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In this brand new episode of the Raupo Podcast, host Michael McGrady speaks with Dr. Marewa Glover about a brand new study that her Centre of Research Excellence: Indigenous Sovereignty & Smoking, in Auckland, New Zealand. [...]

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A chart published in 2017 by the EU, [...] had indicated that Sweden had reached the aimed “Tobacco-Free” target. This was achieved due to the country’s adopted tobacco harm reduction strategies, which included endorsing the use of snus for smoking cessation.

Meanwhile, the Swedish study titled, “A Comparison of Dependence across Different Types of Nicotine Containing Products and Coffee,” looks into the efficacy of the endorsed strategies, by comparing the dependence potential of snus, cigarettes, NRTs, electronic cigarettes and coffee, amongst a random sample of Swedish citizens.

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Public health experts have long been pointing out that consumers’ response to raising prices on vaping products or making them unavailable, is more often than not, turning to contraband products. In line with this, data from around the world have been indicating that all the vape bans recently set in place due to Covid-19, have been feeding this illicit trade.

 

In Egypt, the sales, distribution, and importation of e-cigarettes have been forbidden since 2015, when the Ministry of Health issued a ban in accordance with an earlier decision by the Specialized Technical Committee of Drugs in 2011.

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About one in five U.S. adults reported currently using any tobacco product in 2019, with most reporting use of combustible products, according to research published in the Nov. 20 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The researchers found that an estimated 50.6 million U.S. adults (20.8 percent) reported currently using any tobacco product, including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, and pipes (14.0, 4.5, 3.6, 2.4, and 1.0 percent, respectively). [...]

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Cigarettes and rolling tobacco will no longer be sold in supermarkets from 2024 and ministers are likely to confirm the decision at Friday’s cabinet meeting, ministerial sources have told broadcasters NOS and RTL Nieuws. The measure is the latest by the government to try to reduce smoking and the availability of cigarettes. Since last month, cigarettes have been sold in identical brown packaging and are hidden from public view in all but specialist outlets.

 

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Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, and Minister of State for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, today welcomed the publication of the 2019 Tobacco Free Ireland Annual Report.

Tobacco Free Ireland is Ireland’s national tobacco control policy and sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free (a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5%) by the year 2025. A high-level action plan for Tobacco Free Ireland was published in March 2015 and each year the Department of Health reports on the ongoing implementation of the plan.

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In fall 2020, FDA and CDC released findings from the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey showing that 1.8 million fewer U.S. youth are currently using e-cigarettes compared to last year. However, youth e-cigarette use has increased dramatically since 2011, and 3.6 million youth still currently use e-cigarettes. Moreover, the data shows an alarming increase in the number of youth who use disposable e-cigarettes and more than 8 out of 10 youth e-cigarette users report use of flavored products. In addition, almost 40 percent of high school users are using an e-cigarette on 20 or more days out of the month [...]

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A group of researchers led by Georg Matt of San Diego State University, looked into the effectivity of different cleaning methods on thirdhand smoke pollution. While most smokers are aware of the dangers of secondhand smoke, fewer know about the dangers of thirdhand smoke pollution, which results from the harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke settling on surfaces. The study [...] aimed to identify the the effects of different cleaning methods on such chemicals. “We wanted to see if there were any solutions available for people who live in homes that are polluted with thirdhand smoke. [...]

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Vaping activists are accustomed to fighting a barrage of misleading information about nicotine vaping, pimped by a plethora of anti-vaping non-profit health groups then promulgated by a compliant mainstream news media. [...] In this episode of RegWatch Live we are joined by Maria Papaioannoy-Duic, vaping activist and vape shop store owner. Hear firsthand how vaping activists are being excluded from the debate and why she thinks the ostracization is systemic.

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Physicians and scientists have for many years explored the health benefits and drawbacks of nicotine-based alternatives to cigarettes, and new research offers significant evidence that “pod” e-cigarettes are less damaging to health than traditional cigarettes.

“Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth, both in animal models as well as to humans,” said Dr Jasjit S Ahluwalia, a professor of behavioral and social sciences and medicine at Brown University.

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The poor demand for tobacco across auction platforms in the State may have led the Opposition Congress to make an appeal for immediate government intervention, but experts in the tobacco industry are hopeful of a turnaround in the demand for the commodity in the coming months.

More than a month after auctions started in Karnataka, the demand for tobacco has remained muted, raising concern among the farmers who are wary of COVID-19 dashing their hopes of making a decent earning.

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Indian officials have long recognized that public health is better served by focusing on attainable solutions rather than far-flung ideals. Yet when it comes to smoking, their faith in this principle is waning. Rather than developing a regulatory framework to ensure that e-cigarettes are available alongside their more dangerous cousins — combustible cigarettes — public health officials have simply chosen to ban them.

India is no stranger to harm reduction — the philosophy that idea that risky actions or behaviors can be made safer without requiring abstinence, which is often difficult to achieve. [...]

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An umbrella group of more than 35 national consumer organizations expressed concern over the growing influence of foreign grants on health regulators that may adversely affect the campaign to reduce the harm caused by combustible cigarettes in low- and middle-income countries including the Philippines.

 

The International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations cited the influence exerted by non-government organizations backed by Bloomberg Initiative on regulators, such as the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration.

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Some smokers can put a cigarette down, vow to never smoke again and keep their promise. But for most, it won’t be that easy. Most smokers will need help quitting.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most African-American adult cigarette smokers want to quit smoking, and many have tried. Among African-American current daily cigarette smokers aged 18 years and older, 72.8 percent report that they want to quit compared to 67.5 percent of whites and 67.4 percent of Hispanics, and 63.4 percent report attempting to quit compared to 53.3 percent of whites and 56.2 percent of Hispanics.

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The European Union Revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) has banned the manufacture and sale of menthol cigarettes. Despite Brexit, this ban also applies to the UK and includes capsule, click on, click & roll, crushball or dual menthol cigarettes, and excludes vaping and heated tobacco products. [...]
However, pointed out an article on Pledge Times, tobacco shops are now selling an alternative to menthols. Manufactured by Japan Tobacco International (JTI), Fresh are said to contain only 12.5% ​​of the menthol that the previous range contained.

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While most of us strive to avoid inhaling aerosols that could harbor a deadly virus, millions of teens and young adults are deliberately bathing their lungs in aerosols rich in chemicals with known or suspected health hazards.

I’m referring to vaping (or “juuling”): the use of e-cigarettes that is hooking young people on a highly addictive drug — nicotine — and will be likely to keep them hooked for decades. Meanwhile, e-cigarettes and other vaping devices are legally sold with few restrictions while producers and sellers reap the monetary rewards. [...]

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The TGA has made an interim decision to make nicotine for use in e-cigarettes available in Australia on prescription.

Australians will only be able to import the product if they have a valid script, closing an existing loophole.

Anthony Tassone, Victorian branch president of the Pharmacy Guild, told the AJP that, “The Guild supports the interim decision to re-schedule nicotine and supports the decision to include nicotine, when included as a Schedule 4 medicines”.

“Ideally, the products should be registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods,” he said.

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Public relations practitioner and publisher of The Medical Observer, Jena Fetalino from the Philippines has said "Only well informed consumers can make better decisions about switching to better choices for them namely with adopting tobacco harm reduction (THR) options and that can be achieved if media can bring about a balanced informative discussion that educates people about scientifically substantiated non-combustible tobacco products."

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The global tobacco industry has aggressively lobbied governments during the Covid-19 pandemic to expand markets and blunt measures designed to curb their business, a report from watchdog groups aligned with the World Health Organization claimed on Tuesday.

A ranking of 57 countries based on their willingness to keep Big Tobacco at bay puts Japan and Indonesia at the bottom of the list, with Romania, China and Lebanon among the 10 worst offenders.

The United States is the lowest-ranked Western nation, with Malaysia, Spain, Germany and India also seen as too accommodating, [...]