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Recently, my Winston-Salem State University physical education students completed an assignment on current issues in the field of health, wellness, and sports. As the president of the American Heart Association Board in the Triad, I decided to also give myself an “assignment” about the alarming trend of youth e-cigarette use. Thus making it a teachable moment and emphasizing that their assignment was not some “meaningless” exercise. There is always more to learn, and with the introduction of e-cigarettes and popularity among young people, I wanted to understand the risks better.

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In September 2019, the government announced a complete ban on e-cigarettes under the guise of preventing potential health risks to India's youth. In what can now be termed as typical, this ruling was passed as an ordinance, without debate or deliberation in the parliament and mostly ignoring both evidence regarding health risks and lessons from India's multiple previous disastrous experiences with bans. About 1.5 years and a pandemic later, it is time to revisit the (de)merits of the ban and possible ways forward.  

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Environmental tobacco smoke exposure in utero and during early childhood-;especially secondhand smoke-;is associated with decreased childhood lung function, according to research presented at the ATS 2021 International Conference.

Hanna Knihtilä, MD, PhD, research fellow, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and colleagues sought to clarify the effects of tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy and childhood on children's lung function at age six years.

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A public consultation on the recently announced flavour ban was meant to close on the 19th of January, but has been extended [...] A statement published on the Government website, had revealed that the consultation was extended “due to popular demand.” In line with this, a press release by the WVA has pointed out that the country is seeing the largest number of responses ever collected in a public consultation on health matters. More importantly, an overwhelming majority of the responses, 98.54%, opposed the ban, equating to 746 responses out of the total 757 submissions recorded on the official website until now.

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A vaping problem of “almost epidemic proportions” has arrived in Christchurch after first hitting Auckland schools two years ago.

Principals are alarmed at the growing number of students who vape, with one saying children as young as 13 are using the cigarette substitutes.

Teachers are confiscating more vaping devices, which can be as small as a USB pen drive and are hard to detect. “There's a growing concern among principals,” said Phil Holstein, who is Burnside High School principal and president of Canterbury West Coast Secondary Principals' Association.

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The House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill that seeks to regulate the use, manufacture, sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes.

During Wednesday’s session, the chamber approved House Bill No. 9007 or the “Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Regulation Act.” One of the primary provisions of the bill is that people purchasing, selling, and using electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems, as well as heated tobacco products, must be at least 18 years old.

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PREGNANT women should be given financial incentives to quit smoking, doctors have said.

Smokers who want to give up are currently offered help by the NHS to kick their habit. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said that an opt-out system could double the uptake of the service. It said the health service should provide "opt-out smoking cessation services to all smokers at any point of contact with the NHS", while pregnant women should be given financial incentives to quit.

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It’s even harder to believe this is not a reference to the ongoing challenges resulting from the 2020 pandemic. No. These are the words RegWatch first used in February of 2016 to describe the Quebec provincial government’s draconian measures in its maniacal war to eradicate vaping. Joining us on RegWatch to unpack the War on Vaping and the Fight to Save Flavours in Canada is John Xydous, owner of 4 vape shops in Quebec and regional director for the Canadian Vaping Association, and David Levesque founding partner at Digital Smoke Supplies instrumental vaping activist.

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A petition signed by more than 283,000 people calling on Spain to ban smoking at all its beaches has been delivered to the country’s environment minister.

For more than two years the organisation No Fumadores (No Smokers) has been gathering signatures aimed at transforming Spain’s 3,084 miles (4,964km) of coastline into areas free of cigarette smoke and discarded cigarette butts.

The petition, delivered to the minister Teresa Ribera, calls on the government to introduce national legislation on the issue, Raquel Fernández Megina of No Fumadores said in a statement published on Friday. [...]

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Smoking and health 2021 says that while the reduction in smoking prevalence by 75% since 1962 has been considered a national success, if the policies advocated by the RCP in 1962 had been adopted and followed through, smoking would have been eradicated from the UK years ago. Instead, modelling of current tobacco control policies shows a failure to achieve a smoking prevalence of <5% until after 2050.

‘Too many UK generations have been blighted by addiction to tobacco. To ensure that those born today live their lives tobacco-free, we must take the necessary steps to make smoking obsolete. [...]

