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While cigarettes remain the largest part of PMI’s business in terms of net revenues and shipment volume in most countries today, this is changing rapidly.

Over time, the shift of adult smokers away from cigarettes to smoke-free alternatives can play an important role in helping countries achieve the ambitious smoking reduction targets set by the WHO and other organizations and eventually ending smoking. Minimizing tobacco-related harm at the population level depends not only on the degree of risk reduction of the smoke-free products, but also on their adoption by adults who would otherwise continue to smoke. [...]

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Vaping should be regulated differently from other tobacco products like cigarettes to encourage people to switch to less harmful forms of smoking the South African Informal Traders Alliance (SAITA) said on Monday.

SAITA secretary general Michael Mokgoja, made the call while welcoming the National Department of Health’s stakeholder consultation process to develop an updated Socio-Economic Impact Assessment System (SEIAS) for the draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill.

SAITA has proposed that the Bill regulates harm reduction products such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco differently from cigarettes [...]

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From 1 October 2021 Australians will require a prescription to legally access nicotine e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping products for any purpose, including importing from overseas online retailers. Nicotine vaping products are only available as ‘unapproved’ goods. If considered the most clinically appropriate approach for smoking cessation, these products can be legally accessed with a valid prescription in three ways.

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A case report involving a 17-year-old with what investigators believe is cannabis-induced thermal epiglottitis makes clear that completing a thorough patient history, physical examination and drug screening is criticially important.

Mayo Clinic explains that epiglottitis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the small cartilage “lid” covering the windpipe swells, thereby blocking air flow into the lungs. Among the situations that can lead to the swelling are infections and being burned by something hot, like hot liquids.

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A new study suggests that teens who vape would probably be smoking cigarettes instead if vapes had never become available.

The academic article, published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, set out to determine whether youth who vaped between 2014 and 2018 would, in the absence of e-cigarettes, likely have become smokers. In other words, the social epidemiologists who co-authored the study—Dr. Natasha Sokol, [...] wanted to question the so-called “gateway” theory: the idea that vaping, for teenagers, is a path toward smoking.

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Many people know that smoking tobacco increases your chances of developing lung cancer and respiratory illness. But the negative health effects of smoking aren’t restricted to your lungs. One of the lesser-known side effects of smoking is an increased chance of developing hair loss. It’s not exactly clear why smoking is associated with hair loss, but it’s thought that there are many contributing factors.

Keep reading as we dig deeper into the many ways smoking may cause hair loss.

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At the end of last month, the EU’s “Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks” (SCHEER) published its opinion on electronic cigarettes. Its findings could give the green light to further attempts by the European Commission to stamp out vaping. This contrasts with Britain’s National Health Service at the same time announcing plans to offer free e-cigarettes to smokers in emergency departments. When SCHEER’s preliminary opinion was published last September, many experts were surprised by the negative tone.

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Devices that deliver nicotine without smoke inhalation have potential to help smokers who cannot or do not want to stop using nicotine to reduce dramatically the risk of smoking-related disease and death.

However, for smokers to switch to these alternatives, the products need to provide what smokers expect from cigarettes.

The newest study from Queen Mary University of London evaluates safety and effects of these products and has focused on the most popular "heat not burn" product, IQOS. Author Professor Peter Hajek said: "IQOS is likely to be useful to help smokers quit, particularly in countries like Japan, where e-cigarettes are banned; [...]

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Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who abstained from smoking or substantially reduced their cigarette consumption by switching to heated tobacco products (HTPs) showed consistent improvements in respiratory symptoms, exercise tolerance, quality of life, and rate of disease exacerbations. This was the key finding of a groundbreaking study by a team of Italian researchers published in March 2021 in the scientific journal Internal and Emergency Medicine. It is the first-ever study to describe the long-term health effects of HTP use in COPD patients.

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University College London Senior Research Fellow, Dr Sharon Cox, discusses relative risk and the harm reduction benefits of vaping, as well as her own research with smokers in disadvantaged groups.

