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. [...]
It is a common myth among smokers that the life or a health insurance policy will not be available to them. An even bigger a myth is even if a life or a health insurer issues them a policy, the premium will be quite steep and medical tests will be needed. While it is true to some extent, couple of health insurance companies are lenient when it comes to selling policies to smokers. If you declare that you are a smoker but have no lung disease, you may get a health policy at the same premium as a non-smoker without medical tests. However, most life insurance companies do load extra premium on term insurance products.
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.
The law regulating the use of electronic cigarettes is still too vague, the Sciensano public health institute reports on Thursday.
The law “imposes restrictions only on the presence of nicotines in e-liquids. Other substances are not explicitly banned and therefore we still often find them,” Sciensano said. “These are nicotine impurities, volatile organic compounds and diacetyl and acetyl propionyl flavour enhancers. The latter are safe in food but can be harmful when inhaled over long periods of time,” said Sophia Barhdadi, a researcher at Sciensano, based on sample analyses.
On September 9, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their latest findings on vaping prevalence among youth. The total number of US youth who vape has declined by almost 2 million, with an estimated 3.6 million middle or high school students now vaping. According to CDC Director Robert Redfield, the decline in the number of youth who use e-cigarettes is an “achievement.” However, he quickly pivoted to a negative tone.
“Although the decline in e-cigarette use among our Nation’s youth is a notable public health achievement, our work is far from over,” said Redfield in a press statement. [...]
In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration banned numerous cigarette flavors, from chocolate to cherry to cinnamon, in an effort to decrease their attractiveness to young people. But it did not ban menthol flavoring. Now, the FDA is considering whether to ban the minty flavor, and a researcher at Stephenson Cancer Center at OU Medicine is conducting a study that will help inform that decision.
Tobacco regulatory science researcher Amy Cohn, Ph.D., received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the FDA Center for Tobacco Products for her study, [...]
For two years, New Jersey lawmakers had failed to mobilize enough support to pass a bill to fully legalize marijuana. Instead, they agreed in December to put the question directly to voters: “Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called ‘cannabis’?”
Then March roared in, and the world turned upside down.
The coronavirus took a firm hold in the United States and Black Lives Matter protesters filled streets from coast to coast.
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the world today. Globally, 7 million people die every year from tobacco use, and the number is projected to increase to 8 million if the pattern of smoking doesn't change. These disturbing statistics are being noted by companies with experience and interest in working to make a difference in the world and provide effective ways to support and help smokers quit. One of those companies, Kaival Brands Innovations Group Inc. (OTCQB: KAVL) (KAVL Profile), recently announced it had acquired a patent for a synthetic nicotine and synthetic nicotine addiction therapy products; [...]
My name is Darryl Tempest and I am the Executive Director of the Canadian Vaping Association. Our organization represents independent vape retailers and manufacturers throughout our country. We do not represent or accept support from tobacco companies. From its inception our membership’s mission was to be a part of the solution to remove combustible tobacco from Canada forever. Our principles are simple, we support harm reduction for smokers through vaping, which studies have shown to be the single most effective method in history. We also advocate for regulations that balance adult harm reduction with youth protection.
André Calantzopoulos made the announcement at the 2020 Concordia Annual Summit last week as he discussed the state of the industry.
Speaking at the summit [...] Mr Calantzopoulos said that with the ‘right regulatory encouragement’ and community support, sales could cease in many countries within just 10-15 years. Describing the four biggest obstacles to change as “uncertainty, polarisation, hyperpartisanship and ideology,” he said these had been heightened during by the pandemic and had increased tensions and polarised opinion in the public discourse.
Fifteen years ago, the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force, the first global compact to systematically address the burden of tobacco related health problems. There were 168 initial signatories to the FCTC and by 2020 the number of parties to the convention grew to 182. [...]
An increasing number of baby boomers in the United States are now using cannabis, a trend that is especially true among men, according to a recent study. About 5% of men and women aged 55 or older used marijuana or hashish in 2018, the authors reported.
Once shun and very frowned upon by society, recreational marijuana use is now not only deemed socially acceptable, it’s even legal in one way or the other in 33 states in the country.
MEDICAL experts say Australian research into e-cigarettes has backed other findings that it could encourage a transition to smoking, especially among younger people.
Australian Medical Association (WA) president Andrew Miller said a recent Australian National University (ANU) report correlated with other findings that e-cigarettes could encourage a transition to cigarettes.
ANU and University of Melbourne researchers reviewed the worldwide evidence on e-cigarettes and smoking behaviour for the Australian Department of Health.
Stoptober is back: The UK’s annual challenge to quit smoking in the month of October. According to the NHS if a smoker can stay quit for 28-days then it is 5 times more likely the person quits for good. In this episode of RegWatch we are joined by tobacco harm reduction advocate and clinical consultant Louise Ross to discuss realities on the ground in the UK effort to stamp out smoking. Are e-cigarettes being promoted at NHS Stop Smoking Services centers? What is the current UK public perception of vaping? And, how might the demise of Public Health England affect the outcome of the war on vaping?
Smokers in the Middle East are largely shunning e-cigarettes and other alternatives in favour of traditional tobacco, figures show.
Research company Euromonitor International found only a small minority of smokers used e-cigarettes to quit.
Previous trials showed such devices have helped people who were addicted, although medical opinion remains divided over the benefits of e-cigarettes and vapes.
Analysts found that only 1.8 per cent of smokers in the region took up alternatives to conventional cigarettes this year.
The NRA said that the proposal put forward by the government to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, to consider allowing only pharmacies to sell smoke-free nicotine products is the ‘worst of both worlds’ for convenience shops. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said that this would create a monopoly, to the detriment of small convenience retailers, as they are heavily reliant on tobacco sales. “This makes no sense, that cigarettes would be freely available over the counter in corner stores and service stations, but the product that can help people transition away from smoking would be restricted. [...]
Most parents know or suspect when their child smokes, but they are much more likely to be in the dark if the child vapes or uses other tobacco products, according to a large national study by researchers at UC San Francisco.
The study, which tracked more than 23,000 participants aged 12 to 17 years old, found that parents or guardians were substantially less likely to report knowing or suspecting that their child had used tobacco if the child used only e-cigarettes, non-cigarette combustible products or smokeless tobacco, compared to smoking cigarettes or using multiple tobacco products.
I’m visiting Natalia (not her real name) in Buenos Aires. She’s in her 40s, a middle-class university graduate who, like many women in Argentina, started her own business after losing her job. But unlike most, Natalia is considered a criminal by the Argentine government.
That’s because her business is selling vaping products. The government banned in-person and online sales, distribution and importation back in 2011, when ANMAT [...] issued administrative provision number 3226-11. Possible penalties, depending on circumstances, include seizures, fines and even imprisonment.
Smoking culture in South Korea has seen a great change in the past decades. Smoking indoors and in public areas have been banned, and the number of smokers has been decreasing amid rising health consciousness.
New preferences for flavored cigarettes and less smelly products are proving popular, as well as technologies developed to introduce new ways of using the tobacco leaves, by heating and not burning.
Still, one thing in Korea remains the same. Korean people are loyal to Korean cigarettes, even after over 30 years have passed since a nationwide ban on imported cigarettes was lifted.
On 23 September 2020, the European Commissions’ Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) provided its Preliminary Opinion on Electronic Cigarettes [...]. This opinion is important because it is one input to the report on the implementation of the EU Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EC, under Article 28 of the Directive. This review should complete by 20 May 2021, and it may form the basis for a further revision of the Tobacco Products Directive. In this post, I discuss why the SCHEER preliminary opinion offers no useful analysis or relevant insights to policymakers.