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A University of Bern analysis of data from a 25-year study showed that smoking marijuana was only associated with clogged arteries in lifetime tobacco users. Scientists have long known that smoking tobacco is associated with atherosclerosisexternal link – a condition in which arteries are clogged by the build-up of fatty deposits called plaques –  especially in arteries that supply blood to the heart. But there has been scientific disagreement over the effects of marijuana. 

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In March 2017, [...] Nicky Wagner had said that e-cigarettes would be legalized and that New Zealand was adopting a low risk approach since scientific evidence about the safety of e-cigarettes is still being developed. However, a year later, no formal action has yet been taken to initiate the legalization process. [...] Marewa Glover is pointing out that this makes it impossible for government-funded health services to suggest the devices for smoking cessation, [...]

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New research suggests that increasing the cost of a pack of cigarettes by 50 per cent, could in fact save hundreds of millions of lives as well as help get people out of the poverty trap. Prof Prabhat Jha, from the University of Toronto and St Michael's Hospital, said: "Our study debunks the current narrative that higher cigarette prices would negatively impact the poorest among us.

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The Cancer Society wants vaping prohibited in smokefree parts of Dunedin, saying e-cigarettes do not send the right message.
The suggestion came from Sophie Carty, the health promotion and advocacy manager for the Cancer Society's Otago and Southland branches, in a submission on the Dunedin City Council's 10-year plan yesterday. [...] smokefree areas of Dunedin should also be free of vaping and e-cigarettes, to protect people from "smoking behaviour''. [...]

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Smoking has been on the decline in the United States for many decades. But now Juuling — a trendy form of nicotine delivery sweeping through high school and college campuses — is breathing new life into the tobacco industry. Yale is committed to making campus tobacco free, as per the University’s 2015 Tobacco-Free Yale initiative, which placed heavy restrictions on where on campus people can smoke tobacco products, including Juuls.

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Antitobacco group New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) warned Filipino youth against getting hooked on vaping following the release of studies in the United States listing the harmful effects of using e-cigarettes.

Emer Rojas, NVAP president, said the studies confirmed what health advocates had been saying all along — e-cigarettes are as dangerous as regular tobacco.

 

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While cigarette volumes have been on a downward trend in recent years, this is being offset by rising demand for next generation products. E-cigarettes are perhaps the most widely available reduced risk product at the present time, and they have appealed to tobacco users seeking to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

Investment in the next generation products space is significant. [...]

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The findings of two recently published studies on the emergence of hookah use indicate that public health officials may need to consider broadening their tobacco prevention efforts beyond traditional cigarettes. "Taken together, the results from these two studies underscore the important role hookah has played in the tobacco product landscape," said Jessica Kulak, the lead author on both papers. [...]

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Smoking has been the biggest cause of premature deaths in modern times. Since the 1960s, smoking rates have fallen in the developed world. Numerous strategies have been used to achieve this.

Yet there is a group who are either not able to quit or, to the shock and horror of public health, actually get a buzz out of nicotine.

The question then arises, why should this group be denied a way to reduce harm?

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The two award-winning Canadian non-profit groups that led the fight against smoking and tobacco products in Canada and around the world are preparing to close their doors after the money they expected to see in the most recent federal budget failed to materialize. Health experts and organizations across Canada anticipated that the Liberal government’s promise to renew the federal Tobacco Control Strategy, which expired on March 31, [...]

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An EU ban on the sale of snus, a wet snuff tobacco product made by Swedish Match, is valid, an adviser to the European Union’s top court said on Thursday.

Snus, a moist, smokeless tobacco product, which is consumed by tucking a pinch of it between the gums and upper lip, is banned in all EU countries except for Sweden, which gained an exemption when joining the bloc in 1995.

 

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The statistical data of the Czech Institute of Health Information and Statistics (UZIS) on the number of hospitalised persons over smoking-related diseases show its fall after smoking ban in restaurants was enacted last May, Ondrej Majek, an UZIS expert, told journalists on Monday.

The biggest fall was recorded among the elderly over 60, Majek said.

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In what will be considered an ironic twist of events, tobacco companies may soon be able to advertise their heat-not-burn (HnB) devices, as these are not always classified as tobacco products (despite the fact they do contain tobacco). On the other hand, e-cigarettes remain regulated as tobacco products even though they do not contain any. Scientific studies keep indicating that electronic cigarettes are at least 95% safer than regular cigarettes, [...]

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The Food and Drug Administration is pressing ahead on regulating tobacco products, but a long-simmering battle has erupted over the future of e-cigarettes.

Anti-tobacco groups say it's time for vaping companies to submit information about their products to the FDA, while e-cigarette manufacturers say such a demand is burdensome, unnecessary, and would create a black market of dangerous products. [...]

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Smokers of e-cigarettes could be fined up to $550 if caught vaping in public spaces or on public transport across New South Wales.

The ban will come into effect in July after state parliament passed new laws on Wednesday night.

“Put simply, where you are not allowed to smoke cigarettes, you now cannot vape either,” the health minister, Brad Hazzard, said in a statement on Thursday.

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The flavor of an e-cigarette may affect more than a consumer's taste buds, according to Penn State researchers who say the chemicals that make up different flavors also produce different levels of free radicals, toxins often associated with cancer and other diseases. The researchers analyzed popular e-cigarette flavors and the amount of free radicals they produced and found that many of the chemicals used to flavor e-cigarettes increased the production of free radicals, [...]

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Teens and electronic cigarettes are a combustible issue that’s been heating up the headlines lately. “‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle with Vaping Explosion,” blares the New York Times. [...] It may (or may not) be a simple coincidence that the panicky coverage coincides with a recent lawsuit demanding that the Food and Drug Administration speed up regulation of vaping products. But, orchestrated or not, rushing the FDA to regulate puts smokers at risk.

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WHILE WASHINGTON focused on the continuing upheaval in the White House, the Food and Drug Administration last month made a little-heralded announcement that will likely prove to be much more far-reaching. The public-health agency revealed plans to impose a new standard on tobacco products that would “limit the level of nicotine in cigarettes, rendering them minimally addictive or nonaddictive.” [...]

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Due to the declining smoking rates, Altria Group, like other tobacco companies have decided to invest in safer tobacco alternatives. Snuff is a smokeless tobacco product made from pulverised tobacco leaves. It is inhaled or “snuffed” into the nasal cavity, delivering a quick nicotine hit swift hit and a lasting flavoured scent if the tobacco has been flavoured.

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The media is kicking its vaping hysteria into overdrive, calling teen use an “epidemic” and alleging that a popular device called the Juul represents the “health problem of the decade.”

Press outlets in the U.S. have long incited panic among readers over electronic cigarettes, however, their attacks against smoking alternatives are becoming increasingly hyperbolic. An avalanche of evidence in both the U.S. and around the world proves that vaping, [...]