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Vapers trying to quit cigarettes should not be made to use smoking shelters, MPs have heard. Organisations should consider having a separate vaping room or area instead, a debate on the science and technology committee's e-cigarettes report heard. Putting vapers and smokers together had been likened to "an alcoholic being put in a pub situation and expected to refrain", SNP MP Carol Monaghan said. About 2.9 million people in the UK are currently using e-cigarettes. It is estimated that 470,000 people are using them as an aid to stop smoking.

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A new peer-reviewed study [...] of 72 adult smokers willing to try vaping as an alternative to smoking found that after 90 days, 37% of them had completely replaced their cigarettes and switched to the blu vaping products.

"Our data show that it is possible to facilitate significant behavioural change on the part of smokers as a result of providing them with access to high quality e-cigarette products, at least for a short period of time," said Professor Neil McKeganey [...]

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Owing to ineffective or lack of laws, multinational tobacco companies are now targeting people in developing countries, including Pakistan, by glamourising cigarettes and coming up with new but deadly products like ‘heating tobacco devices and E-cigarettes’ as people in these countries are still not aware of the actual dangers of tobacco and nicotine, say experts.

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If federal officials follow through with a proposal to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels, immediate nicotine reduction would be more beneficial to the public than gradual reduction, researchers suggested.

Smokers who were switched from their regular cigarettes to cigarettes with almost no nicotine showed more health benefits and had less desire to smoke than those who smoked cigarettes with gradually reduced levels of nicotine [...]

Reason
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Before the end of the week, President Donald Trump could order a new round of taxes on Chinese imports, and electronic cigarettes could be among the products targeted. Those higher import taxes on e-cigarettes would raise prices for consumers, strike a blow against public health in America, and jeopardize the future of a vaping industry that may not have ever come into being without the free exchange of goods and ideas across international borders. While it remains unclear whether e-cigarettes will be included in any future round of tariffs, vaping industry representatives argue that raising taxes on vapers would be a serious mistake.

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Tougher regulations and graphic imagery of lung disease on packagings have led the cigarette industry to try and adapt fast in order to survive.

The growing calls for a healthier alternative have left firms a bit worried even if more than a billion people around the world are estimated to still consume cigarettes.

 

Currently, important companies such as Phillip Morris International, the same company that makes the Marlboro brand continue hunting for solutions that will cut smokers’ exposure to such harmful toxins.

The Heartland Institute
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Stefan Didak discusses his efforts to educate lawmakers on the advantages of vaping products versus combustible cigarettes. Stefan Didak joins the show to discuss vaping products. Stefan switched from smoking to vaping in 2012 and has been a vocal and active supporter and advocate for vapor products. He is frequently seen testifying in front of state and local legislators and policy makers. Outside of Stefan’s legislative and PR efforts, including the creation of the NOT Blowing Smoke website and organization, he is mostly known for working out of the world’s most famous home office.

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The researcher used an online survey of 3868 regular vapers, to assess the change in vaping and smoking behaviours over time. The majority of the respondents were former smokers, at 77%, and daily e-cigarette users, at 89%.

The respondents were asked to complete surveys at 5 time points over 12 months, and the research analysed patterns of use amongst exclusive e-cigarette users, daily e-cigarette users who stopped vaping, and former smokers who relapsed to smoking.

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More than a quarter of pregnant women in Blackpool smoke while they are expecting, NHS figures have revealed, which is over double the English average.

Mothers in the Lancashire town are 23 times more likely to smoke while pregnant than mothers in West London.

Despite it being well-known that smoking while pregnant can give babies serious health problems, one in 10 expectant mothers in England don't ditch the cigarettes.

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A national online "mega-raffle" run by a group of about 66 electronic cigarette businesses has been shut down by NSW authorities because it breached state laws.

The group "Aussie Vape Vendors" was raising funds for Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA), a charity lobbying for the legalisation of e-cigarettes containing nicotine, which had been "actively seeking donations" ahead of a campaign to coincide with the rise in the tobacco excise on September 1.

