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Tobacco is four times more available in low-income communities compared to affluent ones, says a Māori health organisation.

Hāpai Te Hauora said increasing the tax on tobacco was good but reducing where it was sold would be more beneficial to Māori.

However, one researcher disputed that and said the best thing for Māori was to scrap the tax hike altogether. Hapai Te Hauora spokesperson Mihi Blair said there was a stark difference in how much tobacco was available in different parts of Auckland.

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A new UAE study has confirmed what every shisha lover has long suspected: there are higher levels of cancer-causing metals in shisha products than in cigarettes. The ­research was co-authored by ­Professor Mohamed Al Hajjaj of the University of Sharjah, Abdus Khan of Khalifa University, [...] The study looked at 13 medwakh tobacco products and three shisha products, analysing their properties to determine metal concentrations. Their findings may not have been surprising, but they were terrifying all the same. [...]

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Tobacco and alcohol use, both genetically inheritable behaviors, influence risk for many complex diseases and disorders and are leading causes of mortality. The University of Minnesota was part of a research collaboration that conducted the first study, recently published in Nature Genetics, to identify hundreds of genomic locations associated with addictive behaviors. Researchers found more than 500 genetic variants that affect the use of and addiction to tobacco and alcohol. Until now, only a few of such variants had been identified.

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Nicotine has been discovered in supposedly “nicotine-free” e-cigarette liquids amid the debate over Australia’s strict regulation of vaping products.

Advocates for vaping, including traditional tobacco companies, want the federal government to loosen the restrictions on nicotine to allow it to be used in e-cigarettes and vaporisers. They argue it would offer a safer alternative to smoking and help people quit.

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Taking a toke or two from a measly joint may not seem like a big deal compared to the various ways you can use the drug. But to teenagers, whose bodies are still developing, even a tiny bit of cannabis use appears to have profound effects. [...] Brain volume and cannabis use have been linked in previous studies, but the authors of the new paper were particularly interested in how much — more specifically, how little — it actually takes for the drug to exert its effects.

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An Ottawa doctor who is a Canadian expert on smoking cessation says Health Canada is doing little to stop the teen vaping epidemic.

“This is an issue that’s screaming for attention,” says Dr. Andrew Pipe, “we’re seeing a public health disaster unfold in front of our eyes. And quite frankly Health Canada has been asleep at the switch.”

Dr. Pipe has spent decades in the smoking cessation field [...] has helped Canadians kick their cigarette smoking habit. He calls the new teen vaping trend in Canada “disturbing”.

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Giving up smoking is crucial for your overall health, and it’s the number one cause of cancer in the UK. But what’s the best way to give up smoking? ITV This Morning’s Dr Chris Steele suggests using nicotine replacement therapy. An addiction to cigarettes is caused by the addiction to nicotine, but smoking’s harmful effects come from the other chemicals involved. Satisfying your addiction to nicotine without those chemicals could help to boost your chances of success, he said.

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Juul, the e-cigarette company that has become ubiquitous among teens, is launching its first television ad campaign targeting adult smokers as it faces criticism that its fruity flavors are designed for underaged users.

The San Francisco-based e-cigarette company plans to launch over the summer its new TV campaign, featuring testimonials from adults who have used Juul to stop smoking cigarettes, executives said. The ads are likely to draw some controversy. [...]

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The High Court has granted an interim injunction with pan-EU effect on the basis of a registered Community design (RCD) relating to Philip Morris International’s (“PMI“) IQOS system, a flagship product in PMI’s range of smoke-free products that are less harmful alternatives to smoking. The interim injunction was granted against a Chinese manufacturer, Shenzhen Shunbao Technology Co. Ltd (“Shunbao“), which was attempting to launch a highly visually similar product onto the European market.

