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Children exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke may become snorers, scientists claim.

An analysis of existing research suggests their risk of becoming snorers rises by up to 87 per cent, if regularly exposed to lingering cigarette smoke.

The odds of youngsters going on to become snorers rose by around two per cent for every cigarette smoked daily in the home.

Chinese scientists reviewed 24 studies that included nearly 88,000 children to come to the conclusion.

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Official data shows number of adults smoking declines as more people use e-cigarettes. Deborah Arnott, the chief executive of the health charity Action on Smoking and Health (Ash), said smoking “must become history for all of society not just for the wealthy”. She added: “Cuts in public health funding and lack of treatment for smoking on the NHS mean poorer more heavily addicted smokers, including those who are pregnant, are not getting the help they need to quit.”

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Exposing children to secondhand tobacco smoke increases their risk of developing habitual snoring, according to an analysis of existing research. The results, from 24 studies including nearly 88,000 kids, may create a “teachable moment” for parents to consider quitting smoking, the authors write in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

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The end of smoking may finally be in sight as 200,000 people gave up the bad habit last year in England, official statistics show. Government data today reveals 14.9 per cent of adults across the country smoked in 2017 - the equivalent of 6.1 million people. This is down from the 15.5 per cent (6.3 million people) recorded in 2016. Charities branded the data 'encouraging', as it also showed around an extra 70,000 smokers from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also quit. 

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Ex-smokers may not be able to resist lighting up again in order to recover a sense of 'who they are'. New findings published today in the Journal of Substance Use suggest that smokers who have quit often relapse because they want to recapture a sense of lost social identity. As well as being physically addictive, smoking has a range of emotional, behavioral and social triggers. Lead researcher Dr Caitlin Notley said: "Although many people do manage to quit, relapse is very common.

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“Nicotine is not the problem. It is a very big part of the solution,” said Andy Morrison, a former smoker and trustee for the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), a non-profit organization which is at the forefront of the fight for the use of safer alternatives in order to combat smoking. Nicotine is a natural plant alkaloid, with a lot of interesting and useful properties. Some studies have indicated that Nicotine can prevent brain shrinkage, and also (..)

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The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), a UK registered charitable incorporated organisation “concerned with improving public health, through a greater understanding of “new” (risk-reduced) nicotine products and their uses” is supporting an initiative by French organization SOVAPE. Last January, the EU Commission delayed a decision on whether to impose the infamous proposed EU-wide tax on vaping products until 2019, as until now they did not gather enough data to justify the move.

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Cigarette sales peaked in the 1960s and have drastically declined since then. Tobacco products were once displayed across billboards and magazine covers. Smokers could enjoy the pleasures of lighting up a cigarette just about anywhere. At one point even pregnant women were encouraged to smoke. Fortunately much has changed since then – we take a look at some of the weird reasons people started smoking back in the day.

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"Rethinking Nicotine" was the theme of the fifth GFN. As in previous years, the event attracted multiple stakeholders, ranging from consumers, scientists, regulators and manufacturers to distributors, public health professionals, policy analysts and parliamentarians. In addition to attending the symposium that featured more than 50 presentations and various panel discussions, delegates had the opportunity to get acquainted with the latest scientific findings regarding reduced-risk products through a variety of poster presentations. This year, the organizers added a short-film festival that was curated by Aaron Biebert, director of "A Billion Lives."

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Tobacco remains the single largest preventable cause of death in the United States. Yet, 1 in 5 Americans still smoke. Smoking prevalence is more than double in adults living with HIV. Studies in adults with HIV consistently find tobacco smoking creates negative outcomes, including HIV disease progression, and AIDS-related morbidity. Tobacco is the leading cause of premature mortality among adults living with HIV. This study supports the hypothesis that (..)

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Latest data by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate a further dip in smoking rates amongst 18 to 24-year-olds. Smoking rates are diminishing where vaping is permitted In 2017, 17.8% of people aged between 18 and 24 said that they smoked, in comparison to 19.3% in 2016 and a staggering 25.7% in 2011. In fact, similar patterns are observed around the world, in countries where vaping is permitted. A report released by the US Centers (..)

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Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 13 other US Senators are urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reconsider its decision to delay a review of vaping products, and also asking for explanations in relation to other regulatory decisions. The Senators are voicing their concerns about vaping products that are seemingly appealing to adolescents more than others, such as (..)

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A joint investigation by federal and state authorities has thwarted an illegal tobacco syndicate smuggling millions of cigarettes into Australia. The cigarettes represent more than $40 million in evaded duty. The boom in imported illegal cigarettes is been driven by huge price rises for legal cigarettes caused by increases in taxation. The latest round of taxes will see the price of an average packet of cigarettes hit $40 by 2020.

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Cigarettes cause the premature death of two out of three smokers, but smokers who quit before the age of 40 avoid 90% of the risk of dying. About 70% of current smokers claims they would like to quit, and every year, 40% make a serious attempt to do so. However, only 5% of smokers are successful. Those numbers are clear—nicotine is highly addictive, and quitting is hard for other reasons also. Abstinence-only believers, who want regulate (..)

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Regulations need to be based on science and research which has been ongoing around the world for the last 10 years. Public Health England, for example, has proven that vaping is 95 per cent safer than smoking. Canada is now catching up with the recent stance taken by Health Canada. Ontario needs to recognize this research and take it into account when designing regulations that will have a major impact on the industry.

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The cost to taxpayers of the Australian government’s six-year legal battle with the tobacco giant Philip Morris over plain packaging laws can finally be revealed, despite the government’s efforts to keep the cost secret. The commonwealth government spent nearly $40m defending its world-first plain packaging laws against Philip Morris Asia, a tobacco multinational, according to freedom of information documents. Documents say the total figure is (..)

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Health clinics where low-income people in the U.S. obtain medical care don’t always offer help with quitting smoking - and availability of that assistance may vary by patients’ ethnicity and insurance, a recent study suggests. So-called safety net clinics exist to reduce barriers to healthcare. Patients at these clinics have higher-than-average rates of smoking, so it’s particularly important to address these disparities, said Dr. Steffani Bailey.

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Smoking continues to be the number one preventable risk factor for mortality and morbidity. Despite strong evidence on the correlation between smoking cigarettes and mortality and morbidity, few studies have been done on the association between smoking cigars and pipes, and mortality. While cigar and pipe smokers are less than the number of cigarette smokers, pipe and cigar use are still notable.

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Juuls are especially popular among American teens, who post viral selfies and videos showing friends pulling drags from the discreet, USB-stick-like devices in class. Scientists and public health experts have sounded the alarm on the practice, known as "Juuling," saying the e-cigs pose a major health concern to young people. Chief among their worries is the Juul's uniquely high concentration of addictive nicotine, which is more than double that of other e-cigs (..)

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A UK healthcare trust has extended its no smoking policy to cover vaping – and threatened disciplinary action against staff who don’t comply. The move puts the Northern Irish trust on a collision course with its nurses, who are the most likely victims of the harsh new policy. The Western Health and Social Care Trust, which is responsible for NHS healthcare in the western half of Northern Ireland, has ignored (..)