If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you're trading one set of health problems for another. But a new US study finds you're still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50% lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and other causes [...]. The study is impressive in its size and scope and should put to rest any myth that there are prohibitive weight-related health consequences to quitting cigarettes, said Dr William Dietz [...]
The recent advisory issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to the State government seeking a ban on sale of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) [...] is based on “poor advice, lack of scientific evidence and complete absence of basis,” said a group representing e-cigarette users across the country. The Association of Vapers India (AVI), an organisation that represents e-cigarette users across the country, has hit back at the Centre and questioned the motive behind the advisory.
On Monday, a report by NBC News named cigarette butts as the single greatest source of ocean pollution — surpassing plastic straws. The filters in cigarettes are made of tiny plastic particles that take decades or more to decompose. And they serve no use. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, cigarette filters were created in the 1950s by the tobacco industry in an effort to make smoking a “healthier” alternative to unfiltered cigarettes.
Are e-cigarettes safer than traditional cigarettes or are they pathways to nicotine addiction? The debate remains highly polarised on whether e-cigarettes should be banned or not. Its supporters say the nicotine vapour in e-cigarettes is less harmful than conventional tobacco and helps in smoking cessation, while critics ask for a ban because of its potential for misuse as a gateway device to nicotine addiction and smoking. [...]
The UAE could be set to lift its ban on e-cigarettes and other similar products, it has been revealed. Authorities have begun a preliminary project to assess whether electronic nicotine devices should be allowed to be used legally in the country. Currently, e-cigarettes are banned in the Emirates due to concerns over their impact on user health.
Philip Morris International Inc. claimed Thursday that its heat-not-burn device, IQOS, can reduce the incidence and multiplicity of lung carcinomas in a cancer animal model. The tobacco giant said the incidence and multiplicity of lung carcinomas was significantly increased upon exposure to cigarette smoke than normal conditions. However, the incidence and multiplicity of lung carcinomas in mice exposed to IQOS was significantly lower than mice exposed to cigarettes and similar to mice in normal coniditions, [...]
The Food and Drug Administration has failed to approve a single reduced-harm nicotine product in the past year, despite unveiling a new “roadmap” in July 2017 that emphasized the role such products can play a reducing tobacco-related illness. That lapse does a huge disservice to millions of smokers who could benefit from switching from cigarettes to a far less harmful product. A year ago, the FDA claimed it would balance regulation against encouraging the development of harm-reducing products. [...]
Consider it a real life public health experiment on the effects of inhaling nicotine vapour. The results won't be known for decades, but vaping is poised to take off in Canada now that it's officially legal to sell nicotine vaping products under the federal Tobacco and Vaping Products Act. And with the law in place, Big Vape has landed. On Thursday the U.S. vape company Juul Labs announced it's coming to Canada.
The media picked up on a new anti-vaping paper from San Francisco last week, but advocates quickly pointed out that it’s junk science based on a complete failure to properly analyse the data. The paper, largely the work of Stan Glantz, failed to ask a simple and obvious question – but that didn’t stop journalists lapping it up. However another paper, written by real experts, found that switching to vaping brings major benefits for patients with a serious lung condition. [...]
If you’re pregnant and vaping - you may want consider a few of the possible health implications on your unborn baby. Associate Professor Tony Westwood, [...] said aside from the obvious health concerns, too much is still unknown about the chemicals and toxins in these devices. His warning comes as Child Safety Month is observed and together with the Children’s Institute, they’re urging parents to consider the dangers of eCigarettes to infants, children and teenagers.
A recent CSIRO report found regular use of vapers was likely to harm a person's health, but it suggested there were likely benefits in replacing regular cigarettes with e-cigarettes. Brian Marlow, the campaign manager for Legalise Vaping Australia, said the report quantified points his organisation had been making for years. "They've shown the gateway theory, that vaping leads to smoking, just doesn't exist; they've shown that vaping reduces smoking rates; they've shown that it's safer than smoking," he said.
[...] the cost of cigarettes will rise for the second time this year. And it’s not cheap. Cigarettes will rise 12.5 per cent from 71 cents to 80 cents per stick. Increasing tobacco taxes is a proven strategy for reducing smoking rates but appears to be having a diminishing effect at these stratospheric levels. There remains a population of addicted smokers who will continue to smoke no matter what the price.