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The number of smokers who kicked the habit in the Emirates doubled in the space of two years, a UAE ministry said. The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) revealed the amount of people ditching tobacco products rose 122 per cent from 2016 to 2018. Smoking cessation clinics in the Emirates recorded a 47 per cent increase in visitors in the same period. Dr Hussein Abdel-Rahman Al-Rand, an under-secretary at the ministry, said the UAE is determined to reduce tobacco use and highlight the stark consequences of lighting up for the next generation.

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Brazil is following the U.S. and Canada in taking on Big Tobacco, becoming the first country in Latin America to sue cigarette makers over the financial toll of smoking.

Brazil’s attorney general’s office, known as the AGU, last week sued the two largest cigarette manufacturers in the country — Philip Morris Internationaland British American Tobacco — to cover the costs of treating patients with 26 tobacco-related diseases over the past five years. The AGU said it is seeking reimbursement for those costs as well as future costs.

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The number of smokers continues to decline, while vaping is becoming more and more followers. According to the "Annual Barometer" published by Public Health France (SPF), Tuesday, May 28, France had 600,000 fewer smokers in 2018 than in 2017. A sharp decrease that comes on top of the one million fewer smokers already registered between 2016 and 2017 . "This is an unprecedented decline of the order of 12% in two years," welcomes in his editorial François Bourdillon, CEO of SPF. Over one year, there are 500,000 additional daily vapoteurs.

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Ahead of World No Tobacco Day (31 May), the World Health Organization is highlighting the damage tobacco causes to lung health: over 40% of all tobacco-related deaths are from lung diseases like cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and tuberculosis. WHO is calling on countries and partners to increase action to protect people from exposure to tobacco.

“Every year, tobacco kills at least 8 million people. Millions more live with lung cancer, tuberculosis, asthma or chronic lung disease caused by tobacco,” said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. [...]

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The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 falls on lung health. Deputy Director General at the National Department of Health, Yogan Pillay, says, “Tobacco exposure is a threat to lung health for everyone – not just smokers. Respiratory disease caused by tobacco is a leading killer around the world and especially in South Africa, where smoking-related TB deaths are prevalent due to a higher vulnerability of HIV-positive individuals to TB.

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AN expert on tobacco harm reduction urged the Department of Health (DOH) to stop ignoring the growing body of evidence supporting e-cigarettes as a significantly less harmful alternative to conventional cigarettes and viable smoking cessation aid.

“No one has the right to ignore scientific evidence. Anyone can have an opinion, but scientific evidence is objective—it’s not opinion,” said Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos [...]

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It has been well established that traditional cigarette smoking has detrimental risks on our health outcomes, with links to multiple disease entities ranging from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, cerebrovascular accidents, neoplastic conditions and more. As a result, many turn to alternative smoking methods, such as electronic and heat-not-burn (HNB) cigarettes as a viable cessation tool. This logic is otherwise known as the “Harm Reduction Strategy” – it is theoretically better to choose the lesser of two evils since electronic cigarettes, [...]

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Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said on Tuesday that he would push for the imposition of tax on alternative products to cigarette smoking such as vapes and e-cigarettes.

During the Senate interpellation of a bill seeking to increase excise tax on tobacco products, Recto asked Sen. Sonny Angara if alternative products to cigarette smoking were being taxed.

“I was told by the head of the tax office that these products are currently not taxed in the country,” Angara said.

 

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Americans are bombarded with information about the harm and risk of e-cigarette use—much of which is confusing or conflicting. This is because the e-cigarette debate has become fractured and polarized, resulting in mixed messages from public health organizations, media and government agencies. In light of this, if adults are going to be able to make informed decision about e-cigarettes, it is imperative that public health messaging must accurately portray not only absolute but also relative harm.

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In a new statement published by the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Tobacco Control Committee, an international coalition of respiratory doctors and scientists have warned that tobacco harm reduction strategies which support the use of alternative nicotine delivery products for smoking cessation are not effective and are based upon incorrect assumptions and undocumented claims. They say there is a lack of proof to support claims that nicotine delivery devices such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products help people to quit smoking for good, [...]

