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Reformed smoker Rebecca Gilbert is urging Māori to break the cycle of tobacco use among whānau and get behind the Government’s proposed Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.

Gilbert, who is acting health promotion manager for the Cancer Society, says many Māori will relate to her experience of spending most of her life entrenched in a community that normalised and embraced smoking from a young age, and turned to tobacco during good times and bad.

“From my teenage years onwards, every social occasion followed a pattern,” Gilbert, said.

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In 2019, a survey of 30,000 year 10 students found more than a third had tried e-cigarettes, with three per cent saying they vaped daily — higher than the rate who consider themselves regular smokers.

As of earlier this month, no vaping signs must now be displayed in schools, kura, ECEs and kōhanga reo.

Hobsonville Point School principal Maurie Abraham says it’s harder to deter teenagers from vaping because it’s widely considered to be less harmful than cigarettes.

“I think we’ve been winning the battle with cigarette smoking with teenagers over the years,” he said.

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The future of tobacco control is up for grabs. Nowhere was this more apparent than at this year’s US E-Cigarette Summit. [...] The theme of the two-day publicly broadcast event was “discussing the role that e-cigarettes and alternative nicotine products could play in ending or extending the smoking epidemic.” But a second, simpler one quickly emerged: regaining trust.

Some countries like the United Kingdom and New Zealand have embraced e-cigarettes as safer alternatives to combustible cigarettes, but many others have yet to admit their potential.

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When San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure banning the sale of flavored tobacco products in 2018, public health advocates celebrated. After all, tobacco use poses a significant threat to public health and health equity, and flavors are particularly attractive to youth.

But according to a new study from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH), that law may have had the opposite effect. Analyses found that, after the ban’s implementation, high school students’ odds of smoking conventional cigarettes doubled in San Francisco’s school district relative to trends in districts without the ban, [...]

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Tash Barlow started smoking when she was 16.

Six years later, she was on 20 cigarettes a day, and had already tried the popular quit methods.

"We did the patches, we did the gum, we did Champix, we tried everything and none of it worked," the Darwin local explains.

Tash and her husband Dylan decided to try vaping [...] "As soon as I picked up the vape, I didn't need cigarettes anymore. We were using nicotine in our juice and we just gradually cut down on that as well."

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Back in June 2020, the Dutch State Secretary for Health, Paul Blokhuis, announced that he wanted to ban all non-tobacco vape flavours in the Netherlands. Even though consumers raised their voices and expressed their outrage against the ban, the Dutch government is now pushing on with its plan—ignoring impacted citizens and health experts alike.

This should be of great concern to all vapers around the world. [...] If such a country bans flavors, it is almost certain that there will be knock-on effects for other EU member states, as well as at a WHO level, with the FCTC COP9 conference coming up later this year.

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Vaping—one word, but not one behavior. Vaping is a method of substance inhalation that delivers anything from blueberry-flavored vitamin D to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) into the body. While health professionals often refer to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vaping synonymously, e-cigarettes represent only a small fraction of the growing market for vaping products available to consumers of all ages. So, why all the fuss?

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The tobacco industry has a long, well-documented history of targeting Black Americans with menthol cigarette advertisements, and the result is that nearly 85% of Black smokers use tobacco with the minty flavor additive.

Following years of delay, the Food and Drug Administration last month proposed a nationwide ban on the sale and production of menthol cigarettes. As the effort to get menthol smokes off the market gained momentum in recent years, the industry sidled up to Black-led organizations and Black lawmakers. [...]

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The World Health Organization’s 'Commit to Quit’ tobacco campaign has made resources from its Quitting Toolkit freely available to more than a billion tobacco users, less than 5 months into the year-long campaign.

WHO launched the campaign to support those millions of tobacco users who are actively taking steps to save their lives, but still need help to succeed.

The campaign is currently working directly with 29 focus countries. Each country agreed with WHO on selected activities, including, running national awareness campaigns, releasing new digital tools, revising policies, engaging youth, training health workers, [...]

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Only five percent of the Swedish population smokes, meaning the country may soon lay claim to being the world’s first smoke-free country, argues Sweden’s Snus Commission.

