Vaping use is on the rise in young people, with as many as one in five junior and secondary school students reporting use of vaping products in 2019. As public health researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, we have been tracking the use of vaping products since 2014 using the Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CSTADS). As negative consequences emerge, more work must be done to prevent the growing use of vaping products.
On April 3, at 3:38 am, the New York State Assembly passed a budget that includes a ban on the sale of vapor products in flavors other than tobacco. The ban was passed with no public debate; the State Capitol has been on lockdown for weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Cuomo hates vaping and has made it his personal project to pass a flavor ban. Last fall, he directed the state health department to impose an emergency ban of flavored vaping products. That action was first put on hold by the courts, and eventually struck down entirely.
While in the past smoking cigarettes emerged as something 'cool', at times relating to class, these days people are becoming more and more aware about the presence of toxic substances in cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes causes immense harm to the body, causes several diseases, and decreases the health of smokers in general. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 480,000 deaths are caused each year in the U.S. In addition to this, smoking causes of 90% of all lung cancer deaths. Because of these factors, people are increasingly moving towards which will let them quit the habit of smoking.
With the unexpected lockdown announcement that cigarettes would no longer be for sale, many smokers have had to suddenly go cold turkey over this month, and the looming possibility of an extension to the lockdown means many more might be affected once their stocks run out.
Curban Urge, a small plastic, flute-like prop being marketed by local inventor and artist Darren Aiken, may help to ease some people through at least one part of the craving by mimicking some of the physical actions and effects of smoking, but without any of the harmful smoke.
Anxious times — like a pandemic — can lead to unhealthy but self-soothing habits, whether it’s reaching for a bag of potato chips, more chocolate or another glass of wine. But some stress-reducing behaviors are alarming to medical experts right now — namely vaping and smoking of tobacco or marijuana. ”Quitting during this pandemic could not only save your life, but by preventing the need for your treatment in a hospital, you might also save someone else’s life,” said Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, director of pediatric research at the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.e
Smokers are 14 times more likely to develop coronavirus and can put family members at risk of the bug too, warn experts.
Public Health England's director of health, Professor John Newton, said: "There has never been a more important time to stop smoking, not only for your own health but to protect those around you," The Sun reports. Dr Babak Ashrafi, a UK-based online doctor, Zava UK, explained: “It’s widely known that smoking can reduce immunity to a small degree, and because of the effect it has on the lungs, it can make you more susceptible to catching viruses."
British American Tobacco said on Thursday that it sued Philip Morris International Inc in the United States and Germany, alleging that the tobacco heating technology used in its bigger rival’s IQOS devices infringed its patents. The lawsuits in Germany and the United States focus on the heating blade technology used in IQOS, which BAT said was an earlier version of the technology currently being used in its glo tobacco heating devices. BAT has laid out plans to launch glo range of products in Germany this year.
Health experts have cautioned that smokers are at a higher risk of severe Covid-19 complications compared to non-smokers.
Cigarette companies have also been urged to stop producing and selling tobacco products to help reduce the risks of the virus. About 2.2 million Kenyans still use tobacco products. Globally, 1.12 billion people are smokers. “When managing Covid-19 involving an addict, withdrawal symptoms worsen the situation. One suffers from the disease and the withdrawal symptoms. This becomes a double tragedy,” the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance Chairman Joel Gitali told the Star on Tuesday.
People across the country are getting high without help from their friends while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Marijuana consumption hit record numbers in the United States in March as most states implemented stay-at-home orders and closed down nonessential businesses to combat the spread of the virus.
A survey of 2,500 consumers conducted by Cowen & Co. last month found that 33% of respondents had tried cannabis at some point in their lives, an all-time high, and that 12.8% had used marijuana within the past month compared to the 2019 average of 12.5%, according to Bloomberg.
E-cigarettes containing nicotine are illegal in Australia. Some health experts believe they shouldn’t be, arguing that e‑cigarettes are an effective smoking-cessation tool. Others say that vaping is harmful and warn of an uptake in vaping by young Australians. So what is Australia’s best path to achieve the best public health outcome: legalise vaping or not?
Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are legal in the UK, the EU the US and, more recently, New Zealand. Many regulators and health experts in Australia acknowledge that e-cigarettes could play a legitimate and valuable role in reducing the negative consequences of smoking, [...]
Juul is launching a new menthol flavour pod for its vaping devices.
The move comes just over a month before menthol and flavour-changing cigarettes are banned from sale, with Juul looking to offer an alternative to affected smokers. Currently menthol and flavoured varieties account for around 25% of the annual £14.5bn cigarette and rolling tobacco market. The Menthol Juulpods will go on sale in approved retailers and on the Juul website later this month. It will initially come as a four-pack with an rsp of £10.99. It will join its other UK flavours, which include Glacier Mint, Mango Nectar, [...]
There may be people who have cut down smoking as they are not allowed to smoke in their
workplace. There will be ex-smokers who have successfully quit smoking by going to the gym or
joining a local sports group to help them. There may be some, who have stopping smoking by taking
up a new job or starting a new business. These — and so many other ways that people may have used
to shift towards a healthier lifestyle — may suddenly be unavailable and inaccessible in their lives.
Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three or more times a day, a new study finds.
However, daily marijuana users with severe pain also reported their health had become worse in the past year. "It's not clear if marijuana is helping or not," said Bridget Freisthler, co-author of the study and professor of social work at The Ohio State University.
"The benefits aren't as clear-cut as some people assume."
I am writing in response to a recent letter (Youth beware of vaping risks, March 4) to correct the record.
JUUL Labs Canada has never manufactured or sold the flavours as implied in the letter (cotton candy, strawberry, cherry, buttered popcorn) in the Canadian market or elsewhere.
Our mission is to transition Canada’s millions of adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes while actively combatting underage use of our products. JUUL products contain nicotine and nicotine is addictive. People who do not already use nicotine, and especially young people, should not start using nicotine. [...]
For many adults, access to a variety of flavors enables them to kick their cigarette habit. According to Dr. Amy Fairchild, dean of the College of Public Health at Ohio State University, “Smokers who vape nicotine with flavors are two to three times more likely to quit smoking.”
In Science recently, Fairchild and her public health colleagues [...] said: “The evidence warns against prohibitionist measures. Restricting access and appeal among less harmful vaping products … threatens to derail a trend that could hasten the demise of cigarettes, poised to take a billion lives this century.”
A study in the April 2020 Pediatrics found that adolescents using modifiable e-cigarette devices, called mods, will smoke a higher number of cigarettes later on in life. This study was done in comparison to those who smoked pen-like e-cigarettes.
Research suggests that depending on which vaping devices the adolescent uses, they may end up smoking far more in the future. A study [...] called "E-Cigarette Product Characteristics and Subsequent Frequency of Cigarette Smoking," was conducted to determine the correlation of smoking a certain kind of e-cigarette product with cigarette smoking in the time to come.
Why is vaping so popular? Why do some estimates and vaping statistics put the number of future users as high as 55 million by 2021?
Ever since the first e-cigarette was introduced, vape products have been hailed as a more discreet, more affordable, and safer alternative to smoking. Even the most vocal opponents can’t deny that vaping cannabis offers the fastest-acting relief for medical users. However, vaping is not without risks.
We sat down for an iso chat with Adjunct Professor of Law and public health policy expert David Sweanor to talk about all things tobacco harm reduction and all things trust in government.
It's more important than ever that governments and health authorities base their policies on evidence, not ideology.
The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), known commonly as vaping, has increased significantly among the pediatric and adolescent population in the past several years. Currently, e-cigarettes are the most frequently used tobacco product by young persons. Of ongoing concern is a new study reporting that adolescents in the United States are initiating e-cigarette use at earlier ages. In 2014, 8.8% of lifetime e-cigarette users initiated use at age 14 years or younger, whereas in 2018 this number increased to 28.6%.
The COVID-19 pandemic is single handedly changing the face of day-to-day life. Their needs to be some clarification of how public health should respond to the crisis of the outbreak via policy.
The regulation of electronic cigarettes during a pandemic is an interesting case study. Public health departments have warned against the use of inhalants that combust or even aerosolize compounds into a human’s lungs as a means to reduce the risks of the novel coronavirus further.