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IT TURNS out that every time you head out for a smoke you could be burning more than just a cigarette -- job prospects could be going up in flames as well.

It is becoming more common for potential employers to overlook applicants who are fond of cigarettes in favour of non-smokers, and some even specifically state in job adverts that smokers need not apply.

 

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An Icelandic doctor credits vaping with contributing to the dramatic decline in smokers in Iceland, calling it “a great blessing” for Icelanders’ health.

In 2014, 35,000 Icelanders self-identified as smokers, comprising 14% of the population. In 2017, only 9% of Icelanders smoked, or about 22,000 people, Vísir reports. This decrease of about 40% is attributable in part to an increasing in vaping, doctor Guðmundur Karl Snæbjörnsson told reporters.

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When I returned to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year, it was immediately clear that tackling tobacco use – and cigarette smoking in particular – would be one of the most important actions I could take to advance public health. With that in mind, we’re taking a pivotal step today that could ultimately bring us closer to our vision of a world where combustible cigarettes would no longer create or sustain addiction [...]

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The world’s top experts on tobacco and health gathered at a conference in South Africa last week to discuss how to prevent an estimated a billionpeople dying of smoking-related diseases this century.

One of the most controversial issues at the conference, that’s theme was “Uniting the world for a tobacco-free generation”, was a new organisation set up last year called the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW). 

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The largest e-cigarette industry in Australia is under threat, with a lobby group predicting job losses and up to $30 million in economic activity slashed if the marketplace is over-regulated.

The warning came as South Australian Health Minister Peter Malinauskas said Labor, if returned at tomorrow’s state election, would prioritise a bill to amend the Tobacco Products Regulation Act to regulate the sale, use and promotion of e-cigarettes.

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The UAE is working on regulations to stop the illegal import of e-cigarettes, following which people who bring the product to the UAE or order them online will be held accountable, said a senior health official.

Dr Wedad Al Maidoor, head of the National Tobacco Control Committee, said: "All the e-cigarettes currently available in the country have not been imported, since no import standards have been specified. So, they are smuggled," [...]

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The director of Plymouth's latest vaping store says it's a 'no brainer' that GPs should prescribe e-cigarettes to patients who want to give up fags.

Ex-smoker Richard O'Connell, 40, is one of two directors who set up Vape Town over four years ago and has just brought the store to ‘vibrant’ Plymouth.

 

He says that with evidence spanning almost ten years proving the benefits of e-cigarettes, the NHS should provide vapes to those ready to quit tobacco.

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Across the pond, U.K. health authorities have been contemplating whether e-cigarettes should be provided on prescription by the National Health Service. Public Health England's latest evidence review extolls the virtues of vaping as a dramatically safer alternative to smoking. There's even a helpful blog on the government's website debunking some of the popular myths around vaping like, "E-cigarettes give you ‘popcorn lung.’"

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If you want to stay out of trouble on holiday, don’t take e-cigarettes to Thailand, stop swearing when you land in the United Arab Emirates and be sure to hide your Buddha tattoo in Sri Lanka. 

 

The travel tips are part of advice shared by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for globe-trotting Brits, aimed at reducing the amount of people landing themselves in serious trouble by falling foul of lesser known local laws and customs. 

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Children who try e-cigarettes are 12 times more likely to smoke tobacco, research has found.

Scientists have uncovered strong evidence of a so-called ‘gateway effect’, according to the first UK study of its kind.

 


Katie East, lead author of the study [...] said: ‘These findings do suggest that some young people progress from trying e-cigarettes to trying tobacco cigarettes, but also that some go from trying cigarettes to e-cigarettes.’

 

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A new study finds that e-cigarette use could do more harm than good by substantially increasing the number of adolescents and young adults who eventually become cigarette smokers and marginally decreasing the number of adult cigarette smokers who quit. "Although the tobacco industry markets e-cigarettes as a tool to help adult smokers quit smoking, e-cigarette use actually only marginally increases the number of adult cigarette smokers [...]

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It’s a newer vape product that resembles a sleek USB flash drive, while offering up sweet-smelling nicotine pods in flavors like mango, fruit medley and creme brulee.

Called Juul, the vaping device has lit up attention both for its popularity and health warnings that the slim rectangular design and sweet vapors make them appealing to youth. “Juul is designed to look like a USB flash drive, making it easy to conceal from unsuspecting teachers or families,” [...]

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The Russian government has “taken the initiative to separate these devices into a separate category because they are radically different from traditional cigarettes and tobacco”, announced Minister Denis Manturov. This motion will be commended by many public health experts, who have been incessantly pointing out that any product regulations should be relative to risks.

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ASH welcomes the end of tobacco branding in New Zealand

 

As of today, March 14th, Tobacco companies will no longer be able to sell cigarettes in branded packaging. All cigarette released for sale from today must be sold in plain, olive brown generic packaging.

 

Retailers have until the 6th June to get rid of their branded tobacco stock, from which point it will only be permitted to sell tobacco in plain packaging.

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Loads of non-smokers swear they’ll never smoke cigarettes… but spend hours in shisha bars. Worryingly, a huge proportion of those who smoke regularly think it’s a harm-free alternative to cigarettes. Well, that’s wrong. The effects of inhaling shisha smoke can be as damaging to our health as the average fag – if not more damaging.


Since the smoking ban in public spaces was introduced in 2007, there’s been a rise of shisha bars, [...]

 

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There is growing evidence that people living with psoriasis ought to be extra careful before lighting up a cigarette. While quitting smoking doesn’t cure psoriasis, smoking aggravates the symptoms and may make the disease significantly worse.

According to Dr Abir Saraswat, [...] “Smoking, in general, is a huge risk factor for developing psoriasis, affecting the onset of psoriasis and its clinical appearance. [...]

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Smoking is associated with increased risk of hearing loss, according to a study of over 50,000 participants over 8 years [...]

Researchers analyzed data from annual health checkups, which included audio testing performed by a technician and a health-related lifestyle questionnaire completed by each participant. They examined the effects of smoking status (current, former, and never smokers), the number of cigarettes smoked per day, [...]

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A little-known rule from the FDA has the potential to gravely harm dozens of North Dakota small businesses and limit access to smoke-free options for consumers. The FDA used its “deeming rule” in 2016 to extend the agency’s regulatory authority to e-cigarettes, vape pens, and e-liquids.

While common-sense regulation in the vaping industry is needed, the new FDA rules would be an unnecessary burden, especially to small business owners, [...]

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After e-cigarettes first emerged in 2004, they quickly became a popular, "healthier" alternative for those who wanted the feeling of smoking tobacco. This could be one of the reasons for the steady, continued decline of cigarette smoking in the United States. While nearly 42 percent of the population were smokers during the Mad Men era of the mid-60s, the figure dropped to around 17 percent in recent years.

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Consumption of cigarettes has risen for the first time in more than a decade, adding to concerns about the effectiveness of measures to reduce smoking.

Expenditure on tobacco products, which has been in steady decline for a generation, rose 2.6 per cent in the final quarter of 2017 [...]

“This is a worrying reversal of a long-term trend,” said Colin Mendelsohn, a health academic at the University of NSW.