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Australia is an undisputed world leader in tobacco control. From massive wins with plain packaging to widely enforced bans on smoking in public places, it is easy to see why. Australia is successfully creating a generational shift in tobacco use, with its youngest generation growing up in a society mostly free of smoking and its harmful effects. [...] Indonesia is poised to become a leading regional economy in coming decades, yet it also continues to have one of the highest rates of smoking in the world. [...]

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The same proteins that moderate nicotine dependence in the brain may be involved in regulating metabolism by acting directly on certain types of fat cells, new research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute shows.

Previous research by LSI research assistant professor Jun Wu and others identified a new type of fat cell in mice and humans, [...] These thermogenic, or "beige," fat cells can be activated to burn energy through a process called thermogenesis.

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Shares of Altria (NYSE:MO), the leading tobacco company in the U.S. and strategic partner of cigarette company Philip Morris International, have fallen over 25% in the last year. That comes in spite of the company showing big earnings gains -- but those numbers can be deceiving. Rather than having big money-making potential, Altria has a good chance of burning investors in the years ahead.

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The federal government's new Tobacco and Vaping Products Act will force tobacco companies to use plain packaging, but it also opens up a world of advertising possibilities for vaping liquids and e-cigarettes. 

The new law, which received royal assent last week, legalizes and regulates what had been a "bold, black market," said David Hammond, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's chair in applied health and professor at the University of Waterloo.

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A major tobacco company is pumping millions of dollars into a campaign to persuade San Francisco voters to reject a ban on selling flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, certain chewing tobaccos and vaping liquids with flavors like cotton candy, mango and cool cucumber. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has contributed nearly $12 million to the "No on Proposition E" campaign, filling television and radio airwaves [...]

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Giving smokers free electronic cigarettes may not help them kick the habit, according to new research. What helps is giving them money instead.

For a study [...] researchers gave over 6,000 smokers different tools to quit smoking, like free nicotine patches, motivational texts, free e-cigarettes, and free medication or e-cigs plus a total of $600. Overall, only 1.3 percent of smokers had quit after six months. [...]

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The increasing use of nicotine products was becoming a cause of concern for public health as the trend of e-cigarette was gradually increasing in youth of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. According to health experts, recent surveys have indicated that more minors and young adults have started using e-cigarettes including middle and high school students and young adults between 18-24 years of age.
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Tobacco kills 480,000 people a year in the United States. Yet when an innovative alternative that delivers nicotine and eliminates 95 percent of the harm of smoking is available, the wary Food and Drug Administration fails to embrace this revolutionary lifesaving technology. All in the name of the children, of course.

Using e-cigarettes [...] has been around long enough for respected health authorities to conclude after many studies that it is eminently safer than smoking cigarettes.

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A national clinical trial testing a smoking cessation intervention for young adults that was conducted entirely on Facebook has found that smokers are 2.5 times more likely to quit after three months with the Facebook-based treatment than if they were referred to an online quit-smoking program.

It is the first study to test the effectiveness of a smoking intervention delivered entirely on Facebook and to also use biochemically-verified abstinence from smoking. [...]

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"Our data suggest that when used in e-cigarettes cinnamaldehyde, like toxic aldehydes in cigarette smoke, significantly disrupts normal cell physiology in ways that may have implications for the development and exacerbation of respiratory disease," said lead author Phillip Clapp, [...] "Our finding that cinnamaldehyde impairs normal airway cilia motility is significant because it demonstrates that a common, food-safe flavoring agent, in the context of e-cigarette use, [...]

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IT IS an entrepreneur’s dream: make a gadget so appealing that fans turn its name into a verb. “Juuling”, after a device known as a Juul that now accounts for 60% of e-cigarette sales in America, has become a youth fad. “I’ve been doing this work for 30 years and haven’t seen anything like this,” says Matthew Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Some schools have even removed toilet doors that were sheltering juuling gatherings.

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Jenni Sigler started smoking when she was 12 years old. By the time she was 33, she had tried everything to quit. Even with her health declining and her finances suffering, she remained a smoker.

Jenni’s story is common. In 2015, nearly 70 percent of smokers in the United States tried unsuccessfully to quit. [...] Health complications associated with smoking are also financially taxing, leading to nearly $170 billion in direct medical costs annually.

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Researchers at Portland State University have developed methods for measuring levels of free-base nicotine in electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) liquids and vapor, the levels of which are associated with harshness upon inhalation of e-cigarette vapors and tobacco smoke.
According to David Peyton, [...] in many e-cigarette liquids on the market nicotine is often predominately in its free-base form, which can provide a harsh and unpleasant vaping experience at high nicotine levels.

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The US may be the home of the First Amendment, but, in recent months, freedom of speech online has been severely limited, in instances where no illegality has taken place. On YouTube, reviewers of e-cigarette products have had their content ripped from the platform and – in some cases – their channels deleted with scant opportunity to appeal, all because of a state-backed push against e-cigarette advertising.

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The food safety wing of state health department has extended the ban on the manufacturesales and distribution of productscontaining tobacco and nicotine for one more year with effect from May 21.
A notice was issued by principal secretary (health) and food safety commissioner Sanjay Kumar in this regard on Tuesday. The ban applies on tobacco, pan masala, zarda, gutka and other tobacco-based flavoured mouth fresheners, whether packed or loose.

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The Government will have to ban the sale of cigarettes if it wants to reach its goal of making New Zealand smoke-free by 2025, MPs have been told.

Public health advocates and academics also said the Government needs to more aggressively encourage less harmful alternatives like vaping and e-cigarettes to help people who have failed to quit smoking tobacco. [...] Hapai Te Hauora chief executive Lance Norman said there was no way the target would be reached on existing settings.

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Cabinet ministers stood in the House of Assembly Wednesday afternoon, one after another giving notice of motion, announcing their plans to introduce and debate four separate pieces of legislation — three being amendments and one a new act — before wrapping up the current session.

The parliamentary calendar puts the expected end of the legislative session next Thursday, May 31. [...]

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Philip Morris Korea said on May 23 it has sold 1.9 million units of its tobacco heating device IQOS since its launch last year.

[...] 1 million Korean smokers are estimated to have switched to its heat-not-burn products from conventional cigarettes since IQOS first hit the domestic market in June 2017. “I am pleased to see that our vision to replace cigarettes with science-based smoke-free products is becoming a reality in Korea at an unprecedented speed,” said Chong Il-woo, [...]

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After the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act receives royal assent in the coming days, selling vaping products to anyone under 18 will be banned and marketing flavours to teens will be prohibited, along with marketing that features health claims or “lifestyle” themes or seeks to appeal to youth. Existing legislation in Ontario already bans sales of e-cigarettes and accessories to anyone under 19.

“It will lose its coolness, especially if there are more restrictions put on it [...]

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In the newest study, the researchers measured force expiratory flows (FEFs) at 3 and 12 months of babies born to 252 mothers who smoked. FEF measures the speed with which air can be forced out of the lung. The mothers who smoked were randomized to either receive 500 mg of supplemental vitamin C every day or a placebo in addition to the same prenatal vitamin. They were encouraged throughout their pregnancies to quit smoking. [...]