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New Zealand’s Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner, said that despite the fact that scientific research pertaining to vaping products is still being developed, “there’s a general consensus that vaping is much less harmful than smoking”.

“The Government is taking a cautious approach by aligning the regulations around vaping with those for cigarettes. This ensures cigarette smokers have access to a lower-risk alternative while we continue to discourage people from smoking [...]

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A new report shows that EU member states, probably encouraged by the notorious TPD, are increasingly punishing vapers with taxes and bans. There’s also bad news from the USA, where the media continues to spread alarmist stories about drug use by teen vapers and environmentalism is now being weaponised against the popular JUUL brand. On a more positive note a vape tax being pushed by Vermont legislators is likely to be killed off by a gubernatorial veto next week.

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Adults in Canada will soon have easier access to e-cigarettes and vaping supplies — and be exposed to more ads promoting them — now that the federal Liberal government has passed legislation formally legalizing and regulating the practice.

Once the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act receives royal assent in the coming days, it will prohibit the sale of vape products to minors, ban flavours aimed at young people and prohibit marketing that features testimonials, [...]

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The Ministry of Health are making moves to regulate vapes, e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. This is supported by Hāpai Te Hauora who hopes that the Ministry do their best to provide effective and sustainable regulation. "Regulation is an important aspect of harm minimisation" says Hāpai CEO Lance Norman, "as it ensures products undergo robust quality testing that informs consumers of their associated health risks if any".

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A woman has collected over 10,000 cigarette butts in a month in an attempt to prove to her local council just how bad smoking is becoming for the area.

Liz Smith, who lives in Queenstown in New Zealand, has shared several photos on social media showing the staggering number of cigarette butts she managed to collect from Queenstown Bay and Frankton Beach in order to make a “visual statement”.

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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are seen by some – including me – as a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes. But e-cigarettes pose a special danger to teenagers, both as a gateway to traditional cigarettes and because they contain chemicals that may be linked to cancer. A major health danger from e-cigarettes is as a gateway device to tobacco. A University of Pittsburgh study published in April followed late teens and young adults who had never smoked for a year [...]

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Despite our best efforts, every year 480,000 Americans continue to die from smoking. And, for the majority of our citizens, including healthcare professionals and policymakers, the solution to this problem is singular: Tell people to quit smoking.

To wit, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion issued recommendations to achieve its goal of shrinking tobacco-use numbers from 20 percent in 2008 to 12 percent by 2020. [...]

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Alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs: Of these three options, which would you consider to be the greatest threat to human welfare?

Surprisingly, illicit drug use is the wrong answer, according to a new report [...] Impact on human welfare was measured by calculating the loss of disability-adjusted life years (DALY). The World Health Organization defined one DALY as one lost year of "healthy" life. [...]

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The American Cancer Society released a position statement that cautiously accepts electronic cigarettes as less harmful than combustible tobacco products for smokers who are unwilling or unable to quit using FDA-approved cessation aids. “Based on currently available evidence, using current generation e-cigarettes is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, but the health effects of long-term use are not known,” the position statement reads. [...]

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Harmful cigarette smoke residue may be lurking in rooms where no one has ever lit up, researchers report.

In a new study, scientists from Drexel University in Philadelphia found that in an empty, nonsmoking classroom, nearly 30 percent of the tiny particles in the air were linked with cigarette smoke -- what is called "third-hand" smoke.

"We didn't expect to see a nonsmoking environment having such a signature of tobacco smoke," said lead researcher Peter DeCarlo, [...]

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You'll soon see tobacco products stripped from the shelves of Albany pharmacies.

The Albany County Legislature passed a law Monday evening that prohibits the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products and e-cigarettes at pharmacies.

After the law goes through the state channels, pharmacies will have 3 months to remove products from their shelves. Anyone caught selling after that could be hit with a $500-a-day violation fee.

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Many mental health and addiction treatment centers in the United States don't help patients quit smoking, a new government study finds.
People with mental illness and/or drug or alcohol addiction are far more likely than others to smoke cigarettes. And they are more likely to die from a smoking-related illness than from a behavioral health condition, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [...]

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Cannabis use increased among parents who smoke cigarettes, as well as among non-smoking parents, according to a latest study [...] Cannabis use was nearly four times more common among cigarette smokers compared with non-smokers. Until now, little had been known about current trends in the use of cannabis among parents with children in the home, the prevalence of exposure to both tobacco and cannabis, and which populations might be at greatest risk.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued four new warning letters to manufacturers and retailers for selling e-liquids used in e-cigarettes with labeling and/or advertising that cause them to resemble kid-friendly food products, such as cereal, soda and pancakes. One of the companies receiving a warning letter was also cited for illegally selling the product to a minor. [...]

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Italian politician, and member of the European Parliament Fulvio Martusciello, thinks that it’s time the EU revises the current legislation pertaining to e-cigarettes. [...] Martusciello pointed out that the European Union needs to actively promote and protect the innovation, research and development of vaping products. The parliamentarian added that this would send the right message to investors and ensure the development of high quality products.

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Public health officials put out an unusual warning recently to parents and teachers. Small devices that look like flash drives might actually be e-cigarettes, and the number of  teens smoking them has skyrocketed. 

 

The executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Dr. Larry Wolk, tells Colorado Matters that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to traditional tobacco. Wolk is a pediatrician.

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Manufacturers of heat-not-burn (HNB) cigarettes, or heated tobacco products, will be required to put graphic warnings about health risks associated with smoking including cancer, similar to warnings all other cigarette manufacturers currently use. Such products will have to use graphic images of cancer-ridden organs, a much strengthened standard than the current image of a needle, which many have criticized as "unclear and ineffective."

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New Zealand has effectively legalised e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping products, bringing the nation into line with other governments such as Britain and the US and further isolating Australia, where e-cigarettes and vaping remain illegal. [...] Dr Danko said he thought the New Zealand decision would ­increase the pressure on Australia to develop a proportionate, sensible, regulatory framework.

“At the moment, it’s not,” he said. [...]

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The number of smoked cigarettes fell on average by three a day among Czech smokers several months after the smoking ban in restaurants came into force, Charles University and Teaching Faculty addiction experts have told CTK, referring to the results of a survey among 130 smokers.

However, since the results cannot be related to the whole population, another survey is being prepared.

"We were watching the smokers in the surgeries in Prague for seven months," expert Adam Kulhanek said.

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E-CIGARETTES could stop smokers from quitting their deadly habit if they are prescribed by a doctor, vaping companies have warned.

They cautioned that allowing doctors to prescribe the devices as a stop-smoking tool could have a “detrimental effect” on their success. Vaping has been a "consumer-driven innovation" and, while products are less harmful than traditional cigarettes, users don’t feel like they are using a medical product [...]