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Electronic cigarettes containing nicotine are more effective in helping smokers quit than gum or patches, according to scientists.

But the researchers have said more evidence is needed on the potential long-term harm of using e-cigarettes.

In a newly updated review published in the Cochrane Library, the team looked at three studies involving 1,498 people that compared e-cigarettes with nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches or gum.

The results showed that more people gave up smoking if they used e-cigarettes containing nicotine than if they used another form of nicotine replacement.

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ETHRA, an association bringing together 22 European groups representing consumers of safer nicotine products, is launching a questionnaire today, on October 12th, with the aim of looking into nicotine use behaviours in Europe. [...] The survey asks questions about the use of different nicotine products in order to discern conditions for users across Europe.  The practical consequences of possible regulatory changes are also examined.  How would users react to increased taxes, vape flavour bans or to the legalisation of snus? [...]

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Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are a popular aid for quitting smoking, but it is taking time for scientific research to catch up and provide clear answers on how well they work, and whether they are safe to use for this purpose.

An updated review of the evidence, covering 50 studies and more than 12,000 participants, now provides greater confidence that e-cigarettes with nicotine can help more people to quit smoking than traditional nicotine replacement therapy (such as gums or patches) or e-cigarettes without nicotine. [...]

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Hemp should have been marketed the same way as tobacco long ago—as cigarettes, with uniform size, filters, and paper. 

Currently, replacing tobacco with hemp cigarettes is commonplace, with dozens of companies that provide tobacco alternatives. American Shaman’s line of hemp cigarettes, however, take it a step further—with crushable capsules filled with fresh flavoring. For many people who quit tobacco, popping the bold flavor capsules embedded in the filters was one of the best perks.

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A coalition of big tobacco companies and small retailers is paying professional signature gatherers upward of $10 a name in an attempt put the brakes on the statewide law barring brick-and-mortar stores from selling menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products.

With the Nov. 30 deadline approaching for submitting signatures to qualify the measure for the 2022 ballot, the high-dollar effort has become an interesting blend of California politics and potentially huge business profits, with a dash of coronavirus shutdown tossed in for good measure.

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The Consumer Choice Center (CCC), a consumer and lifestyle freedom advocacy organization, has declared Massachusetts one of the worst U.S. states for vaping regulation.

California, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island are the other five states considered hostile environments for the product category, according to the center’s recently published United States vaping index.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, announced a multifaceted campaign against vaping products amid a rash of lung injuries associated with the behavior.

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There are many products on the market designed to help quit smoking. One example is the nicotine patch, which is available over the counter at most pharmacies and is a cost-effective and low-effort method to curb a smoking habit. Nicotine patches act as a replacement for cigarettes, cigars, and other nicotine-containing products. They do this by slowly releasing small amounts of nicotine to curb cravings.

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Since the beginning of e-cigarettes and vaping, both alternatives have been marketed as cessation aids for leaving cigarettes behind for good. While neither contains any tobacco, they do still contain nicotine, which is the addictive chemical found in cigarettes that keeps smokers hooked. After years of vaping and using e-cigarettes, smokers began to run into some issues; mainly that vaping and e-cigs really weren’t that far off from smoking cigarettes, and even had some detrimental effects on health.

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MANILA, Philippines — Two members of the House of Representatives recently moved to suspend public consultations on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admitted receiving funds from foreign anti-tobacco groups — namely, The Union and Bloomberg Initiative.

The issue of a potential conflict of interest came out last Oct. 8 during a virtual public consultation on the proposed General Guidelines for the Regulation of Heated Tobacco Products, according to a statement issued by the lawmakers.

 

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Don’t give in to pressure to water down proposed regulations around prescription-only vaping, e-cigarettes, Senator tells government

A motion has been moved in the Senate calling for the government to “resist any attempts to weaken the laws surrounding vaping and nicotine e-liquids”.

Introduced into the Senate last week (Wed, 7 October) by Senator Stirling Griff (Central Alliance, SA), the move notes recent research and regulatory preliminary announcements regarding e-cigarettes, before advising the government to hold firm against any pressure.

