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According to a new Gallup poll, Americans see four types of tobacco products, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars and pipes, as more dangerous to people who use them than marijuana and e-cigarettes, also known as vaping.

Eighty-two percent of people said cigarettes are very harmful, compared to 38 percent who said the same about e-cigarettes. Even fewer, 27 percent, said marijuana was very harmful. [...]

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To investors always on the lookout for the latest market smoke signals, Imperial Brands’ bet against smoke-free tobacco products looked like it could pay dividends. The maker of Davidoff and Gauloises cigarettes closed 10½p up at £29.16 yesterday after reports of weaker sales of heated tobacco products by Philip Morris International, its American peer, appeared to vindicate its strategy.

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The youth of Vijayawada have taken to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or e-cigs), which puts them at a risk of getting addicted to yet another form of nicotine-intake. [...] Objecting to the sale and usage of these cigarettes in the city, members of Consumer Guidance Society (CGS) wrote a letter to the Chief Minister and Health Minister, urging them to impose an immediate ban on these products.

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A new peer-reviewed study [...] shows that exhaled e-vapour product particles are actually liquid droplets that evaporate within seconds. "No accumulation of particles was registered in the room following subjects' vaping. This shows us how fundamentally different exhaled e-vapour particles are compared to those released when smoking conventional cigarettes, the latter of which linger in the air for longer periods of time," said Dr Grant O'Connell [...] senior author of the study.

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The proposed Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill, currently open for public comment, seeks to limit the marketing and information that retailers can give to customers around reduced risk products, such as e-cigarettes and heat-not-burn technologies.

This will prevent converting millions of smokers to alternative products and thwart the opportunity to save lives.

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Do e-cigarettes help current smokers quit, or do they just become an additional nicotine habit? [...] a new study of more than 30,000 adults in Sweden indicates that traditional smokers use both methods.

[...] smokers who do both were also more likely to have respiratory symptoms. The researchers noted that e-cigarette use as a smoking cessation tool is not yet established. Their hypothesis was that use of e-cigarettes was most common among former smokers, since that is how e-cigarette companies market the devices.

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Federal regulatory and public health authorities need to gather more information on the potential for short- and long-term harm from e-cigarettes and should take stronger steps to restrict youths from accessing the tobacco products, panelists said at a Washington briefing aimed at congressional staff. The briefing was convened by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), which is pushing for faster and stronger action on e-cigarettes. [...]

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The federal government is testing graphic new warnings to wrap around cigarette packages, and the stark message is clear: smoking is bad and it can damage more than your lungs.

The proposed warnings, shown to focus groups across the country, are meant to reinforce what people already know about cigarettes and add information that’s less widely known. Canadians reported that cigarette packages with graphic images and pointed health warnings are more effective than cliches or rhyming slogans.

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A new study has pitted e-cigarettes against their traditional counterparts to gauge how well they perform in indoor spaces – and, it appears vaping really does have less of an impact on the surrounding air.

While particles from conventional cigarette smoke linger in the air for upwards of 45 minutes, researchers found that those stemming from e-vapor products evaporate within seconds, even indoors.

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Stopping smoking cigarettes could be achieved by gradually reducing intake, or switching to alternatives like electronic cigarettes to help avoid the health risks.

However, life insurance providers consider the switch to be just as bad as smoking.

E-cigarettes along with patches and other nicotine products, are placed in the same bad as regular cigarettes, meaning users still need to pay higher life insurance rates.

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JUUL LABS, THE San Francisco-based e-cigarette company, is under pressure from parents, schools, public health advocates, lawmakers, and the Food and Drug Administration for its popularity with younger users, who have gravitated to Juul’s discrete rechargeable vaping device and nicotine pods in flavors like mango and fruit medley. Now come the lawsuits. Since April, consumers have filed at least three complaints against Juul. [...] 

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Banning smoking in prisons has led to tobacco being smuggled in and becoming part of the illicit economy.

The smoking ban was fully implemented in jails this year after being introduced across the prison estate over the previous two years.

[...] Rory Stewart, the prisons minister, said: “With regards to the impact on the illicit economy; tobacco has become an additional currency to the current currencies relating to drug use and mobile phones within the illicit economy.”

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Though aimed at smokers looking to quit, Juul has proved very attractive to teenagers. Despite age limits on sales, research from 2017 found that 8 per cent of US teenagers reported using Juul in the past month, a level that exceeds current rates of youth smoking. Some studies suggest that using products such as Juul may lead to subsequent smoking, although this association is contested by other researchers.

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Over the last four decades, more American teenagers have decided to say no to drugs and alcohol, a new report shows. "There has been a steady increase in the proportion of students graduating high school who report never having tried alcohol, marijuana, tobacco or any other drugs," said study author Dr. Sharon Levy. She directs the adolescent substance use and addiction program at Boston Children's Hospital.

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British American Tobacco Korea (BAT Korea), local unit of foreign tobacco manufacturer British American Tobacco Plc, on Monday launched its second-generation tobacco heating device glo in South Korea ahead of official sales next week amid growing demand for the e-cigarette device in the country. [...] consumers will be able to purchase the new edition of glo at the brand’s flagship store and nationwide convenience stores as well as via official web site from July 30. [...]

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Despite overwhelming evidence that vaping devices are far less harmful than combustible cigarettes, JUUL’s meteoric path to capturing nearly 70 percent of the U.S. e-cigarette market has sparked mixed feelings among the public and scientific communities.

Proponents of e-cigs’ health benefits worry that the company’s roaring success among underage high-schoolers may outweigh the scores of existing smokers who are quitting in favor of a healthier life through JUUL. [...]

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A February report by Wells Fargo predicted the U.S. e-cigarette market will hit $5.5 billion this year, a 25 percent growth rate from last year.

About 70 percent of sales have come from rechargeable liquid nicotine refills.

The researchers credited industry growth to advances in the technology customers use to vape. Wells Fargo predicts consumers will eventually shift to other products that the industry markets as less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, including cigarettes that heat tobacco instead of burning it.

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Smokers and users of other tobacco products were less likely than non-tobacco users to recognize the potential harms of nicotine exposure to children, researchers reported.

More than four out of five (83.2%) adults surveyed considered nicotine to be "definitely harmful" to children, according to Catherine Kemp, MHA, of Georgia State University School of Public Health in Atlanta, and colleagues.

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Public health Pooh-Bah bullies are at it again. With the Victorian and federal elections heaving into sight, this week a coalition of twenty-four public health and medical organisations, [...] issued a manifesto calling for the virtual elimination of smoking by 2025.

‘Victoria must eliminate the uptake of youth smoking and increase the number of adult smokers’, the do-good manifesto declares. And what does it offer as the wonder weapons to win the war on smoking?

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The Government will take one of the world's largest tobacco firms to court unless it stops illegally targeting UK consumers with tobacco adverts, a Minister has said. [...] the Department of Health sent a formal order to Phillip Morris, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, telling it to remove poster adverts for "healthier" tobacco products from shops around the UK.