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If teens are vaping nicotine, it's likely they're also using cannabis-based e-cigarettes and vice versa, according to a new analysis published Tuesday by JAMA Network Open.

The survey of more than 3,000 adolescents and teens from 10 high schools in the Los Angeles area found that older teens who identified as frequent users of nicotine vaping devices were 25% more likely than others to be moderate users of cannabis e-cigarettes.

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According to the recently released Tobacco Transformation Index, from 2017 to 2019 the world’s 15 largest tobacco companies achieved only a marginal decline in cigarette sales while continuing marketing practices that focus on boosting high-risk product sales.

In this episode of RegWatch we are joined by Dr. Derek Yach, President of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World to discuss the results of the Tobacco Transformation Index and how this first-of-its-kind measure could help large institutional investors pressure tobacco companies into taking substantial action to mitigate the world’s smoking burden.

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Demand for cigarettes has picked up in the COVID-19 pandemic, helped by a rise in home working that has given smokers more opportunities to light up, Imperial Brands said on Thursday. A spokesman for the British firm said consumers appeared to be spending more on tobacco as they saved money in other areas, such as travel and holidays, while working from home meant many of them were not restricted by when they could smoke.

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MINNEAPOLIS — Government regulation hurt e-cigarette sales, but Goldman Sachs Managing Director Bonnie Herzog remains “cautiously optimistic” about the category.

“Certainly, I was a lot more bullish a couple of years ago when regulation was more limited,” Herzog recently told [...]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s flavored cartridge ban, state-level tobacco sales bans in places like California and Massachusetts, the THC vaping crisis and a long and expenses premarket tobacco application (PMTA) process all stunted the category’s growth, Herzog said.

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The prevalence of smoking has been decreasing in Norway for decades. In contrast, the prevalence of snus use has recently increased substantially, especially among females. While there is a clear social gradient in smoking, with a higher smoking prevalence among individuals with low socioeconomic status (SES), a possible social gradient in snus use has been less studied. The aim of the current study was to investigate the trends of smoking and snus use and to examine whether ongoing changes in snus use are similar to prior smoking epidemic development.

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Oregon Measure 108, on the Nov. 3 ballot, would increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack, up to $3.33 per pack. It also increases taxes on cigars, and establishes a new tax on e-cigarettes and vaping products that are essentially nicotine delivery systems. This tax revenue would fund health care and mental health care for low-income families, and public health programs aimed at preventing the use of tobacco and nicotine, and helping users quit.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has not only re-highlighted the complex health needs of the homeless population in this country but it also highlighted a need to address the additional infection risks from smoking in a very vulnerable group.

As the country entered lockdown, Greater Manchester’s Covid-19 Emergency Committee secured emergency accommodation for hundreds of rough sleepers in hotels across the city region. Around 85% of the UK’s homeless population are smokers and with research showing that smokers who contract Covid-19 are more likely to die than non-smokers, this was an area of real concern.

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Unlike smoking, rules on vaping vary between venues. While smoking is banned indoors everywhere, e cigarettes are allowed in some pubs, cafes and restaurants. The discussion was prompted when officers amended their draft statement of licensing policy to say vaping ‘isn’t unlawful, just treated in the same way as smoking’.

But Coun Otten said this was unfair. He said: “It’s my view that vaping should generally be allowed on the premises and therefore vapers don’t have to stand outside in the shelter and breathe in second-hand smoke to the detriment of their health and causing noise to the detriment of neighbours.”

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Nicotine tests collect samples from either the hair, urine, saliva, or blood. Most nicotine tests don't actually test for nicotine. Instead, they look for one of its by-products: cotinine.

"In the body, nicotine is broken into its derivatives, the most important being cotinine," says Anis Rehman, MD, an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at Southern Illinois University. "Cotinine usually lasts much longer than nicotine in the body. Therefore, most smoking tests look for cotinine."

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to analyze findings from the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS). Results from the survey indicate that 1.8 million fewer US youth are using e-cigarettes in 2020 compared with the results from the 2019 survey, according to a press release from the FDA.

Currently, 3.6 million US youth are engaged in e-cigarette use. Although this is good news, the agency noted that the decline followed 2 years of steady increases in youth e-cigarette use. [...]

