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Liberal senator Sarah Henderson has combined with Labor and Centre Alliance to shut down an attempt by two Coalition rebels to upturn the government’s prescription-only policy on e-cigarettes.

In a Senate inquiry report to be tabled on Friday, the cross-party majority rejected calls from Liberal Hollie Hughes and National Matt Canavan to allow vaping devices and fluid to be imported for personal use. The pair have been openly campaigning against the prescription-only model backed by the health minister, Greg Hunt, and Therapeutic Goods Administration.

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Major nicotine consumer survey ends on 31st December. Run by European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (ETHRA) the survey asks questions about the use of different nicotine products in order to discern conditions for users across Europe. The practical consequences of possible regulatory changes are also examined. The survey is available in 16 languages, only takes 5 - 10 minutes to do, is limited to adults only and subscribes to GDPR protection. If you have already done the survey please help to get more responses by sharing the survey. 

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Election Day marked a turning point in the United State’s war on drugs, as Oregon decriminalized possession of drugs, Mississippi approved medical marijuana, and New Jersey passed its Question 1 proposed constitutional amendment legalizing cannabis. As the year draws to a close, however, just what needs to be done to make weed legal in the Garden State?

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An association representing Canadian convenience stores say the border closure between Quebec and New Brunswick may have helped choke off the illegal tobacco trade in Atlantic Canada.


An Ernst & Young report [...] says the so-called Atlantic bubble erected to limit the spread of COVID-19 could explain why legal cigarette sales jumped in the region.

“We’ve always known (illegal sales were) a big problem in Ontario and Quebec, but I think what this really showed was you had another factor for Atlantic Canada, which was, essentially, the closure of the border,” council president Anne Kothawala said in an interview Monday.

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If you'd like to quit smoking, you should consider using some nicotine pouches. They provide you with a healthier and happier direction in life. Quitting smoking can be tough; however, using nicotine pouches can help reduce the harmful effects of smoking. These pouches have nicotine to provide a better experience. The discreet nicotine pouches provide nicotine consumers and adult smokers with a convenient, exciting, and less risky way to consume nicotine. They provide you with a better way of using nicotine without having to discolor your teeth. The nicotine within the pouch is obtained from the Nicotiana tabacum plant.

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Professor Linda Bauld joins us for deep dive into the challenges and opportunities of public health. We discuss her longstanding  work relating to  tobacco control; assessing complex public health interventions; vested and political interests in public health as well as the challenge of balancing long- and short-term goals.  Finally, Linda makes comparisons between the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health challenges.

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A study was released recently with some great news about vaping and adolescents: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many adolescents who were vaping have quit.

In their sample of e-cigarette-using teens, 36.5 percent reported quitting altogether and 30.8 percent had reduced their nicotine use.

As pediatricians, advocates for healthy youth and parents of teens, in a year of what seems like one item of bad news after another, this news gave us some relief.

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Young people who prefer to stay up late are more impulsive than their peers who go to bed earlier, which makes them more likely to drink alcohol and smoke, a new study in the journal Chronobiology International, reports. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the University of Surrey and Brunel University London investigated how being an evening type (someone who prefers to stay up late and functions better in the evening) links to impulsivity, anxiety, and substance use. Young people often prefer to stay up late, and those who do are known to be at higher risk of mental health issues and problematic substance use.

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A report published [...] by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has called for a national plan to implement training on smoking for mental health staff, including nurses and psychiatrists. The call comes in response to concerns reported by staff who felt they were ill-equipped to support their patients.

The charity said its report highlighted that the current training of mental health nurses and psychiatrists to help their patients to quit smoking was “woefully inadequate”.

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Live Q&A on how to quit tobacco in time of #COVID19. Dr Vinayak Prasad, WHO Unit Head, No Tobacco Unit.

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Made in clandestine laboratories and sold widely across the United States, the diverse class of drugs known as synthetic cannabinoids presents a growing public health threat.

