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Researchers say that quitters who indulge in snacks after swapping them for tobacco are 20 percent more likely to develop the condition than those who smoke, but the risk decreases after seven years. Past studies have found that people who stopped smoking had a risk of developing diabetes, but scientists hadn't been able to identify the reason as to why. The team, from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, says their findings are the first to show a direct correlation (...)

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Lately, you may have probably seen people walking down the street with their hands covering their mouths, like they are communicating with the Secret Service, only to see a massive smoke cloud appear seconds later. Or, you might have noticed the abundance of tiny plastic pods that litter city sidewalks; real estate that once belonged to cigarette butts. ​Both are signs of the rapidly increasing popularity of Juul [...]

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Illustration of a bar chart made from cigarettes of varying length The World Health Organisation keeps a close eye on air quality data, providing a global insight into just what we are all breathing every day. The relevant indicator the WHO measures is PM2.5, the "concentration of particulate matter of less than 2.5 micrometres of diameter" — that's about 3 per cent of the width of a human hair. These particles are similar to the 'tar' that smokers voluntarily inhale through cigarette filters.

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Teen vaping is at the tipping point before possible epidemic levels, federal officials and public health advocates agree, but they're feuding over how fast and far to go to rein in the booming electronic cigarette industry. 

Some of the health groups that sued the Food and Drug Administration for delaying regulation of vape products by four years charged last week that the agency let several new devices similar to the youth-favored Juul hit the market without approval.

USA Today
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Juuling, or using a type of electronic cigarette that looks like the USB sticks used to save electronic documents and other data, is growing in popularity and racking up revenue. It's also vexing parents and teachers who want to discourage young people from picking up the habit. As the 2018-2019 academic year gets underway, teachers and principals are concerned that the popularity will continue to grow. With Juul's discreet and odorless nature, teachers have a hard time catching students. Additionally, experts say that the brand's many flavors - such as mango and mint - make it an attractive product for younger users.

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[...] Vaping has become a US$22.6 billion ($NZ33b) industry globally, up from less than $5 billion five years ago according to Euromonitor International. Although this market still pales in comparison to global cigarette sales — estimated at over US$600 billion annually — its rise has been rapid. [...] Over the past decade, tobacco interests have bought up vaping companies and invested billions into 'next-generation products'

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Dr. John Buckell and his team felt that with all of the discussion of vaping flavor bans, there ought to be much more information on what these changes could end up doing. They determined the effect of different types of flavor bans on not only the vaping industry but also how that would, in turn, affect the tobacco industry as well. After over 2,000 qualitative interviews with former smokers and vapers, the team finally had enough information to begin drawing conclusions (..)

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ates of smoking during pregnancy have increased for the first time on record, NHS figures show. Cuts in smoking cessation services have been blamed for the rise, which puts more women at risk of miscarriage and endangering their baby’s health. NHS Digital data shows 10.8% of women were smokers at the time of delivery in 2017/18, up from 10.7% the year before. It marked a halt in progress that had seen rates fall from 15.8% a decade earlier towards a target of 6%.

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Researchers examined data collected from one-time surveys of 30,272 people aged 20 to 75 years about their smoking habits, e-cigarette use and respiratory symptoms that might indicate breathing diseases like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Compared to people who never smoked, current smokers were 18 times more likely to use e-cigarettes, the study found. Ex-smokers were more than twice as likely as people who never smoked to use e-cigarettes.

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JUUL is the vape giant that went from zero to $16 billion in three years. Truth Initiative is the largest anti-smoking organization in the United States. Both the company and the non-profit claim to have the same goal: helping smokers quit tobacco cigarettes. But Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative, hasn't been shy about slamming JUUL.

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There is no straightforward answer as to whether or not an employee can be banned from smoking during work hours, according to Hamish Kynaston, partner at Buddle Findlay. However, health organisations like the DHBs have banned people from smoking on campus, Kynaston told HRD. “That’s generally been accepted as lawful because they are health organisations who have the right to say their policy is that their staff can’t smoke on campus.”

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E-cigarette vapour boosts the production of inflammatory chemicals and disables key protective cells in the lung that keep the air spaces clear of potentially harmful particles, reveals a small experimental study, published online in the journal ThoraxThe vapour impairs the activity of alveolar macrophages, which engulf and remove dust particles, bacteria, and allergens that have evaded the other mechanical defences of the respiratory tract.

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Exposure to second-hand smoke during childhood was associated with an increased risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) later in life, researchers said. In a large prospective cohort study involving women followed for up to 3 decades, active smoking, light smoking, and passive exposure to tobacco smoking in childhood were all associated with an increased arthritis risk, reported Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, MD, of the Institut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France.

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[...] Marketing aside, the lawsuits raise the question: how bad is nicotine, really? Law professor Kathleen Hoke, who specializes in public health law at the University of Maryland, says that in adults, nicotine’s health consequences “don’t kill you, don’t make you have an oxygen tank, don’t cause cancer.” Hoke adds that staking the lawsuits on nicotine’s health impacts — like in a traditional cigarette suit — may be a long shot.

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Bad news for American governments and good news for Americans. Their health will improve and governments’ tax revenues will drop. The national smoking rate among Americans has plummeted to a record low of 16 percent. In the early 1950s, nearly half the country (45 percent) smoked, according to regular Gallup surveys. The decline is especially notable among young adults, where the rate has dropped from 34 percent early this century to just 15 percent the last two years.

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According to a European study published on Friday, air pollution is so high in major European cities that spending a long weekend there could have the same health impacts as smoking between one and four cigarettes. The European Association of Transport and Environment compared the fine particle contamination of Europe’s 10 most visited cities this summer by converting it to the number of cigarettes smoked.

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Following a ban on tobacco smoking in prisons, some Australian prisoners are creating substitute cigarettes from crushed nicotine lozenges mixed with tea leaves. More than half of the participants we sampled in our recent study have used this product, known as “teabacco”. Around 74% of prisoners entering the system are smokers. [...] groups who smoke at higher rates [...] are all overrepresented in prisons.

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More than 42,100 South African are killed by tobacco-related diseases each year, equivalent to about 10.1% of the nation’s deaths, according to The Tobacco Atlas. It found more than 55,000 children between the ages of 10 and 14 years of age smoke, and that 6.3-million people aged 15 and older smoked on a daily basis. The agriculture industry association AgriSA, the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) and the South African Spaza and Tuckshop Association (Sasta) said on Tuesday that the bill would "devastate SA’s agriculture and township businesses".

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Three of the globe’s most ardent anti-tobacco groups are joining forces, part of new effort to create a one-stop shop to monitor the tobacco industry, its lobbying tactics, and its marketing strategies. Stopping Tobacco Organizations Products (STOP) is comprised of the University of Bath’s Tobacco Control Research Group, the Thailand-based Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, and The Union [...]

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Use of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems, or ENDS, is increasing dramatically, especially among the young. Even with the Smoke-Free Air Act updated in 2013 to ban the use of ENDS in all places where conventional smoking was prohibited, usage continues to rise. Their use by youth in New York state nearly doubled between 2014-2016, with 43.8% of high school students having tried them.