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In less than 3 years on the U.S. market, the electronic cigarette JUUL has become so popular among teens and young adults that its name is now a verb. Now leading health organizations and lawmakers are sounding the alarm about the explosive growth of the e-cigarette among high school and even middle school kids. [...]

On Wednesday, six leading public health and medical organizations [...] sent a letter to the FDA urging the agency to take action against JUUL.

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Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies said children in the UK are still exposed to significant amounts of on-screen smoking. They cited a rise in smoking in Oscar-nominated films and research that showed cigarettes appeared in Love Island every five minutes on average, with the Lucky Strike brand appearing 16 times.

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On April 10, the AAFP wrote a letter (3 page PDF) to Leslie Kux, associate commissioner for policy at the FDA, offering guidance on the use of nicotine for combustible tobacco product cessation to the agency's newly created Nicotine Steering Committee. "The AAFP calls for strong regulatory action on all nicotine and tobacco-related issues," the AAFP stated in the letter, which was signed by Board Chair John Meigs, M.D., of Centreville, Ala. [...]

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Researchers [...] found in a recent study that advertisements for flavored e-cigarettes may override negative perceptions of tobacco products, especially in youth.

Their brains process these advertisements as they would images of sweets or fruit, the study found. Promoting flavors like “skittles,” “strawberrylicious” and “juicy fruit,” flavored e-cigarette advertisements also affect warning label perception, according to the medical school researchers.

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Finance committee approves measure that would block sales to under-19s
The Alaska House of Representatives is preparing for a final vote to prohibit Alaskans 18 and under from buying electronic cigarettes and the liquid used within them. State law already prohibits stores from selling e-cigarettes with nicotine liquids to juveniles; Senate Bill 15 would extend that ban to cover liquids that do not contain nicotine.

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Before the 1980s in the USA, smokeless tobacco carried no health warnings, was not judged to cause disease, and was a declining practice. In 1986, the federal government passed legislation requiring rotating warnings on “mouth cancer,” “gum disease and tooth loss,” and “This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.” This paper explores the history of the establishment of these warnings with emphasis on the ‘not a safe alternative’ warning [...]

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A slim, USB-chargeable e-cigarette that comes in flavors like “crème brulée” and “cool cucumber,” the Juul has quickly become one of the most popular such products among teens and young adults.

While experts, parents and teachers say they’re worried about the trend, young adults may be missing one of the crucial reasons why, a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Tobacco Control has found.

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Asian American active smokers increase their susceptibility to diabetes by 30-40% compared with nonsmokers, according to major medical societies, the U.S. Surgeon General, and recent studies.

“Smoking is directly linked to lung, throat, and other types of cancer, but according to the 2014 Health Consequences of Smoking Report of the Surgeon General, there is now adequate evidence to infer that smoking causes diabetes, too,” said Dr. Caroline Chen, [...]

 

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The Food and Drug Administration will step up its crackdown on e-cigarette sales to teens, the head of the agency said Tuesday.

Lawmakers on a House Appropriations subcommittee grilled FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about excessive use of e-cigarettes among youths. The FDA has the authority to go after e-cigarette makers and retailers if they violate a ban on sales to people under 18, but lawmakers questioned if the agency was doing enough.

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Cigarette smoking sharply increases the risk of heart failure in black men and women in the U.S., according to a new study.

“These findings suggest if you have heart failure or you have risk factors for heart failure such as early markers for heart damage like a thicker heart or a weak heart, you should specifically be targeted for smoking cessation strategies,” said the study’s senior author, Dr. Michael E. Hall, an associate professor [...]

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Vaping has become one of the biggest trends in America over the past few years. Some polls have stated nearly 40 percent of high school students have tried one, which is more than cigarettes. Vape devices are being viewed as a trend, but new studies show that vaping may be a permanent staple of culture, and new studies show vaping can be just as addictive and dangerous as their cigarette counterparts.

 

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A new study has suggested that threats of lawsuits given by the tobacco industry contributed to the stall in New Zealand’s plain packaging legislation by at least three years.The study, led by Dr Eric Crosbie [...] indicated that legal threats were front of mind for government when explaining the delay.

Hāpai Te Hauora CEO, Lance Norman, applauds the support for this plain packaging bill given by Labour, Greens, and Māori party MPs [...]

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Short of not smoking in the first place, there's little the average person can do to combat the sheer financial strength and influence of the tobacco industry. Unfortunately, the one government agency that can do something about the industry and its products -- the FDA -- seems to be dragging its feet on the matter. Apparently, some groups have finally had enough of the agency's lack of action. [...]

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The purpose was to assess prevalence and correlates of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use in Greece in 2017. A cross-sectional survey of a representative sample of 4058 adults living in Attica prefecture (35% of the Greek adult population) was performed in May 2017 through telephone interviews. [...] Current smoking was reported by 32.6% of participants. Ever e-cigarette use was reported by 54.1% (51.4–56.8%) of current smokers, [...]

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Duke University, and its Gothic-style campus built by tobacco money, will go smoke-free in 2020.

In a letter Monday to students, faculty and staff, the university's president, Vincent Price, announced a newly adopted policy that will prohibit the use of tobacco smoke on all Duke property and grounds, starting July 1, 2020.

Included in the ban will be cigarettes, cigars and hookahs, but not chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes or therapeutic nicotine products. [...]

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A leading New Zealand tobacco control expert says new research shows government-run stop smoking services face a crisis unless they fully embrace vaping as a harm reduction tool. The findings add pressure on the government to make progress with legalising nicotine e-liquids, which are currently banned in the country. The study, led by Professor Marewa Glover of Massey University, looked at the obstacles smokers face in switching to safer alternatives. [...]

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The common assumption that cutting back on cigarettes is nearly as good for your health as quitting just went up in smoke.

The medical journal BMJ recently published a review of research that shows smoking even one cigarette a day carries a surprisingly high risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke. This report is the first on light smoking and heart disease that combines the results from many studies — 141 in total, involving nearly 13 million people.

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The Dubai Police have recorded 17 instances of youngsters mixing drugs in electronic cigarettes and smoking them, a top officer revealed on Sunday. As part of a study, the department of evidence examined 103 e-cigarettes seized in the country and found that 17 were used to smoke drugs.

According to Khalid Al Sumaiti, a senior forensic expert, in two cases, a cocktail of five different drugs was smoked. Fourteen of the e-cigarettes were used to inhale cannabis oil.

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The vapor device industry has been requesting FDA for years to exempt devices from the Tobacco Control Act Section 904(a)(1) ingredient listing requirement, respectfully arguing, among other things, that the information required for non-consumable hardware products and components provides no meaningful information to FDA that would help it protect the public health. [...]

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Trent Zimmerman wants nicotine e-cigarettes to be made legally available in Australia.

The North Sydney federal Liberal MP says e-cigarettes could save “thousands of lives” if long-term smokers turn to them as an alternative to tobacco.

But he was one of just three dissenting voices against a parliamentary health committee majority who oppose legalising nicotine e-cigarettes.