A new law in San Francisco will ban people smoking tobacco inside apartments, but will allow residents to smoke weed.
Anyone who has a neighbour who smokes the green stuff will know it’s extremely potent, probably much more so than tobacco, so it’s likely some people won’t be overly pleased with the new ruling.
Despite this, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10 to 1 on Tuesday, December 1, to bring in the new legislation, making it the largest city to ban smoking tobacco in apartment buildings. The new ruling also bans the smoking of e-cigarettes.
More than one in five electronic cigarette liquid mixtures contain nicotine, despite it being illegal in Australia, and people who vape are being exposed to an array of harmful chemicals that could be acutely toxic.
They are they findings from a Curtin University study which is the most comprehensive examination of the composition and toxicity of e-liquids supplied or manufactured in Australia. Lead researcher, Associate Professor Ben Mullins [...] said users who vaped heavily could develop serious respiratory problems or even die.
“The levels of those four chemicals in some of the e-liquids were at levels that would be considered unsafe,” he said.
Malaysia can learn from Australia’s mistake in tackling the tobacco black market by imposing higher excise duty on tobacco products, said an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Australia. Retail and Trade Brands Advocacy (RTBA) was commenting on a report by the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement on the illicit tobacco market which said the price-based approach led to a growing number of people turning to cheaper alternatives to legal cigarettes instead.
A federal appeals court has upheld the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, rejecting challenges from the e-cigarette industry claiming the agency had violated the Constitution.
A unanimous panel of the D.C. Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the regulation did not run afoul of the Constitution’s Appointments Clause because the FDA official who promulgated it was not appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.
Results from a national, cross-sectional survey showed a decrease in e-cigarette use among teens and young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study [...] Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, professor of pediatrics at Stanford University, and colleagues surveyed 4,351 participants aged 13 to 24 years from May 6 to 14 this year, including 2,167 participants who had ever used e-cigarettes. [...] “Users least likely to quit or cut back e-cigarette use were those showing higher levels of nicotine dependence and those who had used e-cigarettes a large number of times,” Halpern-Felsher told Healio.
A 15-year-old Taiwanese teenager was diagnosed with pneumonia in September after developing a habit of smoking electronic cigarettes four years ago.
The Chung Shan Medical University (CSMU) Hospital said Tuesday (Dec. 1) that it had treated a young patient in September after he experienced symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath, epigastralgia, and nausea. It said an MRI scan of the boy's lungs showed that he was suffering from bilateral pneumonia, which can seriously inflame and scar a person's lungs.
A distributor of nicotine pouches in New Zealand, Miles Illemann, has previously explained that the product is more effective than e-cigarettes and that his company’s mission is helping New Zealand achieve smokefree status by 2025. “They just have such a high, proven effective rate. What we’re seeing in European countries is nicotine pouches have a success rate of 60-75 percent in getting people to quit smoking.” However, pointed out Illemann earlier this month, the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Vaping) Amendment Bill has banned the pouches, in what is a loss for tobacco harm reduction.[...]
Tobacco use among young people in the WHO European Region remains a public health concern. Despite the overall downward trend, several countries of the Region observed an increase in tobacco use prevalence among young people in the latest round of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey. While cigarettes remain the most used form of tobacco products, there is a concerning trend emerging from the use of electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes). According to the latest available data, young people are turning to these products at an alarming rate. [...]
E-cigarette e-liquids being promoted by an online store based in WA resembling Pokémon cartoon characters.
We are calling on the State Government to strengthen laws that protect young people from easy access to e-cigarettes following concerning new research which shows e-cigarette retailers are heavily marketing child-friendly flavours and making it too easy for WA kids to purchase their products online.
[...] Nicholas Wood, author of the paper published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, said the Australian-first research highlights how aggressively e-cigarettes were being carelessly promoted to children.
BUDGET 2021 is seen as the first step in a long process of correcting Malaysia’s previous approach to tackling illicit tobacco.
Illicit tobacco is a problem which has been plaguing Malaysia for a long time and forms a key part of the shadow economy.
The shadow economy, estimated to be 18.2% of Malaysia’s GDP – or approximately RM275 billion in value – needs to be addressed as the nation loses significant amounts of tax revenue.
