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E-cigarettes are being marketed as ‘edgy lifestyle devices’ which could encourage people to use them for too long, the deputy chief executive of the NHS health watchdog has warned.

Speaking at the Science and Technology committee, Professor Gillian Leng, [...] said the long term health risks of vaping were still unknown.

Prof Leng, said that while it was safe to use e-cigarettes as a quitting aid, there were questions about whether they should be marketed as a ‘lifestyle choice.’

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Vaping news in the UK, probably the world’s most enthusiastic adopter of e-cigarettes, has been dominated for the last week by an online fight between harm reduction advocates and renegade YouTube personalities. Following a series of videos attacking harm reduction products they personally disapprove of, a small group has now moved on to attacking a leading advocacy group, claiming it’s “in the pocket of Big Tobacco”. [...]

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British American Tobacco is raising its investment in new vaping devices again, as Big Tobacco reacts to new competitors such as fast-growing U.S. group Juul.

Cigarette sales are declining, as more people curb the deadly habit due to rising taxes and a proliferation of alternatives such as e-cigarettes and gadgets that heat tobacco without burning it - making them potentially less harmful.

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One of Britain’s biggest makers of liquids for e-cigarettes is aiming to cash in on the boom in vaping by listing its shares on the London stock market.

Manchester-based Supreme, which is 100% owned by its chief executive, Sandy Chadha, is expected to have a market value of £150m when it floats on Aim, the London Stock Exchange’s junior market, in mid- to late May.

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Text and pictorial warnings about the health effects of little cigars and cigarillos didn't fully curtail the appeal of bright colors and descriptions of flavors on packaging, a study [...] found. The researchers surveyed 2,664 young adults who were current users, never users, or past users, finding cigarillo packs with colors and containing a flavor descriptor were rated more positively for taste and smell. The warnings didn't fully mitigate the draw of the packaging. [...]

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With the daily smoking rate of Hong Kong’s population at a record low, one might think public health advocate Antonio Kwong Cho-sing could not be any happier as head of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, an anti-smoking activist group. But he now faces a new challenge that has reared its ugly head: e-cigarettes.

“If I have the power to make it work, I wish Hong Kong can be a smoke-free society, Kwong says. “Is this a far-fetched idea? I personally don’t really think so.”

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Men under 50 years old who smoke are 88 percent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked — and the number of cigarettes a day can move that risk up or down, according to new research.

The study [...] involved 1,145 men ages 15 to 49, including 615 men who had had a stroke. When the numbers were broken down by cigarettes smoked, those who had less than 11 cigarettes a day were 46 percent more likely to have had a stroke.

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A new study published online today by Pediatrics and conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that there were more than 8,200 calls to US poison centers regarding exposures to liquid nicotine and e-cigarettes among children younger than 6 years of age from January 2012 through April 2017, averaging 129 calls each month or more than 4 a day.

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Many are curious about how FDA approval of a cannabis-derived medicine will impact scheduling of cannabis, which is a Schedule 1 controlled substance having “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). While the approval of Epidiolex will certainly lay the foundation for a challenge to the DEA scheduling of the underlying plant from which CBD is derived or even CBD itself, [...]

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Gov. Cuomo on Thursday signed into law a measure intended to crack down on the distribution of free electronic cigarettes to minors.

The bill closed a loophole in a state law that had already banned the sale of e-cigarettes to people under 18 but still allowed their use as promotional items. [...] it was in response to complaints she received about distributors giving away the vaping devices at street fairs and other public gatherings.

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According to its mission statement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for “advancing public health” by providing oversight to the drug development process. FDA has been tasked with helping to ensure there are “effective, safer, and more affordable” health products in America’s market, which helps individuals “maintain and improve their health.”

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When I was about 10 years old, my mother had me take a puff on an unfiltered Camel cigarette in an effort to discourage me from smoking in the future. Well, needless to say, it worked. After coughing and sputtering for what seemed like hours, I have never touched another cigarette. [...] According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, [...]

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There has been much scaremongering around the increased uptake of eCigarettes, but the science speaks for itself. This may be a new phenomenon in Europe, but for over 10 years, scientists worldwide have been evaluating electronic cigarettes. 

Looking at the evidence, health professionals and decision makers shaping public health policy must acknowledge the role that eCigarettes play in helping people quit smoking and work to dispel the misinformed news stories that surround them.

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Earlier this month The New York Times published an opinion column on "The Formaldehyde in Your E-Cigs." It noted that "in public health circles, people now tend to call [electronic cigarettes] by what they do: deliver nicotine. ... Thus, the term Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, ENDS for short, has come into vogue."

But the author, [...] confesses that "I have a problem with that name. Nicotine isn't the only thing e-cigs deliver; [...]

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Cigarettes have been strongly associated with subsequent marijuana use among adolescents, but electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are now rapidly replacing traditional cigarettes among youth. This study examines associations between youth e-cigarette use and subsequent marijuana use in a national sample. Youth (aged 12–17 years) never marijuana users at wave 1 (n = 10 364; 2013–2014) from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study were followed-up in 1 year [...]

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British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Bhd (BAT Malaysia) said it will hold off any plan to introduce e-cigarettes or other reduced-harm products in Malaysia until there are clear regulations on these products.

“We are a bit concerned that if we do introduce these products, the regulatory framework would not be as sharp (clear) as they should be,” BAT Malaysia group managing director Erik Stoel told a media briefing [...]

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Dr. Rakesh Mahajan Gupta, Deputy Director of the Department of Health and Family Welfare Punjab, India, says that there is ample scientific evidence available about the harms of nicotine and that is the reason it is unapproved under the Drugs Act except as nicotine gums and patches which are approved for cessation. "Nicotine is also banned under the Poisons Act and Pesticides Act, so why do we need to promote an illegal product with known lethal dose of 0.5 mg/ kg body weight?. [...]

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A new patio smoking ban bylaw is great news for many diners, but less than a month into the new rule, it has already lead to an abundance of trash.


Littered cigarette butts are almost impossible for many Winnipeggers to miss outside of local bars and restaurants after the ban went into effect April 1. The new rules leave patrons without ashtrays on tables, which means they congregate near bar doors and smoke. [...]

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This week, physicians at the American Society for Addiction Medicine (ASAM) conference criticized cannabis as a potential treatment for opioid use disorder, touting prescription drugs instead. In recent years, numerous studies have suggested that cannabis could serve a valuable role in addressing the opioid crisis. A growing number of states, inspired by this research, have also added opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana. [...]

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Philip Morris International Inc.’s bet on reduced-risk products has been slow to pay off as declining cigarette demand weighs down results.

 
 

The seller of Marlboros outside the U.S. reported revenue excluding excise taxes of $6.9 billion, less than the $7.03 billion that analysts surveyed by Bloomberg had been projecting. Shares slipped as much as 14 percent as of 9:41 a.m. in New York, the biggest intraday drop since 2008.