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The Maharashtra government has banned the sale of loose cigarettes and beedis, in a bid to reduce the consumption of tobacco and to comply with the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003. Before this, Chhattisgarh had banned the sale of loose cigarettes earlier this year, while Karnataka banned the sale of loose cigarettes, beedis and chewing tobacco in 2017. As per the Tobacco Free Union, over 1 million people die from tobacco-related diseases in India every year.

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The benefits and risks of Marijuana use are becoming more researched as marijuana moves from an illicit schedule 1 substance (alongside cocaine and heroin) to a recreational powerhouse with a medically beneficial profile and lack of physical addictiveness or toxicity. [...] The "cannabis" or "hemp" plant, known more commonly by the stigmatized nickname of marijuana has been used by diverse cultures for centuries. [...]

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In a webinar co-hosted by the Campaign for Safer Alternatives (CASA) and the Africa Tobacco Harm Reduction Forum (ATHRF), tobacco harm reduction experts urged Uganda to endorse the use of oral nicotine products in the fight against smoking. During a webinar shown on August 4th, economists and leading international Tobacco Harm Reduction experts, referred to the success achieved by Sweden by endorsing the use of snus for smoking cessation. The Scandinavian country is boasting some of the lowest lung cancer rates in Europe, and a smoke-free status since 2017.

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At the National Press Club’s health policy debate during last year’s federal election, Greg Hunt was asked by Tim Shaw – yes, the Demtel guy – “when will you authorise the vaping product alternative [to cigarettes]?”

Hunt responded unequivocally: “That is not something that on my watch I’m willing to countenance”, “It’s not something I support”, [...] Given that authorising vaping was not something Hunt was willing to countenance so long as he was the Health Minister, it was a rude shock when in March 2020, his department and the Therapeutic Goods Administration sought to do so – by allowing nicotine vapes to be sold from a pharmacy [...]

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The Pittsburgh Public Schools will join dozens of school districts across the country in filing a federal lawsuit against the manufacturer and marketers of Juul vaping products.

The school board gave approval last week for the district to enter into a contract with the Frantz Law Group of San Diego, which is filing the lawsuits in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, where Juul Inc. is located.

“It’s very similar in concept to the tobacco litigation of some 20 years ago except this is not a class action,” district solicitor Ira Weiss said during a school board meeting Wednesday.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Six months after medical marijuana became legal for purchase inside Utah for the first time, the program has already surpassed enrollment projections.

But high demand has also led to shortages in both product and providers interested in recommending medical marijuana to patients.

“It’s been going. It’s been going well, as with all new programs and people starting and really pushing to get up and going like they did early on — and now (producers) are starting to find their traction to be able to keep moving forward,” said Cody James, [...]

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E-cigarettes have been touted as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes...

But research out today suggests rather than being a deterrent, they actually triple the chance of a non-smoker taking up conventional cigarettes.

The study, a partnership between the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne also found there is "insufficient" evidence that they can help existing smokers quit.

The findings follow a recommendation this week by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to reclassify nicotine as a prescription-only drug.

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E‐cigarette aerosols are exceedingly different from conventional tobacco smoke, containing dozens of chemicals not found in cigarette smoke. It is highly likely that chronic use of e‐cigarettes will induce pathologic changes in both the heart and lungs. Here we review human and animal studies published to date and summarize the cardiopulmonary physiologic changes caused by vaping. In terms of cardiac physiology, acute exposure to e‐cigarette aerosols in human subjects led to increased blood pressure and heart rate, similar to traditional cigarettes. [...]

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Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have warned that e-cigarettes with heating elements can cause ‘significant’ damage to the lungs.

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While conducting experiments, the researchers found that people who used e-cigarettes with nickel-chromium alloy heating elements experienced lung injury.

Dr Robert Kloner, senior author of the study, said: “The results were so impactful, we felt it imperative to release the initial findings early so that electronic cigarette users could be cautioned sooner, especially considering E-cigarette users are at increased risk of COVID-19.”

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GENEVA - The World Health Organization reports tobacco kills 1.9 million people, or 20 percent of all those who die every year from coronary heart disease. In advance of World Heart Day (September 29), WHO, the World Heart Federation and the University of Newcastle Australia have released a new report warning of the dangers of tobacco-induced heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death on Earth, killing an estimated 17.9 million people every year. The World Health Organization reports smoking and second-hand smoke are responsible for nearly two million of these deaths.

