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Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ) have re-launched their youth vaping education website ‘Don’t Get Sucked In’ to align with the new vaping legislation coming into effect on 11 November 2020.

The Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Act 2020 creates a framework for the regulation of vaping products to prevent youth uptake, while striking a balance between ensuring vaping products are available as a quit smoking tool for smokers when all Medsafe approved products have failed.

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Cigarette smoking remains a leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. And while adolescent cigarette smoking has declined over the past several decades, e-cigarette use presents a new risk for nicotine use disorder. a new study, published Nov. 9 in the journal Pediatrics, finds that e-cigarette use is associated with a higher risk of cigarette smoking among adolescents who had no prior intention of taking up conventional smoking. These findings have strong implications for practice and policy, researches say.

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Some Filipino smokers have started switching to heat-not-burn tobacco products which are considered better alternatives to smoking traditional cigarettes. Using heat instead of combustion, the process eliminates the creation of tar which is the cancer-causing by product of smoking cigarettes, said MOK marketing manager in the Philippines Cax Mayuga. MOK is a new brand of heated tobacco device which is now available in the country.
“The MOK experience is as close to smoking one can get, without actually setting fire to tobacco. [...]

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The National Retail Association (NRA) has outlined a plan to help both smokers and retailers to quit cigarettes.

The NRA has previously expressed alarm over the current plan to allow smoke-free to be either purchased on the internet without restriction or only sold in pharmacies by prescription. Today it has made a submission to the Senate Inquiry with an alternate proposed business model that would allow small businesses to transition away from cigarettes, which would require strict regulation, in line with existing cigarette sales laws.

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Pharmacist politician Emma McBride has waded into the e-cigarettes debate, saying there is no evidence they are safe or less harmful than combustible cigarettes
On Monday, Labor MP Mike Freelander moved that the House of Representatives acknowledge the recent Standing Committee inquiry into e-cigarettes and the fact that it did not find e-cigarettes or personal vaporisers to be health products or a universally-accepted smoking cessation tool – and could be a “gateway” into tobacco and nicotine for non-smokers.

 

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Since May 20, 2020, menthol cigarettes have been banned for sale in France and Europe. These cigarettes were banned because they are considered more dangerous than traditional cigarettes. However, by going to the tobacco shop, it is still possible to get an alternative to this one: the “fresh”. “When you smoke an ordinary cigarette, when you smoke, your throat stops when it’s too strong. With mint, we take very strong cigarettes that pass and go to the bottom, to the bottom of the lung and which are therefore more toxic.“, explains Claire Gazaniol, pulmonologist.

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Researchers at the Center of Excellence for the Acceleration of Harm Reduction (CoEHAR*) in Catania, Italy have just published a groundbreaking study. It shows that smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who switched to vaping reduced their yearly flare-ups by about 50 percent, significantly improved their cardio-respiratory health, and increased both their ability to exercise and their quality of life.

The study, led by CoEHAR founder Dr. Riccardo Polosa, is vitally important because COPD, to which emphysema and chronic bronchitis commonly contribute, is devastating. [...]

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PETALING JAYA: All types of electronic and non-electronic cigarette devices, including the fluid, will be subjected to excise duties, says Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz.

He said an excise duty at an ad valorem rate of 10% would be imposed on all types of electronic cigarettes devices and non-electronic ones, including vape.

 

"Electronic cigarettes liquid too will be subjected to an excise duty at a rate of 40 sen per millimeter," he said during the tabling of the Budget 2021 in parliament on Friday (Nov 6).

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Doctors issued almost 2,000 prescriptions to under-18s last year, some to children as young as 11 — which means they could be in Year Six. The patches can cost about £25, meaning thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash is being spent treating children who are too young to buy tobacco. In total, GPs handed 1,994 prescriptions for nicotine patches or gum to youngsters aged 17 or under in 2019, according to the NHS Business Services Authority.

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New research by BAT has found that smokers who switched completely from smoking cigarettes to using BAT's flagship tobacco heating product (THP), glo, substantially reduced their exposure to certain cigarette smoke toxicants over three months.

