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Figures from a UK survey by Portland Communications show that just under half of smokers interviewed wished to stop in the New Year. Yet sadly almost 70 per cent had lit up within the first week of January, with over half smoking more than they were before their decision to quit.

With many more people working from home, this not only raises the risks to individuals themselves, but also those in the same household. Smoking claims a startling 100,000 lives every year in the UK, with the main causes of death being lung cancer, chronic obstructive airways/pulmonary disease (COPD) and ischaemic heart disease (IHD).

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Strong measures need to be taken for reducing tobacco use and turning Bangladesh into a tobacco-free country by 2040, say anti-tobacco campaigners


The existing tobacco control law of the country is not adequate and it should be amended in order to save the public from the harmful effects of tobacco products, according to experts. Anti-tobacco campaigners were speaking on the issue at a discussion with media persons on the theme, “The Role of Media in Protecting Public Health: Tobacco Control Perspectives”, in the capital on Thursday.

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E-cigarette-only use and dual-use are emerging behaviours among adolescent nicotine product users which have not yet been sufficiently explored. This study examines the prevalence of, and the factors associated with, nicotine product use in adolescence. The study is a cross-sectional analysis of the 2018 Planet Youth survey completed by 15-16 year olds in the West of Ireland in 2018. The outcome of interest was current nicotine product use, defined as use at least once in the past 30 days. 

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Four red states – Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky and South Carolina – could legalize medical marijuana through their legislatures this year, and, if successful, they could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in business opportunities across the supply chain over time.

Legalization seems more likely in the southeastern states after Mississippi voters approved a citizen-driven medical marijuana initiative on Nov. 3.

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Philip Morris International Inc faces the possibility of having imports of its IQOS heated-tobacco sticks to the US blocked as early as November, in an intensifying legal battle with British American Tobacco Plc over cigarette alternatives.

BAT’s subsidiary Reynolds American Inc seeks to block imports of the sticks, as it alleges that the tobacco heating technology used in IQOS devices infringed its patents. The six-day trial at the US International Trade Commission in Washington, DC began on Monday, with a judge scheduled to release his findings in May.

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With South Africa moving towards the promulgation of the Control of Tobacco and Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Bill (2018), health organisations and tobacco-control lobbyists are failing to acknowledge the benefits of harm-reduction products such as electronic vapour products (EVP), says Asanda Gcoyi of the Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA). As the South African government moves to fast-track the final assessment of regulations to introduce legislation to regulate ENDS under the same law as smoking, the vaping industry is alarmed by the false parallel that government and anti-tobacco activists are drawing between the different products. [...]

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I remember fumbling with the lighter so much that a friend had to light my first smoke for me. [...] Ten years on, here I am, chain-smoking my way through my morning coffee. I currently get through a pack a day.

In all this time, the only thing that has ever stopped me from lighting up, often for months on end, has been my vape. It led me to believe that I had a chance of beating my addiction, and giving my lungs the best chance of recovery in the process. And then, the Indian government banned vapes, and my dreams of being tobacco-free went up in smoke.

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[...] Snus wasn’t a new product; the pouches of tobacco that users tuck into their cheeks or lips, where they slowly release nicotine, had been around since the 17th century. But snus had fallen out of fashion and been replaced by combustible cigarettes.

At the time, Sweden, like many other countries, had a smoking problem. Forty percent of men smoked. But as sales of snus picked up, smoking rates plummeted. By the year 2000, Sweden was the only industrialized nation to achieve the World Health Organization’s goal of reducing adult smoking to less than 20 percent.

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This event is for anyone who is interested in finding solutions to smoking-related death and disease in adults presenting with substance use, mental illness and homelessness.

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One slogan from my radical feminist past seems highly relevant when contemplating what’s in store for vaping in 2021. “The personal is political” when applied to vaping, reminds us that an individual’s personal decision to switch from smoking tobacco to vaping has political implications.

Imagine if everyone who smokes suddenly stopped. How would governments have to change if they lost the not-insignificant tobacco tax income they extract from (disproportionately lower-income) communities? What would governments, without welfare systems, do if their hundreds of small farm holders who grow tobacco [...]

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The co-owner of a vape shop in Dartmouth is seeking an injunction against Nova Scotia’s newest restrictions on vaping, arguing they unfairly burden adults who are trying to kick a bad habit.