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The link between smoking and Covid-19 has been debated since the virus made its appearance. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that there are currently no peer-reviewed studies that directly estimate the risk of hospitalisation with COVID-19 among smokers. However, 27 observational studies found that smokers constituted 1.4-18.5% of hospitalised adults.

In fact, there was a study that claimed that smoking provides protection against the virus. However, it was debunked later by science journals, including Nature. [...]

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PHILIP Morris International Inc is facing a possible import ban of its IQOS heated-tobacco sticks to the US, after it lost the first round of a legal trade battle with British American Tobacco Plc.

Philip Morris and Altria Group Inc infringes two patents owned by BAT’s subsidiary Reynolds American Inc, International Trade Commission Judge Clark Cheney said in a notice on the agency’s website.

The judge’s findings aren’t public to give both sides time to redact confidential information. [...]

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In 2018, Canada became the first major national economy to legalise and regulate the non-medical market (though Uruguay legalised five years earlier). As of today, 15 US states have also legalised, with more about to follow and the real prospect of federal reform under the MORE Act. In Mexico, the Government is committed to legalisation after its Supreme Court ruled that continuing prohibition was unconstitutional.

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New Brunswick’s health minister says further legislation to combat youth vaping is on the way, as the opposition calls for more to be done.

Health Minster Dorothy Shephard tabled legislation this week that would create a registry of businesses selling vaping products, as part of the effort to crack down on the use of e-cigarettes by minors. Opposition parties have said the bill won’t actually address the problem of youth vaping, but Shephard says more is on the way.

“This is only the first bill that’s being brought forward and this is about regulation and licensing, so there is more to come,” Shephard said on Friday.

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KAC Communications will be hosting the Eighth Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) from June 17–18 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool, U.K. With its theme “The future for nicotine,” the GFN tackles the challenges and controversies, as well as the significant potential, of safer nicotine products. Participants can choose whether to attend in person or online. [...] A new GFN∙TV online platform will stream broadcast footage of the conference free to viewers around the world, with a new commentary team offering their insights. 

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A new advertising campaign launched by Quit Tasmania uses graphic imagery to encourage Tasmanians to quit smoking.

Voice Box, launched Sunday, was chosen for Tasmanians after a survey revealed some hard-hitting facts about the state's smoking population.

Quit Tasmania Director Abby Smith said the survey of 1000 Tasmanian smokers and recent quitters showed only 35 per cent identified mouth and throat cancer as a health risk from smoking. "We know that Tasmania has the second highest smoking rate in Australia," she said.

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“Priority: children’s health over profit.”

 

This was stressed by the Child Rights Network (CRN), the largest alliance of children’s rights advocates in the Philippines, as it urged legislators to change their views towards the regulation of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

 

 

 
 

The CRN expressed its concern based on the Food and Nutrition Research Institute’s 2019 data which showed that one out of five vape or e-cigarette users in the country are adolescents or 19 years old and below.

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In recent weeks, federal officials have announced policies that are very likely to increase cigarette smuggling into the United States and bring other unintended consequences.

The Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2021, introduced in Congress on April 22, would both raise federal excise taxes (FET) on each pack of cigarettes and adjust the tax each year for inflation to ensure automatic tax hikes. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration has moved to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes, a popular type of smoke. [...]

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The complaints about a journal publishing scientific papers from the e-cigarette company Juul and its consultants are absurd, anti-scientific and somewhat disturbing. Juul has accumulated knowledge from extensive surveys of its users and their changing patterns of smoking and use of the Juul product. The monograph published by the American Journal of Health Behavior is a fascinating collection of papers that drills into this store of data [...] 

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Vapers are more likely to suffer from asthma, according to a new study.

While vaping is thought to be a safer alternative to smoking, researchers found that teenagers and young adults who use electronic cigarettes are at far greater risk of developing asthma and having asthma attacks than non-vapers.

 

The Canadian research team set out to determine whether youngsters who are current e-cigarette users were more likely to have suffered an asthma attack within the last 12 months.