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Limiting sales of tobacco to pharmacies, petrol stations or liquor stores could help more Kiwis quit smoking, a new study shows. 

The study, led by Dr Louise Marsh from the University of Otago, found limiting sales to petrol stations, liquor stores or pharmacies would "considerably reduce" the availability of tobacco. 

But limiting sales of cigarettes to just one type of store would face push back. 

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Using data from a large federal government telephone survey of adults, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report evidence that inhaling heated tobacco vapor through e-cigarettes was linked to increased odds of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), conditions long demonstrated to be caused by smoking traditional, combustible cigarettes. [...] "Although e-cigarettes may turn out to be safer overall than traditional combustible cigarettes, our studies add to growing evidence that they carry health risks," says Michael Blaha, M.D., M.P.H., [...]

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In recent weeks, vaping and the use of e-cigarettes have been at the center of media attention. With the long-term effects of vaping unknown, and a rise in e-cigarette and vaping product use associated lung injury (EVALI), the safety of vaping is under investigation. [...] A statement from the US Surgeon General said he is “emphasizing the importance of protecting our children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction and associated health risks by immediately addressing the epidemic of youth e-cigarette use. [...]

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Dual use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes is common among young adults. Earlier research has used an internet panel to assess anticipated effects of eliminating nicotine, flavors (except menthol), and customizable e-cigarettes on predicted changes in e-cigarette and cigarette consumption. This earlier analysis showed that all these policies were predicted to lower e-cigarette consumption and increase cigarette consumption among these dual users. The earlier analysis, did not, however, estimate the net effect of these policies considering both lowered and increased consumption.

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E-cigarette use is rising, particularly among young adults and teens. Recent illnesses and deaths attributed to vaping have caused intense scrutiny of the chemicals in e-liquids and vapor, but little is known about the size of vaping particles and their deposition patterns in human airways. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Chemical Research in Toxicology have analyzed how e-cigarette particle size and deposition change with factors such as device power, e-liquid composition and vaping practices.

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As Bay Area-based Juul Labs faces increased scrutiny, a new study finds the company’s products delivers significantly more nicotine to the blood per puff than other e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes.

A new study by researchers at UC San Francisco [...] tested nicotine concentrations among rodents when they were exposed to Juul and other tobacco products. The researchers found the rodents exposed to Juul had blood nicotine concentrations 8 times higher than a competing e-cigarette. Compared to traditional cigarettes, the rodents had nicotine concentrations that were five times higher.

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Teenagers' gender, sexual orientation, household income and their parents' level of education are among factors that impact whether they believe that nicotine, toxins and other chemicals in e-cigarette and vaping products are harmful to their health, according to new research [...] "One of the challenges with educational efforts aimed at getting youth to stop using e-cigarettes or preventing them from starting is that many believe e-cigarettes are harmless," said study lead author Thanh-Huyen T. Vu, [...]

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Worldwide, the number of men using traditional tobacco products has finally started to decline, health officials said recently.

Four out of five tobacco users globally are men, so declines among males “mark a turning point in the fight against tobacco,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, said in a statement.

The agency’s new report covers an array of tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. But the WHO did not count electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, [...]

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The frequently cited claim that e-cigarettes are "95% less risky" or "95% less harmful" than combustible cigarettes is outdated, misleading and invalid -- and should no longer be made in discussions on the dangers of vaping, according to an editorial published today in the American Journal of Public Health by six leading experts on e-cigarettes and public health.

"The '95% safer' estimate is a 'factoid': unreliable information repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact," wrote the authors, including Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D., [...]

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Thailand has opened its first full-time cannabis clinics, which will offer traditional remedies based on the drug.

The two new centres in Bangkok will also offer alternative cannabis-based medicine, which has been legal in the country since 2018.

Hundreds of people – including many cancer patients – received free oil at a new flagship clinic based at the Ministry of Public Health in a suburb of the capital.

