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It might surprise you to know the global finance industry still works hand in glove with the tobacco industry. Big insurers insure it, big banks lend to it, and many superannuation funds invest their members' money in it. Melbourne oncologist Dr Bronwyn King is on a mission to change all that.

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Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T) on Thursday unveiled two “heat-not-burn” products, as it races against market leader Philip Morris International Inc (PM.N) for a larger share of the vaping space with conventional cigarettes steadily falling out of favor. Despite commanding 60 percent of the local cigarette market, Japan Tobacco has been caught on the wrong side of the rising popularity of heat-not-burn (HNB) alternatives and has lagged in the category in its own backyard versus the Marlboro maker.

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SA is at risk of losing its tobacco-growing industry following a decision by British American Tobacco Southern Africa (Batsa) to notify the country’s only tobacco processor, Rustenburg-based Limpopo Tobacco Processors (LTP), that it may have to consider buying foreign tobacco should the illicit industry gain further traction. Batsa has written to LTP, which buys and processes most of SA’s tobacco crop from about 100 commercial farmers and about 150 emerging farmers, pointing out deteriorating market conditions for the tax-paying portion of the industry.

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Tucker Carlson debated the potential negative effects of marijuana Wednesday night with an author who recently published a pro-marijuana book. David Bienenstock is the author of “How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High.” “Most of the claims made by [marijuana] proponents are unproven. But the CDC does say there is a relationship between marijuana use and rising schizophrenia rates and violence. So why should we legalize something we know causes schizophrenia?” Carlson asked.

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FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has announced that sales of e-cigarettes and other vaping products could be banned, but suggested that it might take his agency another year to even decide whether to begin the long legal process of doing so. He claimed that he was horrified by the rapid rise in the teen use of such products which are designed to permit users to ingest the drug nicotine, and to become addicted to it, often a precursor to switching to tobacco cigarettes.

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The government allowed the tobacco industry to get away with murder for more than 40 years. In 1964, the Surgeon General issued a report linking smoking to lung cancer. Yet not until 2009 was the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act passed to effectively regulate tobacco products in our country. Today, the e-cigarette epidemic represents a virtually identical crisis and our government is turning a blind eye to history repeating itself. The rise in e-cigarette use among teens is unprecedented.

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The physicist Richard Feynman has been popularly quoted as stating that if you think you understand quantum mechanics, then you don’t. It is perhaps not a quantum leap to make the same claim about cannabis. The cannabis plant is not a single substance, but rather contains more than 500 identified chemical constituents. More than 100 of these are cannabinoids: when ingested, they interact with a naturally occurring communication network in our brains and bodies known as the endocannabinoid system.

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The nation’s top health authorities agree: Teen vaping is an epidemic that now affects some 3.6 million underage users of Juul and other e-cigarettes. But no one seems to know the best way to help teenagers who may be addicted to nicotine.

E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, according to the latest U.S. figures, which show that Juul and similar products have quickly outpaced cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other substances that have been tracked over more than four decades.

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A report released on Wednesday finds that tobacco companies in India are systematically targeting children as young as eight by selling tobacco products and placing tobacco advertisements near schools.

These tactics, happening all over the country, is a clear violation of Section 5 and 6 of Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act, it said.

To gather evidence regarding tobacco products being sold around educational institutions in violation of the law, two groups working in the area of tobacco control [...]

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Most of what we know about nicotine addiction in teens, we know from cigarettes. But experts say the technology and chemistry of vaping might pose an entirely different threat.

"It turns out that e-cigarette use by kids doesn't look the same at all," said Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program at Boston Children's Hospital. "How you're delivering [nicotine] and how much you're delivering ... everything you change really matters."
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Health experts are debating whether vaping could be banned following fears underage smokers are becoming addicted.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now warning that if the trend continues there could be an outright ban.

The FDA’s commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, said: “I’ll tell you this. If the youth use continues to rise, and we see significant increases in use in 2019, on top of the dramatic rise in 2018, the entire category will face an existential threat.”

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Fatos Hande Harmanci, representative of the World Health Organization in Azerbaijan said, that tobacco use remains a serious problem all over the world.

“Unfortunately, there are also many tobacco users in Azerbaijan”, she said.

She noted that about 1.3 million people use tobacco in Azerbaijan.

"Half of the people who use tobacco in the country die before the age of 70. Therefore, it is crucial to fight seriously in order to prevent tobacco use. [...]

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On January 12, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to raise the minimum age for tobacco and e-cigarette sales from 18 to 21 in the 2019 executive budget.

“We have made great strides to stamp out teen smoking,” said Cuomo, “but new products threaten to undo this progress to the detriment of millions of Americans. In New York, we refuse to stand idly by while unscrupulous businesses target our young people and put their very futures at risk.”

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Altria may see its $13 billion investment in electronic cigarette leader Juul as a means of getting in front of government regulation of the devices, and Juul might view it as a way to vastly increase its distribution and marketing. But the Food and Drug Administration is hopping mad about the partnership, apparently seeing it as both companies going back on their pledge to limit teen access to e-cigarettes.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told The New York Times that Altria and Juul made specific commitments to the agency [...]

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I would like to tell Minister for Health, Simon Harris, that I believe the time has come to radically address the smoking epidemic in this country.

The deaths and carnage to people’s health are undeniable. I think of the smokers who are now terminally ill lying on a hospital bed saying goodbye to their family. I have 2 girls under 2 years of age and the thought of knowing they would not have their father around because he smoked himself to death. That must really be the most tragic experience possible.

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Despite the progressive stance of the UK government on vaping, and the local campaigns aiming to educate the public about relative benefits of using vaporizers as smoking cessation tools, recent research finds that local smokers are still overestimating the harm from vaping. Research from King’s College London which was recently published in the journal Addiction, indicated that smokers and ex-smokers in the UK still believe that vaporizers are more harmful than they actually are.

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Nearly a century after the film “Reefer Madness” alarmed the nation, some policymakers and doctors are again becoming concerned about the dangers of marijuana, although the reefers are long gone.

Experts now distinguish between the “new cannabis” — legal, highly potent, available in tabs, edibles and vapes — and the old version, a far milder weed passed around in joints. Levels of T.H.C., the chemical that produces marijuana’s high, have been rising for at least three decades, [...]

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A REVIEW of the ban on e-cigarettes is being launched in light of difficulties in enforcing the law.

A working panel led by the Commerce Ministry has assigned the Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Centre (TRC) to conduct a study in response to legal hurdles affecting implementation of the ban.

The panel was set up late last year to reconcile conflicting opinions on both sides of the debate about banning e-cigarettes and how to enforce the ban, [...]

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In this latest Voices of Vapers podcast, Guy Bentley, a research associate at Reason Foundation, rejoins the show to discuss his latest brief “A Question of Taste: The Public Health Case for E-Cigarettes.”

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An upsurge in e-cigarette use among middle and high school students in the United States occurred nationally between 2011 and 2018, with nearly 21 of every 100 high school students surveyed reporting e-cigarette use in the past 30 days, according to data from experts at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This trend is not by chance. Tobacco companies have spent billions of dollars annually on tobacco product advertisement, according to a Federal Trade Commission report, [...]