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A recent UK study funded by Cancer Research UK, has indicated that the average cigarette consumption in England has dropped by nearly a quarter between 2011 and 2018, equating to approximately 118m fewer cigarettes being lit up each month. Thankfully a similar trend of decreasing smoking rates is being observed all across the globe.

In many cases, this drop in smoking rates is being achieved thanks to the prevalence of safer alternatives. For example, Sweden has reached a smoke-free status because many smokers have migrated from smoking to using snus. [...]

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The Association of Convenience Stores and the Federation of Wholesale Distributors have urged the government to lift pre-budget allocation rules which restrict the sale of tobacco products to avoid fuelling the illicit market.

The purchasing restrictions for retailers and wholesalers apply every year for the couple of months before the Budget. They are aimed at preventing businesses from stockpiling tobacco products ahead of a rise in duty.

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Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have found that people who use e-cigarettes have significantly altered immune responses to influenza viruses, a worrying discovery as flu season approaches and COVID-19 surges across the U.S.

E-cigarettes have boomed in popularity across the U.S. in the past decade, even as the use of traditional cigarettes declined. The rise has been especially pronounced among the youth population.

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recent proposal put forward by the Australian government to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, asked to consider allowing the sales of smoke-free nicotine products only in pharmacies. NRA CEO, Dominique Lamb, had spoken up saying that this would be the ‘worst of both worlds’ for convenience shops as it would create a monopoly, to the detriment of the small retailers who are heavily reliant on tobacco sales.

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The Anchorage Assembly last week passed an ordinance to include vaping and electronic cigarette products under the city’s existing tobacco tax. This means tobacco vaping devices and e-cigarettes, as well as the liquids and cartridges that are used with the devices will be taxed at 55 percent of the wholesale price.

Assemblywoman Suzanne LaFrance and Assemblyman Christopher Constant proposed the ordinance to combat vaping among minors, which has seen a sharp rise in recent years. According to the American Cancer Society, one in four Alaska high school students uses vaping products. 

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The ADA, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and more than 60 organizations are asking the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes.

“The scientific evidence strongly establishes that the availability of menthol cigarettes both increases the level of smoking initiation and decreases the level of smoking cessation,” wrote the coalition in a Nov. 10 letter to FDA. “There is a growing body of evidence that the elimination of menthol cigarettes would lead a substantial number of current menthol smokers to quit smoking rather than switch to non-menthol cigarettes [...]

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SMOKING AND DRINKING levels among 15 to 16-year olds across Europe including Irish teenagers are declining, according to a major new EU report on alcohol and other drugs.

However, the study of teenagers’ habits in 35 European countries showed Irish teenagers were more likely to have taken illicit drugs than their continental counterparts.

The report by the EU Drugs Agency, known as the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), revealed 20% of Irish teenagers had consumed some illegal drug in their lifetime compared to the European average of 17%.

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Support is growing for legal marijuana in Texas, but there are two key differences in what some lawmakers are trying to accomplish.

Voters in four states last week approved legalizing recreational marijuana, which has many wondering if Texas could follow suit.

 


State Representative Roland Gutierrez out of San Antonio is proposing a bill to legalize marijuana.

He says the industry would create 30,000 new jobs in Texas and bring in more than $3 billion in revenue.

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Associate Professor Louis Irving recalls the condition coming to light in 2019.

‘There were sporadic cases in the US of young people presenting with an acute mysterious illness, often with respiratory failure, and some of them actually died,’ he told newsGP.

‘And it was like an atypical pneumonia. A flu-like illness [with] hypoxia and respiratory failure.

‘Then it became apparent that it was associated with usually young people, [who were] usually vaping with e-cigarettes.’

Associate Professor Irving is talking about E-cigarette or Vaping-Associated Lung Injury (EVALI), [...]

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Mr. Gan Quan, Director of The Union spoke on Ban E-Cigarette in Banglades at the program.

