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European governments are ensuring that smokers and vapers can keep up their habits while they hunker down at home in lockdowns to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland are keeping tobacco kiosks open along with essential shops such as grocery stores and pharmacies, while the rest are closed. Continued access to cigarettes and vapes will prevent withdrawals or anxiety attacks while smokers are forced to stay home. However, the World Health Organization has said it’s possible they may have an increased risk of more severe reactions to Covid-19, [...]

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It has been well documented that coronavirus is more likely to have a fatal impact upon those over 70, and those who have other medical conditions. Now it has been confirmed in a recent report by Scientific American, that “smoking or vaping may increase the risk of severe coronavirus infection". Speaking with Express.co.uk, immunologist Dr Jenna Macciochi advised: “if there was ever a time to quit smoking, then it is now.”

Smoking suppresses the immune function in the lungs and triggers inflammation.

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The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) is [...] calling on the government to keep vape stores open across the country, rather than forcing them to close as part of any intensification of its coronavirus containment strategy. Closing vapes stores, the industry argues, would be a potentially counterproductive move that could place a further strain on the already overstretched National Health Service.

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A new survey says eight out of 10 Canadians who are vaping are vaping nicotine.

This finding appears in a new survey from Statistics Canada, the first of its kind tracking detailed information about vaping. The report defines it as the “act of inhaling and exhaling vapour produced by a device such as an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette), vape mod, vaporizer or vape pen.” Among those who vaped in the 30 days before the survey, 60 per cent believed that vaping products were less harmful than cigarettes, 20 per cent thought that they were similarly harmful, [...]

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An analysis of evidence from multiple scientific studies found six substances that have a strong link to bladder cancer in the urine of people who had used electronic cigarettes and sometimes other tobacco products, researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and NYU Langone Health reported. "Smoking is the No.1 modifiable behavioral risk factor for bladder cancer," said UNC Lineberger's Marc Bjurlin, [...] "There is now evolving literature showing that people who vape may have similar carcinogens in their urine as combustible cigarette users."

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Breaking RegRant… global public health moves to shutdown western society. If you vape, the Wuhan Virus hysteria represents a clear and present danger. If you value freedom, then the Wuhan Virus hysteria is the beginning of the end. Find out why.

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We all know that smoking brings with it some huge health risks. Regardless, whether you’re a social smoker or a regular smoker, kicking the habit can be tougher than most of us would like to admit. Smoking especially, isn’t just a physical addiction, it can also be a habitual addiction too.

The nicotine within the cigarettes themselves is highly addictive thanks to the temporary high it gives your body. By attempting to eliminate this ‘fix’, you can begin to experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings which can often become the stumbling block for most. [...]

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Coming into effect on the 1st of March, a lower excise tax on nicotine-containing e-liquids has dropped prices from HUF 55 per ml, to HUF 20 per ml. In Hungary, black market sales are thought to account for approximately 80 to 85% of all e-liquid sales, and BAT has estimated that while there are approximately 200,000 e-cigarette users in the country, many of whom may be unaware that they are purchasing unregulated products. “Hungarian e-cigarette consumers need to be given a chance to access quality refill liquids, just like in other European countries,” says Zoltán Orosz, [...]

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The Health Coalition Aotearoa welcomes the Government's leadership in outlining vaping regulations and recognising widespread concerns about vape marketing. These regulations recognise vapes could help smokers move to a less harmful source of nicotine while also acknowledging we must protect children from getting hooked on nicotine.

The Smokefree Expert Advisory Group of the Health Coalition Aotearoa, an umbrella organisation for the health advocacy, healthcare and academic sectors, congratulates the government on introducing this needed legislation.

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The observed 'gateway' effect of e-cigarette use among teens is "likely to be small," with only a tiny proportion of experimental vapers going on to smoke regular cigarettes, suggests research published online in the journal Tobacco Control.

If anything, young vapers are less likely to go on to smoke regular cigarettes than their peers who try out other tobacco products first, the findings indicate.

The potential 'gateway' impact of e-cigarettes on teen smoking uptake has been hotly contested. And several studies have linked teen vaping to a heightened risk of smoking.