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Advertising on TV and online, being offered free tobacco products and exposure to smoking in public places are the biggest drivers of tobacco use among teens in South Asia, a new study suggests. The research, led by the University of York, looked at data from Global Youth Tobacco survey on the tobacco use of just under 24,000 adolescents in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri-Lanka. "The study provides a vital message for policy makers that the current form of anti-tobacco media campaigns are unlikely to work on young people in South Asia [...]

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One of China’s most adamantly anti-smoking cities has vowed to stop selling e-cigarettes near schools and reduce children’s exposure to secondhand smoke at home as part of a new “smoke-free communities” campaign.

In a more focused update to its “smoke-free city” campaign launched in 2018, the southern metropolis of Shenzhen pledged Saturday to strictly prohibit the sale of not only tobacco products but also e-cigarettes within 50 meters of primary and middle schools, according to Sixth Tone’s sister publication The Paper.

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Menthol is an issue of particular concern for communities of color. An estimated 86% of Black smokers use menthol cigarettes, compared with 46% of Hispanic smokers, 39% of Asian smokers, and 29% of White smokers, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Menthol reduces the irritation that smoking causes, making it easier to start the habit and harder to quit. The matter is seen as more urgent than ever because Covid-19 is affecting the Black population especially hard, in part because of their higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease—all conditions correlated to tobacco use.

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It’s taken some time to write about the cannabis referendum because I’ve been researching and weighing up the pros and cons. Here’s what I found out, squeezed into my parenting column, writes Ian Munro.

 

Is it a medicinal issue?

No. Medicinal cannabis is legally available.

Is it a criminal issue?

Currently, yes. And it’s likely to continue to be so since organised crime will quickly work to find and take advantage of new commercial opportunities; for example, black market discounted pricing for the young and a higher potency product, including the problematic synthetic cannabis.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, deaths from drug overdoses have reportedly surged, even as a relaxing of federal restrictions and a rapid shift by treatment providers has led to an explosion in telemedicine options for receiving help with substance use disorders.

The move to telemedicine — defined as delivering clinical services using telecommunications technology — alleviates some longstanding barriers to treatment, but it also raises new questions, particularly as pandemic-related workplace closures and other stressors put people struggling with addiction at increased risk. [...]

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CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has decided to ban hookah bars, an issue that was pending for last two to three years. UT adviser Manoj Parida said instructions were issued to deputy commissioner Mandip Brar to issue the official orders. The step was important, especially to control the spread of novel coronavirus, he said. Brar said, “We are seized of the matter and official orders ill be issued”. [...]

 

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A bold plan to end smoking in Australia has flagged prescription cigarette sales among measures aimed at slashing tobacco usage.
The University of Queensland study said Australia's smoking prevalence stands at just under 15 per cent, but a detailed road map is needed to reduce that figure to zero.
Proposals by the Centre for Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (CREATE) include reducing the number of tobacco retailers and restricting sales to particular outlets such as pharmacies.
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Teenagers are between three and five times more likely to start smoking if they have used electronic cigarettes previously, a new report has claimed.

The Health Research Board (HRB) [...] said its review into e-cigarette use found that e-cigarettes are associated with adolescents starting to smoke tobacco cigarettes, which could potentially lead to serious harm. Its review concluded that e-cigarettes are no more effective than approved and regulated nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) to help people stop smoking, while their safety beyond 12 months is not yet known.

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Around 10 percent of Finland's population still smokes, according to the tobacco policy group ASH Finland. Thousands of people in Finland quit their smoking habits this year directly due to coronavirus concerns, according to a survey commissioned by the tobacco policy and public health group ASH Finland.

The survey found that 15 percent of respondents quit smoking directly because of coronavirus-related health concerns. According to the Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), as well as other health authorities, being a smoker increases a person's risk of health complications following a coronavirus infection.

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Convenience store owners already suffering from slow sales amid the coronavirus pandemic say a ban on menthol cigarettes has set the stage for a thriving black market “on every corner of the city.”

“The biggest problem facing us right now is people going out of state, buying cigarettes, coming in front of stores and selling,” said Humayun Morshed, secretary of the Boston Convenience Store Owners Association.