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Nearly 70 percent of smokers say they want to quit. In an effort to help them, the American Lung Association (ALA) recently launched its “Quit, Don’t Switch” campaign. The ALA “believes everyone who uses tobacco products can quit using methods that are proven safe and effective by the FDA….” Unfortunately, not only does this campaign deliberately avoid acknowledging the benefits of new smoking quit tools, it is embarrassingly out of touch with the people whom traditional quit methods have failed.

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People are looking at e-cigarettes as a "healthy" alternative to cigarettes and we currently have an epidemic of e-cigarettes use. [...] "It's long been known that smoking cigarettes is among the most significant risk factors for stroke. Our study shows that young smokers who also use e-cigarettes put themselves at an even greater risk," explained lead investigator Tarang Parekh, [...] "This is an important message for young smokers who perceive e-cigarettes as less harmful and consider them a safer alternative. We have begun understanding the health impact of e-cigarettes and concomitant cigarette smoking, and it's not good."

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The Trump administration's ban on flavored e-cigarette products is getting some push back for not including menthol or flavored liquids sold in adult-only vape shops. Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss.

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It was a cold, rainy morning when I walked into “Happy Habits,” our local vape store in the Hudson Valley. It was the day after the federal government’s January 2 announcement of an effective ban on flavored vape cartridges.

The mood inside matched the weather, despite the brightly-lit JUUL display and many other colorful items. When I asked the friendly employee at the counter how the ban would affect the business, she immediately replied that more people would get sick from smoking. She added that jobs would be lost.

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With the New Year, comes the resolutions. And for my little project, it is to convince smokers to switch from cigarettes to either an electric cigarette, or a vape. Especially in these few months that the Ministry of Health is motivated to issue compounds to smokers.

Personally, I don’t see it lasting till after February. Hopefully they will prove me wrong.

 

Coming from a family of five smokers being myself and my brothers with a father having retired from smoking after swearing to do so in Mecca (yes, some do take it seriously), there is a need to shift towards less harmful alternatives.

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Vaping has been in the headlines a lot lately, for the wrong reasons.
Health officials are sounding the alarm after a spate of mysterious "vaping associated" illnesses.

A growing number of countries are banning flavoured vaping products.
But are those vaping fears just blowing smoke? [...]

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On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that it would ban the sale of pre-filled flavored e-cigarette cartridges nationwide [...] Yes: I myself vape, and that’s part of the reason why this news upsets me. What’s more, as a vaper who has tried “open tank” systems — which the administration exempts from the ban — I find absolutely no solace in this fact, as I know from experience how fiddling with these sorts of systems often inevitably results in your hands and furniture and purses and life getting completely soaked with nicotine liquid.

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Last week, the truck-rental company U-Haul announced it would stop hiring smokers in the 21 states where it is ­legal to take nicotine use into consideration when making hiring decisions.

In an e-mail to The Arizona Republic, U-Haul Chief of Staff Jessica Lopez cited the firm’s “continued efforts to ­enhance our wellness program and decrease health-care costs,” adding: “We have become more aware of the medical side ­effects of using nicotine and ­tobacco products.”

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If you vape, expect to pay more for your products at the register in B.C. 

As of Jan.1, the provincial sales tax on vaping devices and substances jumped from seven to 20 per cent. The tax increase applies to e-cigarettes and vape pens, as well as the vapour pods and liquids that go in them and can contain nicotine or cannabis.

The Ministry of Finance says British Columbia is the first province in Canada to introduce a specific tax rate related to vaping products.

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When Palo Alto officials recently began contemplating a fine for minors who vape in public, Councilman Greg Tanaka called it a cutting-edge approach necessitated by the growth of youth vaping — a phenomenon public health officials are calling an epidemic.

Palo Alto would not be the first city to impose a fine for underage possession of tobacco products, which include e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes. But the approach is unusual and comes at a time when officials at virtually all levels of government are grappling with how to get teen vaping under control.