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The use of e-cigarettes is associated with wheezing and shortness of breath in young adults and adolescents, even in those who don't smoke cigarettes or marijuana, according to research [...]

Alayna P. Tackett, PhD, assistant professor of preventive medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and colleagues conducted a web-based survey of 2,931 adolescents and young adults (average age: 18.9) with questions on the use of e-cigarettes, cigarettes and cannabis, along with self-reported asthma diagnosis and respiratory symptoms, over the previous 30 days.

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To assess knowledge and attitudes about e-smoking among undergraduate medical students, specifically focused on favorable view of therapeutic e-cigarette use for smoking cessation or harm reductioThis cross-sectional study included medical students at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia. A six-item subscale was used to explore knowledge and attitudes about the therapeutic use of e-cigarettes, measuring participants’ likelihood of favoring such use. A four-item questionnaire measured confidence and importance of being educated about smoking and e-smoking, in addition to sources of knowledge about e-cigarettes.

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There is debateregarding the possible health benefits of e-liquid flavour restrictions. Restrictionsmay discourageelectronic cigarette (e-cigarette) uptakeamong non-smokers, in particular youth. However, possible unintended consequences may include reduced appeal and effectiveness of e-cigarettes for smokingcessation. We conducted an experimental study in a UK sample of daily smokers, using an independent groups design (n = 84). Participants were randomised to usean e-cigarette withnicotine-containingfruit/sweet-flavoured e-liquid (blackcurrant, strawberry, vanilla, caramel)or unflavoured e-liquid, for one week. [...]

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In this SPOTLIGHT, Aaron Biebert circles back to hear from Canadians who were affected by the deadly moral panic in Canada that sparked his latest film project. Because of the resulting irrational fear & political pressure that followed, thousands of Canadians are now at risk of losing their health or the information that can improve their lives.

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The EU Commission will soon reveal the outcome of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) implementation report, a long-awaited document that will assess the strengths and weaknesses of the legislation and which could become the first step in the reformulation of the European approach towards tobacco-alternative products. The result of this preliminary work is expected to be used by officials as important sources in the document, which will be forwarded to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Committee of the Regions.

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Vaping has become popular worldwide, but it is prohibited in some countries. Most Latin American countries have prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes. Nevertheless, leading vape supply manufacturers have ventured into the region despite such bans. The significant players in the e-cigarette industry have expanded into Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Paraguay, and others. Although demand for vaping products is just as high in Latin America, as it is in other regions, vapers and would-be vapers in the area face many challenges. The most established vaping markets in Latin America [...]

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Titled, “E-cigarette use behaviors and device characteristics of daily exclusive e-cigarette users in Maryland: Implications for product toxicity,” the study recruited 100 daily exclusive e-cigarette users and 50 non-users from Maryland, between 2015 and 2017. Via interviews, the researchers collected data regarding sociodemographic characteristics, health status, patterns of vape-related behaviors, preferred device characteristics, and reasons for e-cigarette use.

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Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera warned on Wednesday that his country's leading foreign exchange earner, tobacco, was in terminal decline and he urged a switch to high-growth crops like cannabis, which was legalised locally for some uses last year.

Chakwera made the comments during a state of the nation address in which he said tobacco was expected to earn less than $200 million in 2021, a figure roughly similar to the past two years but well below previous annual earnings that used to top $350 million.

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The American Lung Association and five other groups are asking Gov. Kay Ivey to veto a bill the group says has caveats that favor the tobacco and vaping industries.

House Bill 273 raises the age of buying tobacco and vaping products from 19 to 21, and establishes a registry that vaping manufacturers would have to submit to, but there’s concern that aspects of the bill are unworkable, and favor the industries. The bill passed both the House and Senate and awaits Ivey’s signature.

 

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The head of tobacco giant Philip Morris said the company will phase out conventional cigarettes in Japan within 10 years, in an interview with the Nikkei business daily published Friday.

The Marlboro maker announced in 2016 a long-term goal to stop selling cigarettes and replace them with alternatives that it says are less harmful -- but this is the first time it has given a clear deadline.

 

"We want Japan to be the first market" for the phase-out, newly appointed CEO Jacek Olczak told the Nikkei in an interview published in Japanese.

