Australians with mental health conditions are more than twice as likely to be smokers as the general population. About 22% of people with a mental health condition smoke daily compared to a national rate under 13%. And the more severe your illness, the more likely you are to smoke. For example, about 60-70% of people with psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia smoke.
We don’t have clear evidence for why this is the case, but there are several theories. [...]
Twenty-nine per cent of health professionals would not recommend e-cigarettes to cancer patients who already smoke, according to research presented at the 2018 NCRI Cancer Conference. The study was presented by Dr. Jo Brett, [...] She said: "Smoking is a well-established risk factor for many common cancers. It is the single biggest avoidable cause of cancer in the world. "Problems caused by smoking continue after a cancer diagnosis. [...]
After failing to outrival Pfizer in the anti-smoking treatment market with a generic drug, Hanmi Pharmaceutical has released another copy to win over Pfizer’s original treatment Champix.
The local drug company said it has started selling "Nocotine," a self-developed nicotine fighting treatment using oxalate as the base, from November.
Nocotine uses varenicline oxalate hydrate as the main ingredient, attaching oxalate to the anti-smoking substance varenicline. It is a generic copy of Pfizer’s Champix, replacing the base with oxalate.
America’s slow burn towards cannabis legalisation continues at the midterms as four states will vote on ballots featuring medicinal and recreational initiatives. Michigan and North Dakota will decide whether to make the drug legal while Utah and Missouri will vote on its medicinal uses. Polls are suggesting that all four ballots are likely to pass.
With two-thirds of Americans now pro-legalisation, it's fair to say that attitudes have relaxed since the fears of 'Reefer Madness' in the late 1930s [...]
The ongoing controversy over e-cigarettes and youth smoking has hit a proverbial regulatory wall. In September 2018, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb acknowledged “an epidemic of use of e-cigarettes among teens.” On August 8, 2016, the FDA’s “deeming rule,” which regulates electronic smoking devices in the same way it regulates other tobacco products, became effective, resulting in the federal prohibition on sales of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18. Perhaps not a moment too soon.
I was a smoker for over 10 years and I’m ashamed to say I absolutely loved it. After an unbelieveable amount of failed attempts, I was convinced that I would never give up smoking.
Sorrowfully, this is the shared reality of millions of Australians today, and hundreds of millions worldwide. Many of these people have shared their stories and cries for help only to be ignored and shut down by misleading headlines, manifesting into false opinions by the miscreant policy-makers whose ‘personal opinions’ are preached as gospel [...]
Popular-priced cigars remain strong in c-stores, premium cigars remain promising in at least some markets, and the threat of additional regulation—primarily impacting flavored product—remains a looming threat. Americans still like to buy cigars at c-stores. For the 52-week period ending Sept. 9, 2018, IRI scan data shows cigar category sales in convenience stores at just over $3.4 billion, an increase of 12.96%.
The tobacco giant behind brands such as Lambert & Butler will seek to show investors this week that its portfolio of vaping products is winning over ex-smokers.
Imperial Brands has already said it hopes to make a profit from so-called “next generation products” (NGPs) by next year, as sales of traditional tobacco products continue to decline. The FTSE 100 company is due to release results for the year to September on Tuesday, [...]
Altria is the largest maker of cigarettes in the United States, known for making Marlboro cigarettes. It is the domestic side of what was once the tobacco giant Phillip Morris, before the company was split into separate United States and international operations back in 2008. In the decade since that split, the US cigarette market has spent much of the time facing the same long-term problem, fewer smokers each year buying fewer cigarettes.
The Juul e-cigarette was created to help adult smokers quit, according to the company that makes it. Its developers wanted to make the experience of getting a stimulating hit of nicotine dramatically better than sucking on a stinky, smoking stick of burning tobacco. Their success made Juul the top-selling e-cigarette in the U.S. in two years, but it achieved that position in part by attracting a huge following among kids younger than 18, who aren’t legally allowed to purchase such products. [...]
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis talks with Rick Gibbons about growing concerns over the popularity, use and availability of e-cigarettes, especially among young people.
Smoking hookah tobacco acutely impairs blood vessels' ability to function, according to preliminary research to be presented in Chicago at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2018. "Hookah is the only form of tobacco product that uses burning charcoal briquettes to heat the flavored tobacco in the waterpipe. So, in addition to toxic substances from tobacco and nicotine, hookah smoke exposes users to charcoal combustion products, including large amounts of carbon monoxide," said Mary Rezk-Hanna, Ph.D., study lead author [...]
An extra £100 million is being invested by Imperial Brands in its vaping business as demand for cigarettes declines.
Imperial Brands, formerly called Imperial Tobacco, is more than doubling its investment in Blu, its e-cigarette brand, this year as it steps up marketing and tries to get tobacco smokers to convert. The FTSE 100 group is one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies whose brands include Davidoff, Winston and Gauloises. [...]
Results of a new study released Thursday by Massachusetts General Hospital demonstrated that marijuana impairs memory and learning in adolescents who were regular users. On the up side, the study also found that one month of abstinence by regular cannabis users led to improvement in the memory functions that are necessary for effective learning. The link between memory and learning is a more complicated than it looks at first. [...]
Fewer women are smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol during pregnancy, but more are using marijuana, according to new federal data.
Between 2002 and 2016, the percentage of pregnant women who reported smoking cigarettes while expecting fell significantly: from 17.5% to about 10%, according to a research [...] cannabis use among pregnant women — while still relatively rare — is on the rise, increasing from almost 3% of pregnant women to almost 5%.
Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in the country, and almost 90 percent of deaths from this disease are directly attributable to cigarette smoking. Many cancers, such as breast cancer, that were once a death sentence are now treatable, yet lung cancer survival rates remain below 20 percent. A cure may be elusive, but the medical community can stop this disease and eliminate most future lung cancer deaths.
This spring, Duke declared that smoking cigarettes would be banned from campus starting in 2020. But the new policy does not include e-cigarettes or electronic vaping devices, such as JUULs. “The use of e-cigarettes by younger, non-smoking individuals is a developing trend nationally,” said senior Kushal Kadakia, student liaison for the Duke Smoking Cessation Program and former executive vice president of Duke Student Government.
A store that specializes in products intended to cut down the dangerous effects of smoking has been warned by Health Canada it must remove its signage because the agency categorizes them as tobacco products, which makes it illegal for them to advertise outwardly to the public.
The problem is, says Rothmans, Benson and Hedges, which produces IQOS — a device that heats a tobacco stick into vapour at 350 C, but not to the point where combustion will cause smoke — is their products fit more into the vaping category, where such companies can advertise.
E-cigarettes aren't likely to keep kids away from traditional cigarettes, a U.S. study suggests.
Instead, researchers found, adolescents who experimented with e-cigarettes ended up smoking traditional cigarettes just as much as teens who never tried vaping.
"The findings show that e-cigs do nothing to deter the amount of combustible smoking in youth," said lead study author Jessica Barrington-Trimis of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Leading e-cigarette companies have admitted in meetings with the Food and Drug Administration that vape flavorings appeal to kids, and suggested ways that the agency could regulate those products, according to an FDA statement [...]. But public health experts say not to expect the industry to come up with useful ways to police itself. After years of public health officials warning that young people were using e-cigarettes in alarming numbers, the FDA is crafting regulations to prevent kids and teens from vaping. [...]