“The reason is snus,” the group writes in a new debate article published in Swedish business daily Dagens Industri.

The Snus Commission is an independent collection of experts who produce reports on issues related to Swedish snus.

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Welcome to The Great Vape Debate. This publication on Medium will be a home for my writing about tobacco control issues, particularly those affecting electronic cigarettes. I’ve never smoked cigarettes or vaped with a Juul or a Puff Bar. During my years as a reporter covering business, I never wrote about the tobacco industry. So I’m mildly surprised to be engaged by the questions surrounding smoking and e-cigarettes. But engaged I am.

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Summer 2021 is going to be an exciting time for medical marijuana cardholders in Missouri. Despite political battles and a slow rollout, dispensaries are opening and new products are hitting the shelves at lightning speed.

It’s easy to qualify for and get a MO medical card. Once you do, a whole new world opens up! In this post, we are going to dive into the world of vaping with the products you can find at Missouri dispensaries, how to use them, and the pros and cons of each.

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Teenagers who smoke are more likely to use both conventional tobacco products and e-cigarettes, while the prevalence of e-cigarette use among 15–16 year-olds has increased more than four fold since 2014.

The research indicates that adolescents don't see e-cigarettes as an adjunct to quitting a sustained smoking habit, its authors found.

The study, which involved input from almost 4,500 teenagers in the west of Ireland, did however, find young people engaged in sport may see e-cigarettes as a "healthier alternative" and that "that e-cigarettes are targeting a lower risk group who would not otherwise engage in smoking".

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In April 1994, the heads of the biggest tobacco companies testified before Congress that cigarettes weren’t addictive. [...] In 1998, the four largest tobacco companies in the U.S.—Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, Brown & Williamson, and Lorillard—entered the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement with 46 attorneys general, requiring the industry to shell out hundreds of billions of dollars in perpetuity so states could grapple with climbing medical costs associated with smoking-related illnesses. [...]

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Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Wednesday applauded Oregon lawmakers for passing legislation that will close a loophole allowing underage Oregonians to purchase vaping products over the internet. Under House Bill 2261, all nicotine vaping devices and components will no longer be able to be sold online. “There is no effective way to verify an age or stop minors from purchasing these products over the internet,” Rosenblum said in a press statement. “In Oregon, you cannot buy cigarettes online, and there is no good reason to be able to buy vape products online either.”

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Kenya’s obstructive stance on innovative tobacco-free oral nicotine products (ONDS) is denying thousands of smokers desperate to quit cigarettes an extraordinary opportunity to have informed choices and save lives.

That’s according to international medical experts who addressed the Africa Tobacco Harm Reduction Forum [...]

“By lagging behind the rest of the world in its stance on tobacco harm reduction (THR), the Kenyan
government is blocking the escape from tobacco-related disease and death for 30,000 smokers a year, with no chance of reprieve,” CASA Chairman Joseph Magero told the webinar.

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Dealing with our heart patients who are smokers has always been a major dilemma, ever since I started my clinical practice in internal medicine and cardiology.

Doctors like me have persuaded, motivated, even threatened patients to make them stop smoking. We’re only successful in around three out of 10 cases.

We reach exasperation point with recalcitrant smokers such that if they’re not able to quit smoking in six months, we advise them to see another physician.

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Our mission is to promote quality healthcare and ensure the wellness of all our citizens, particularly our youngsters, who are the main targets of the tobacco industry, said the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal, [...]

Dr Jagutpal highlighted that the new Tobacco legislations will align with Government's commitment as a proud party to the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Protocol to the Elimination of Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products. This, he added, will undoubtedly consolidate our status as one of the regional leaders in tobacco control in Africa [...]

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We now talk to Attorney Ben Nispores.

He's the Legal Consultant of Health Justice Philippines.

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading House Bill 9007 or the proposed Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Act covering electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco systems.

According to the congressional fact sheet based on a committee report, the bill seeks to regulate the manufacture, importation, sale, distribution, use, advertisement, promotion and sponsorship of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS) and heated tobacco products (HTPs). 

It also aims to set up harm reduction measures by ensuring that non-combustible alternatives to cigarettes are properly regulated.