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The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019.

We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine products. To curb underage vaping, the government needed to get rid of the flavored nicotine replacement products.

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The Pittsburgh Public Schools will join dozens of school districts across the country in filing a federal lawsuit against the manufacturer and marketers of Juul vaping products.

The school board gave approval last week for the district to enter into a contract with the Frantz Law Group of San Diego, which is filing the lawsuits in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, where Juul Inc. is located.

“It’s very similar in concept to the tobacco litigation of some 20 years ago except this is not a class action,” district solicitor Ira Weiss said during a school board meeting Wednesday.

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The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019.

We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine products. To curb underage vaping, the government needed to get rid of the flavored nicotine replacement products.

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E-cigarettes have been touted as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes...

But research out today suggests rather than being a deterrent, they actually triple the chance of a non-smoker taking up conventional cigarettes.

The study, a partnership between the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne also found there is "insufficient" evidence that they can help existing smokers quit.

The findings follow a recommendation this week by the Therapeutic Goods Administration to reclassify nicotine as a prescription-only drug.

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An overwhelming 97% of Malaysians want action to be taken against the tobacco black market.

A nationwide survey conducted by British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Bhd (BAT Malaysia) as part of its “Stop The Black Market” campaign also shows that 88% of Malaysians believe that the tobacco black market is impeding the nation’s Covid-19 economic recovery. According to the survey, Malaysians believe that reducing the price differential between legal and black market products (35%) and greater collaboration between law enforcement agencies (29%) are key in countering the tobacco black market.

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Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, have warned that e-cigarettes with heating elements can cause ‘significant’ damage to the lungs.

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While conducting experiments, the researchers found that people who used e-cigarettes with nickel-chromium alloy heating elements experienced lung injury.

Dr Robert Kloner, senior author of the study, said: “The results were so impactful, we felt it imperative to release the initial findings early so that electronic cigarette users could be cautioned sooner, especially considering E-cigarette users are at increased risk of COVID-19.”

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The legal marijuana industry has spent years battling illegal sellers who have eaten away at its market share and undercut its prices.

But the coronavirus has proven to be a boon for legal pot shops, as customers fear the risks associated with inhaling questionable products and are nervous about letting sellers into their homes. “It's understandable that people may be more hesitant to get their products from sources that are unregulated,” said Kris Krane, CEO of 4Front Ventures, which operates dispensaries in multiple states.

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The Verkhovna Rada adopted at first reading a government bill banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to persons under the age of 18, at the same level as traditional tobacco products.

Relevant bill No.3628 on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine concerning strengthening the liability for offenses in selling electronic cigarettes and liquids used in electronic cigarettes to minor children was supported by 272 MPs at a meeting on Tuesday.

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In this special two-part episode, hosts Bengt Wiberg and Michael McGrady dive into the debate related to the use of snus, nicotine, and the potential therapeutic benefits against COVID-19. 

Bengt also, in the second part, interviews world-renowned tobacco harm reduction expert and cardiologist Konstantinos Farsalinos, a medical doctor and cardiologist.

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PERTH: Smokers are worried. A respiratory disease is running rampant across the globe and people with unhealthy lifestyle habits appear to be especially vulnerable.

We know smokers hospitalised with COVID-19 are more likely to become severely unwell and die than non-smokers with the disease.

 

At any point in time, most smokers want to quit. But COVID-19 provides the impetus to do it sooner rather than later.

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As Canada prepares to enact new regulations restricting the promotion of vaping products this week, the P.E.I. Lung Association is turning its focus to social media influencers and their impact on teenagers.

The new rules, which take effect Friday, will prohibit vaping advertisements in public spaces — including online or other media channels — if the ads can be seen or heard by youth.

"I think it will control some of the Facebook or TikTok type advertising that is happening that many parents are unaware of right now," said Julia Hartley, co-ordinator with the P.E.I. Lung Association.

