ‘We’ve had enough. The criminal cigarette and all the dealers need to be tackled,’ addiction specialist Robert van de Graaf told [...] The sector has been debating throwing its weight behind the case for a year and last week’s statement of support by the biggest Dutch cancer hospital was the final push, Van de Graaf said.

 

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Cigarette tax increases, though aimed at improving public health, are very regressive. According to a 2009 Gallup study, 34 percent of the lowest-income individuals (individuals with annual incomes of $12,000 or less) in the U.S. use cigarettes, as opposed to 13 percent of high-income Americans [...]. In other words, “more than half of today’s smokers (53%) earn less than $36,000 per year—making cigarette taxes highly regressive.” [...]

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Researchers [...] have found that adolescents who are not susceptible to smoking cigarettes and who thought e-cigarettes were less harmful were more likely to use e-cigarettes. Additionally, youth exposed to e-cigarette vapor in public places were also more likely to use e-cigarettes. The study also found that 26 percent of those surveyed were at high risk for future e-cigarette use.

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On Jan. 30, the Alabama state House of Representatives passed a bill to ban smoking in vehicles with any riders under the age of 19. If it becomes law, Alabama would be the ninth state to do so.

This comes as the federal agency Housing and Urban Development is rolling out its nationwide ban on smoking in public housing, and just a few years after many states have outlawed smoking in beaches and public parks. [...]

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Cigarette ads have been banned from television since 1971, and as a condition of a class action settlement against major tobacco companies in the late 90s, mascots like the Marlboro Man were out, too. Meanwhile, young people today watch two and a half times more internet content than TV. That means they'd be more likely to hear about a new product on YouTube than television. [...]

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A surprise wave of raids hit every vape shop on Malaysia on Monday, with police and pharma regulators seizing all supplies of nicotine liquids and forcing vendors to hand over the details of their suppliers.

According to INNCO member organisation MOVE Malaysia, the raids had been planned without the knowledge of the Health Ministry or other government departments; it seems the operation was organised by the Pharmaceutical Services agency, with the cooperation of the police. 

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When is a cigarette company not a cigarette company? When it stops selling cigarettes, and starts selling nicotine. Many people mistakenly view the two as the same thing, they are not. The overwhelming harm from smoking comes from the cocktail of more than 4,000 chemicals released from the combustion of tobacco, many of which are poisonous, and more than 70 of which may cause cancer. 

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Bad for you, but not as bad as a normal cigarette – that is the message from a british government advisory panel on two new ‘heat-not-burn’ tobacco products entering the market. The Committee on Toxicity (Cot) analysed data on the IQOS and iFuse and found that users are exposed to between 50 and 90 per cent fewer ‘harmful and potentially harmful compounds’ found in regular cigarettes.