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The number of Queenslanders who smoke has continued to drop but the number of those who vape has gone up, according to figures from Australia’s peak health data body.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released its latest report into recreational drug use, showing how legal and illicit drugs are being used across the country, as well as people’s attitudes towards them. The analysis of people aged 14 or over found the proportion of daily smokers in Queensland fell by about one-third between 2001 and 2019, from 21 per cent of the population to 13.5 per cent.

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Governments worldwide should not ban alternative smoking products, or they will miss an "enormous" opportunity to phase out traditional cigarettes, tobacco giant Philip Morris warned.

This came as the US Food and Drug Administration gave the company approval last week to market its four heat-not-burn tobacco devices as "modified risk tobacco products."

Philip Morris International chief executive Andre Calantzopoulos called the authorization a "historical moment" for public health.

"For so many years, tobacco control policies have focused on restrictive measures in order to convince people to quit [smoking]," he said, [...]

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This paper aims to investigate the extent to which three subgroups – people with mental
health conditions, people belonging to sexual minority and gender groups and Indigenous peoples –
have been ‘‘left behind’’ by countries implementing the World Health Organization’s Framework
Convention on Tobacco Control. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of
Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020 target is to reduce the prevalence of current
tobacco use by 30% in persons aged 15 and older between 2010 and 2025 [...]

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Your doctor could be asking you a new question next time you go in for a check-up: do you vape?
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Doctors are becoming increasingly concerned over the use of e-cigarettes and vapes amid fears the industry isn’t regulated properly. The Medical Journal of Australia has published a call for further investigation of vaping by doctors from researchers at Alfred Health, led by Dr Eli Dabscheck.

Dr Dabscheck and his colleagues advised physicians to start asking patients about e-cigarette use and warning them about the potential dangers, but notes more research is required to determine what those dangers are.

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IQOS has been said to mean "I quit ordinary smoking." From a technical point of view, IQOS heats a cartridge made of tobacco sheet, nicotine compounds and glycerin to generate aerosol. Its taste is similar to that of ordinary cigarettes, but the harm of smoke is reduced by more than 90%.

IUOC means "I use ordinary cigarettes." The latest zebra heating technology is applied in this device. It makes smoke from ordinary cigarettes in the way of heating and not burning. IUOC produces the same free-state nicotine as that produced by lighting cigarettes. [...]

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) marketing order for the IQOS tobacco heating system, a major step toward Philip Morris International’s stated goal of achieving a “smoke-free world.”

FDA Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller said that IQOS, developed by Philip Morris International (PMI) as their next-generation flagship product, has been approved for an exposure modification marketing order. As a result, PMI can market the product in America as a replacement to what the industry calls “traditional combustible tobacco products,” [...]

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Smoking cessation initiatives notwithstanding, along with provocative public health campaigns and clinical guidance, quitting tobacco has remained elusive for many smokers. The American Thoracic Society's new clinical practice guideline on treatment for tobacco dependence in adults addresses how clinicians may deal with patients' reluctance to quit, one of a number of issues not previously assessed in the older guidelines.

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UAE doctors warned against the use of all inhalation devices after the US Food and Drug Administration gave its support to the marketing of a new cigarette alternative.

In a landmark ruling, the FDA approved the promotion of the iQOS, a heated tobacco stick.

The nicotine product was developed by Philip Morris International (PMI).

As there was no burning, the levels of harmful chemicals were significantly reduced compared to cigarette smoke, according to the company.

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States across the United States misuse funds that are extracted from a landmark, multi-jurisdiction legal settlement reached with tobacco companies in November of 1998.

Attorneys general for 46 states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico entered into the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA).

The settlement promises the federal and state governments billions in per year restitution to fund anti-tobacco efforts and promote public health.

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A new Access Initiative for Quitting Tobacco was launched on Friday by Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organisation (WHO), HH Princess Dina Mired, President of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Thibault Mongon, Executive Vice President of Johnson & Johnson (J & J), during the WHO COVID-19 media briefing. 

Jordan will be the first country in the world to benefit from the new initiative that aims at helping its high rate of smokers quit smoking, according to a WHO statement.  