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Philip Morris, the tobacco giant most famous for the Marlboro brand, wants to leave the cigarette business for a new "smokeless" system that still — technically— meets the FDA's definition of a cigarette.

In anticipation of World No Tobacco Day on Friday, the company ran an ad in the New York Times calling to evolve the day into "World No Smoking Day." [...] "This campaign is to trigger this conversation of what we can do today for the smokers who don't quit," Philip Morris Chief Operating Office Jacek Olczak told Cheddar. [...]

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Tobacco use is also a leading cause of diseases. Smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer with over two thirds of lung cancer deaths globally. [...] The magnitude of the tobacco use is more serious for a country like Pakistan. Per year 160,000 people die due to tobacco use. Nearly 24 million people use tobacco. Tobacco use prevalence among children between 13-15 ages is 10.7%. According to Globe Youth Tobacco Survey 2013, 21% of the students are exposed to smoking at home.

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It doesn’t take long to realize that vaping is handled very differently depending on where you live. Legislators around the world have worked over the last ten-plus years to lay out the regulatory framework for this brand new industry. The end result has been a massive discrepancy between vaping laws in different countries, or even states. For example, Australia has long been very strict about vaping, all but banning them outright. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has proven to be the leading voice in vaping rights, [...]

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On May 31, Israel will mark the World Health Organization's (WHO) World No Tobacco Day. This year, WHO is emphasizing the connection between smoking and lung health, including chronic respiratory infections and cancer, either as a result of passive or active smoking.

Around the world, a total of 165,000 children under age five die each year due to lower respiratory infections caused by passive smoking. Those who survive continue to suffer the effects of childhood exposure as adults and are at increased risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in adulthood.

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Around 80 percent of e-cigarette users in India had not used any tobacco product previously, making e-cigarettes a potential gateway to tobacco consumption, according to a study released by a Non-Government Organization (NGO) Wednesday.

The study has prompted Salaam Bombay Foundation to demand a blanket ban on e-cigarettes and other vaping products ahead of World No Tobacco Day on Friday, attributing these as pathways to tobacco addiction.

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Have you ever wondered if one of the lawmakers restricting e-cigarettes took the time to understand the product they are regulating? Have regulators ever understood the culture surrounding vaping? If we are honest, the answer to both of those questions is probably “no.” The likelihood of acting FDA commissioner Ned Sharpless making a public address about DIY mixing or unregulated mods is minimal. Lawmakers, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are not going to chat with stakeholders about the industry’s most popular flavors.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) needs to immediately remove kid-friendly electronic cigarette flavors from the market and crack down on Juul’s claims that it can help people quit smoking, a top Senate Democrat said Wednesday.

In a letter to Acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless, Sen. Dick Durbin(D-Ill.) said he doesn’t understand why the agency isn’t taking action to address the sharp increase in youth vaping.

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The youth vaping epidemic is no smoke and mirrors. Local school districts attest that teenage e-cigarette use has more than doubled over the last few years.

Cotton candy, blue raspberry and green apple aren’t just flavors of lollipops and jelly beans anymore.

Over the last few years, corporations have created e-cigarette juices that mimic the taste of your child’s favorite candy, ice cream and even cereal.

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An American anti-smoking campaigner thinks the New Zealand Government isn't taking a hard enough stance on e-cigarettes.

Dr Stanton Glantz appeared on Seven Sharp to talk about the dangers of vaping.

"Every week we find out more bad things about it and in terms of heart and lung disease it's looking about as bad as smoking.

"It's too soon to say anything about cancer, but there are studies that are beginning to say e-cigarettes turn on cancer causing genes," Dr Glantz says.

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E-cigarette flavors can damage the cells that line your blood vessels and perhaps your heart health down the line, according to a new study of human cells in the lab.

The study, published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, adds to growing evidence that the flavored "e-liquids" used in vapes can hinder human cells' ability to survive and function. The authors say these changes, some observed in the absence of nicotine, are known to play a role in heart disease.