For many of the toxicants measured, the levels found in participants were similar to those in people that stopped using tobacco completely.

This supports BAT's ambition to build A Better Tomorrow by reducing the health impact of its business, given respected public health agencies say that to be considered a modified risk tobacco product, [...]

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One-third of people using e-cigarettes or related products reported symptoms associated with lung or respiratory tract impact or injury, according to an analysis of a 2016 national survey, to be presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2020. "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 [...]

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British American Tobacco (BAT) Korea released research results that showed smokers who used its tobacco heating products reduced their exposure to certain cigarette smoke toxicants, including nicotine.  

 
BAT Korea claimed Thursday its tobacco heating product glo’s aerosol toxicant levels were 90 percent less than those of the conventional cigarette. There is enduring controversy over the benefits of using heated tobacco products rather than smoking conventional cigarettes.
 
A total of 13 toxicants were reduced, the company said, including nicotine, cotinine and aminopathalene.

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The report, “Burning Issues: Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2020”, claims that the death toll from smoking-related diseases can be markedly reduced by adopting alternative products [...] that present substantial harm reduction.

It is believed that tobacco harm reduction (THR) products provide a feasible solution for people who want to switch from smoking to alternative products that can satisfy their nicotine craving for less the risk.

For countries such as Zimbabwe, it could provide a lifeline for the tobacco sector while at the same time helping to markedly reduce the health risks associated with consumption.

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It was 1986 in the UK. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, and in wood-paneled rooms near the Houses of Parliament, ministers were being briefed on a significant public health threat: HIV.

I’m a public health social scientist. Until then, my career had mainly focused on research with people who use heroin and other opiates. Thanks to my experience, I found myself helping to develop and evaluate a harm reduction approach in the UK, before it was even named as such. My work became focused on helping people who inject drugs avoid HIV infection.

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Two studies conducted by the Duke and Yale Universities in the US, claimed that flavours combine with solvents in e-cigarettes to produce new toxic chemicals that irritate the airways, leading to respiratory and cardiovascular problems. The findings were presented at the ‘virtual’ European Respiratory Society International Congress.

Sven-Eric Jordt, associate professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology, and cancer biology at Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina, said that while e-cig manufacturers say that vapes are safe and chemically stable, the mixture of some components makes them toxic.

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Launched yesterday with free access to all, Burning Issues: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) 2020, was the latest in a landmark report series from UK-based public health agency Knowledge Action Change (KAC).

“In a world first, the authors of Burning Issues revealed an estimate for the total global number of users of safer nicotine products, showing that there is an urgent need to scale up tobacco harm reduction if its full public health potential is to be realised: [...]

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Tobacco groups urged President Rodrigo Duterte to revoke the foreign funding received by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as they said this affects the drafting of the guidelines for the regulation of heated tobacco products (HTPs).

“We appeal to President Duterte to rescind the foreign grants received by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration, which cast a dark cloud on the agency’s role as an independent regulator and protector of public health,” Anton Israel, president of the Nicotine Consumers Union of the Philippines, said in a statement.

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Taiwan’s health authorities are seeking to prohibit flavored tobacco products found to appeal to youths.

Around four out of 10 juvenile smokers used flavored cigarettes in 2019, and the products appear to be more popular among girls. Over 81,000 teenagers reported having developed the habit of using traditional cigarettes last year, according to the Health Promotion Administration (HPA).

There were over 1,200 registered tobacco flavorings in Taiwan in 2019, with the 10 most common being vanilla, floral and fruity flavors, candy, [...] Most of the ingredients are chemical compounds.

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KUALA LUMPUR: New tobacco control law that covers regulations on all tobacco-related products must be first introduced before implementing taxation on electronic and non-electronic cigarette devices and vape liquids.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said without such law, it would be difficult to regulate and impose excise duty on vape liquids.

"This is because e-liquid for e-cigarettes that contains nicotine are under the control of the Poisons Act 1952," he said, commenting on the 2021 Budget announcement yesterday.

 

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Session: Tobacco Control Policies - Do they work? Paraskevi A. Katsaounou: e-Cigarettes for smoking cessation