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Vaping will now join smoking as a prohibited activity in public spaces in Hamilton. The council’s community committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to add vaping to smoking as a non-permitted activity in council-owned and operated parks, playgrounds and buildings including the Hamilton Transport Centre, bus stops and at all council-operated events. The move has already been met with disapproval from pro-vape lobbyists – principally Jonathan Devery, the owner of Vapo and Alt New Zealand, the largest Kiwi-owned vape company in the country, who has decried it as a backwards step to making the country “smoke-free”.

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, and the toll the respiratory disease has taken both globally and nationally across Israel, the percentage of Israelis hasn’t lowered since 2018, according to a Health Ministry report on smoking in Israel, released on Sunday.

 

The study, submitted to the Knesset by the Health Ministry in accordance with the Mandatory report on the Health Damage Caused by Smoking Tobacco Products, found that 20% of the Israeli population smoked some form of a tobacco product in 2019, a rate similar to that of 2018 (19.1%) . The percentage was higher compared to the year 2017 (18.9%), and lower than 2016.

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With e-cigarette use in Iowa high schools considered at epidemic levels, the American Lung Association is launching a new effort designed to reduce vaping by teens — and even younger.

Alyssa DePhillips, health promotions manager for the Lung Association in Iowa, says protecting lung health is vital. “We’re excited about this public awareness campaign called ‘Get Your Head Out of the Cloud!'” DePhillips says. “It’s really designed to give parents the facts about e-cigarettes and support conversations before the kids are starting to vape, or before they’re offered vapes from their friends.”

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Breathlessness. This is our territory. Not the exhilarating breathlessness of a run or a climb, or the joyous breathtaking first meeting with a newborn. We work with the bad type of breathless. The gasping for breath, air hunger, intense tightening in the chest, feeling of suffocation and accompanying fear and desperation that come with diseased or worn out lungs.

Many of our patients are breathless because they smoked. This kind of breathlessness is unnecessary because it is avoidable. This breathlessness is the territory from which all elected officials ought to start when considering how best to regulate vaping.

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Vaping obtained a terrible reputation last year when quite a few young adults became ill after vaping. While it was later found that 98 percent of those who became ill did so after using illegal products, the media failed to share this information widely as they did with the illnesses and hospitalizations. Today, experts speak of the dangers of vaping and the gateway effect. This refers to the likelihood that young adults who vape are more likely to begin smoking. However, two recent studies suggest that young adults who vape aren’t more likely to smoke. [...]

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The Maharashtra government has banned the sale of loose cigarettes and beedis, in a bid to reduce the consumption of tobacco and to comply with the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003. Before this, Chhattisgarh had banned the sale of loose cigarettes earlier this year, while Karnataka banned the sale of loose cigarettes, beedis and chewing tobacco in 2017. As per the Tobacco Free Union, over 1 million people die from tobacco-related diseases in India every year.

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The benefits and risks of Marijuana use are becoming more researched as marijuana moves from an illicit schedule 1 substance (alongside cocaine and heroin) to a recreational powerhouse with a medically beneficial profile and lack of physical addictiveness or toxicity. [...] The "cannabis" or "hemp" plant, known more commonly by the stigmatized nickname of marijuana has been used by diverse cultures for centuries. [...]

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In a webinar co-hosted by the Campaign for Safer Alternatives (CASA) and the Africa Tobacco Harm Reduction Forum (ATHRF), tobacco harm reduction experts urged Uganda to endorse the use of oral nicotine products in the fight against smoking. During a webinar shown on August 4th, economists and leading international Tobacco Harm Reduction experts, referred to the success achieved by Sweden by endorsing the use of snus for smoking cessation. The Scandinavian country is boasting some of the lowest lung cancer rates in Europe, and a smoke-free status since 2017.

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At the National Press Club’s health policy debate during last year’s federal election, Greg Hunt was asked by Tim Shaw – yes, the Demtel guy – “when will you authorise the vaping product alternative [to cigarettes]?”

Hunt responded unequivocally: “That is not something that on my watch I’m willing to countenance”, “It’s not something I support”, [...] Given that authorising vaping was not something Hunt was willing to countenance so long as he was the Health Minister, it was a rude shock when in March 2020, his department and the Therapeutic Goods Administration sought to do so – by allowing nicotine vapes to be sold from a pharmacy [...]