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Government funded stop smoking services will keep losing customers if they refuse to help people who want to try vaping, new research has found. The services are in a bind however because the legality of selling nicotine vaping products in New Zealand remains in doubt.

The previous National-led Government claimed nicotine vaping products could not be legally imported and sold in New Zealand, but late last year they promised new regulations [...]

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Academics and vapers discuss the possible legalization of e-cigarettes and a number of tobacco products, that could be used as harm reduction alternatives. Vapers in Thailand are faced with some of the harshest regulations worldwide. A ban on the import, export, sale and possession of vaping products has been in place since November 2014. Anyone caught breaking this law will have their items confiscated and fined or sent to prison for up to 10 years if convicted.

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America’s latest moral panic – the fear that JUUL e-cigarettes are turning the nation’s youth into nicotine addicts – showed no signs of subsiding this week, as a slew of new media reports fanned the flames. An assortment of outlets ranging from local news sites and health pages to AOL and Fox News affiliates all put out stories on JUUL use by young people, and the tone was relentlessly negative.

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Earlier this month, Canadian researchers found that the number of people who tried to quit smoking shot up after Ontario stopped the sale of menthol cigarettes.

The finding could have significant consequences for black smokers in the United States, where the FDA recently announced it is considering restricting menthol in cigarettes. As we saw [...] limiting access to cigarettes can have a significant impact on public health.

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Rats that were dosed with nicotine during their adolescence grew up to drink more alcohol than those that weren't exposed to nicotine or were only exposed to it during adulthood, found researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Exposure to nicotine at a young age changes the neuronal circuitry in the brain's reward pathways, according to a study in Cell Reports this week led by John Dani, PhD, chair of Neuroscience.

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Recently, there has been a shift away from calling e-cigarettes “e-cigs.” In public health circles, people now tend to call them by what they do: deliver nicotine to the inhaler. Thus, the term Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, ENDS for short, has come into vogue.

But I have a problem with that name. Nicotine isn’t the only thing e-cigs deliver; they also deliver formaldehyde, a carcinogen. It seems equally fair to call them Electronic Formaldehyde Delivery Systems.

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A sharp spike in vaping and the use of e-cigarettes by students has grabbed the attention of the US Food and Drug Administration.

The rapid spread of the fad was flagged in a 2016 report from the US surgeon general. It cited a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015, and the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey noted that 1.7 million high school students said they had used e-cigarettes in the previous 30 days.

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The latest report revealed Tasmania still leads the nation in smoking, following nicotine usage rates that exceeded the national average in the previous two.

Also, Hobart topped the nation's capital cities in pharmaceutical opioids consumption and in the use of recreational psychostimulant drug, MDA.

The report also revealed that, as of December 2017, while the use of MDMA and heroin decreased in Hobart it increased in regional areas.

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In a mouse study, a drug that has helped millions of people around the world manage their diabetes might also help people ready to kick their nicotine habits.

In a report published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), investigators say metformin, an inexpensive drug commonly used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes, appears to block symptoms of nicotine withdrawal in rodents.

 

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Labor has accused the Coalition of a dangerous split on how to effectively regulate vaping and e-cigarette use, after the chair of a Liberal-led committee dissented from its own report.

In what is thought to be a first for Parliament's standing committee on health, aged care and sport, chair and North Sydney MP Trent Zimmerman dissented from a report he co-authored which called for the National Health and Medical Research Council [...]

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Tobacco companies and vendors are making use of Facebook to market and sell their products, including to children under 18, a study has found.

The research [...] found tobacco and e-cigarette companies making extensive use of unpaid or “organic” marketing to sell their products on the social network. Of 108 Facebook pages for leading brands of tobacco and tobacco-related products found by the researchers, over half contained links to buy tobacco products [...]

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Neil McCallum, CEO of  JAC Vapour, claims electronic nicotine devices are 95 per cent safer than fags and no worse than a hit of caffeine. Speaking ahead of VApril – a month-long drive which launches today to encourage smokers to switch to vaping – he said: “There is a chance it can elevate your heart rate, but in my opinion, it’s not any riskier than having a cup of coffee, which can have the same effect.

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There are literally thousands of different products and styles on the market and they're changing rapidly. This rapid introduction of e-cigarettes and the variety available makes it a difficult challenge to cover them all. Our research has already shown that the results are not representative across the various varieties available on the market. [...] Free radicals are found in a variety of places as you might imagine. [...]

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The vaping market has grown rapidly in the past few years, with the number of ecigarettes and heat-not-burn devices being used in the UK up to three million from 700,000 in 2012.

This growth has prompted demand for new flavours for eliquids other than the more traditional [...]

Of around 1,000 people surveyed by ecigarette company VIP Electronic Cigarettes, 15.6% want to try roast dinner flavour vape, with apple crumble, chocolate brownie [...]

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Health department will conduct study on e-cigarettes to find out their ill effects on Thursday. Health minister Kalicharan Saraf said that if it is found harmful in the study, directions will be issued to ban it in the state.
He said that in the investigation, it will be find out if e-cigarette contains nicotine. He added that a series of efforts have been made to discourage use of tobacco products in the state for preventing cancer.

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Come September, all tobacco products and cigarette packs will have a national toll-free number printed on them to assist users to quit, besides warnings, including enhanced pictorial images and text messages, covering 85 per cent of the packet area.

The new warnings will come into effect on September 1.

The text messages that will be printed on the packs are "tobacco causes painful death" and "tobacco causes cancer".

 

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Some College students are turning to JUULing, a proposed alternative to smoking, as a new way to get the same high that traditional cigarettes offer. While researchers still don’t understand the precise health effects of the product, the JUUL was initially developed to help smokers quit and is now being used as the latest fad in various university settings.

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Health officials in Illinois are warning people about mock marijuana that is spreading across Chicago and the central part of the state, causing severe bleeding among users and, in some cases, death.

Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K2 or Spice, has been linked to 56 cases in which people in the state experienced severe bleeding after using the substance, officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement. [...]

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The battle over e-cigarettes has flared again with a scientific paper declaring doctors have an ethical obligation to consider recommending them for patients who cannot stop smoking.

Written by [...] professor Colin Mendelsohn [...] the paper cites research that found smokers who switched to e-cigarettes had significant health improvements, including improvements in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, lung function and pneumonia risk.

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A new regulation banning vaping all together with smoking, in parks all over Redmond, a city in King County, Washington, went into effect on the 31st of March. As vaping bans keep cropping up all across the US [...] public health experts have long been pointing out that placing e-cigarettes on the same shelf as regular cigarettes and regulating them in the same way, could prove detrimental to public health.