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This fact sheet analyses how behaviour and attitudes to e-cigarettes among adults aged 18 and over have changed over time. The data are taken from an annual survey, Smokefree GB, carried out for ASH by YouGov. The survey first started asking about e-cigarette use in 2010 and this update includes the results of the 2021 survey carried out in February and March 2021.

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Advocates of tobacco harm reduction (THR) urged adult smokers to discern the science behind non-combustible alternatives as misleading and false information may push them away from switching to better nicotine alternatives like vapes and heated tobacco products (HTPs). “The perception of harm from vaping is not consistent with the scientific evidence. Local public health experts should take the lead in providing Filipino smokers who cannot or do not want to quit smoking by themselves or with currently-approved methods with accurate scientific information on e-cigarettes and other better nicotine alternatives” (...)

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Earlier this month, a disturbing incident of over-policing on the boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland was caught on video. Police tasered a Black teenager and arrested at least two others for vaping in violation of a city public smoking ban. Regardless of what one thinks of the law’s merit, the cops’ draconian enforcement points to a larger problem with modern policing: Minor offenses too often escalate into dangerous, and even deadly, incidents.

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The message from the 30 speakers who spoke during the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) 2021 in person or online was clear. Policymakers in public health and tobacco control need to listen to both the science on tobacco harm reduction and the experiences of consumers who are benefiting from it every day. Ideology must be set aside to prioritize progress towards the common goal of ending smoking. Experts at the GFN were discussing an approach called tobacco harm reduction, in which people who cannot quit nicotine are encouraged to switch from dangerous combustible or oral products to safer nicotine products including vapes (e-cigarettes), pasteurized snus, non-tobacco nicotine pouches and heated tobacco products. Compared to continued smoking (...)

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[...] the Institute of Economic Affairs is delighted to host a discussion on the Impact of COP9 on Vapers.

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D.C.’s proposed ban on flavored e-cigarettes has quietly transformed into an all-out prohibition on all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. Despite the dramatic shift in policy, the City Council apparently believes no further public engagement is necessary because it held a hearing on a different flavor prohibition back in January 2020. A lot changes in 15 months. Obviously, there’s been a global pandemic since that hearing, plus there are new city council members and the country is more focused on issues like overcriminalization that harshly impacts (...)

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More than six in 10 Brits want pub gardens to ban smoking and vaping, according to a poll. The survey of 2,000 adults found that, with the summer pub garden season upon us, tolerance for smokers has gone up in smoke.

Three quarters of those polled feel smokers and vapers should check with non-smokers before puffing away in a group situation.

Nearly half (45 per cent) have even asked smokers or vapers not to indulge around them, with Londoners more confident to speak out (70 per cent) than any other region.

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Tobacco use and the percentage of adult cigarette smokers increased in several parts of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, reversing a 20-year trend which saw smoking decline by 16 percent since 1999. About one-quarter of current smokers said they smoked more frequently during the pandemic and 10 percent of people who had quit, restarted some form of tobacco use.

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(...) rising proof means that e-cigarettes generally is a useful software in smoking cessation. Researchers in Moffitt Most cancers Heart’s Tobacco Analysis and Intervention Program wished to construct upon this proof by testing whether or not they may assist twin customers, individuals who use each flamable cigarettes and e-cigarettes, stop smoking. In a brand new article revealed in The Lancet Public Well being, they report outcomes from a first-of-its sort nationwide examine evaluating a focused intervention aimed toward remodeling twin customers’ e-cigarettes from a product that may keep smoking right into a software that can be utilized to assist smoking cessation. An estimated 8 million adults within the U.S. use e-cigarettes, typically with the purpose of quitting or decreasing cigarette smoking. Almost 41% are (...)

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UK health minister Jo Churchill’s promise of an evidence-based snus ban review marks a significant turning point in acknowledging the questionable science behind the impact assessment used by the EU to justify the ban. The statement was hailed as a victory by tobacco harm reduction advocates who have lobbied hard for the UK to abandon the current ban on snus post-Brexit.

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Researchers at Penn State University examined how flavored e-cigarettes may distinctly affect the brain compared to non-flavored ones. The study was released in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. “We recruited smokers who had never used e-cigarettes before or were not regular e-cigarette users. What we were interested in is figuring out whether or not flavor changed how they perceived or how their brain responded to this e-cigarette use.” The findings suggest that fruity and dessert-flavored e-cigarettes may (...)

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Misconceptions about vaping are incredibly common, particularly among the people who vaping would benefit most. For adult smokers, switching from cigarettes to vape products can save their life. In fact, if a majority of American smokers made the switch to vaping, 6.6 million lives would be saved. In the interests of public health, it is critical that myths about vaping are debunked so people can better understand these products. This fact check confronts several of the most widely-spread misconceptions about vaping.

