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Trade body the UK Vaping Industry Association is lobbying government to classify vape shops as essential retailers.

The lobbying effort has been ongoing since the first national lockdown in March, but the association has redoubled its efforts, warning that former smokers who have made the switch to electronic alternatives “could be tempted back”.

Furthermore, UKVIA says, many smokers will have made new year’s resolutions to quit, with vaping a good way to help them achieve this ambition.

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Demand for traditional cigarettes remains down slightly in the face of higher prices from the top tobacco manufacturers, according to the latest Nielsen convenience store report released last week.

There was an overall 2.1% industrywide decline in sales volume for traditional cigarettes, according to the report for the four-week period that ended Dec. 12.

Philip Morris USA had an overall 0.4% traditional cigarette sales increase for the four-week period, even though top-selling Marlboro was down 2.9%.

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will assume the offices of president and vice president at a time of great societal division as the pandemic continues to ravage the United States.

It is unsurprising, therefore, that tobacco harms have been largely overlooked amid the unfolding political drama. Yet almost half a million Americans—more even than have so far died of COVID-19—lose their lives to smoking-related causes every single year.

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Could smoking and vaping be helping to spread the coronavirus?

 

Researchers surveyed more than 4,000 teenagers and young adults, looking for a link between COVID-19 and the use of traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

The coronavirus was seven times more likely to appear among young people who smoked both types. “These patients put their hands to their mouth, and they might not wear the mask at the same time or they can’t,” said Dr. Fariba Rezaee, with the Cleveland Clinic. “The other problem is that, especially with the teenagers, they share this product with each other, so that’s another risk factor.”

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This guidance provides information on requirements for picture warnings for tobacco products in Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI). This guidance is relevant to organisations, businesses and members of the public concerned with tobacco and related products.

The Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 has amended the Tobacco Products and Nicotine Inhaling Products (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (2019 Regulations) to implement the obligations of the Northern Ireland Protocol in law. [...]

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Lots of people are greeting the new year with plans to quit smoking. The good news is, there is more evidence than ever on the best ways to boost your chances of success. Below we cover the different methods that science suggests are worth a shot.

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South Africa’s government is appealing a court ruling that last year’s ban on the sale of tobacco products was unconstitutional, an indication that stricter measures to contain the coronavirus may be under consideration.

 
 
 

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has filed papers with the Supreme Court of Appeal on a non-urgent basis, her spokesman said in a phone message on Tuesday. The move follows a toughening of lockdown restrictions last week to help ease a resurgence in Covid-19 infections, which have led to a sharp increase in hospitalizations and deaths.

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Smoking traditional cigarettes in addition to using e-cigarettes results in harmful health effects similar to smoking cigarettes exclusively, according to new research published today [...] In a large data analysis of more than 7,100 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, researchers studied the association of cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use with inflammation and oxidative stress as biomarkers. Inflammation and oxidative stress are key contributors to smoking-induced cardiovascular disease and their biomarkers have been shown to be predictors of cardiovascular events, including heart attack and heart failure.

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MANILA, Philippines — Current strategies to get smokers to drop their habit — including going cold turkey, counseling, and nicotine replacement therapy — have not been very effective, according to Peter Paul Dator, president of The Vapers PH, [...] About 15.9 million Filipino adults smoke, with a quit rate of only 4 percent, the statement said, citing the results of the Global Tobacco Survey of 2015, which was conducted by the Department of Health and the Philippine Statistics Authority.

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We are living in a generation where online campaigns are used to influence a lot of issues which exist in our society. This is because social media has become the number one source of information for almost all people across the globe.

Smoking, for a long time, has been the leading cause of preventable death in the world. Though there has been aggressive campaigning on this problem, unfortunately, more and more youngsters are falling prey to this addiction. [...] In this article, we will see how social media as a tool can play a major role in helping the youths to quit smoking.