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Fewer Australians are smoking tobacco daily, while more are vaping and using e-cigarettes, results from the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey found, with e-cigarette use among non-smokers aged 18 to 24 years quadrupling in six years. The director of centre operations at Melbourne University’s Centre for Behaviour Change, Dr Michelle Jongenelis, said the increased e-cigarette use among Australians was “very concerning”.

“Although marketed as a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes are not harmless and there are significant health risks associated with their use,” she said. [...]

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At about 9pm on Sunday, more than a dozen new pieces of legislation were thrust upon SA.

They cover everything from alcohol, cigarettes and wearing a mask to when you can leave your home.

The laws, gazetted by cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, take effect immediately.

“The sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is prohibited,” the Act states, giving legal force to the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night.

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The Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) has written to New Zealand’s Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa, urging her to reject inaccurate claims by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on smoke-free nicotine products. “As the Government is sending delegates to COP9, and as consumers’ rights to choose to use less harmful products to switch from smoking remain under tremendous threat from FCTC’s continuing failure to address scientific evidence, democratic processes and human rights, we respectfully request that you share with us the details of our nation’s position [...]

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From next year, access to e-cigarettes and related products containing liquid nicotine will require a doctor’s prescription. This is to ensure liquid nicotine is handled like the poisonous, addictive substance it is and not promoted to young people. It’s good news for public health and bad news for the tobacco and e-cigarette industries.

This restriction comes into effect from January 1 2021, six months later than originally proposed.

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego have conducted a study showing that both smoking and the use of e-cigarettes containing nicotine and flavorings may critically exacerbate inflammation in cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and significantly worsen clinical outcomes. “Our study has demonstrated that tobacco and flavored or nicotine-containing e-cig use could both lead to increased inflammatory response, but only tobacco upregulates ACE2,” write Weg Ongkeko (University of California) and colleagues.

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Cigarette sales have decreased by about 20m a month after plain packaging rules and tougher taxes were introduced three years ago, researchers have found.

Prof Anna Gilmore, director of the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG), said: “The underlying rate of decline in tobacco sales almost doubled after these policies were implemented.”

The number of cigarettes sold in the UK was falling by about 12m a month before the measures were introduced in May 2017, according to the TCRG, which is based at the University of Bath.

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Islamabad : Use of Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes and vaping devices, are on the rise among the youth of Pakistan, which leads to a new epidemic of tobacco addiction. This was stated by Azhar Saleem, CEO, Human Development Foundation (HDF), in online media session. He said e-cigarettes are promoted as a safe alternative option compared to traditional cigarette for quitting smoking. However, the irony is that instead of being an aid for quitting smoking, it has resulted in shifting from one vice to another that too on a higher scale.

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America's Food and Drink Administration (FDA) has authorized the marketing of an electronic tobacco heating product, designed to completely replace cigarettes within the next ten to fifteen years. The IQOS device, developed by cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris International (PMI) - the company behind leading brands including Marlboro, Virginia Slims and Benson & Hedges - releases a nicotine-containing vapor which the company claims is less harmful to smokers. By phasing traditional cigarettes out, the company plans to be smoke-free by 2035. In a statement, the company said that the FDA's decision "demonstrates that IQOS is fundamentally different from combustible cigarettes, and a better choice for adults who would otherwise continue smoking."

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This paper aims to overview the need for tobacco harm reduction, the consumer products that facilitate tobacco harm reduction and the barriers to its implementation. The worldwide endemic of tobacco smoking results in the death of over seven million smokers a year. Cigarette quit rates are very low, from 3%–12%, and relapse rates are high, from 75%–80% in the first six months and 30%– 40% even after one year of abstinence. In addition, some smokers do not desire to quit. Cigarette substitution in tobacco harm reduction is one strategy that may reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality.

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Instagram is a visual social media platform which is wildly popular, particularly with young people. Researchers interested in public health at Aalto university in Finland studied how vaping is represented on the platform. By using artificial intelligence, they were able to analyze hundreds of thousands of posts from a 6-month period last year, and found that a large portion of posts are promoting controversial flavored e-liquids to young audiences. The research worked by downloading every image on Instagram that had a caption including "#vaping" on the network for June to November 2019. "We knew this would be predominantly promotional material," said Dr. Aqdas Malik from the department of computer science who studies public health and the internet, "but we were interested in what types of images these would be, and who was posting them." What the neural network showed was that 40% of the images—the largest proportion out of the 6 categories—were of (...)