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Today sees the publication of the Nanny State Index, now in its fourth edition. Launched in 2016, it looks at the over-regulation of food, soft drinks, vaping, tobacco and alcohol in thirty European countries. Since the last edition was published in 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic has led governments around the world to impose coercive controls on an almost unprecedented scale.

The index does not include anti-Covid policies that are expected to be a genuinely temporary response to the pandemic, but the outlook is bleak nonetheless. Almost without exception, governments across Europe are adopting higher sin taxes and more prohibitions. 

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Swedish MEP Sara Skyttedal believes the European Commission’s “ideological opposition” to all tobacco and nicotine leaves ignorant on the science on Swedish snus and cancer. And progress on the EU’s Beating Cancer plan may suffer as a result.

“The fact that the Commission nevertheless persists in the view that snus causes cancer is both surprising and, to be honest, quite remarkable,” Skyttedal tells Snusforumet.

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Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) include structural and functional blood vessel injuries linked to poor neurocognitive outcomes. Smoking might indirectly increase the likelihood of cognitive impairment by exacerbating vascular disease risks. Sex disparities in VCID have been reported, however, few studies have assessed the sex-specific relationships between smoking and memory performance and with contradictory results. [...]

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A recent survey of P.E.I. youth who have used vaping products found that many of them moved on to smoking tobacco as well.

The survey was released this week by the P.E.I. Lung Association, and was done with funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The Lung Association reached 273 P.E.I. vapers between the ages of 16 and 24 with an Instagram ad. [...] Dr. Mohammed Al-Hamdani, the lead researcher on the project, linked this rate to the addictive nature of the products. Most vapers, 75 per cent, were using products with the highest available nicotine content, 50 to 60 mg/ml.

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When e-cigarettes first came on the market in the mid-2000s, they were touted as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, and even a way for tobacco users to quit smoking. However, vaping still causes serious health complications. 

Here's what you need to know about how vaping compares to smoking and the health risks associated with e-cigarettes. The assumption that vaping is less harmful than smoking is demonstrably false, says Osita Onugha, MD, thoracic surgeon [...]

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The CN Tower was lit up in black and yellow to mark Anti-Vaping Awareness Day on May 3.

The campaign, started by a high school student to raise awareness on the potential dangers of liquid vapes and e-cigarettes, is backed by Health Canada and includes sending out info kits to students in schools across the GTA.

 

The Canadian Vaping Association, the industry lobby representing some 200 retailers, took to social media to criticize the campaign for “confusing smokers,” arguing that tobacco smoke kills 45,000 Canadians every year while vaping “is widely considered as less harmful.”

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The Food and Drug Administration announced late last month that it wants to ban menthol cigarettes, which are the overwhelming preference of African American smokers. But if a smoking prohibition is good for Black people, who comprise only about 1 in 7 U.S. cigarette smokers, why isn’t it good for whites and other Americans as well? 

A smarter policy would be to phase in an FDA ban on all products that burn tobacco and aggressively urge adult smokers who can’t quit to transition to alternative devices that deliver nicotine in a far less dangerous way.

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Islamabad : A 50 per cent increase in price would lead to the same amount of reduction in cigarette demand in Pakistan as majority of smokers would prefer to quit instead of switching to other brands.

 

This is revealed in a research study, ‘Switch, Reduce or Quit: How do smokers respond to tobacco tax increases in Pakistan,’ carried out by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in Islamabad.

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E-cigarettes made their debut in the early 2000s as a potential cessation device or an alternative to cigarette products. Almost twenty years later, the long term effects of e-cigarettes are still unknown.

In 2011, the New Zealand Government set a goal to be Smoke-free by 2025 and just last month it released a discussion document on Proposals For A Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan. Nancy Loucas, co-director of Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA), says the plan acknowledges vaping, but it fails to support it as a key factor to achieving a smoke-free nation.

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The FDA has announced that it will ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars within the next year, a move the tobacco industry has pushed against for the last decade. University of Michigan experts can comment. “Successful implementation of the FDA’s proposed ban on menthol cigarettes has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives over a short period and reduce health inequalities, particularly for African Americans,” Mendez said. [...]