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Nine out of 10 deaths caused by cancer are due to consumption of tobacco. In India, 7300 people die every year because of passive smoking, said Dr Arvind Pancholia, a member of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Indore chapter on Sunday. [...] Pancholia said smoking is not only harmful for smokers, but also deadly for foetus. While discussing about ill effects of tobacco, the doctors associated with IMA Indore chapter stressed on sensitizing people.

 

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One would think that in a country with 100 million adult smokers, health officials would do anything to prevent the consumption of cigarettes.

Yet, India is pushing for bans and regulations of products like e-cigarettes that are not only much safer than traditional cigarettes, but are also the preferred method for smoking cessation in many countries. As much as 13% of the 720,000 annual premature deaths in India are tobacco-related. [...]

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In a move to warn the public of the potential health risks of e-cigarettes, the health ministry is planning to conduct an independent assessment of the chemical components in JUUL products with the consumer safety watchdog.

"As we did when heat-not-burn (HNB) IQOS e-cigarettes were first introduced, we will soon request the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety to conduct a study of JUUL e-cigarettes," Jung Young-gi, a ministry official, confirmed over the phone on Sunday. "We will check for the different types and levels of toxic substances present in these products."

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Nicorette wants to make quitting smoking a little less awful. The brand is launching its first major new product in 10 years, a coated ice mint lozenge. The coating helps deliver a punch of minty flavor with a smoother texture than other nicotine lozenges that can sometimes be chalky. Scientists at GSK spent seven years developing, studying and submitting the new lozenge for FDA review. Masking the bitter taste of nicotine is a major concern for consumers, said John Sienkiewicz, alliance director of GSK Consumer Healthcare’s Nicorette and NicoDerm brands.

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Prisoners have found a way of “smoking” the synthetic drug known as spice in e-cigarettes, which they are allowed to use after the justice ministry implemented a smoking ban in jails.

Bits of paper soaked in the new psychoactive substance (NPS), which mimics the effects of illicit drugs, are being smoked in the e-cigarettes by inmates at Leeds prison, according to a watchdog.

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A Superior Court judge invalidates key provisions of Quebec’s Tobacco Control Act, which promulgated harsh new regulations and fines, seemingly intended to eviscerate the vaping industry.

The ruling comes after a three-year legal challenge spearheaded by the Canadian Vaping Association, which argued the vaping restrictions infringe on the “right to security of the person” and “freedom of expression” under both the Canadian and Quebec charters of rights and freedoms.

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Using e-cigarettes, often called vaping, has now overtaken smoking traditional cigarettes in popularity among students, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, one in five U.S. high school students reported vaping the previous month, according to a CDC survey. Compared with regular cigarettes, the research on the health effects of e-cigarettes is painfully thin. Experts say that although using e-cigarettes appears less harmful over the long run than smoking regular cigarettes, that doesn't mean they're safe [...]

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While both Public Health England and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine acknowledge that completely switching from combustible cigarettes to non-combustible products, such as e-cigarettes, exposes users to substantially less toxicants and dangerous chemicals, there remains lacking support for their use as a quitting tool. For example, NASEM’s report concludes that: “Overall, there is limited evidence that e-cigarettes may be effective aids to promote smoking cessation.” [...]

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As the traditional cadre of global development NGOs, U.N. agencies, and government donors have grown more willing to open their doors to the private sector, events such as the Concordia Summit serve as opportunities to convene a diverse group of participants and highlight cross-sectoral partnerships.

The world’s more “enlightened” companies — and the ones that want to be seen that way — show up to explain how they are broadening their ambitions in ways that allow them to profit from solving the world’s problems, rather than from creating them. [...]

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Juul Labs is opening its books to overseas investors as it looks to raise cash ahead of a global growth spurt, The Post has learned.

The e-cigarette maker — whose wildly popular vaping devices have helped create a nicotine “epidemic” among US teens, according to federal regulators — has invited sovereign funds including Singapore’s GIC Private Ltd. to examine its financials, sources said.

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E-cigarette use is climbing among cancer patients and cancer survivors, according to a new study by a UT Southwestern Medical Center oncologist. "The gradual but steady increase is quite striking," said Dr. Sanford an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology [...] "The high prevalence of e-cigarette use among younger cancer patients and survivors is concerning."

Dr. Sanford's analysis was based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Interview Survey, which included more than 13,000 cancer patients from 2014 to 2017. [...]

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Smokers could receive free e-cigarettes from ‘food banks’ in Hertfordshire, as part of a ground-breaking research project. As part of the proposed project, any smoker accessing the support of the ‘food bank’ would be routinely offered a free e-cigarette starter kit. And that, it is believed, could save them money and be good for their health too.

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The National Association of Secondary School Principals is backing a bipartisan push led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21 as a way to curb the use of e-cigarettes, known as vaping, in schools.

Students increasingly are using the devices, sometimes in bathrooms and even in class. NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti praised the introduction of the “Tobacco-Free Youth Act” on Monday as a way to address “one of the greatest public health issues our schools are facing.”

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On May 17, Filter hosted a panel entitled “Tobacco Harm Reduction, Vulnerable Populations & Health Justice” at New York University, [...] The discussion concerned the imperative for approaching nicotine use from a harm reduction perspective—particularly regarding the marginalized communities who smoke the most.

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The market share of heat-not-burn (HNB) electronic cigarettes has risen more than five times over the past two years on tobacco makers’ aggressive marketing, data showed Friday.

Sales of HNB e-cigarettes stood at 92 million packs in the first quarter of this year, up a whopping 34 percent from a year earlier, according to the government data. One pack contains 20 e-cigarettes. The market share of those cigarettes, including Phillip Morris’ iQOS and South Korean leading cigarette maker KT&G Corp.’s lil, soared to 11.8 percent [...]

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E-cigarettes can weaken users body's ability to fight off the flu virus,  research claims.

The study, carried out by researchers at the University of North Carolina, saw 47 volunteers take part with startling results.

Smokers, vapers and non-smokers took part, with each group given the same weakened version of the flu.

As expected the immune systems of the smokers were worse at seeing off the disease, with results showing that the virus was able to replicate itself.

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Docs have found that vapers are 95 per cent more likely to ditch the cancer-causing habit than those who don't use gadgets. Smokers who are prescribed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as gums and patches, are only 34 per cent more likely to quit than those who just go cold turkey.

The study by University College London medics looked at almost 20,000 smokers to see what impact vaping had on quitting success rates.

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A UC San Diego School of Medicine team of scientists, headed by senior author Davide Dulcis [...] found that exposure to nicotine in the first few weeks of life (through maternal lactation) induced a variety of long-term neurological changes in young mice. Specifically, it caused a form of neuroplasticity that resulted in increased numbers of modified neurons in the ventral tagmental area (VTA) of the brain following nicotine re-exposure as adults. These neurons displayed a different biochemistry than other neurons, including greater receptivity to nicotine [...]

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Despite the last 30 plus years of intense smoking cessation education, tobacco use still kills more people every year than any other preventable cause. Making matters worse, for years before the general public knew the dangers of smoking, Big Tobacco companies worked tirelessly to suppress the truth. Luckily things have finally begun to head in the right direction, especially since the advent of modern vaping. These harm reduction and smoking cessation tools first hit the scene around ten years ago, and have since become an integral part of life for many former smokers.

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More than 7 million people worldwide die from smoking-related deaths every year, according to the World Health Organisation, or roughly one every five seconds.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide, according to the World Cancer Research Fund International. Smoking is the main cause of lung cancer: it is responsible for over 90 per cent of cases in men and over 80 per cent in women.