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On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Jon Ebbert, associate director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, talks about smoking cessation, nicotine addiction and electronic cigarettes.

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A vaping industry group on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an attempt to delay an upcoming deadline for companies to submit their products for regulatory review. “The stark facts set forth in the Complaint are that, even with unlimited resources, there are not enough labs, there are not enough subjects, and there are not enough hours in the day to properly conduct the scientific inquiries that FDA only just laid out … by the May 2020 deadline,” the group said.

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As called for in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Governments must comprehensively enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (Article 13) at international expos and conferences, in order to ensure their events and programmes are tobacco free and that their activities and participants are not sponsored by tobacco companies. The world must unite to halt the tobacco industry’s aggressive marketing of its products, that cause addiction, suffering and millions of deaths each year.

 

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The FDA is continuing its investigation over 100 reports of seizures after vaping, adding to the growing concerns over the safety of e-cigarettes and other devices. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss.

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Warning labels on cigarette packages could soon be more graphic, warning that "Smoking reduces blood flow to the limbs, which can require amputation," and "Smoking causes bladder cancer, which can lead to bloody urine."

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a proposed rule that requires tobacco companies to place new graphic health warnings on cigarette packages and in advertisements. The proposed warnings feature color images and describe the health risks of smoking.
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A coalition of health professionals, education leaders and student advocates on Tuesday argued forcefully for raising the legal age to purchase tobacco in Denver, warning that skyrocketing e-cigarette use has sparked a teen health crisis in Colorado. If taken up and adopted by the Denver City Council, the “Tobacco 21” proposal would raise the sales age of tobacco to 21 from 18, while adding a citywide licensing and enforcement system that would bring cigarettes in line with alcohol and marijuana.

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The global cigarette market was valued at $888 billion in 2018 with an estimated 28.7% of adults surveyed in Europe claiming to smoke and 21% in the United States. In Europe, the adolescent population has continued to smoke at alarming rates despite clear evidence in the dangers of smoking.

In fact, the problem is so alarming that the World Health Assembly approved nine voluntary global targets to help decrease tobacco prevalence by 30% among people older than 15 by 2025. [...]

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The Lake County State's Attorney's Office in Illinois filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Juul Labs that accuses the e-cigarette giant of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act for allegedly using deceptive marketing aimed at teens. The State's Attorney's Office is also seeking punitive damages. 

In the lawsuit, the Lake County State's Attorney Michael G. Nerheim also accuses Juul of violating the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Minors and Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products Act by allegedly marketing to teens. 

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MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Finance (DOF) will make a last-minute appeal to the House of Representatives to approve the proposed increase in excise taxes of alcopops and electronic cigarette products in the plenary level, according to a top official.

Last Monday, the House ways and means committee approved and endorsed to the plenary the House Bill 1026, which seeks to raise excise taxes on alcohol products.

 

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Up to half of respondents in a new poll agree that authorities in Finland should raise the age limit for purchasing cigarettes to 20.

According to the survey by the national public health organisation ASH Finland, 51 percent of all respondents said that the age limit should be hiked to 20 from the present 18.

Some 32 percent said there was no need to increase the age cap from 18, while 17 percent said they couldn't say either way.

 

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Claire Alcindor’s fourth pregnancy last year was the hardest. The only way she could keep food down was by smoking marijuana, which also helped with her depression. [...] As more communities legalize or decriminalize marijuana use across the country, federal regulators and many doctors, however, say pot is not a risk worth taking while pregnant.

"I would say we are really rolling the dice with our kids if we expose them to it." said Dr. Neeraj Gandotra, chief medical officer [...] "We have a preponderance of evidence marijuana does affect brain development."

 

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The purveyors of Strawberry Milk, Peach Madness and Froopy (tastes like Froot Loops) e-cigarette pods are having a very good year.

After Juul Labs, under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, stopped selling most of its hugely popular flavored nicotine pods in stores last fall, upstart competitors swooped in to grab the shelf space. Trumpeting their own fruity and candy-flavored pods as compatible with Juul devices, they have seen their sales soar.

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While India continues its fight against rampant tobacco use, especially cigarette smoking, policymakers are still grappling to understand the concept of e-cigarettes. [...] World-over, ENDS are now touted as a proven tool for reducing harm caused by cigarette smoking. Undoubtedly, they also have immense potential for improving public health outcomes of a tobacco-dependent population like India’s.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in 2018 issued an advisory to all states recommending them to prohibit the sale, manufacture or use of ENDS. [...]

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Hookah waterpipe use has grown in popularity in recent years -- 1 in 5 college students in the U.S. and Europe have tried it -- but the practice could be more dangerous than other forms of smoking, according to a first-of-its-kind study by researchers at the University of California, Irvine, [...]

Using a custom-built testing apparatus, the UCI chemists analyzed emissions during a typical communal waterpipe session and found that one draw from a pipe can contain as many noxious substances as smoke from an entire cigarette.

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The Minnesota Health Department on Tuesday warned against the potential dangers of vaping after four teenagers were hospitalized for lung disease. They were treated for more than one week.

The teenagers all reportedly used vapes. "We had four cases of severe lung injuries reported at the Children's Hospital and the commonality between all four teenagers was vaping. In one case, a patient received intensive care and had to be intubated. It has become an issue of youth epidemic abuse," Laura Oliven, the Tobacco Control Manager of Minnesota's Health Department, told [...]

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British American Tobacco on Aug. 13 launched new liquid-type e-cigarette Glo Sens here as its first market, to boost its sales in South Korea, which is currently dominated by local tobacco giant KT&G and global firm Philip Morris. 

“BAT has been investing heavily in the research and development sector to introduce an alternative and innovative new product,” BAT Korea CEO Kim Eui-sung said in a statement. “Through launching Glo Sens, we will be able to show our firm commitment to lead the tobacco industry’s transformation.”

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There are new concerns about a potential link between teen vaping and severe lung damage. There have now been reports of at least 22 teens across 3 states who have been hospitalized with lung damage after using e-cigarettes. [...]

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Use of electronic nicotine-delivery systems (ENDS), specifically electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes), among young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years has increased substantially in the past 5 years. In fact, more than one-third of high school seniors in the United States report e-cigarette use in the past year. While ENDS have been hypothesized to contain fewer harmful emissions than traditional cigarettes, research has shown that they are not without risk, and ENDS aerosols often contain high levels of nicotine, heavy metals, and carcinogens. [...]

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The Union Health Ministry has re-initiated the process of amending the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) in a bid to strengthen its provisions, including a ban on the sale of loose cigarettes and heavy fine for violation of rules.

The aim is to make it more effective and more inclined to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) guidelines, sources said. Currently, the penalty for smoking in restricted areas is up to Rs 200.

 

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Short sleep duration and sleep fragmentation are associated with adverse health outcomes including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, certain cancers, and mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. Avoiding the use of alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine close to bedtime represent modifiable behaviors that can improve sleep. Nonetheless, among community dwelling adults [...] and specifically African Americans, there is a lack of longitudinal research investigating the use of these substances and the associations with objective measures of sleep..