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Homeless people are to be given free e-cigarette starter packs as part of a trial designed to help them quit smoking. The study will be conducted in 32 centres for the homeless across five regions in the UK – Scotland, Wales, London, the South East and the East of England. E-cigarette starter kits, which usually cost around £25, will be given for free to people at half of the participating centres. The full £1.7 million research trial will include 480 participants, with 240 in each group and 15 from each centre.

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Eight Estonian MP’s submitted a new bill, modifying the Tobacco Act to the Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu). The proposed amendments seek to clarify regulations regarding alternative nicotine products. The aim is to reduce smoking rates in Estonia, improve the safety and accessibility of less harmful nicotine products for smokers. Estonia ranks third in Europe in terms of smoking deaths. One of the bill’s initiators, MP Tarmo Kruusimäe expressed particular concern that the majority of previous amendments to the Tobacco Act, have not only led to an increase of smoking and increased health risks, but unintentionally created a burgeoning black market.

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Last month, a scientific journal published a peer-reviewed study with encouraging news for anyone concerned by the toll that smoking takes on people’s health. The study in the American Journal of Health Behavior identified more than 17,000 cigarette smokers who purchased a Juul starter kit, which includes a rechargeable e-cigarette and four flavored pods. A year later, more than half said they had stopped smoking and switched to e-cigarettes, which, by nearly all accounts, cause much less harm than combustible tobacco. The study has limitations, she says, but its findings align with experience in the UK, where smoking has declined sharply as public health authorities encourage smokers to switch to e-cigarettes. There’s just one problem (...)

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The project, which has received a £1.7 million grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), is led by Dr Sharon Cox (UCL Behavioural Science & Health) and Professor Lynne Dawkins of LSBU, and is supported by seven other academic partners: King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, the University of East Anglia, the University of York, Cardiff University, the University of Stirling and the University of Edinburgh. About 70% of people who are homeless smoke tobacco – far higher than the UK average of 14.1%. E-cigarettes are the most popular method used in a smoking quit attempt, with some studies suggesting they are more helpful than nicotine gum or patches and much less harmful than smoking tobacco. For people on low or no income, however (...)

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Healthcare staff should give clear and up-to-date information on e-cigarettes to people who are interested in using them to stop smoking, according to draft NICE guideline recommendations out for consultation today. NICE worked with Public Health England to develop this guideline. The evidence shows that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes can help people to stop smoking and are similarly effective to other cessation options such as a combination of short- and long-acting nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). The expert committee agreed that people should be able to use e-cigarettes as one of several options to support smoking cessation, if they so choose. The draft recommendations advise that, combined with behavioural support, the option of either a combination of short- and long-acting NRT or nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are more likely to result in people successfully stopping smoking. The draft recommendations state that (...)

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According to a 2014 Report of the Surgeon General, continued smoking after a lung cancer diagnosis is associated with an approximate 50% median increase in mortality. Dr. Conor Steuer, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues performed prospective assessments evaluating the patterns of tobacco use and cessation and the effects on outcomes. The first comprehensive, prospective study of smoking habits in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) revealed that there was a high rate of smoking reduction and cessation following study entry. The researchers found that of those surveyed, 90% reported a current or previous history of cigarette smoking, but (...)

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As promised, GFN21 has addressed many of the concerns prompted by recent reviews and reports and discussed how they have impacted the vape industry and public health. Moreover, these reports were discussed in the context of their implications for the infamous WHO FCTC COP 9 meeting, taking place later this year. The event featured a number of renowned expert speakers who presented perspectives from the the arenas of health, tobacco harm reduction, the vaping industry, and consumer rights. A number of the formal presentations in the program were posted on the event website in advance, with the aim of providing the maximum time for presenters to engage in live hosted panel discussions and debates, and maximize (...)

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People smoke to obtain nicotine, a comparatively low-risk substance, but are harmed by thousands of toxins released when tobacco burns. GFN director Professor Gerry Stimson, emeritus professor at Imperial College London, said, “Up to 98 million consumers worldwide have already made the switch to safer nicotine products. In England, health authorities support vaping to quit smoking and vapes are now the most popular quit aid. Tobacco-related mortality in Sweden, where snus has almost replaced smoking, is the lowest in Europe. And in Japan, cigarette sales have dropped by a third since heated tobacco products came to market. Manufacturers must now ensure safer alternatives are affordable to people in LMIC, not just consumers in high income nations.” Professor Stimson continued (...)