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Nicotine exposure during pregnancy, whether from smoking cigarettes, or nicotine patches and e-cigarettes, increases risk of sudden infant death syndrome -- sometimes known as "cot death" -- according to new research published in the Journal of Physiology. [...] Over recent years nicotine replacement therapies, such as nicotine patches or e-cigarettes, have been prescribed to women who wish to quit smoking during their pregnancy. However these nicotine replacement therapies may not protect infants from SIDS.

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E-cigarettes have quickly become one of the most popular forms of recreational vaping in our society and they aren’t showing and signs of slowing down. However, e-cigs are nothing without the wide variety of flavourful e-liquids that people choose to experiment with.

If you’re looking to buy e-liquid in Australia then you would naturally want to find a flavour that suits your preferences and you won’t get sick of easily. [...]

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A new study involving mice raises another concern about the danger of e-cigarettes in humans after experiments showed that short-term exposure to the device's vapors appeared to increase the risk of clot formation. [...] Dr. Neal Benowitz, a longtime tobacco researcher who was not involved in the study, said the findings demonstrate "clearly and with multiple measures" that exposure to e-cigarettes increases clotting under the specific test settings used on the mice.

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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gotlieb, a medical doctor and cancer survivor, has had a long-term interest in tackling tobacco-related diseases. But unfortunately he’s on a path that will, perversely, be a disaster for the very people he wants to help.
Specifically, he has his agency considering a proposal to ban all flavored tobacco, including flavors for less harmful e-cigarette devices [...]

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In March, Health Canada released a report that summarized the regulation of its recreational cannabis consultation period. Come legalization, packaging for cannabis products must have a single colour with a standardized font style, cannot have “embossed, shiny or metallic” designs on it, and the use of branding and logos will be limited.

Labels must include health messages, as well as the letters ‘THC’ and a red “stop sign” symbol with a cannabis leaf. Packaging will also list the product’s THC and CBD content.

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The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) recent ruling in favor of Australia’s plain cigarette packaging law has brought to the global spotlight Indonesia’s notorious policy that puts citizens’ health after business gains.

Indonesia, along with three other main tobacco producers, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Cuba, argued that Australia’s rule was a barrier to free trade, an infringement of trademarks and a violation of intellectual property rights. [...]

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Altria Group Inc. says lower nicotine means lower employment -- to the tune of almost a million jobs.

As the comment period on proposed new rules for cigarettes came to an end Monday, the tobacco industry has weighed in. It’s predicting dire consequences if the Food and Drug Administration carries out a plan it’s considering that would lower nicotine in cigarettes by as much as 97 percent.

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Silicon Valley e-cigarette start-up Juul Labs is bringing its small flash drive-sized vaping device to the United Kingdom this week, aiming to reproduce its break-neck U.S. growth overseas.

Since launching in 2015 Juul has transformed the market in the United States, where it now accounts for nearly 70 percent of tracked e-cigarette sales.

Juul says it targets adult smokers, but it has faced scrutiny over the popularity of its products with teenagers. [...]

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One of the main factors contributing to Indonesia having some of the highest smoking rates in the world is the relatively low cost of cigarettes, which keep them within the reach of even the country’s poorest citizens. The government has shown little political will to raise cigarette excise prices to decrease demand, but the results of a new survey indicates that it’s something that the vast majority of Indonesians actually want.

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Joe Lo, 37, has been using an electronic cigarette alternative known as IQOS instead of traditional cigarettes for a year. It heats tobacco and gives off vapor, but only a little smoke. The insurance salesman in Hong Kong, who smoked for 14 years, no longer worries about his four-year-old son [...]

But there is one problem: He depends on a friend who travels frequently on business to Japan to get tobacco sticks for his IQOS, because they are not available in Hong Kong.

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Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) is set to release its second quarter earnings on July 19, wherein revenue and EPS growth of 9.4% and 8.8% are expected, as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year. Revenue growth is set to be driven by increased sales of its reduced risk products (RRPs), iQOS in particular, as well as price increases, while a reduction in the tax rate is expected to be the primary driver in the earnings improvement. 

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Thousands of smokers are being left without the support they need to quit after prescriptions of products to help them stop plummeted by 75% over the last decade, according to a report.

GPs are the most common first port of call for smokers who want to beat their addiction in England – 38% of smokers choose this route.

However, primary care prescriptions of nicotine replacement patches and gum and the smoking-cessation drugs bupropion and varenicline fell by three-quarters in England [...]

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While many consumers and companies are excited that marijuana sales will be legal in October, it may not all be good news. With legalization paving the way for more people consuming pot, it could create big problems both in Canada and south of the border. [...] Bill Ritter, former governor of Colorado, noted many downsides that have come with being the first U.S. state to legalize pot, one of which was that the state became a destination for those looking to smoke and grow pot. [...]

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When pregnant or nursing, women are advised to refrain from smoking, or smoke as little as possible. Doctors are unsure of the exact effect that nicotine might have on a developing baby, but the chemical has been linked to premature birth, low birth weight, breathing difficulties after birth, and a host of potential behavioral problems as the child grows. During breastfeeding, it does appear that nicotine transfers to the baby through breastmilk, meaning that nicotine exposure continues after birth. [...]

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The Diet on Wednesday passed an amendment that will ban smoking in public facilities for the first time as the nation — long deemed a haven for smokers — scrambles to combat secondhand smoke in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The ban will be implemented in stages, coming into full force by April 2020. The revision to the Health Promotion Law, however, has been significantly watered down from the health ministry’s original proposal, falling short of a comprehensive smoking ban in restaurants and bars.

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The study found a 14% increase in the risk of atrial fibrillation for every ten cigarettes smoked per day. There was a linear dose-response relationship, meaning that the risk increased with each additional cigarette smoked. "If you smoke, stop smoking and if you don't smoke, don't start," said study author Dr Dagfinn Aune, [...] "We found that smokers are at increased risk of atrial fibrillation, but the risk is reduced considerably in those who quit."

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FDA this week will release an action plan to spur development of generic versions of biologic drugs, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday at the POLITICO Pro Summit.

There are currently 11 so-called biosimilars, or versions of complex and high-priced biologic medicines, approved in the United States, including two that won approval this year. Several others are the object of legal battles between generic and name-brand drug manufacturers.

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A major new report by the Royal College of Physicians calls for a radical change in the way the NHS treats smoking, by providing opt-out cessation services as a routine component of all hospital care. It includes evidence from Dr. Richard Holliday [...] on the dental perspective. Undergraduate dental education is doing well in tobacco education, although there are areas for improvement. However, many dental professionals still report a lack of training on smoking cessation interventions [...]

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A new study has again illustrated the dangers of using e-cigarettes.

The study was published in the European Respiratory Journal, and found that e-cigarette vapor may increase the risk of pneumonia infections. This is in addition to the other dangers found in previous studies, including risks associated with the other chemicals in vaping solutions. Studies have already shown that smoking regular tobacco cigarettes increases the risk for pneumonia and for lung infections. [...]

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E-cigarette startup Juul Labs plans to start releasing e-liquid options with 40 percent less nicotine this August, the company announced [...] The lower-dose pods could give vapers a way to start cutting the amount of nicotine they inhale without having to take fewer puffs. But the new lower-dose pods are probably still a long way from being non-addictive — at least, if you’re going by cigarette research.