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Health and social service providers and policy leaders have urged Federal, State and Territory Governments to treat drug use as a health issue. [...] “We make this call because our own professional experience supports overwhelming evidence that current Australian drug laws, although well-intentioned, create and/or worsen a wide range of health and social harms,” the group says.

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The Punjaband Haryana high court on Thursday issued a notice to the Chandigarh administration, along with Punjab and Haryana, to ban e-cigarettes, which carry nicotine.
While issuing the notice, the court also observed that the youth of today has been indulging into new kinds and forms of addictions, which earlier generation hadn't even heard of. The court observed that this trend is growing at an alarming rate and tackling this issue should be on priority list.

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Researchers from Canada looked at the efficacy of varenicline in with acute coronary syndrome to determine whether it would increase  abstinence. The  included 302 patients at centres in Canada and the US who had been admitted to hospital for acute coronary syndrome, were motivated to quit smoking and who smoked at least 10 cigarettes a day for the previous year. 

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E-cigarattes are posing new challenges to anti-smoking campaigners in Hong Kong.

A survey by the Census and Statistics Department, done between June and September 2017, shows that more citizens have tried electronic smoking devices, including electronic cigarettes and heat-not-burn tobacco products, compared to a survey in 2015. The number of daily e-cigarette users was 5,700 persons in 2017, [...]

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Technically, the Food and Drug Administration's new proposal "to lower nicotine in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels" isn't an exercise in prohibition. Cigarettes would still remain available—but they wouldn't be the product that smokers had in mind. Instead, they'd be a substitute foisted on them by their self-identified betters.

This sort of not-quite prohibition isn't new, and it's guaranteed to have very familiar consequences.

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According to FDA regulations, no new vaping products should have been released on the market without a PMTA (Pre-Market Tobacco Authorization) after August 2016. However, research carried out by ECigIntelligence, indicates that since then, a significant amount of unauthorized new vaping products have been launched.

“There appears to be some disconnect between product authorization and product availability. [...]

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The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA), is urging all vaping advocates to speak up against an unreasonable 80% tax on e-cigarettes, that may be implemented in Rhode Island. Rhode Island’s Governor Gina Raimondo’s state budget plan would change the definition of “other tobacco products” to include e-cigarettes and would impose a new 80 % wholesale tax on these products.

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Teens who use one or more forms of tobacco may not perceive themselves as tobacco users, with more than half of e-cigarette users denying their tobacco use status, according to research published in Pediatrics.

Additionally, despite the understanding that tobacco products are harmful, a significant number of adolescents who use one tobacco product do not perceive their preferred tobacco product as harmful.

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On Saturday, a newly published study suggested vaping doesn't stain teeth. Scientists from the British American Tobacco (BAT) conducted a study that examined teeth exposed to cigarette smoke and teeth subjected to vaping over a two-week period. [...] To determine their findings, researchers used a prototype e-cigarette and the tobacco heating product glo to test for tooth discoloration on cows' teeth. These products were subsequently compared to cigarette smoke.

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The House Health and Human Services Committee passed Senate Bill 2843 with amendments on Tuesday to significantly increase the state tobacco licensing fee.

The amended bill would bump up the annual fee for tobacco wholesalers and dealers from $2.50 to $500 — that's 200 times what it was before.

The measure would also raise the tax on cigarettes and little cigars from 16 cents each, to 22.5 cents each. That's the equivalent of $3.20 or $4.50 per pack.

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Last week there was good and bad news for activists who campaign against consumption of tobacco products in Hong Kong.

The number of daily smokers, aged 15 and over, fell to 10 percent, or 615,000 people, a historic low and down from 641,300 in 2015, government data suggested. But the number using electronic cigarettes rose more than five-fold to 5,700 last year from less than 1,000 in 2015. [...]

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There is a stunning lack of practicality in modern-day America. This is reflected not only by our hyperpartisan politics -- in which politicians refuse to endorse good ideas if they come from the "other side" -- but in the never-ending culture wars.

Previously, the culture wars focused on topics such as gay marriage and abortion, but recently, it has shifted to things like sugar, "chemicals," obesity, and smoking. [...]

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SCOTT GOTTLIEB, the thoughtful head of America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has had a busy first year. [...] There is one thing he and his regulatory agency are doing less of, however—regulating. New rules were at a 20-year low in 2017, according to analysts at PwC, a consultancy. Instead, the FDA is providing more guidance to industry. This approach, Mr Gottlieb hopes, will help pharmaceutical firms in America develop drugs more efficiently. [...]

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One minute of exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke can impair blood flow in the body for about 90 minutes, worse than a half-hour of restricted blood flow caused by secondhand tobacco smoke, according to a new study [...]

Despite conventional wisdom that inhaling smoke from burning materials is bad for a person’s lungs and body, there are misconceptions about the risks associated with secondhand marijuana smoke compared to tobacco smoke [...]

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NSW smokers who want to quit are being recruited to take part in a world-first trial comparing two smoking cessation medications – a natural plant extract, cytisine, and the prescription medicine, varenicline.
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“This is a great opportunity for smokers in NSW to receive free quit medication, support and advice, to help them quit smoking for good,” said trial leader Dr Ryan Courtney.

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NZ Smokeless Tobacco Co is appalled by the lack of solutions from the Government to fast track outcomes to achieve this uncertain goal.

Miles Illemann, Co-Founder of NZSTC, said, “our organisation has approached both health ministers regarding Nationals New Pathway to Smokeless Alternatives and Nicotine Delivery Products and their replies were, ‘I am still considering the proposals from the previous Government’ which quite frankly is not good enough!”

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It seems unfair of the US public health organisation Truth Initiative to single out Netflix for special censure in a new report on depictions of on-screen smoking. The study found that “79% of the shows most popular with young people aged 15-24 depict smoking prominently”.

It isn’t that there is no cause for concern here. The US surgeon general has said: “Youths who are heavily exposed to onscreen smoking imagery [...]

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In a move that anti-tobacco groups say is long overdue, the FDA is asking for input on whether menthol and other flavorings in tobacco products should be restricted or banned.

On Tuesday, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, announced that the agency has issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to gather research and other data on the potential pros and cons of banning or restricting menthol and other flavors [...]

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It looks like the Trump administration has finally found a business it doesn't like.

Amid a far-ranging push to deregulate American companies — from payday lenders to internet service providers — Trump has singled out Big Tobacco as the one industry he intends to crack down on.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced it will push ahead with a plan to reduce nicotine in cigarettes. [...]

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No one likes a fake, especially in the business world. Sometimes in order to drive sales or investor interest, companies will misrepresent who they are and what industry they’re in. [...] Closer to home there are countless companies hoping to capitalize on the crazy amount of buzz that the cannabis industry has generated; even if they’re not really in the cannabis industry. [...]