The latest teen smoking data from the USA shows that the number of under-18s who smoke cigarettes has fallen by more than half since vaping became popular. However, the agency has focused on what it sees as negatives rather than the huge public health gain, drawing criticism from harm reduction advocates. Meanwhile the storm of publicity around JUUL continues, with Israel threatening to ban the company’s products because of their high nicotine content [...]
University of Otago-led research shows smart technology can shed new light on the challenges faced by smokers trying to quit by using e-cigarettes.
The research trialled the use of ''smart'' technology, including smart e-cigarettes and smartphones, among 11 Dunedin smokers last year. Research fellow Mei-Ling Blank, of the Otago marketing department, said it was ''very satisfying'' to test the smart technology, to see if mounting a much bigger vaping study in future was feasible.
Around the world, vaping has spawned a fast-evolving subculture with multiple cliques and niches – a heady blend of hobbyism, gaming, punk rock, steampunk, tattoos, piercings and activism. At events such as Vape Jam, hundreds of brands compete for attention, from the small Italian company Moddog – where the designer Michele Brumazzo is selling £300 mod cases handcarved from spalting beech wood – to Imperial Tobacco’s subsidiary Blu, [...]
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety Thursday dispelled the misconception of e-cigarettes being healthier than ordinary cigarettes, publishing the results of an independent study done in Korea. E-cigarettes, which the public has often perceived as being less harmful to health than ordinary tobacco, were found to have more tar than the latter, and have the same nicotine content, the ministry said.“There were no evidence to show e-cigs to be less harmful than ordinary cigarettes,” it added.
[...] two researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are denying that smoking is known to be any more hazardous than vaping. [...] This type of denialism is something you might expect from the tobacco industry, not from public health researchers. But ironically, even the tobacco industry hasn't sunk to the level of claiming that their combustible cigarettes, [...] may be no more hazardous than devices which contain no tobacco and involve no combustion.
Whether you are a newbie or an experienced vaper, one thing that is of paramount importance for a good vaping experience is the quality and flavor of the e-liquid. More often than not, people are a lot confused as to how to find an e-liquid that is top-notch. To help you out, we list down five tips that can help you find the perfect vaping e-liquid.
Watermelon panacea, cinnamon roll, milk and cookies and sour worms.
The vaping industry is downplaying concerns children will drink nicotine "juice", drawn to its bright packaging and appealing flavours.
The National Poisons Centre is bracing for an increase in calls over the juices which, unlike the cigarettes they increasingly replace, are not required to have plain packaging. However, sellers say the industry's self-regulation is enough to allay concerns.
Prostate cancer patients who smoke are more likely to have tumors return, spread to other parts of the body, and become fatal than nonsmokers, a new study suggests.
Researchers examined data from previous studies with a total of 22,549 men with prostate cancer that hadn’t spread to other parts of the body. The cancers were treated with either surgery or radiation.
Overall, nearly one in five were current smokers. The rest were either former smokers or had never smoked.
Regulation of vapes and e-cigarettes has been in the news this week, after San Franciscans voted yes on a proposition that would prohibit the sale of flavored tobaccos [...]
But while proponents of the ban succeeded by arguing that flavored tobacco products were a way for kids and teens to get hooked on tobacco products, a more looming public health issue lies in the mystery surrounding the safety of the flavoring chemicals inside e-cigarette liquids [...]
Most Australians believe cigarettes are now too expensive, a Daily Mail Australia poll has found.
An article published on Tuesday revealed the illegal lengths desperate of smokers were taking to get around the soaring price of cigarettes in Australia - which are now the most expensive in the world.
Daily Mail Australia asked readers: 'Do you think cigarettes in Australia are too expensive?'
And a whopping 86% of the 923 who completed the poll agreed that smokers were paying too much.
Despite national and local efforts to reduce minors' e-cigarette use, kids just aren't listening.
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study released on Thursday, more than 2 million teens commonly used e-cigarettes in 2017, with one expert noting that the number is likely higher. Dr. Brian King, of the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health, told Fox News that many teens now describe vaping as "JUULing," [...]
SmokeFreeBrain brings together experts in toxicology, pulmonary medicine, neuroscience, and behavioral therapy, as well as health economics and health informatics. They are examining the effectiveness of anti-smoking strategies aimed at high-risk groups in high-middle-income countries, such as unemployed adults, people with chronic pulmonary disease and asthma patients – as well as the general population in lower-middle-income countries.
Philip Morris International Inc is planning to launch its iQOS smoking device in India, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, as the tobacco giant seeks a foothold in a country with the world's second-biggest smoker population. India has stringent laws to deter tobacco use, which the government says kills more than 900,000 people every year. But the country still has 106 million adult smokers, second only to China according to the World Health Organization [...]
It’s been a year since mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products was introduced in the UK. All tobacco products now have to be sold in greenish packets without distinctive branding. It was supposed to discourage smoking by making the packaging look unappealing. But when we look at plain-packaging policies around the world, the evidence tells us it has been a failure.
Australia was the first country to introduce plain packaging. The Australian government claims it has been a success. [...]
Vapers using low rather than high nicotine e-cigarettes may be using their devices more intensely, potentially increasing the risk of exposure to toxins in the vapour, according to new research [...] Dr. Lynne Dawkins, lead author of the study based at London South Bank University, said: "Some vapers might believe that starting out on a low nicotine strength is a good thing, but they should be aware that reducing their nicotine concentration is likely to result in the use of more e-liquid. [...]
San Francisco voters are heading to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether theirs will be the first city in the nation to ban all flavored tobacco products. If passed, Proposition E will prohibit not just the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars but also flavored e-cigarette products.
Prohibition always presents problems but what makes Prop E unique is that it intends not just to ban lethal categories of tobacco products but products that actually help people quit smoking.
In March, the FDA released an advanced notice of rulemaking for reducing the level of nicotinein cigarettes and regulating flavored tobacco products like e-cigarettes. Should the agency take action on either issue, there will undoubtedly be unintended consequences.
First, it’s hard to imagine that nicotine addicts will consume the same quantity of cigarettes if the quality is weaker.
Nigeria’s government defied private-sector opposition to impose a new “sin tax” on Monday amid fears that growing tobacco and alcohol consumption could threaten a public health crisis.
Ignoring a last-minute legal challenge, the country’s finance ministry announced that a rise in excise duties had finally come into force, three months after Muhammadu Buhari, the president, was forced by public opposition to delay the hike.
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to ban the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco products in unincorporated parts of the county.
The ordinance [...] passed unanimously. “Big Tobacco is in decline and desperate to groom lifelong addicts,” Canepa said. “They are trying to create a new generation of smokers by luring them with e-cigarettes and thousands of juice flavors like cotton candy and bubble gum that directly appeal to children.”
The drive to impose plain packaging on tobacco products, in the hope of discouraging current and potential smokers, has pitted the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the EU against the tobacco industry.
The industry says plain packaging has no visible impact on smoking rates while it opens the door to black markets. On the contrary, the WHO insists on the effectiveness of the measure and rules out any link to illicit trade.