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The majority of respondents to a consultation on banning smoking near hospital buildings support a 15-metre enforcement zone to protect people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

A total of 559 people or organisations commented on the possible introduction of a legally-enforceable no-smoking area around hospital buildings. 72% of them agreed that 15 metres was a suitable distance.

The Scottish Parliament has already passed legislation to make it an offence to light up in no-smoking areas outside hospitals. [...]

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Vaping is perceived differently across the pond. Instead of portraying it as a trap to lure kids to a nicotine-dependent life and pave the way to smoking, British public health authorities see what vaping can be. It was Public Health England (PHE) that commissioned the critical 2015 review that found vaping to be about 95 percent safer than smoking, adding impetus to tobacco harm reduction efforts worldwide.

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On May 31, to mark World No Tobacco Day, the Honourable Patty Hajdu announced $4.8 million in funding to develop programs and services to end tobacco use. The Government of Canada’s Tobacco Control Strategy aims to reduce tobacco use by 5% by 2035. The Canadian Vape Association (CVA) commends the Canadian Government on this ongoing initiative to save lives.

While we admire the continued efforts to end tobacco use, our nations leading cause of death, Canada’s Tobacco Control Strategy would be more effective if vaping weren’t being miscategorized and vilified throughout the announcement. [...]

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Medsafe is looking into a new vape which promises to "support balance and mood" and help users "feel more alert," which experts fear could be dangerous.

Inhale Vitamins herbal vapes are marketed via social media with experts saying the company appears to be actively targeting a younger demographic.

One Instagram post, changed after the Herald on Sunday made inquiries, said the Vita Babe inhaler "supports feminine energy, raises wellbeing, and helps with mood management".

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A study of teens diagnosed with the vaping-linked respiratory disease EVALI revealed that most also had gastrointestinal symptoms and a history of psychosocial factors, including substance abuse, UT Southwestern researchers found in one of the first clinical reviews of its kind.
"This is the first study on teens and EVALI from UT Southwestern, and one of the first in the country regarding clinical features of EVALI in the pediatric population," says corresponding author Devika Rao, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist at Children's Health and assistant professor of pediatrics in the division of respiratory medicine.

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JUUL and similar pod-based e-cigarettes have been popular with teenagers and young adults since they came on the market in 2015, but little has been known about their health effects. A new systematic review led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that while the products may contain lower levels of harmful ingredients than conventional cigarettes, there is no evidence that even these lower levels are safe for youth. The study also found that the devices' efficient delivery of nicotine fosters greater dependence than other types of e-cigarettes.

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The study titled, “Effect of Electronic cigarette aerosol Exposure During Gestation and Lactation on Learning and Memory of Adult Male Offspring Rats” is to be published in Physiology & Behavior. The researchers exposed rats to either fresh air or e-cig vapour, for one hour daily during their gestational period as well as days 4-21 of lactation. [...] The results indicated that relative to fresh air exposure, aerosol exposure during the gestation and lactation perios impaired long-term memory in adult offspring (P<0.05). To this effect, the researchers concluded that vaping during pregnancy should be discouraged.

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The World Health Organization accuses the tobacco industry of devious tactics to get children and young people hooked on their deadly tobacco and nicotine products. In advance of World No Tobacco Day (May 31), the WHO is launching a campaign to alert young people to the dangers they face from the industry’s manipulative practices. Coordinator of WHO’s No Tobacco Unit, Vinayak Prasad, says the tobacco industry invests more than $9 billion a year to advertise its products. He says much of this huge budget targets young people with attractive promotional campaigns.

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In their ongoing efforts to curb the epidemic of vaping among young people, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued warning letters to 10 retailers and manufacturers who sell, manufacture, or import unauthorized electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products—or e-cigarettes—targeted to youth or likely to be used by those under the age of 18.

If those companies receiving these letters do not stop selling these products, they risk additional FDA action, including potential monetary penalties.

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Rahul (name changed), a 15 year old boy wanted to try smoking but he was afraid it would damage his lungs. So he thought of giving e-cigarettes and vaping a try. But there was a slight problem — India had just banned the sale of e-cigarettes to protect the health of thousands of others like him. He called his best friend Sonu (name changed), also 15, who assured him getting e-cigarettes or any vaping devices is no “big a deal” and the ban “doesn’t matter”. [...] Teenagers like Rahul and Sonu were the reasons why India imposed a ban on e-cigarettes in September last year.

 

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Alberta has introduced new legislation on vaping that would include a ban on anyone under 18 from using e-cigarettes.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says there is mounting evidence on the health risks of vaping and statistics show more young people in Alberta are indulging.

“Strong action needs to be taken to address significant increases in youth vaping,” Shandro said Tuesday prior to introducing Bill 19, the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Amendment Act, in the house.

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E-cigarette smoking is becoming more popular among Chinese middle school students as the proportion of e-cigarettes smokers had increased significantly in 2019, according to a survey published on the 33rd World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) on Sunday, which was also one day before the fifth anniversary of China's capital Beijing banning public smoking. 

Experts, who widely promote quitting smoking, called on the public to protect young people from traditional tobacco products and e-cigarettes, which is also the theme of the 33rd WNTD.

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A new study shows that the entry of heated tobacco products (HTPs) triggered a remarkable reduction in combustible cigarettes sales in Japan. "The decline in smoking rates among adults in Japan is astoundingly impressive when you realize that this has only come about rapidly with the introduction of HTPs," said Nancy Loucas, Executive Director of the Coalition of Asia-Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA).

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May 30 is World Vape Day and in this episode of RegWatch we speak with Tristan Thompson, head of the Vaping Legion, and Board President of the United Vapers Alliance to recap the events of #WorldVapeDay and learn how vaping advocacy is marshaling its forces for the fight ahead.