William MacEachern of the Cloud Factory Vape Shop has launched a constitutional challenge against increased taxes on vaping products, a ban on flavoured e-cigarettes and vaping juices, and a prohibition on sampling such items in vaping shops.

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After much anticipation, the full text of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) marijuana legalization proposal was released late Tuesday night as part of his budget request for 2021.

So far, the measure has been met with mixed reviews from advocates and stakeholders. While many feel encouraged that the groundwork seems to have been laid for a legal cannabis market, some are taking issue with provisions related to equity and regulatory control, as well as a continued prohibition on home cultivation. The proposal also lacks license categories for delivery services and on-site consumption.

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Stein said the ban would benefit public health, decrease youth smoking and help mitigate harm to communities of color.


"Menthol cigarettes are designed to be easier to smoke," said Attorney General Josh Stein. "That means they make it easier to get hooked. What's more, they're marketed in ways that disproportionately harm young people and people of color. I urge the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes and help us prevent another generation of North Carolinians from become addicted to nicotine and suffering the consequences in years to come."

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The vaping industry has shown no signs of slowing down in recent years, becoming only more popular in the United States as well as the rest of the world.  We’re finding that more vapers are gravitating toward e-cigarettes, with today’s models being far more advanced than the ones that hit the market back in 2008. E-cigarettes are easily found in a vape shop or one in your neighborhood, as they’ve become extremely popular in recent years.  They are different from advanced box mod systems due to them being portable, all-in-one devices that operate at lower output levels, and do not come with the ability to adjust different settings. [...]

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People in Finland belonging to lower socioeconomic groups are more likely to smoke than their peers in higher groups, and the proportion between the two has grown, according to a study currently under review by the University of Helsinki.

In order to divide people by socioeconomic status, researchers can take into account factors like a person’s highest level of education, their household income and their job. [...] "We know smoking has directly adverse effects on human health. Based on the study, it can be said that if this trend continues, so too will the growth of health inequalities," said Otto Ruokolainen, [...]

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Well, let’s start with what those two non-combustible “smoking” products have in common. Both usually operate by heating a liquid gel – or e-juice, as it’s often called – that vaporizes the substance which the user then inhales, delivering nicotine through the lungs.

An e-cigarette, though, is indeed the traditional cigarette lookalike – they’re often called “cigalikes” – that resembles a fountain pen more than a cigarette.

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Smoking-related illnesses cause half of all deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the age of 45, accounting for 10,000 premature preventable deaths in the past decade alone, a new study has found.

On average, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who smoked died 10 years earlier than non-smokers. Lead author on the paper Dr Katie Thurber said the smoking mortality study focused on Aboriginal people who had not, at the time of joining the 45 and up study between 2006 and 2009, been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or cancer. It then tracked their health outcomes over the next 10 years.

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Despite a recent decline nationally, educators locally continue to worry about vaping among teenagers and the possibility that without adult vigilance youths will develop lifelong, health-threatening addictions. [...] Tillery discussed how modern e-cigarettes were launched in China in 2003 and by 2006 had made it to the United States. She said e-cigarettes were initially viewed in the medical world as much safer than conventional cigarettes. That view has begun to change as more medical research is done, especially when it comes to teenagers.

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I think most people would be keen to see the back of 2020 and head into 2021 without looking back. Yes, lockdown and the economic hardship which many in the vape sector have experienced has been bad. This has affected manufacturing but particularly vape stores which in many parts of the world have not been spared shutdown as “essential services” and have had to close for long periods this year. But 2020 also brought the full impact of the US lung crisis across to the UK and European markets and gathered lots of media attention over here, causing existing vape consumers to start to doubt the safety of the products they use [...]

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During 12 years in this industry, I have seen numerous attempts to derail and destroy vaping.

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Today, in many countries, vapers face restrictions, flavour bans and even criminal prosecution. Some vapers have been fined or sent to prison for daring to use e-cigarettes to try and stop smoking and save their lives.

Even in the UK, nicotine levels and tank sizes are limited and the 10ml limit on e-liquid bottles creates both pointless expense and needless plastic waste.

The battle goes on, and the next major attack on vaping is likely to happen at the WHO Conference of the Parties (COP) on tobacco later this year.