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We study the impact of new information on people’s perceptions of the risks of e-cigarettes. In September 2019 the U.S. experienced an outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, associated lung injuries (EVALI). The EVALI outbreak created an information shock, which was followed by additional new information in a later CDC recommendation. We use data on consumer risk perceptions from two sets of surveys conducted before (using HINTS survey data) and during the EVALI outbreak (using Google Survey data). [...]

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Medical marijuana users who say they have high levels of pain are more likely than those with low pain to say they use cannabis three or more times a day, a new study finds.

However, daily marijuana users with severe pain also reported their health had become worse in the past year. "It's not clear if marijuana is helping or not," said Bridget Freisthler, co-author of the study and professor of social work at The Ohio State University.

"The benefits aren't as clear-cut as some people assume."

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The relationship between nicotine and depression is complicated and uncertain. Although some studies claim that nicotine can have therapeutic effects on individuals with depression, there is a considerable amount of emerging information that supports the hypothesis of a causal relationship between nicotine and depression. Once nicotine enters the body, whether that be through smoking or chewing, it is quickly distributed throughout the bloodstream. In fact, within 10 to 20 seconds of inhaling nicotine, it successfully crosses the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and binds to the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR).

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For many adults, access to a variety of flavors enables them to kick their cigarette habit. According to Dr. Amy Fairchild, dean of the College of Public Health at Ohio State University, “Smokers who vape nicotine with flavors are two to three times more likely to quit smoking.”

In Science recently, Fairchild and her public health colleagues [...] said: “The evidence warns against prohibitionist measures. Restricting access and appeal among less harmful vaping products … threatens to derail a trend that could hasten the demise of cigarettes, poised to take a billion lives this century.”

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One of the most depressing aspects of the futile war on drugs in Australia is that it has slowed advances in research into the therapeutic and health benefits of cannabis use. An urgently needed change in attitude towards drugs in Australia could have huge health advantages and assist the many people who would benefit immediately from legal, less expensive and more readily available access to cannabis that is subject to quality control. Greg Barns, National Criminal Justice Spokesperson for the Australian Lawyers Alliance tells us more.

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Why is vaping so popular? Why do some estimates and vaping statistics put the number of future users as high as 55 million by 2021?

Ever since the first e-cigarette was introduced, vape products have been hailed as a more discreet, more affordable, and safer alternative to smoking. Even the most vocal opponents can’t deny that vaping cannabis offers the fastest-acting relief for medical users. However, vaping is not without risks. 

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The Executive Director for CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia-Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates), believes that sadly the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) rigid stance on vaping is costing millions of lives. Lives lost to smoke-related diseases, which could have been saved by switching from smoking to vaping. “We’re fighting for the billion-plus cigarette smokers who are now presented with better, safer and innovative nicotine product alternatives. Amazingly, our biggest obstacle remains the World Health Organisation. [...]

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The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), known commonly as vaping, has increased significantly among the pediatric and adolescent population in the past several years. Currently, e-cigarettes are the most frequently used tobacco product by young persons. Of ongoing concern is a new study reporting that adolescents in the United States are initiating e-cigarette use at earlier ages. In 2014, 8.8% of lifetime e-cigarette users initiated use at age 14 years or younger, whereas in 2018 this number increased to 28.6%.

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Vaping use is on the rise in young people, with as many as one in five junior and secondary school students reporting use of vaping products in 2019. As public health researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, we have been tracking the use of vaping products since 2014 using the Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey (CSTADS). As negative consequences emerge, more work must be done to prevent the growing use of vaping products.

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On April 3, at 3:38 am, the New York State Assembly passed a budget that includes a ban on the sale of vapor products in flavors other than tobacco. The ban was passed with no public debate; the State Capitol has been on lockdown for weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Cuomo hates vaping and has made it his personal project to pass a flavor ban. Last fall, he directed the state health department to impose an emergency ban of flavored vaping products. That action was first put on hold by the courts, and eventually struck down entirely.

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While in the past smoking cigarettes emerged as something 'cool', at times relating to class, these days people are becoming more and more aware about the presence of toxic substances in cigarettes. Smoking cigarettes causes immense harm to the body, causes several diseases, and decreases the health of smokers in general. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 480,000 deaths are caused each year in the U.S. In addition to this, smoking causes of 90% of all lung cancer deaths. Because of these factors, people are increasingly moving towards which will let them quit the habit of smoking.

