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“I think this is going to be the health problem of the decade,” said Milagros Vascones-Gatski, a substance abuse counselor at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Viginia. In nearly 17 years working with teens, she said, she’s never seen a tobacco product become so popular so quickly. Three to four students are caught smoking e-cigs on campus each week, usually Juuls, and some are suspended, she said.

 

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Extensive surveying of Utah youth in 2017 found that more than 20 percent respondents who are in eighth grade or above have tried e-cigarettes at least once, and that similar numbers have tried alcohol, according to the Utah Department of Health. [...] Because their brains are still forming, teens who use any of those substances are at special risk of forming a lifetime pattern of addictive behavior, said Brittany Karzen, [...]

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The Food and Drug Administration sees a future for cigarettes with lower levels of nicotine and is taking steps to pave the path for them. [...] “The critical decision is how quickly to reduce nicotine,” Wells Fargo Securities analyst Bonnie Herzog said in a recent report. “We expect the scientific community to rally around an immediate vs gradual reduction in nicotine levels in cigarettes — a potential headline risk for Big Tobacco. [...]

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Use of e-cigarettes in the world is growing continuously. However, Europe is falling behind. It is essential that Europe exploits the potential of this technology to reduce the impact of smoking on European Public Health. For this reason, the Italian Anti-Smoking League (Lega Italiana Anti Fumo - LIAF), hosted by MEP Giovanni La Via [...] is bringing experts and policymakers to the European Parliament to discuss the benefits of electronic cigarettes. [...]

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The thought of any child starting down a path of a lifelong addiction to tobacco, which could ultimately lead to their death, is unacceptable. We need to take every effort to prevent kids from getting hooked on nicotine. To that end, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s comprehensive plan we announced last summer to regulate tobacco and nicotine first-and-foremost seeks to better protect our nation’s youth, [...]

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With cigarette giant Philip Morris committing to a "smoke-free future", e-cigarettes appear to be the new frontier in tobacco consumption. But is "vaping" nicotine actually healthier than smoking it? Probably, but that may not mean it’s good for you.

Cigarette smoking might be banned in almost every public space in Australia, but you’ve probably spied vapour trailing behind people inhaling e-cigarettes as they wander down the street or chill in cafes and bars.

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A new global survey of smokers just released from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, has found that 36% of New Zealand smokers admit to spending money on tobacco that they know ‘would be better spent on household essentials like food’.

Taxpayers' Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Sadly, this finding is no surprise. Because tobacco is addictive, smokers are likely to respond to tax hikes by cutting back on other parts of their grocery bills. [...]

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<p>"The popularity of electronic cigarettes has been rapidly increasing in part because of advertisements that they are safer than conventional cigarettes. But because extra fat in the liver is likely to be detrimental to health, we conclude that e-cigarettes are not as safe as they have been promoted to consumers," said lead author Theodore C. Friedman, [...] "This has important public health and regulatory implications."<br/><b>2018-03-19 | <a href='https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180318144824.htm' target='_blank'>sciencedaily.com</a></b></p>

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The Food and Drug Administration is proposing a new mandate to remove most of the nicotine from cigarettes.

And public-health people are praising the move, saying it would save millions of lives. Research suggests that those who smoke cigarettes with lower nicotine levels experience fewer cravings and smoke fewer cigarettes. The agency predicts that vastly lowering nicotine levels to 0.4 milligrams per cigarette would prompt five million people to quit in a year [...]

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Florida’s smoking rates may have dropped, but the need continues for an anti-smoking campaign —- making ill-advised a proposed constitutional amendment that would divert money from advertising to cancer research, a group of health advocates warned Wednesday. [...] The proposed constitutional amendment would eliminate a decade-old requirement that the state set aside 30 percent of overall tobacco education and prevention funding [...]

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House File 3532, also known as the “Tobacco 21″ bill was proposed by state Rep. Dario Anselmo, R-Edina. “Three billion dollars of hard costs to our state of Minnesota, another $4 billion in lost productivity – so, $7 billion,” he says. “If people talk about saving healthcare costs, this seems like a pretty easy target to me.” As of today, five states and nearly 300 cities across the US, have raised the minimum age limit to purchase tobacco [...]

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Sweet smelling “vape” shops that sell electronic cigarettes and vapers puffing out clouds of fragrant white smoke have become common sights on UK high streets. As traditional cigarette smoking has become less fashionable and vaping more popular, big tobacco has muscled in on this once-niche scene.
The number of smokers in the UK has been falling since 1974 and it is now the world’s second biggest vape market after the US.

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Last week, the FDA announced an initiative to lower nicotine in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels,” in an effort to keep new smokers from getting hooked and wean current addicts from the unhealthy habit.

But will it really help longtime smokers who are already dependent on daily doses of nicotine?

“[The FDA initiative] is going to help people who aren’t smoking yet,” more than it will help regular smokers, Dr. Donna Shelley [...] tells The Post.

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Researchers at RMIT university tested a mixture of asphalt and discarded cigarette butts to see if it could be a viable recycling program used in major cities in the future. The results so far are encouraging and could lead to the integration of some of the trillions of cigarette butts discarded every year into the environment into viable building materials.

It’s estimated that about 6 trillion cigarette butts are produced worldwide every year. [...]

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Only one in four smokers who took part in an online survey said the UAE’s tobacco tax had changed their cigarette habit.

The latest figures into smoking habits in the UAE offer the first indicator of the impact of government measures introduced in October to encourage more people to quit.

Of the 600 participants [...] 75 per cent said the 100 per cent ‘sin tax’ on tobacco products had not led them to quit since prices were increased [...]

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State and even federal lawmakers have over the years turned to higher taxes on cigarettes to raise revenue and combat the “sin” of smoking. There are, however, unintended consequences to such policies. These include tax evasion and avoidance (collectively referred to as smuggling) and other activities, often illegal. This is why getting a handle on the degree to which smuggling occurs is so important. [...]

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"People in front of me started lighting up and then other people started lighting up," says Matthew Springer, a biologist and professor in the division of cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. "And for a few naive split seconds I was thinking to myself, 'Hey, they can't smoke in AT&T Park! I'm sure that's not allowed.' And then I realized that it was all marijuana."

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The US government is making a strong push to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels”, the regulator Scott Gottlieb announced Thursday.

If the US Food and Drug Administration succeeds in mandating reduced nicotine, the agency said 33 million young people could be prevented from becoming regular smokers, and it would prompt 5 million people to quit within one year of implementation.

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Research has found links between psychosisand both tobacco and marijuana smoking — particularly in regard to schizophrenia-related psychosis.

However, the precise reasons why people who experience psychosis are more likely to smoke are not clear.

Some scientists think that smoking might act as a kind of "self-medication" — that is, people with psychosis might find that smoking relieves their symptoms, perhaps due to some unidentified neurological mechanism.

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A new report finds the number of American teens who view ads extolling the pleasures of e-cigarettes is on the rise. Since studies show that ads for tobacco products are tied to upticks in use, the trend is worrisome, according to researchers [...]

In fact, "among U.S. middle and high school students during 2014-2016, exposure to e-cigarette advertisements from any source increased from 68.9 percent [18.3 million] to 78.2 percent [20.5 million]," [...]