In a new study, Scripps Research scientists have devised a way to deactivate these designer drugs after they've been administered--offering a potential path for treating addiction and overdose. Synthetic cannabinoids are much more powerful and toxic than users often realize, and their rising prevalence has led to serious health issues among young people and adults. We found a way to negate the dangerous effects of these drugs, [...]

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Indonesia’s decision to increase its excise tax on tobacco products is a welcomed move, according to a public health group.

But the Tobacco Control Support Center and the Association of Indonesian Public Health Experts (TCSC-IAKMI) said there was still room for more measures to discourage smoking in the country.

The statement came on Friday, a day after Sri Mulyani, Indonesia’s finance minister, announced a 12.5% increase in tobacco excise tax, which will be effective starting February 2021.

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A new study offers strong evidence that kids who use e-cigarettes are more likely to take up smoking or smokeless tobacco, researchers say.

Teen boys who vaped were almost three times as likely to start smoking as other teen boys with similar risk profiles and more than two times as likely to try smokeless tobacco, the study from The Ohio State University found. [...] Unlike most previous research suggesting a link between vaping and tobacco, this study didn't simply follow young people over time to make a connection between the two behaviors. [...]

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British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BAT) has become the first tobacco company to publish a Human Rights Report. The report coincides with UN Human Rights Day and highlights the company’s commitment and actions to protect human rights across its global business and supply chain. BAT has also announced a commitment to aim for zero child labour in its agricultural supply chain by 2025. [...] The report highlights the extensive measures BAT takes to promote, uphold and protect the human rights across its extensive supply chain, which includes 90,000 directly contracted farmers.

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Teen vaping rates did not increase from 2019 to early 2020 but remain high, with more than 39% of 12th-graders reporting past-year vaping of nicotine or marijuana.

Data from the annual Monitoring the Future study on vaping and use of cigarettes, alcohol and drugs were released Tuesday. The study was conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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THE government’s plan to reduce the number of smokers by 15% by 2025 may be a little far-fetched as they ignore exploring more practical and efficient methods available.

Previous measures such as raising taxes and the price of tobacco in a bid to reduce consumption had not only been ineffective, but also catapulted the growth of the illegal cigarette market. [...] Public Health expert Professor Dr Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh, was quoted saying that the tobacco harm reduction strategy could be used as an alternative solution.

However, it would face many hurdles as it was still not well-received by Malaysians in general.

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Health experts have highlighted the benefits of reducing tobacco smoking with the use of e-cigarettes. [...] Alan R Boobis of the Imperial College London, said the liquid in e‐cigarettes, propylene glycol and/or vegetable glycerine(glycerol) was relatively non‐toxic at the levels present when inhaled over the short to medium term.

He advocated the consumption of electronic cigarettes which was considered safer than the conventional cigarettes.
This, he said, applies to both absolute and relative risk, in users and in bystanders.

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Known for their appetizing flavors, such as bubblegum, banana and strawberry, e-cigarettes continue to grow in popularity around the world. Promoted by makers as a "healthy" alternative to regular tobacco cigarettes, researchers are finding e-cigarettes or vaping, still result in injury to the lungs. [...]
"Ninety-nine percent of e-cigarette liquids are flavored. To create these flavor profiles, companies are adding multiple chemicals to achieve that 'perfect' taste," said Laura Crotty Alexander

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The UT administration on Monday extended the ban on hookah bars till February 11, 2021, with deputy commissioner Mandip Brar issuing the orders under Section 144 of CrPC to control the spread of novel coronavirus. [...] The DC ordered no hookah would be served for smoke/consumption in hotels, restaurants, taverns, bars and bars. The order would come into force from December 14. Any person violating this order shall be punished under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

 

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In Sri Lanka, more than 20,000 people are killed every year as a result of tobacco-related diseases. Despite tobacco smoking rates declining over the years, it was still 28.4% among males above 15 years in 2018, indicating that more than one in four males still smoke.

Secondary data analysis shows that smoking prevalence is higher among certain groups. IPS’ latest publication ‘Tobacco Smoking in Sri Lanka: Identifying and Understanding the Last Mile Smokers’ focuses on these groups – referred to as ‘Last Mile Smokers’ (LMS) in the report. [...]