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Restrictions on flavored tobacco products are a great way to promote public health, and these restrictions work best if public health experts form partnerships with tobacco retailers, run intensive media campaigns, and advocate for comprehensive bans on the products. That's according to a study published in Tobacco Control from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Office of Public Health Studies researchers. "We wanted to identify the best ways to implement flavored tobacco policies," said lead author Katey Peck, who was a UH Mānoa public health graduate student at the time of the study. [...]

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The relationship between vaping and the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been an ongoing issue receiving a great deal of attention, particularly in teens. And, now, a new study provides more evidence directly linking the virus to vaping and the use of e-cigarettes.

Not only do experts believe vaping and e-cigarette use aids the spread of the virus but also that it hampers the body’s ability to fight the infection as well as recovery.

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Stress is a major cause of relapse after people quit smoking. Worrying situations, such as money or relationship problems, can affect neurotransmitter levels in the brain, leading former smokers to reach for a cigarette. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science have discovered that compounds that activate γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain can keep rats from self-administering increased levels of nicotine during stressful conditions in an animal model for relapse.

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A combination of nicotine-based e-cigarettes and talking therapy may be twice as effective in helping long-time smokers quit – compared to receiving counselling alone, according to research.

Scientists have found that more people quit smoking after using nicotine e-cigarettes at 12 weeks, compared to those who did not use e-cigarettes.

John Britton [...] who was not involved in the research, said: “This study demonstrates that using a nicotine-containing e-cigarette and counselling are approximately twice as likely to quit smoking than smokers receiving counselling alone.

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A major Australian convenience store and petrol station retailer says it would be happy to train staff to suggest e-cigarettes as an alternative to normal cigarettes in a bid to help reduce the smoking rate.

Ampol, owner of Caltex and Foodary outlets across the country, urged the government to allow nicotine-based vaping products to be sold in the same way as cigarettes in its submission to a Senate inquiry. On Friday, the Senate select committee on tobacco harm reduction will hold its first public hearing into nicotine vaping products, which currently can be legally purchased only with a doctor's prescription.

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From today - 11 November - the existing prohibition on smoking inside workplaces will be extended to include vaping, but Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) says there are other areas vapers need to respect as well. “We encourage New Zealand’s 200,000 vapers to think a little more before they vape. The general rule is if you wouldn’t smoke there, you shouldn’t vape there. The likes of shopping malls, and around schools and childcare centres are a no no. At the same time, many councils have made their outdoor city centre areas and council parks vape-free as well,” says Nancy Loucas, AVCA co-director.

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The association between smoking cigarettes and the risk of developing serious and potentially fatal health problems (most notably cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary diseases, and cancer), has long been accepted fact. However, an additional health problem that may also be associated with smoking has often been overlooked: pain.

Two recent papers indicate a strong association between smoking and pain.

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An expanded Nebraska Clean Indoor Air Act will go into effect on Nov. 14 which will prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes in most indoor workplaces.

According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the act includes office buildings, manufacturing facilities, retail stores, restaurants, bars, etc. It does not include electronic smoking device retail outlets or vape shops from the indoor e-cigarette restriction.

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“Although many people continue to view vaping or using e-cigarettes and related products as safe – or at least safer than smoking combustible cigarettes – the use of these products can be risky,” said Thanh-Huyen T. Vu, M.D., Ph.D., senior author of the study [...] “Recent outbreaks of e-cigarette- or vaping-associated lung injury – known as EVALI – have raised significant public health concerns about the impact of vaping on lung health. However, information is limited about clinical symptoms related to the use of different types of e-cigarettes and related products, especially information on symptoms among otherwise healthy individuals.”

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Few topics in public health and medicine are as contentious as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), a diverse and rapidly evolving array of products that appeared on the consumer market a decade ago. e-Cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a solution, typically containing nicotine and other chemicals including flavorings, to produce an aerosol that users inhale or “vape.” e-Cigarettes do not burn tobacco to generate smoke, and it is the many chemicals in tobacco smoke—not the nicotine—that are responsible for the global burden of tobacco-related disease that accounts for an estimated 6 million deaths worldwide [...]