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A new study is the latest to show changes in cardiovascular function after vaping e-liquids, though in this case, those liquids didn't even contain nicotine.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Radiology, concluded that vaping temporarily impacts blood vessel function in healthy people. Using MRI scans, it found, for example, changes in blood flow within the femoral artery in the leg after just one use. The researchers couldn't determine which chemical might be responsible for the changes they observed.
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Last week, federal Health minister Greg Hunt was at the National Press Club selling his vision of the Coalition’s health policy for the next three years.

Good on him. There was much good stuff in what he said.

Amongst his statements of priorities, however, was this:

Today, I want to announce that the Government will set a new target of reducing smoking rates below 10 per cent by 2025. [...] How that target is to be achieved, when the adult smoking rate has flat lined around the 14 per cent mark for more than five years, is the $64,000 question. [...]

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Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are a tobacco product originally designed to offer an alternative to combustible cigarettes by delivering nicotine at lower heat by a battery-powered device.

The idea was made to avoid the harsh and carcinogenic chemicals contained in regular cigarettes, but still provide the nicotine that smokers crave.

Clinicians and public health officials hoped that e-cigarettes would help people addicted to nicotine gradually break the habit. [...]

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A recent U.S. study on evening use of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine found that drinking and smoking within four hours of bedtime were associated with “increased sleep fragmentation.” This includes negative effects on sleep duration, sleep efficiency and wake after sleep onset. “These findings support the importance of sleep health recommendations that promote the restriction of evening alcohol and nicotine use to improve sleep continuity,” the study’s authors wrote in health journal Sleep.

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To strengthen enforcement of the ban on production and sale of electronic cigarettes, the State government has amended the Karnataka Poisons (Possession and Sale) Rules 2015, notifying nictoine as Class A poison under the rules. Highly toxic chemicals, which even in very small quantities as gas or vapour in the air are dangerous to life (such as cyanogen, hydrocyanic acid, nitrogen peroxide, and phosgene), are notified under Class A. A gazette notification was published last month and the new rules are now called the Karnataka Poisons (Possession and Sale) Rules 2019.

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State and federal health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 14 states, many of them involving teens and young adults. A large number of those stricken ill have been hospitalized, with some in intensive care and on ventilators.

At least 31 cases have been confirmed as of Friday, state officials said, and dozens more are under investigation. Medical authorities say it is unclear whether patients will fully recover.

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Jacek Olczak, chief operating officer at Philip Morris International, discusses e-cigarettes, the risks for the products, regulations and their “unsmoked” campaign. [...]

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Anti-smoking crusaders have labelled a new government push to help Australians butt out as a "recycled" and "frustrating" strategy, saying when the exact same policy was initially introduced more than a decade ago, it failed to reduce smoking rates. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt used part of this week's National Press Club address to announce the Morrison Government would spend $20 million cutting Australia's smoking rate to under 10 per cent by 2025.

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I can’t lose everything,” Paul Reithlinghshoefer told his mother when he relapsed back to using heroin in early 2017. Feeling suicidal, Paul was admitted to the psychiatric inpatient unit at Adventist Behavioral Health Hospital in Rockville, Maryland.

The company website states: “If you or a loved one need close attention for a mental health condition, inpatient care at Adventist can help. Find specialized treatment in safe, healing environments … This level of care away from the stress of daily life can help you recover more quickly.”

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A panel appointed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services says that its proposed guidelines are meant to combat high rates of substance abuse in the country, in light of the country’s opioid epidemic. It cites a 2017 federal survey which found that 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 18 said they were using illicit drugs [...]

“Many Americans experience problems related to illicit drug use, defined in this recommendation statement as the use of illegal drugs and the non-medical use of prescription psychoactive medications [...] ” the draft statement states.

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Almost daily, educators across the country tell me that at least half of their students use electronic cigarettes, mainly the Juul brand. Many of these young people show clear signs of addiction. They are agitated, emotional, and unable to sit through an entire class period. They often need to leave class to “take a puff.”

National data about the pervasiveness of e-cigarettes show that it increased nearly 80% among high school students from 2017 to 2018. One in 5 report currently vaping.

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Modulation of neuroreceptors can stop the growth of lung carcinoma (cancer) cells, according to a recent study conducted by a group of researchers from the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IBCh RAS) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) Treatment with a water-soluble variant of Lynx1, a protein involved in the regulation of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, stops the division of lung cancer cells in vitro and induces their death. [...]

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Health says the recent hospitalization of about two dozen people in the Midwest who had breathing problems after vaping shows "why e-cigarettes are so dangerous." Since we don't know what these patients were vaping or whether it was actually the cause of their symptoms, that conclusion is quite a leap. The assumption that vaping caused the breathing problems seems to be based on little more than supposition. "We are continuing to interview patients so we can identify a possible cause," Andrea Palm, secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said [...]

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On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Jon Ebbert, associate director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, talks about smoking cessation, nicotine addiction and electronic cigarettes.

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Investors have plunked another $325 million into controversial e-cigarette maker Juul Labs as the company seeks to expand its global reach, according to a regulatory filing Monday. Although the investors are undisclosed, the funding is a show of confidence in the growth prospects for Juul, roughly a third of which is owned by Marlboro maker Altria Group. The injection of capital comes at a time the vaping company faces increasing government scrutiny and business restrictions [...]

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As called for in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Governments must comprehensively enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (Article 13) at international expos and conferences, in order to ensure their events and programmes are tobacco free and that their activities and participants are not sponsored by tobacco companies. The world must unite to halt the tobacco industry’s aggressive marketing of its products, that cause addiction, suffering and millions of deaths each year.

 

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BANGKOK, Thailand -- Unwilling to allow the public to get zonked or
profit from recreational marijuana, Thailand has instead produced its
first pharmaceutical THC and CBD oils, tablets, oral sprays, chocolate
wafers and traditional potions after recently legalizing medical
cannabis.

This first line of weed-based products puts Thailand on the cutting
edge of Southeast Asia's legal marijuana industry, a lucrative
advantage if allowed to flourish.

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Warning labels on cigarette packages could soon be more graphic, warning that "Smoking reduces blood flow to the limbs, which can require amputation," and "Smoking causes bladder cancer, which can lead to bloody urine."

The US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a proposed rule that requires tobacco companies to place new graphic health warnings on cigarette packages and in advertisements. The proposed warnings feature color images and describe the health risks of smoking.
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In this episode of RegWatch hear how an alliance of vaping associations from north and south of the border are working to establish a unified set of standards for Good Manufacturing Practices, ready-made, for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada to embrace.

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The global cigarette market was valued at $888 billion in 2018 with an estimated 28.7% of adults surveyed in Europe claiming to smoke and 21% in the United States. In Europe, the adolescent population has continued to smoke at alarming rates despite clear evidence in the dangers of smoking.

In fact, the problem is so alarming that the World Health Assembly approved nine voluntary global targets to help decrease tobacco prevalence by 30% among people older than 15 by 2025. [...]

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