Roughly 10.8 million American adults are currently using e-cigarettes, and more than half of them are under 35 years old, a U.S. study suggests. One in three e-cigarette users are vaping daily, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
“Electronic cigarette use is also closely associated with other high-risk behaviors,” said senior study author Dr. Michael Blaha, [...] “The most common pattern of use in the U.S. is dual use, i.e. current use of both traditional cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.”
A crackdown by the Trump administration led to 17 companies halting the sale of nicotine-containing e-liquids used in e-cigarettes that had kid-friendly flavors resembling candy and cookies, the administration announced Thursday.
The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission warned the companies back in May about marketing the liquids with names resembling child-friendly food products. Some examples include one e-liquid named after a juice box and another called “Candy King.” [...]
Marijuana is one of the most widely used substances during pregnancy in the United States. Emerging data on the ability of cannabinoids to cross the placenta and affect the development of the fetus raise concerns about both pregnancy outcomes and long-term consequences for the infant or child. Social media is used to tout the use of marijuana for severe nausea associated with pregnancy. Concerns have also been raised about marijuana use by breastfeeding mothers. [...]
What’s the size of the black market in tobacco and who is behind it? These questions have dogged governments, public health advocates, researchers and the tobacco industry for years. The world’s biggest tobacco companies spend millions on research to produce answers – commissioning reports which often conclude that the trade in illicit tobacco is on the rise. The big tobacco companies routinely use these findings to argue that every tobacco control policy will lead to increases in smuggling [...]
Nowadays, many smokers turn to electric cigarettes in the assumption that they are a safer and healthier alternative compared to conventional cigarettes. Little do they know that researchers are still uncertain about their long-term health impact due to the fact that studies about these e-cigarettes are still in their infancy.
[...] study published by Frontiers in Physiology that cites vanilla and cinnamon vape liquids as the two most dangerous flavors, having the most toxic and poisonous components in their ingredients.
Two new studies from the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, published in the BMJ journal, Tobacco Control, expose evidence that big tobacco companies are still facilitating tobacco smuggling, while attempting to control a global system designed to prevent it, and funding studies that routinely overestimate levels of tobacco smuggling.
ISLAMABAD: After failing to get any result during the previous government, tobacco control advocates are hopeful that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan will not only take steps to increase revenue collection from the tobacco industry but will also protect the citizens against hazards of smoking.
At present, the country is facing an annual loss of around Rs30 billion due to low taxes on the tobacco industry while health of the youth is at a stake.
Over 100 towns across Sri Lanka have boycotted the sale of cigarettes with the aim of making the country tobacco-free, the Health Ministry said.
According to the ministry, the Public Health Inspectors Union launched several programmes across the country to educate locals on the ill effects of smoking and as a result, shop owners and businessmen in many towns stopped selling cigarettes.
Twenty-two towns in Jaffna, 17 towns in Matara and 16 towns in Kurunegala joined others in boycotting the sale of cigarettes. [...]
Much of the public's perception on the safety of these new products stems from advertising, packaging and media representation, according to ongoing research by Olivia Wackowski, [...] Wackowski's studies on tobacco communication, product and risk perceptions and product use trends have been critical to informing the field of regulatory science as it relates to the FDA's authority over tobacco product regulation.
In most of Europe, the rates of smoking initiation among older teens have declined since the 1970s, while "new smoker" rates among younger teens have risen in recent years, according to a study [...] The ALEC study pooled data from six multicenter studies, including 119,104 people from 17 countries. Information on smoking was retrospectively obtained from participants, who answered questions including "Are you a smoker," "Have you ever smoked for as long as a year?" and "How old were you when you started smoking?" [...]
The growth in the use of e-cigarettes has been rapid since 2012, when they went mainstream. And the public-health establishment has been left behind. It has applied entirely inappropriate anti-tobacco approaches to these devices, even though Public Health England has described them as at least 95 per cent safer than combustible tobacco.
The medical community has largely welcomed the committee’s report, but one aspect of it led to uproar on social media. [...]
Teenagers' use of any tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), is associated with subsequent marijuana use, according to a study published in the August issue of Pediatrics.
Janet Audrain-McGovern, Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues examined whether adolescent e-cigarette, hookah, or combustible cigarette use is associated with initiating and currently using marijuana. [...]
By now, many parents know kids are vaping sweet-smelling tobacco — often using devices that look deceptively like pens or flash drives. And most parents are hip to the prevalence of underage marijuana use.
Now comes a combo of the two: vaping pot. Experts and educators say young people are — once again — one step ahead of the adults in their lives, experimenting with this new and more heady way to consume weed.
In the United States and much of Europe, research suggests that regular lighting up typically begins between 15 and 16 years old. In the US, 15.3 was the average age when adult smokers reported smoking initiation, according to a 2014 surgeon general's report. [...] Across European countries, the rates of smoking initiation peaked at 16 among boys and 15 among girls in the 2000s, according to a study published in the journal PLOS One on Wednesday.
The House of Commons' Science and Technology Committee recently stated that forcing vapers into smoking shelters could undermine their attempts to quit and has called for reconsideration and debate of blanket bans on e-cigarettes use, which would require "non-vapers having to accommodate vapers". Committee chair and former health minister Norman Lamb MP said: "E-cigarettes are less harmful than conventional cigarettes, but current policy and regulations do not sufficiently reflect this [...]
Use of e-cigarettes every day can nearly double the odds of a heart attack, according to a new analysis of a survey of nearly 70,000 people, led by researchers at UC San Francisco. This is the first study to examine the relationship between e-cigarette use and heart attacks, and begins to fill the understanding of the effects of e-cigarettes on long-term health. "Most adults who use e-cigarettes continue to smoke cigarettes," said senior author Stanton Glantz, [...]
E-cigarettes and vaping started out as a more palatable aid to stop smoking than nicotine-laced chewing gum, hypnosis or sticking nicotine patches on your upper arms.
However, what began as a surrogate for smoking has since hatched its own entirely independent culture and identity, with vaping now very much mainstream. And while smoking tobacco was deliberately portrayed as a “nasty habit” to be discouraged, members of parliament in the UK are actively urging rules around e-cigarettes be relaxed, [...]
From July to December 2017, San Francisco kept 100,000 butts off the streets by making cigarette ashcans publicly available in the Richmond and Sunset districts. [...]
“Cigarette butts are a huge problem in San Francisco and every other city in the world,” Sunshine Swinford, of the Department of Environment, told me. “When a smoker stomps on a butt to extinguish it, they leave it behind not realizing that it is plastic and toxic and will last for years in the environment.”
The Israeli branch of electronic cigarette company Juul has sent a petition to the High Court of Justice contesting the government’s recent decision to ban the import and sale of Juul devices in Israel. [...] The petition filed by the company asked for an interim injunction to the order, saying that the order selectively targets them and not competitors who make similar products, that the ministry acted to quickly halt Juul sales by violating the company’s business rights, and that Juul was unfairly targeted [...]
Smoking the odd cigarette with friends after a few drinks may seem relatively harmless, but research in the US has suggested that it may be as dangerous as an everyday habit. More than 10pc of the 39,000 people surveyed said they were 'social smokers', compared with 17pc who said they smoked daily. The study found that around 75pc of both groups had high blood pressure, while 54pc had high cholesterol.