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Morocco announced further increase in the prices of cigarettes, starting January 1. The list shows major increases in popular brands, including Camel, Marlboro, and Winston. The Moroccan Customs and Indirect Taxes Administration circulated a notice on December 24 on the decision. The government published the notice in the Official Gazette on December 31. The increases also concerned rolled tobacco and molasses used in hookahs, as well as cigars. The prices are up by 2 dirhams in some brands, while others experienced higher increases.

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Four in five Irish smokers intent to quit in 2021 according to new HSE research.

It also found that people who stay off cigarettes for 28 days are five times more likely to quite smoking for good.

The research found that 79 per cent of Irish smokers intend to quit, two in five have set a goal to quit for 28 days, while five per cent of former smokers started again during the Covid-19 pandemic. Martina Blake, national lead, HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme, said: “Most people who smoke want to quit but for many the idea of quitting can seem impossible. [...]

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Many smokers make a New Year's resolution to quit, so the American Lung Association offers advice to improve their chances of success. Smoking is a risk factor for severe COVID-19, so quitting is more important than ever, the association noted.

But keep in mind: Switching to electronic cigarettes is not quitting, the lung association stressed. E-cigarettes are tobacco products that contain nicotine, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn't approved any e-cigarette as a smoking cessation aid.

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This year will be remembered by most Australians for the summer bushfires and the pandemic. For the 500,000 nicotine vapers in this country, it will mark the year Australians rallied to make their voices heard to save their new lifesaving, harm-reduction tool.

Nicotine vaping has gained in popularity over the past several years as the technology advances. Switching to vaping allows Australia’s almost three million smokers to continue enjoying nicotine but without the dangerous tars and other toxins responsible for the death of 21,000 smokers every year. [...]

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The impact of electronic cigarettes (ECs) on nicotine use is hotly debated: some fear that ECs are a “catalyst” to conventional smoking, while others argue they divert adolescents from the more harmful product. This study used simulation modeling to evaluate the plausibility of catalyst and diversion hypotheses against real‐world data.

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The Jharkhand cabinet on Thursday approved a proposal to completely ban hookah bars in the state. As per the decision, those flouting rules may face a prison sentence or a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

The cabinet has also approved a decision to make the sale and purchase of tobacco products like cigarettes at public places illegal. Anyone found breaking the rules will be fined Rs 1,000. [...]
A decision to increase the minimum age for buying tobacco products in the state has also been increased from 18 to 21. It may be noted that those below the age of 21 will not be allowed to purchase any tobacco products.

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THERE will be no more new import licence for cigarettes issued by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department effective Jan 1, 2021, said Customs DG Datuk Seri Abdul Latif Abdul Kadir.

However, he said the existing import licences could still be renewed.

“To tighten the renewal of Cigarette Import Licence, the additional conditions for importing the minimum quantity of cigarettes that have been set within 12 months must be adhered to,” he said [...]

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In 1942, the American political scientist Quincy Wright published a lengthy book about how to organise the world beyond endless wars. [...] He was one of the first major voices to call for what would later be known as the “war on drugs”. As early as 1924, Wright argued that the use of drugs “for purposes other than medicinal or scientific” is an “evil”. While working as an adviser to the state department, Wright advocated for the US to lead a global assault against drugs.

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The associations between vaping cannabis and respiratory health symptoms haven’t been fully known before — but one new study has revealed a key discovery.

[...] In an online questionnaire for the current study, more than 2,000 young adults who had recently graduated from Southern California high schools reported their history of vaping and smoking behaviors, and respiratory health symptoms.

Participants who had vaped cannabis any number of times from within the last month to their overall lifetime had a stronger link to symptoms of bronchitis (daily cough, congestion and phlegm) in comparison to people who had never vaped cannabis. [...]

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Will the new Biden administration choose science over politics? The commandment to “believe science” has become a rallying cry, one echoed by Joe Biden during his presidential campaign when he promised to “choose science over fiction.” If that is true, his new administration should embrace tobacco harm -reduction, a public health strategy that, instead of the abstinence-only-approach, seeks to reduce the death and disease caused by combustible cigarettes by allowing smokers access to lower-risk alternatives.