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With the unexpected lockdown announcement that cigarettes would no longer be for sale, many smokers have had to suddenly go cold turkey over this month, and the looming possibility of an extension to the lockdown means many more might be affected once their stocks run out.

Curban Urge, a small plastic, flute-like prop being marketed by local inventor and artist Darren Aiken, may help to ease some people through at least one part of the craving by mimicking some of the physical actions and effects of smoking, but without any of the harmful smoke.

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Anxious times — like a pandemic — can lead to unhealthy but self-soothing habits, whether it’s reaching for a bag of potato chips, more chocolate or another glass of wine. But some stress-reducing behaviors are alarming to medical experts right now — namely vaping and smoking of tobacco or marijuana. ”Quitting during this pandemic could not only save your life, but by preventing the need for your treatment in a hospital, you might also save someone else’s life,” said Dr. Jonathan Winickoff, director of pediatric research at the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.e

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Smokers are 14 times more likely to develop coronavirus and can put family members at risk of the bug too, warn experts.

Public Health England's director of health, Professor John Newton, said: "There has never been a more important time to stop smoking, not only for your own health but to protect those around you," The Sun reports. Dr Babak Ashrafi, a UK-based online doctor, Zava UK, explained: “It’s widely known that smoking can reduce immunity to a small degree, and because of the effect it has on the lungs, it can make you more susceptible to catching viruses."

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British American Tobacco said on Thursday that it sued Philip Morris International Inc in the United States and Germany, alleging that the tobacco heating technology used in its bigger rival’s IQOS devices infringed its patents. The lawsuits in Germany and the United States focus on the heating blade technology used in IQOS, which BAT said was an earlier version of the technology currently being used in its glo tobacco heating devices. BAT has laid out plans to launch glo range of products in Germany this year.

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Health experts have cautioned that smokers are at a higher risk of severe Covid-19 complications compared to non-smokers.

Cigarette companies have also been urged to stop producing and selling tobacco products to help reduce the risks of the virus. About 2.2 million Kenyans still use tobacco products. Globally, 1.12 billion people are smokers. “When managing Covid-19 involving an addict, withdrawal symptoms worsen the situation. One suffers from the disease and the withdrawal symptoms. This becomes a double tragedy,” the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance Chairman Joel Gitali told the Star on Tuesday.

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People across the country are getting high without help from their friends while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Marijuana consumption hit record numbers in the United States in March as most states implemented stay-at-home orders and closed down nonessential businesses to combat the spread of the virus.

A survey of 2,500 consumers conducted by Cowen & Co. last month found that 33% of respondents had tried cannabis at some point in their lives, an all-time high, and that 12.8% had used marijuana within the past month compared to the 2019 average of 12.5%, according to Bloomberg.

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E-cigarettes containing nicotine are illegal in Australia. Some health experts believe they shouldn’t be, arguing that e‑cigarettes are an effective smoking-cessation tool. Others say that vaping is harmful and warn of an uptake in vaping by young Australians. So what is Australia’s best path to achieve the best public health outcome: legalise vaping or not?

Nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are legal in the UK, the EU the US and, more recently, New Zealand. Many regulators and health experts in Australia acknowledge that e-cigarettes could play a legitimate and valuable role in reducing the negative consequences of smoking, [...]

 

 

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Juul is launching a new menthol flavour pod for its vaping devices.

The move comes just over a month before menthol and flavour-changing cigarettes are banned from sale, with Juul looking to offer an alternative to affected smokers. Currently menthol and flavoured varieties account for around 25% of the annual £14.5bn cigarette and rolling tobacco market. The Menthol Juulpods will go on sale in approved retailers and on the Juul website later this month. It will initially come as a four-pack with an rsp of £10.99. It will join its other UK flavours, which include Glacier Mint, Mango Nectar, [...]

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There may be people who have cut down smoking as they are not allowed to smoke in their
workplace. There will be ex-smokers who have successfully quit smoking by going to the gym or
joining a local sports group to help them. There may be some, who have stopping smoking by taking
up a new job or starting a new business. These — and so many other ways that people may have used
to shift towards a healthier lifestyle — may suddenly be unavailable and inaccessible in their lives.