While studies have repeatedly linked maternal smoking during pregnancy with reduced sperm count in male children, a new research showed that men whose fathers smoked at the time of pregnancy also had 50 per cent lower count of sperms than those with non-smoking fathers.
The findings showed that, independently of nicotine exposure from the mother, socioeconomic factors, and their own smoking, men with fathers who smoked had a 41 per cent lower sperm concentration and 51 per cent fewer sperm count than those with non-smoking fathers.
Anti-tobacco groups are divided over new regulations restricting the sale of e-cigarettes in South Australia which have been described as "draconian".
SA is the last state in the country to introduce regulations around the sale and use of e-cigarettes and is the first to ban their sale online or by mail. The Tobacco Products Regulation (E-Cigarettes and Review) Amendment Bill was passed by State Parliament in mid-November, also banning the sale of e-cigarette products to children.
Smoking has several appeals. First, tobacco naturally contains nicotine, an insecticide, which raises alertness, speeds reaction times, and stimulates the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, which are associated with pleasure. Second, smoking may provide opportunities to flout authority and fit in with peer groups. Third, once someone has started smoking, attempts to stop may precipitate withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, nausea, anxiety and weight gain.
New Zealand lawmakers have announced strict new vaping rules that would see e-cigarettes treated more like tobacco products.
The country's government has proposed legal changes that would see vaping devices and smokeless tobacco products join cigarettes in being banned from bars, restaurants and workplaces, as well introducing restrictions on how they can be displayed in stores. [...] Health Minister Jenny Salesa said the introduction of new safety standards would also give assurance to those trying to quit smoking using the devices [...]
With their sleek design and clever marketing, they have been described as the iPhone of e-cigarettes.
But despite being blamed for an epidemic of teenage tobacco addiction in the US, Juul e-cigarettes are being openly promoted to families in British supermarkets, a Mail on Sunday investigation can reveal. Dr Jonathan Winickoff, a professor at Harvard Medical School, has said: ‘If you were to design your ideal nicotine delivery service to addict large numbers of American kids, you’d invent Juul. It’s absolutely unconscionable. [...]
More than half of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers live in Asia. According to the World Health Organization, China’s smoking rate among men is 42 percent. In Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous nation, the male smoking rate is a whopping 65 percent. Asia’s combustible tobacco habit can rightly be called an epidemic—and despite tobacco control measures such as price increases, advertising bans and graphic warnings on packages, smoking rates haven’t decreased significantly in recent years. [...]
#UK talkRadio interviews professor Gerry Stimson on Swedish #snus. Gerry is also founder of the New Nicotine Alliance (#NNA) in UK and a wold-wide known advocate and scientist for tobacco harm reduction.
First, the critique. Kicking the policy can down the road is often expedient, but never wise. Not least when every day 200 people die from failure. That is where we are on UK tobacco policy. It is an important-but-never-urgent issue starved of the political attention it merits.
Our health ministers rarely cover themselves in glory: Edwina Currie succeeded in banning the smoking substitute snus – a product responsible for the astonishing collapse of smoking in Scandinavia.
A NETWORK OF e-cigarette users and importers have suggested that lifting the ban on smoke-free products and issuing appropriate regulations would be a more-effective measure to discourage people from smoking rather than selling cigarettes in plain packages. The Public Health Ministry is in the process of announcing a new regulation requiring cigarettes to be sold only in plain packages, with 10 new pictures and warning messages designed by the ministry. [...]
E-cigarettes, or “e-liquids”, have increased in popularity in recent years due to their variety of flavors and their use for “vaping” among youth. E-cigarette flavors [...] are made from fragrant aldehydes. These aldehydes mix with nicotine, propylene glycol (PG) and glycerol (VG) to make the typical e-liquids.
PG and VG are made of chemical alcohol components. Chemical alcohols and aldehydes can react to produce acetals. The formation of aldehyde PG acetals may be possible with aldehyde flavors and alcohol constituents from e-liquids.
As we are seeing with the opioid crisis, and as we experienced with numerous other historic injustices, it can take a long time for governments to act forcefully to protect a shamed and marginalized group. An ongoing tragic example is the treatment by the federal government of people who smoke cigarettes.
We know that smoking is deadly and addictive. It is directly responsible for over 100 deaths a day in our country; our largest cause of preventable death. [...]
When you smoke, you don’t feel hungry. Cigarette smoking can dull or even kill your taste buds. Probably, you’ve heard stories about how some people who stopped smoking gained weight because food suddenly tastes better.
According to a study by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), tobacco use is inextricably linked to poverty and it is the poor and the poorest who tend to consume tobacco the most.
A new tobacco retail outlet is set to open Friday in Edmonton amid concern from anti-smoking advocates.
The store is owned by Rothmans, Benson and Hedges Inc. and instead of selling traditional cigarettes, the focus is on a new smoke-free product.
“The fundamental principle is we’re heating tobacco instead of burning it,” explains Peter Luongo, the managing director with Rothmans, Benson and Hedges.
A new study examining the relationship between vaping and smoking finds that cigarette smoking dramatically decreased between 2013 and 2017, just as e-cigarette use became more popular.
The study, published in the journal Tobacco Control, looked at five different US surveys that covered the four year time frame.
The study’s senior author, David Levy, said: ‘We found a strong and consistent inverse relationship between vaping and smoking across the different datasets for both youth and young adults.’
The European Union’s top court on Wednesday stood by an EU ban on the sale of snus, a moist snuff tobacco product made by Swedish Match, in line with advice earlier this year. Snus is banned in all EU countries except Sweden, which gained an exemption when joining the bloc in 1995.
Swedish Match had challenged the validity of the ban in British courts, arguing that new scientific data had shown it to be less harmful than cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes and novel tobacco products have emerged as alternatives to traditional smoking, which is responsible for nearly 700,000 deaths every year in the EU.
Advocates of the so-called “next generation products” insist they are much less harmful than smoking. They also refer to studies saying that these products can help smokers kick the habit completely.
A study published last week [...] found that smokers exposed to vapour product used by others are 20% more likely to try to quit smoking.
Earlier this week, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Vaping, recommended a fundamental liberalization of workplace vaping policies to encourage more smokers to switch to vaping. The NNA issued a statement saying that it “warmly welcomes this report” and would like to see these recommendations implemented in full. The organization added that being practical and evidence-based, these policies would contribute to clearing the current confusion and misinformation that currently exists towards vaping.
The Trump administration is under fire from GOP lawmakers and conservative groups over its proposed crackdown on e-cigarettes and menthol tobacco products. [...] It was a bold regulatory move from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb that broadly earned praise from Democrats and public health advocates.
“If adopted, these two proposals will have a greater impact in reducing tobacco use by youth and the African-American community than any regulatory measure ever undertaken by the federal government,” said Matthew Myers, [...]
Although the FDA has not issued a complete ban, its threat of sanctions has brought other manufacturers and marketers of e-cigarettes to the table. The tobacco giant Altria says it will discontinue most of its flavored electronic cigarettes and stop selling others altogether. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company says it will suspend its social media marketing campaign and require age verification for use of its website where it sells e-cigarettes.
For the past couple of years, vaping has become ubiquitous in certain urban areas across Canada. Some of the country’s residents have become enthralled with the idea of inhaling and exhaling vapour produced by e-cigarettes or similar devices.
When Research Co. asked a representative sample of Canadians if they had “vaped” over the past year, only 11% answered affirmatively. The practice is currently more popular among residents aged 18 to 34 (19%), and drops to single digits among those aged 35 to 54 (8%) and those aged 55 and over (6%).