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E-cigarette use is rising, putting more Americans at risk of blood vessel damage and heart disease, according to three new studies.

In the first study, researchers found that nearly 1 in 20 adults use e-cigarettes."Our study may have important public health implications and ramifications for educational strategies aimed at targeting various population segments to inform them of the health effects and risks associated with the use of e-cigarettes," said lead author Dr. Mahmoud Al Rifai, a cardiology fellow at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

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Tom McLean, chief scientific advisor to The Nanotera Group, said “respiratory droplets” contained in the haze created by those using e-cigarettes and vaporizers could lead to the Covid-19 strain of the condition being unintentionally spread.

Mr McLean also said there was evidence that the properties of the vapour caused a weakened immune system - despite ex-smokers often turning to the devices as a ‘safer’ option.

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As someone who successfully used vaping to stop smoking, Shannon Crowe isn't in favour of a ban on flavoured juice.
“I'm now five years smoke free because of vaping,” said the Bible Hill resident. “I used the fruity flavours; strawberry kiwi was my favourite. I started out vaping at a higher-level nicotine and weaned myself down to zero, then quit vaping altogether. I think a ban will cause some people who are vaping to go back to smoking cigarettes."

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Debate is raging globally around smoke-free alternatives, such as e-cigarettes, which are being presented by tobacco companies as safer options for smokers. On one hand, cigarette manufacturers offer these alternatives as less risky, scientifically cleared substitutes with potential to cut well-documented health effects of consuming tobacco and nicotine. On the other hand, anti-tobacco activists favour a campaign that advocates for total cessation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the safest approach is to use neither conventional nor e-cigarettes.

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A new study adds to mounting evidence that the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), or vaping, has increased in recent years among U.S. adults, with nearly 1 in 20 reporting current use of e-cigarettes, according to research [...] "While an increase of 0.5% over three years may not sound like a large increase, that's a lot of [new] e-cigarette users once you extrapolate out to the overall population," said Mahmoud Al Rifai, [...] "Based on our findings, I think the trend is only going to go upward, but we don't know yet what the long-term health effects are."

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Italy has seen the worst outbreak of COVID-19 outside of China, after cases first appeared in the Lombardy region but quickly spread to other regions. [...] To stem the spread, the government adopted some of the most stringent measures in the world, banning all public gatherings, closing schools and shutting down most commercial businesses, including bars and restaurants. Vape shops were originally included but are now exempt. And the country has one man in particular to thank for that.

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The position the Government will take on smoke-free nicotine products, such as vaping, at a key World Health Organisation meeting later this year, needs to be publicly known now, says the Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA).

In a letter to Associate Minister of Health Jenny Salesa, AVCA has sought the Ministry of Health’s official position on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) that they will present on behalf of New Zealand. The meeting of the Ninth Session of Parties (COP9) of WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will take place at The Hague in November.

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The Food and Drug Administration signed off Tuesday on a new set of 11 graphic warning labels for traditional cigarettes that are toned down considerably from its first attempt in 2012.

The warnings were mandated by a federal judge to be in place by mid-March for cigarette packaging and marketing. The ruling does not affect other tobacco products, such as electronic cigarettes. By June 18, 2021, the labels would be required to cover the top 50% of the front and rear panels of cigarette packages, as well as at least 20% of the top of cigarette advertisements.

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Tobacco use remains one of the leading global disease risk factors because every year more than 8 million people die from tobacco use according to the World Health Organisation.

Whereas risks associated with cigarette smoking are evident such as its potential to worsen or prolong the symptoms of respiratory conditions such as asthma or even damaging the heart and blood circulation, people still smoke.

The 2014/15 Rwanda Demographic Survey showed that prevalence of tobacco use among Rwandans was: 10% in men aged 15-59 (who smoke cigarettes and other tobacco products) and 2 percent of tobacco use in women aged 15-49 [...]

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Smoking could definitely have an impact on whether people get the coronavirus and how fast they recover, experts say.

There’s little research on this yet, but there are some preliminary theories. A study of COVID-19 cases showed that smoking status was a factor in COVID-19 progression into pneumonia. And experts at the University of California, San Francisco, state that a potential reason that more men are dying than women of the disease in China is because more men than women smoke there.