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A few years ago, the National Academy of Medicine convened a panel of sixteen leading medical experts to analyze the scientific literature on cannabis. The report they prepared, which came out in January of 2017, runs to four hundred and sixty-eight pages. It contains no bombshells or surprises, which perhaps explains why it went largely unnoticed. It simply stated, over and over again, that a drug North Americans have become enthusiastic about remains a mystery.

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Analysis has revealed the huge amount of money going up in smoke each year, with Aussie smokers blowing a collective $14 billion on their habits.

Australian Bureau of Statistics data released last month found 13.8 per cent of people consider themselves to be daily smokers, choking back half a packet of cigarettes each on average.

While smoking rates have declined over the past two decades, more recently those reductions have slowed.

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Philip Morris International, the tobacco giant behind Marlboro and other leading brands, is hoping to phase out manufacturing cigarettes entirely and move into smoke-free products only. The New York-based multibillion-dollar company announced that they’ve chosen to do “something really big” by moving away from cigarette production and placing emphasis on electronic substitutes instead. The company is currently focusing on IQOS, a device that heats tobacco rather than burning it.

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Harm reduction advocates commonly argue the same point: Vaping is a viable means for cessation from combustible cigarettes. This is a true statement that has long been supported by a consistently growing body of academic and scientific work suggesting that vaping is alternatively safer than smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes that deliver over 7,000 chemicals (including scores of carcinogens) with the addictive additive, nicotine. [...]

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Opening up a brick and mortar shop can be a hectic process, not to mention that it usually requires a lot of financial resources. As a result, many new shops and businesses are opening exclusively online, and at the same time, the offline ones are also migrating to the internet too. This move can help shops make an impressive amount of savings. For further cost effectiveness, vape shop owners may think about migrating their business to a vape oriented marketplace like Vawoo

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the state's minimum age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21 — to curb their use by younger people.

Cuomo announced Saturday that he will include the proposal in his 2019 executive budget. [...] The legislation would ban sale of tobacco and electronic cigarette products in pharmacies, restrict their display in retail stores that are not adult-only and require that e-cigarettes be sold only by licensed retailers.

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In July 2017, the Food and Drug Administration enacted a comprehensive plan to regulate tobacco and nicotine products. The goal of this plain was “to better protect kids [from nicotine addiction] and significantly reduce tobacco-related disease and death.” Although most of the FDA’s efforts involved creating educational materials and bolstering warning labels, recent proposed regulatory changes have been described as a “historic crackdown” of the nicotine and tobacco products market.

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Food safety and standards authority of India (FSSAI) has submitted its reply before high court in a petition seeking printing of nicotine and tar content on cigarette packets, denying any regulation over smoking tobacco products or cigarettes.

FSSAI submitted that they could only regulate food items and were taking steps towards exercising the ban on use of nicotine and tar in food products, including pan masala and gutka.

 

 

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Smoking kills people, but the habit gets their wallets first. While research has long proven a nicotine addiction causes harm to one’s health, new analysis proves it causes serious damage to financial health too.

Smokers in Connecticut, the state that ranks highest in terms of the financial cost of cigarette smoking, are spending nearly $56,000 annually on their habit, according to new analysis published Wednesday by personal finance website WalletHub. Over their lifetimes, smokers in Connecticut are spending more than $2.8 million.

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Juul Labs, the company behind the insanely popular vaping device, has a message for the nation’s estimated 37.8 million adult smokers:

It really, really, really cares about them. And it wants them (and onlythem — got that, teens?) to try vaping instead.

“For smokers. By design,” blares the company’s website. A new $10 million TV ad campaign, called “Make the Switch,” echoes that theme, featuring testimonials from ex-smokers, all comfortably above the legal smoking age, who have swapped their cigarettes for a Juul.

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Luka Kinard knew his vaping habit was out of control when it started costing him $150 a week. Luka is part of what the Food and Drug Administration and the Surgeon General call an epidemic of e-cigarette use. And, as with most teens who are taking up the habit, it was the slender, easy-to-conceal Juul device that really got him hooked.