Frost & Sullivan's latest thought leadership white paper, Tobacco Harm Reduction and Novel Nicotine and Tobacco Products: Evidence from the Japanese Market, written in collaboration with Philip Morris International, covers the impact of the commercial launch of NNTPs on tobacco use in Japan and discusses the regulatory approach that the Japanese government is taking with regard to these products. It focuses on the Japanese market because HTPs have been commercially available in the country since 2013, and Japan is the largest market for HTPs, despite the absence of a formal THR policy to encourage this.
The figures sound impressive: Globally, 98 million people have switched to safer nicotine products (SNP), according to the report Burning Issues: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) 2020 [...] “The two years since the last edition of this report have been a very difficult time for tobacco harm reduction [THR],” said lead author Harry Shapiro. “The estimated 1.1 billion smokers around the world deserve a better deal and better options. We need to hasten the demise of combustibles and encourage the use of safer noncombustible ways of using nicotine. [...]
Second- and thirdhand tobacco smoke have received lots of attention, but much less is known about the compounds deposited on surfaces from cannabis smoke. Now, researchers reporting in ACS' Environmental Science & Technology have discovered that ozone --a component of outdoor and indoor air -- can react with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis, on glass or cotton surfaces to produce new compounds, which they characterized for the first time.
Smoking emits reactive chemicals that remain in the air (so-called secondhand smoke) or deposit onto surfaces, [...]
On November 26th, the Implementation Report of the Tobacco Control Act, was tabled on behalf of Health Minister Christian Dube. Upon review of the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control’s release regarding the report, the Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) warns that the policy changes recommended by QCTC will result in increased smoking rates and negative public health outcomes. [...] The CVA has been a consistent advocate for strong youth protection measures and has worked with many governments to create a framework that balances youth protection with adult access.
You may already be familiar with the dangers of smoking, but there’s so much more that happens inside your body when you take a puff of a cigarette. Smoking is one of the most important causes of implicated in lung cancer, but you probably already knew this. However, you do not realize that smoking plays a major role in determining your risk of developing other types of cancer, chronic lung disorder, stroke, heart disease, constipation, and infertility.
The use of e-cigarettes among adults is increasing globally. Since 2018, policies in China have restricted e-cigarette use; however, little information is available on the national trend in e-cigarette use before regulations were implemented. Therefore, we sought to estimate the trend in e-cigarette use in China before policy implementation and explored associated factors.
We assessed two nationally representative cross-sectional datasets from the China Chronic Disease and Nutrition Surveillance (CCDNS) surveys initiated in 2015 (June, 2015, to May, 2016) and 2018 (August, 2018, to June, 2019).
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with a false advertisement telling kids that ‘Nicotine in e-cigarettes can harm brain development.’ The headline says, ‘It’s not like you can buy a new brain.’ To make it accurate, I’ve added ‘…for your pet mouse’,” read the opening paragraph of an article by Professor Rodu.
The THR expert said that sadly, we only have evidence of this brain harm that the CDC is referring to, in mouse “The harm in brain development federal officials talk non-stop about only happens in laboratory torture of mice. [...]
Smokers are being offered a "lifestyle upgrade" from Dunedin health professionals for free.
Te Kaika has started a new smoking cessation programme, which offers patients a four-week interactive course and support on their journey to becoming smoke-free.
About 30 people, including people aged from 21 through to 86, had already signed up to the He Manu Kokiri programme which launched last week.
Health improvement practitioner Sarah Redfearn said the name of the programme, which referred to a legend where a flock of birds helped each other to get to their desired location, was fitting as working together was what it was all about.
“Tobacco harm reduction is good public health and health promotion, starting with the people who matter: smokers and those who have chosen alternatives. It’s change driven from community level upwards—because it’s people who do harm reduction, not experts.”
Burning Issues: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2020, the recently released second edition of a major biennial report produced by Knowledge-Action-Change*, is that rare report that passionately engages readers while supplying global data, powerful personal stories, common sense recommendations and a searing political analysis.
Many people are wondering whether they can carry their e-cigarettes and vape oils on the plane. The short answer is yes. However, there are some rules you need to know. First of all, if you were planning to vape on an airplane, scratch that idea entirely. It is illegal to vape on a plane, just like it’s illegal to smoke on a plane. If you vape on your flight, you risk getting arrested, paying a fine, or even going to jail upon landing.
Vaping in airports is only allowed in designated smoking lounges. [...]