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The Verkhovna Rada adopted at first reading a government bill banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to persons under the age of 18, at the same level as traditional tobacco products.

Relevant bill No.3628 on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine concerning strengthening the liability for offenses in selling electronic cigarettes and liquids used in electronic cigarettes to minor children was supported by 272 MPs at a meeting on Tuesday.

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New research by BAT indicates that modern oral products (MOPs) showed lower toxicity responses in certain assays than traditional cigarettes.

Scientists analysed the toxicological impact of one of BAT's nicotine pouch products, formerly called Lyft and now known as Velo, in an in vitro laboratory-based test. Velo was compared with a reference cigarette (1R6F) and reference Swedish-style snus pouch (CRP1.1).

Velo was found to be less biologically active than cigarette smoke and snus, even at greater concentrations of nicotine, across a range of tests. [...]

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PERTH: Smokers are worried. A respiratory disease is running rampant across the globe and people with unhealthy lifestyle habits appear to be especially vulnerable.

We know smokers hospitalised with COVID-19 are more likely to become severely unwell and die than non-smokers with the disease.

 

At any point in time, most smokers want to quit. But COVID-19 provides the impetus to do it sooner rather than later.

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Since their staggeringly successful introduction to the global market, vape products have established a reputation as an effective alternative to cigarettes. A growing number of smokers have successfully used vape products to quit smoking. However, studies have revealed that a significant proportion of vapers are non-smokers. This suggests that, rather than quitting nicotine, a large number of users are initially exposed to the addictive substance through vaping… So, is there an alternative?

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Vaping will now join smoking as a prohibited activity in public spaces in Hamilton. The council’s community committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to add vaping to smoking as a non-permitted activity in council-owned and operated parks, playgrounds and buildings including the Hamilton Transport Centre, bus stops and at all council-operated events. The move has already been met with disapproval from pro-vape lobbyists – principally Jonathan Devery, the owner of Vapo and Alt New Zealand, the largest Kiwi-owned vape company in the country, who has decried it as a backwards step to making the country “smoke-free”.

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Vaping could soon join smoking as a forbidden activity in city streets and parks in Hamilton.

The Hamilton City Council is set to revisit the issue of banning vaping at a meeting of its community committee on Tuesday, which could result in the organisation belatedly following the lead of other councils around the country – including the Hauraki and Matamata-Piako district councils – that have amended their Smokefree policies to include vaping.

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With e-cigarette use in Iowa high schools considered at epidemic levels, the American Lung Association is launching a new effort designed to reduce vaping by teens — and even younger.

Alyssa DePhillips, health promotions manager for the Lung Association in Iowa, says protecting lung health is vital. “We’re excited about this public awareness campaign called ‘Get Your Head Out of the Cloud!'” DePhillips says. “It’s really designed to give parents the facts about e-cigarettes and support conversations before the kids are starting to vape, or before they’re offered vapes from their friends.”

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The U.S. House of Representatives may soon vote on a historic measure to end federal prohibition on cannabis.

Ironically, just as the public and political leaders realize the folly of prohibiting cannabis, we are rushing toward a new prohibition with many of the same pitfalls.

Prohibiting nicotine vapor is unjustified by all the science so far, which shows health risks are low. Worse, prohibition would prove tragic for smokers, who will be deterred from quitting their deadly habit.

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Vaping obtained a terrible reputation last year when quite a few young adults became ill after vaping. While it was later found that 98 percent of those who became ill did so after using illegal products, the media failed to share this information widely as they did with the illnesses and hospitalizations. Today, experts speak of the dangers of vaping and the gateway effect. This refers to the likelihood that young adults who vape are more likely to begin smoking. However, two recent studies suggest that young adults who vape aren’t more likely to smoke. [...]

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On Wednesday 23 September, the Monegasque Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (IMSEE) announced the results of its study on Monaco’s high school students’ addictions. Smoking, drinking, drug as well as social media and internet habits were all analysed.

IMSEE’s conducted its survey in April 2019. Data was collected from the whole of Monaco’s high school population. The study’s main conclusion is that between 2007 and 2019, drug, alcohol and tobacco use dropped amongst Monaco’s high school students, even if 93% of them had tried such substances at least once.