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E-cigarette use among young people has fallen for the first time in Wales, according to research by Cardiff University.

But the decline in 11 to 16-year-olds smoking has stalled, the study found.

The 2019 Student Health and Wellbeing Survey asked more than 100,000 pupils from 198 secondary schools across Wales about their smoking habits.

The findings show 22% of young people had tried an e-cigarette, down from 25% in 2017.

Those vaping weekly or more often had also declined from 3.3% to 2.5% over the same period.

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Before it was lifted in August, South African’s one-of-a-kind ban on tobacco and alcohol sales represented one of the most radical public health measures taken by governments in response to COVID-19. The move met with fierce resistance from the tobacco sector, which sued the government over the ban and has only given up its legal challenge in exchange for a pledge that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government would not reinstate it without public consultation.

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Filipino smokers are willing to try smoke-free alternatives, according to tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI), citing a study conducted recently.

Denis Gorkun, president of PMFTC Inc., the Philippine affiliate of PMI, said the study revealed that 59 percent of the estimated 16 million Filipino smokers were open to try smoke-free alternatives so long as these were “commercially available and subject to certain product safety standards.”

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Despite the recent success of low-THC cannabis flowers, there are still many skeptics of the smokable hemp “fad.” Many of these critics fail to distinguish between industrial-grade and premium high-CBD smokable hemp. Examined closely, there is a world of difference in flower quality between these two hemp variants.

Put bluntly, industrial hemp is grown for mass not quality. Therefore farmers produce industrial hemp for…well, industrial purposes. From plastic and paper to concrete and car fuel, hemp has many uses across various sectors. [...]

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When Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan was first opened to public consultation in early February, the feedback was substantial, with a record 348 submissions from citizens, patients, healthcare workers and policymakers. While the submissions offered a rich variety of opinion, one overarching theme appeared to prevail in 20% of the submissions: if the plan is to work, it cannot afford to overlook cancer prevention, and, specifically, we must implement an effective harm reduction plan across sectors of high risk.

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Increasing consumer demand for lower-priced traditional cigarettes continued to send overall category sales down in September, according to the latest Nielsen convenience store report out Wednesday.

What Goldman Sachs analyst Bonnie Herzog refers to as "downtrading" from many top brands has been occurring in recent months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall sales volume for traditional cigarettes was down 2.6% for the four-week period that ended Sept. 19.

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Current public health advice focuses on the hazards to the person using a device due to the repetitive hand-to-face movements, and recommends washing your hands, cleaning your e-cigarette regularly and avoiding sharing them.
[...] Professor Linda Bauld, the Bruce and John Usher Chair of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, told Metro.co.uk it is therefore ‘entirely plausible’ that Covid-19 could be transmitted through vape clouds in the same way.

She said: ‘We don’t know anything about the transfer of the virus through either tobacco smoke or vape clouds.

 

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Menthol could be exacerbating deep social inequities according to a paper just published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Researchers [...] suggest that a ban on menthol cigarettes could have monumental implications for both the short- and long-term physical and mental health of communities of color. "Assessing menthol smoking status should be a priority in all substance use research and smoking cessation interventions," observed Renee Goodwin, PhD, an epidemiologist at Columbia Mailman School, and senior author. [...]

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Select Committee on Tobacco Harm Reduction is set to be established to look into “tobacco reduction strategies”, particularly around nicotine vaping.

The committee will inquire into factors like how nicotine vaping products have been treated in countries like New Zealand, the European Union, the UK and the U.S., and the impact of vaping on smoking rates.

It’s also going to assess the “evidence of the impact of legalising nicotine vaping products on youth smoking and vaping rates” and ways Australia could reduce youth smoking and vaping.

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The price of a packet of cigarettes should go up to €20 by 2025 to protect youngsters from becoming hooked on smoking, the Irish Heart Foundation said yesterday.

Such a hike would add almost 50% to the current €13.50 price for most brands but is needed to protect young people from nicotine addiction, the group has claimed. The IHF is also urging the Government to introduce a new tax on electronic cigarettes and vaping liquids in next week’s Budget.

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