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Queensland school students are smoking and trading highly addictive, flavoured and disposable e-cigarettes called "puff bars", say concerned parents and teachers. Possessing nicotine e-cigarettes is illegal without a prescription in every state and territory except South Australia. Puff Bars Australia sells disposable e-cigarettes online in a range of colours — some of which light up when used — and flavours including pink lemonade, tobacco and strawberry.

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As part of a campaign to mark World No Tobacco day on May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reasserted its abstinence-only approach to nicotine.

In a press release titled “Quit tobacco to be a winner,” the WHO said that the tobacco industry has “promoted e-cigarettes as cessation aids under the guises of contributing to global tobacco control” while employing “strategic marketing tactics to hook children on this same portfolio of products, making them available in over 15,000 attractive flavors.”

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Back in 2009, the federal government issued its first flavored tobacco restriction by prohibiting the sale of flavored combustible cigarettes other than menthol and traditional tobacco. Since then, cities, states and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all have enacted bans of varying degrees on flavored tobacco. Why are lawmakers so determined to pull these products from back bars? The standard response is to prevent young people from picking up a nicotine habit that could graduate to cigarette smoking. [...]

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A group of law and health advocates asked Congress to ponder deeply and reconsider passing a bill that would favor manufacturers of e-cigarettes to the detriment of public health. In a statement, ImagineLaw warned against the passage of House Bill 9007, known as the proposed Non-Combustible Nicotine Delivery Systems Act. “Our lawmakers should prioritize public health over profit — especially during this ongoing global pandemic,” said ImagineLaw through its Executive Director Sophia San Luis.

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It all started with clinical observations that the proportion of smokers in hospitalised Covid patients appeared to be less than the general population.

"This has been observed, and it is accepted as an epidemiological fact, that when you take patient populations with Covid, the proportion of smokers is significantly lower than in the general population,” said Zahir Amoura, a doctor at the Pitié-Salpétrière hospital in Paris, told RFI. "Of course, that does not mean we think people should start smoking to protect themselves from Covid,” he insisted. “Smoking is a scourge. It’s important to repeat that.”

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The Lung Association on Prince Edward Island conducted a recent survey among youth who have used vaping products.

The results of the survey found that many of these youth vapers moved on to smoking cigarettes after using vapor products.

The was done with funding from the Lung Association and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

According to CBC and Radio Canada, the association reached out to 273 vapers on PEI between the ages of 16 to 24 years through an ad on Instagram. [...]

The respondents were not selected at random, with no margin of error can be calculated for the ending results.

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An industry group is pleased with proposed changes to New Brunswick's vaping regulations, but a health promotion group says they don't go far enough.

Health Minister Dorothy Shephard introduced amendments to the Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Sales Act last week that would require vape shops to be licensed starting next spring.

There are about 40 vape shops in the province, according to the provincial government, and licences would cost about $100.

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The saying goes that “quitters never win,” but in the case of tobacco, quitters are the real winners.

When the news came out that smokers were more likely to develop severe disease with COVID-19 compared to non-smokers, it triggered millions of smokers to want to quit tobacco. But without adequate support, quitting can be incredibly challenging. 

The nicotine found in tobacco is highly addictive and creates dependence. The behavioural and emotional ties to tobacco use – like having a cigarette with your coffee,  craving tobacco, feelings of sadness or stress  – make it hard to kick the habit. 

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The Post’s editorial on May 10 in support of Hong Kong’s proposed vaping ban is not supported by Australia’s experience. Smoking rates in Australia are not declining notwithstanding huge tobacco taxes, plain packaging, a ban on all forms of advertising, draconian point-of-sale restrictions, and numerous quit campaigns. The proportion of Australians who smoke has been stuck at current levels since 2013, even as taxes have risen sharply.

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On June 7, North Carolina attorney general Josh Stein will enter a Durham courtroom with a mission: proving that the e-cigarette company Juul Labs purposely targeted teenagers with its nicotine-rich products.

If Stein—who in 2019 became the first state attorney general in the U.S. to sue Juul—is successful, the vaping company may be in for a world of hurt. Hundreds of lawsuits against Juul, many of which were consolidated into multi-district litigation in California, are pushing allegations mirroring Stein’s. They claim Juul purposely designed its stylish, flash-drive-like devices and flavored nicotine e-liquids to appeal to teenagers. [...]