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For too long, tobacco addiction has destroyed the health of its users and laid waste to the public healthcare systems the world over. It is time for something different. Frustrated by the country’s stagnating smoking rate, one year ago, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, announced that the agency would pursue a plan to limit nicotine in cigarettes to “minimally or non-addictive levels.” [...]

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In 1986, the U.S. government passed legislation requiring a series of warnings for smokeless tobacco products, one of which advised "This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes." That warning, however, obscured an important distinction—that cigarettes are much more harmful to health than smokeless tobacco products—and over the 30-plus years since, the American public has mostly been unaware that smokeless tobacco is much less harmful than cigarettes, [...]

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There’s a lot we don’t yet know about the unintended consequences of legalizing marijuana, as a state panel has just recommended: its effect on rates of use, especially among adolescents; whether expanded use will create new dangers on the roads; the impact on companies that will have to worry about liabilities created by employees who are high. Those issues require examination.

Nevertheless, we do know a lot about the consequences of New York’s law as it exists: [...]

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July 28th marks the one year anniversary of the FDA’s landmark announcement to embark on what it called a “new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation” that “places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency’s tobacco regulation efforts.” When rolling out the multi-year plan, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that “the overwhelming amount of death and disease attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes.” [...]

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Women who smoke during pregnancy risk having smaller, less healthy babies not just because of their nicotine habit, but because they also have a poor diet lacking in fruit and vegetables that deprives their babies of essential nutrients, a new study published in the British Medical Journal shows.

Researchers [...] found that pregnant women who did not give up smoking gave birth to babies weighing an average of 300g less than those of non-smokers.

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New analysis by MoneySuperMarket today reveals that smoking, including e-cigarettes, can increase the cost of life insurance premiums by as much as 65 percent, which equates to over £312 every year.

Interestingly, insurers do not distinguish between daily, occasional or social smokers – if you’ve smoked in the past 12 months, you could end up paying more for your life insurance premium, an essential purchase if you have dependents. [...]

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Tobacco farmers who leave stubs in their fields after harvesting risk possible arrest and a lengthy jail term for their negligence.

Speaking to farmers at Binge Secondary School in Mhangura during The Doma Zonal Agricultural Show, Zimbabwe Progressive Tobacco Farmers Association national president Mr Mutandwa Mutasa said farmers were supposed to completely destroy tobacco stubs in their fields.

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Combustible tobacco could be relegated to the ashtray of history one day if health authorities in the US manage to push through unprecedented and highly controversial rules limiting nicotine in standard cigarettes.

The US Food and Drug Administration appears committed to the idea of introducing a rule to set a maximum nicotine level for cigarettes, a level so low that cigarettes become minimally addictive or even non-addictive.

 

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New Delhi: In the United States, 3% of adults regularly use e-cigarettes and 15% have tried them. There is no such data for India, but a random survey of vape shops – e-cigarettes are also called vapes because they release nicotine in the form of vapour — shows youngsters in the capital warming up to the device that simulates the experience of tobacco inhalation.

“Till two years ago, vapes were hardly known and we barely managed to sell a device or two in a week,” [...]

 

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Cigarette giant British American Tobacco's (BAT) planned acquisition of big South African e-cigarette maker Twisp would lead to higher vaping prices in South Africa, the Competition Commission says. “The merger is likely to result in unilateral effects which may manifest in the form of an increase in prices of e-cigarettes in future or a reduction in the rate of price reductions that could potentially occur with BAT’s entry,” the Competition Commission said in a statement about the proposal.

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The Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection informs the population about the emergence and promotion on the Moldovan market of non-electrically heated tobacco products iQOS (Electrically Heated Tobacco Product - EHTR), manufactured by Philip Morris Manufacturing & Technology, , which are harmful and present a danger to human health and life.

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Fourteen senators, including Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), have sent a letter to FDA criticizing the agency for what it characterizes as lax enforcement that has allowed children to get addicted to flavored vape products in recent years. In particular, the letter calls out flavors like gummy bear, cotton candy, peanut butter cup, and cookies ‘n cream as examples of flavors that appeal to children. [...]

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Synthetic cannabinoids are man-made, mind-altering chemicals that some users turn to as an alternative to marijuana. They are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant material so they can be smoked or sold as liquids to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices, [...]

The little packets of “fake weed” [...] can be purchased online as incense or natural herbal products. The unregulated substances are intended to produce the same effects as illegal drugs like marijuana.

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While federal regulators have not approved vaping as a smoking cessation aid, it is nonetheless marketed by some as a life-saving strategy for smokers trying to quit.

Testimonials from people who have successfully switched from smoking combustible tobacco to vaping are emotionally charged.

“If it wasn’t for vaping, I would have died from smoking cigarettes. Vaping has given me the opportunity to live longer and enjoy my children,” one such testimonial reads.

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Parents of teens, brace yourselves. A craze of viral proportions is sweeping the corridors and bathrooms of private high schools across America — and it’s about to reach us. “It” refers to the Juul, a state-of-the-art vape pen that looks like a USB drive, [...] Having thus far only been available in America, it has just launched in the UK, “with the mission”, so the carefully worded press release goes, “to improve the lives of the UK’s 7.4m adult smokers”.

 

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Massachusetts is investigating e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc and two online retailers to determine whether they violated state law by failing to prevent minors from buying their products, the state’s attorney general said on Tuesday. The probe by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey comes as the fast-growing Silicon Valley e-cigarette start-up has faced increased scrutiny due the popularity of Juul’s products with teenagers.

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Nothing is more Jersey than the Jersey Shore--and it's about to get healthier, safer, and cleaner, now that Governor Phil Murphy has signed a new law banning smoking at public beaches and parks.

This law will make it easier for all New Jerseyans and the millions of people who visit our beaches every summer to enjoy smoke-free outdoor environments--an opportunity that not everyone shares equally because of where they live or work.

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Largest Maori Public Health group left disappointed at confusing advocacy

Hāpai Te Hauora is calling for sensibility and improved focus on smoked tobacco cigarettes given its devastating history and continued harm on Māori health.

Last week the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ spoke to Māori media using the ASH Year 10 Study that shows an increase in rangatahi (youth) experimenting with vaping devices from 20% in 2014 to 28% in 2016. [...]

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Tobacco use remains a leading cause of oral cancer but the tobacco landscape is evolving with increasing use of non-cigarette tobacco products and dual-use of multiple product types. Chaffee and co-author Neal Benowitz, also from the University of California, San Francisco, evaluated exposure to known carcinogens according to recent use of different tobacco product types, alone or in combination.

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Smoking, among its many faults, is a hugely expensive business.

E-cigarettes present a cheaper alternative, without many of smoking's serious health risks from tar and carbon monoxide.

Yet, despite being around for a decade and being used by 2.8 million people in the UK, e-cigarettes and ‘vaping’ remains a confusing area for smokers.
Whereas cigarettes give you a choice of brands and two flavours, vaping has many types of equipment, flavours and components that you may need to replace.