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Since the first American explorers brought tobacco back to Europe at the turn of the 16th century, smoking has always been a first-world problem. The product may have been grown by slaves in the Americas, or farmers in Africa and Asia, but it was always marketed to a wealthy Euro-American audience.

Yet now Big Tobacco is shifting focus, driven by declining smoking rates in its core markets. New research shows the industry is ramping up production in Africa, attempting to exploit its growing wealth and lax tobacco regulation. [...]

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The device works by burning charcoal that will then burn a tobacco mixture, as well as heat up the water. The smoke the charcoal generates helps move the tobacco through the water and hose and up to the mouthpiece.

Using a hookah exposes a person to tobacco smoke, which contains harmful components, such as carbon monoxide. The water in the hookah does not filter out these components. Even if a person does not smoke directly from the hookah, they can still inhale secondhand smoke if they are nearby.

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Puffing on cigarettes increases your risk of dementia, new research suggests.

Those who don't smoke, or had quit smoking, had less chance of developing the degenerative brain condition than those who still smoke cigarettes, according to a Korean study.

Those who has smoked long-term but recently quit had a 14 percent less chance of developing Alzheimer's later in life. They also had a 32 percent reduced chance of developing vascular dementia — one of the most common forms of the disease.

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Regular smokers who were given cigarettes with low levels of nicotine were found to smoke fewer of them and to have a greater decrease in biomarkers of smoke exposure than those using cigarettes with nicotine content that was gradually reduced in each month of a 5-month study. There was no significant difference in smoke exposure biomarker levels between those who smoked cigarettes with gradually reduced nicotine content and a control group using full nicotine content cigarettes.

 

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Smoking shisha is very popular, particularly among young people. And despite what many people believe, it is highly addictive. In fact, a drug commonly prescribed to help people quit smoking cigarettes doesn’t seem to work for shisha smokers, our latest study shows.

Given that shisha is often smoked with friends and family, its addiction may be more than just physical. This strong social element to the addiction may be the reason the smoking cessation drug [...] doesn’t have the same effect on daily shisha smokers.

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The popularity of e-cigarettes and vaping is drastically on the rise in society, especially among teens and young adults. In recent months, our news feeds have been littered with stories related to the risks associated with e-cigarettes and vaping dangers. I can smell a cigarette smoker when he or she is my chair, giving me the opportunity to begin a conversation about cessation. But I find it much more difficult to identify patients who vape due to a lack of odor. [...]

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Most U.S. four-year colleges and universities as well as community colleges don’t have tobacco-free or smoke-free policies on campus, a new study finds. About 35 percent have tobacco-free policies that prohibit all tobacco use. Ten percent have smoke-free policies that prohibit cigarettes but not all tobacco. [...]

“Despite years of public health effort, only 59 percent of the U.S. population is covered by smoke-free non-hospitality workplace, restaurant and bar laws in 2018,” said senior study author Kelvin Choi, [...]

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You’ll see them in cars, gathered outside office buildings and hanging around bars and nightclubs: people shrouded in clouds of aromatic “smoke”, pulling on hitech-looking devices a little thicker than a pencil. They’re the growing band of smokers the world over who are taking to vaping, a much-hailed “safer” alternative to cigarettes and a pastime touted as an effective way to give up conventional smoking.

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You might have seen some huffing and puffing over the Science and Technology Committee supposedly recommending that e-cigarettes should be allowed on public transport.

Yesterday, I made a statement to the House of Commons about our recent report on e-cigarettes to clarify what we actually said. The evidence is clear: e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful to a smoker’s health than conventional cigarettes.

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The next European Commission should enhance its collaboration with the EU’s Scientific Advisory Mechanism (SAM), which would provide bias-free consultancy and eventually adjust the Tobacco Product Directive to the reality, JTI’s Ramunas Macius said [...] Scientific experiments have been the driver of human progress. And therefore science should be the bedrock of wisdom in all policymaking. In terms of public opinion, policymakers need to peer beyond the noisy campaigners to see how consumers are truly being affected. [...]