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Children are vaping in schools, teachers and health and education officials have warned. Kids are hiding e-cigarette vapor under their shirts as they smoke in hallways, bathrooms and even classrooms, the Associated Pressreported.

The news comes just days after the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started a nationwide crackdown on e-cigarettes, including efforts to stop their sale to minors online.

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Tobacco harm reduction is a public health policy focused on reducing the adverse health effects associated with smoking. [...] Today the UK has one of the most progressive approaches to tobacco harm reduction and vaping. As a result, out of the nearly 6 million vapers in Europe, 2.9 million of them live in the UK. In addition, 1.5 million of those in the UK who made the switch are now ex-smokers. [...]

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The South Korean government has started a crackdown on flavored cigarettes that may encourage long-term smoking habits.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare revealed plans on Saturday to implement strong measures that would regulate the flavoring used widely in cigarette products.

 

In other countries such as the U.S., Canada, and Brazil, the production and sale of flavored cigarettes are regulated.

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A federal crackdown is underway, targeting illegal e-cigarette sales to minor across the country.
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Even though Hawaii was the first state to raise the smoking age to 21 for regular cigarettes and electronic ones two years ago. Loopholes in the law left e-cigarette regulation and enforcement in a cloudy haze.

There is encouraging news when it comes to cigarette use: Hawaii's youth addiction to tobacco continues to drop.
But vaping is a whole different story.

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With doubts on the safety of the electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), anti-tobacco use group the New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) has strongly pushed for the temporary banning of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) in the country. Emer Rojas president of the Quezon City-based NVAP maintained that it is more logical for the government to momentarily prohibit the use of e-cigs in the country until its safety is fully determined by health experts.

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Pharmacy minister Steve Brine has said he would consider suggestions to use cigarette packets as a vehicle for the promotion of e-cigarettes.

The proposal was put to the minister by MP Stephen Metcalfe at a House of Commons Science and Technology Committee hearing on e-cigarettes. Tim Baxter, director of healthy behaviours at the DHSC, told the committee that under current legislation it is illegal to put promotional material into cigarette packs, but he agreed with Brine [...]

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Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi has accepted an award for promoting the legalisation of nicotine in e-cigarettes.

But the event has been blasted by a well-known public health expert, who described the South Australian politician as a "rather pathetic character" who was "not an authority" on the subject. [...] "I'm a reformed smoker, I know how difficult it is to quit, and anything we can do to minimise the damage attached to cigarettes, [...]

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As more and more articles are published on the health concerns related to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in our journal (Pediatric Collections: E-cigarettes) and others, we are doing more and more to educate teenagers about these concerns. But what about health concerns in children?  While we recognize that the dangers of second hand smoke, additional concerns are raised in study being released in our journal this week by Govindarajan et al. [...]

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The first study of its kind has found that people who vape have the same mix of gut bacteria as non-smokers, whilst smokers have significant changes to their microbiome. The international team of researchers led by Newcastle University, analysed the bacteria of tobacco smokers, users of e-cigarettes and non-smokers from samples throughout the digestive tract, including in the mouth and gut.

Significant changes were found in the gut bacteria of the smokers, [...]

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Smokers are asking their doctors for advice on e-cigarette use, they want to vape, and e-cigarettes can help smokers quit, argues Paul Aveyard [...] and Deborah Arnott, [...]
E-cigarettes are as effective as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) in quitting smoking, and many people choose e-cigarettes over NRT. E-cigarettes are popular quit smoking aids, which leads to increases in quit attempts and quitting as a whole in England and the USA, they explain.

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Designed to be cleaner (no spitting) and to give a fresher flavour than other oral tobacco
products, snus was the heated tobacco of the 1820s. Now, almost 200 years later, the
oldest next generation tobacco product lies squarely under the upper lip of a public health
battle, and Big Tobacco wants a bigger piece of the puck. Legal battle to overturn a blanket ban on
snus in the European Union (apart from in
Sweden), and the increasing interest that
Big Tobacco is showing in the product.

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Have you ever wondered how many cigarettes you’re passively smoking while walking through the streets of a polluted, smog-infused city? No? Well, a pair of digital developers just invented an app that will definitely (and accurately) answer that question. [...] Shit, I Smoke! was created by Brazilian-born designer Marcelo Coelho and Paris-born app developer Amaury Martiny in just a week, after they read a study that analyzed air pollution and its equivalent to cigarette smoking. [...] 

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Many people try to give up smoking to improve their health – but it can be difficult without help and support.

We have teamed up with LloydsPharmacy for its Need-to- know health campaign which aims to make patients more aware of the support services offered by their local pharmacist – and to make the pharmacy their first point of call.

 

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I was so excited the first time I heard about electronic cigarettes back in 2006. Could they save billions of lives from smoking related-death? The idea was so simple and so tempting: to replace a very harmful product with a less harmful one. Unfortunately, reality is much more complex.

The idea of tobacco harm reduction is not new. Since the 1950s filters, low tar and low nicotine products have been introduced by the tobacco industry [...]

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After being grilled by the Lawmakers on a House Appropriations subcommittee about excessive e-cig use amongst adolescents, earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Chief, said that the agency would be taking some enforcement steps in the coming weeks. “We are going to take some vigorous enforcement steps to try to perceive what we see is inappropriate use by youth,” said Gottlieb. [...]

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The French government is looking to the tobacco industry to come up with a green solution to the problem of the cigarette butts which litter the country's streets.
Every year in France, 30 billion cigarette butts are thrown on the ground. 
 
This fact is even more shocking when you find out that they will take 15 years to deteriorate.
 
The government's new "anti-waste" plan, announced on Monday, includes 50 measures to clean up the country's streets.
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Traditional cigarette smoking in America has dropped to historic lows, and it looks like electronic cigarettes could be helping. As “vaping” grows in popularity, studies have shown that the habit encourages adult smokers to quit the older, nastier version.

But there’s a big problem—teenagers. And they’re making the entire e-cigarette phenomenon a regulatory nightmare. [...] e-cigs are serving as a gateway for those youth who don’t already smoke cigarettes. [...]

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These 40 retailers received warning letters from the FDA Center for Tobacco Products for selling e-cigarettes – specifically JUUL products – to minors. FDA issued these warning letters (PDF) in April 2018 as part of a concerted effort to ensure youth are not able to access these products.

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Juul Labs Inc said on Wednesday it was spending $30 million to support state and federal initiatives to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to over 21, a day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration launched a crackdown on the sale of its products to minors.

The company said it would work with the Iowa Attorney General, a group of public officials and tobacco control individuals to develop a framework for independent research focused on the scientific [...]

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Protecting our nation’s youth from the dangers of tobacco products is among the most important responsibilities of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – and it’s an obligation I take personally. We recognize that if the FDA is to end the tragic cycle of successive generations of nicotine and tobacco addiction, we must take every opportunity to disrupt that process where it starts: youth access to and use of tobacco products.