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A new George Mason University study reveals that the number of e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries have been underestimated.

The report was published in the journal Tobacco Control, and stated that between 2015 and 2017, there were an estimated 2,035 emergency department visits caused by e-cigarette explosions and burns. Even this number is likely to be lower than the true number of cases, as not all injured people report to the emergency room for these types of injuries.

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Smoking shisha "significantly increases" the risk of users developing diabetes and obesity, a major study has revealed for the first time.

Research carried out by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School found that smokers were more likely to gain weight and develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to non-smokers after inhaling 'hookah' fumes. [...] the participants baseline characteristics were measured against their biochemical results which were observed through blood tests.

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Smoking shisha 'significantly increases' the risk of users developing diabetes and obesity, a new study has revealed for the first time. Research carried out by the Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) found that smokers were more likely to gain weight and develop type 2 diabetes in comparison to non-smokers. In the largest study to explore the adverse effects of hookah smoking, the participants baseline characteristics were measured against their biochemical results which were observed through blood tests.

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E-cigarettes pose a tiny percent of the risk of cigarette smoking, just 1 percent to 5 percent according to authorities like the United Kingdom government. That could mean the difference between life and death for the half million Americans and 7 million people worldwide who die of smoking-related illness every year. Even if it turns out that e-cigarettes convey small long-term risks, those products should remain an option for smokers who haven’t been able to kick their more deadly habit and haven’t had luck with prescription drugs, patches, gums or lozenges.

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Various forms of e-cigarettes face growing resistance from the government in their efforts to break into the Indian market. At least three ministries have advanced new regulations on the marketing or import of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems – widely known as vapes – while the medical community debates their actual effects on health.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has proposed an amendment to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2018 to ban the advertisement of e-cigarettes.

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Research from King's College London finds smokers and ex-smokers in the UK overestimate the harm from vaping, with fewer than 6 out of 10 accurately believing that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. Misperceptions appear to be on the increase and are particularly strong in smokers and those who have never tried vaping. Lead researcher Dr Leonie Brose [...] said 'Tobacco cigarettes kill over half of those who smoke long-term, yet very few people know that nicotine is not the direct cause of smoking-related death and disease. [...]

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Retail licensing requirements written with cigarettes in mind could be helping lower the risk of teenagers using other tobacco products such as e-cigarettes.

According to a study published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics, teens who live in areas with strong regulations could be at lower risk of tobacco use. "We compared rates of tobacco product use among youth who lived in areas that had strong tobacco vendor licensing requirements ... with rates in areas with weak retail licensing regulation," Robert Urman, one of the authors of the study [...]

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Sifting through contradictory evidence is common when it comes to choosing the right thing to do to improve our health, not least at new year when many of us promise to leave old habits behind and make a fresh start. One topic that is almost guaranteed to provoke arguments is e-cigarettes. Thousands of research papers have been published about these devices over the past decade. But we do not seem to be much closer to a global consensus on their risks or benefits, [...]

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With the start of the new year, many of us are starting to think about improving our health. And among those resolutions, for a lot of people, will be to quit smoking. E-cigarettes are slowly becoming a very popular choice for quitters; but, with so much conflicting evidence about their safety, are they really the best choice? In the last ten years, since e-cigarettes have become more mainstream, there’s been thousands of studies carried out into their risks and benefits.

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Big tobacco firm Philip Morris International (PM) may have seen shares tumble more than 35% in 2018, but that’s not stopping analysts from expecting big things from the company in 2019.

Citing the rising popularity of the company’s newest smoking cessation device, iQOS, and its effectiveness in getting smokers to switch, Piper Jaffray reiterated its Overweight rating and $110 price target that represents a more than 60% upside for the international seller of Marlboro cigarettes.

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Suzi chats to Professor Linda Bauld from the University of Edinburgh about e-cigarettes and vaping. Linda provides an update on what's changed in the last 2 years since the first E-Cigarettes episode - in terms of who's using them, whether they are helping in smoking quit attempts, and what some of the new products on the market are like. Suzi and Linda also discuss nicotine itself, and the evidence as to whether or not it's harmful. [...]

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A new poll shows that the vast majority of Kentucky voters favor taxing electronic cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes.

According to the poll, conducted in mid-December by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc., 73 percent of Kentuckians statewide support adding a state excise tax on e-cigarettes.

 

Currently, e-cigarettes are subject only to sales taxes in Kentucky, while traditional cigarettes and other tobacco product purchases incur both sales and excise taxes.

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Juul has all the qualities of a standard Silicon Valley success - fat profit margins, explosive growth, and even the cultural cachet to make its name a verb.

But the three-year-old start-up is not a simple technology company: it sells addictive e-cigarettes.

Its popularity among teens has provoked a backlash from authorities, and the announcement last month that it would join forces with Altria, which makes Marlboro cigarettes, has only ramped up the controversy.

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Candy flavors. Feels cool. Seems harmless. Kills it on Instagram. Easily concealed from parents and teachers. For these reasons and more, electronic cigarettes have exploded in popularity among children and teens in the last few years.

“They honestly don’t think they’re using a nicotine delivery device,” Erika Westling says. Westling leads a study at Oregon Research Institute in Eugene that examines tobacco use among eighth graders in Woodburn and Creswell. E-cigarettes are ubiquitous, but kids told her they call them vape pens or mods.

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It’s been more than a decade since you’ve been able to smoke in a Columbia bar or restaurant.

But, well, times have changed, and so has smoking.

With the popularity of electronic cigarettes rising exponentially, Columbia leaders plan to take a new look at the city’s public smoking laws and consider whether to add these nontraditional smoking devices to the city’s workplace smoking ban. “We’ve got to modernize” Columbia’s smoking laws, said City Councilman Howard Duvall [...]

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China National Tobacco Corp., a state monopoly that’s by far the biggest cigarette maker in the world, plans to list its international unit on the Hong Kong stock exchange even as pressure increases on the government to curb smoking.

The unit, China Tobacco International Inc., is primarily responsible for procuring overseas tobacco leaf from countries like Brazil and Canada for the cigarette giant, which churns out four of every 10 sticks made in the world. [...]

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Throughout 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has tried to stymie rising rates of youth vaping. As part its latest effort, the federal agency says it’ll be exploring drugs, specifically tailored at stopping teen use of e-cigarettes. The public is responding with both criticisms and affirmations in the lead up to a public hearing in January.

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Public Health England’s use of smoking as a benchmark for the relative safety of vaping (Public Health England maintains vaping is 95% safer than smoking, 28 December) will puzzle many given that smoking is not, by any reckoning, “safe”. The key research finding, described in their own report in terms of estimated relative harms, is that the harm to vapers is around 5% of the harm to smokers. The “95% safer” figure arises because 100-5 = 95. However, this formulation is not intuitive; [...]

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One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to stop smoking. Quite rightly so, considering smoking is the biggest leading, preventable cause of death, worldwide. In fact, tobacco is the only legally-available product that kills up to one in every two users, when used as intended. There are a number of ways to stop smoking. But the most common include going "cold turkey", the use of medication – usually offered by doctors and stop smoking services – or the switch to e-cigarettes.

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Smoking has been scientifically proven to raise the risk of having a stroke, developing heart disease and certain cancers.

According to the NHS, around 85 per cent of lung cancer cases are related to smoking cigarettes.

Each new year, many people vow to quit smoking in a bid to lead a healthier lifestyle, but giving up can be a struggle. Dr Elizabeth Kershaw-Yates, GP and part of the medical team at The Online Clinic, provides five tips to help you kick the habit in 2019.

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