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Many of the regulations and requirements about the impending move to prescription-only supply of e-cigarette products are still being determined, a Senate hearing was told recently.

Therapeutic Goods Administration director, Adjunct Professor John Skerritt, was grilled at length by members of the Senate Community Affairs Committee at an Estimates hearing held on 1 June.

Among the questions Dr Skerritt fielded were ones about state and territory tobacco licensing regimes.

Senator Eric Abetz (Lib, Tas) asked Dr Skerritt about whether pharmacists would need a tobacco licence when the products move to Prescription-Only from 1 October. 

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What we do know is that people don't just use one or the other. In fact, most people start vaping nicotine with flavors or without flavors, and then they add other layers. They've become more sophisticated, especially in youth. Because then they get into, well, "You can get some from the black market most often," and they can actually fill in the cartridges with whatever they just purchased. The unfortunate part of it is that there was an epidemic of lung injury, associated death, and hospitalization. Several people needed lung transplantation. [...]

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IT'S no secret that smoking is bad for your health - it's one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK.

That's why the Government has signed up to a pledge to make the nation smoke-free by 2030. In 2007 the smoking ban came into force, making it illegal to smoke inside pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, work spaces, anywhere in the country.

And last week, it emerged that seven councils in England have taken that ban one step further.

Oxfordshire became the first to say they will ban smoking outside in public places.

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An ever accumulating volume of scientific and preclinical data is suggesting that e-cigarettes are at least as harmful as regular smoking, i.e. combustible cigarettes you light up, and not a safe alternative. Understandably, most of the focus has been on the effects on the lungscardiovascular disease, and addiction. But recently, a growing body of scientific studies are starting to show the serious potential negative effects e-cigarette use may have on the brain.

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A cascade of inaction characterizes Alberta’s approach to preventing young people from vaping and becoming smokers — just when Alberta should act.

Vapers are five times more likely to contract COVID than non-vapers. Dual users (those who vape and smoke), are seven times more likely to become sick with COVID. The higher COVID infection rate might be explained by how vaping makes lungs weaker, the increased hand-to-mouth action of vaping, vape sharing and the possibility of infected vapour clouds being inhaled by others.

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Auckland dairies are selling cut-price cigarettes imported and distributed by gangs as part of a vast and growing tobacco black market. A smattering of dairies across the city, particularly in the east and south, are embroiled in the illicit trade. Along with legal, taxed tobacco, they’re also offering packets of Asian-origin cigarettes to customers in the know, distinctive because they lack the plain packaging mandated by law in New Zealand.

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Recently, a research group led by Chu Yannan and Huang Chaoqun from the Institute of Health & Medical Technology of the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) developed an effective method for on-site detection of methamphetamine (MA) in the presence of nicotine via homemade ion mobility spectrometry. [...] MA is a highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. The on-site rapid detection of trace amounts of MA and screening illicit drugs in clandestine laboratories are important for drug enforcement agencies and the forensic community in general. [...]

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Five local authorities have banned smoking in pavement pubs, cafes and restaurants, and others are considering following suit, before a new push by the government to make England smoke-free in less than a decade.

The Covid outdoor eating culture has given the issue of smokers outside pubs and cafes a new visibility. Last summer there was an attempt to push through an amendment to legislation in the House of Lords to make pavements smoke-free, but it failed.

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British American Tobacco raised its annual revenue growth forecast on Tuesday as the cigarette maker’s focus on e-cigarettes and tobacco-heating devices pays off, sending its shares up 2%.

The London-listed company said it expected revenue growth of more than 5% at constant currencies, above its previous range of 3% to 5% for the year to December. It stuck to its growth expectation for adjusted earnings per share in the mid-single digit range.

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On 28 May, WHO, alongside the Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan and the Uzbekistan Medical Students’ Association (UzMSA Phenomenon), launched the “Commit to Quit” nationwide campaign online in association with World No Tobacco Day, with the aim of expanding access to services for those looking to quit tobacco.

Tobacco use causes a significant health burden, killing over 8 million people a year around the world. Seven million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use, with a further 1.2 million non-smokers dying from exposure to second-hand smoke.

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Over the past few months a spate of high school principals in New Zealand have spoken out about a hazy, sickly-sweet 'epidemic' emerging in their schools: vaping, or e-cigarettes. Vaping is held up by anti-smoking advocates as a game-changer in helping people addicted to tobacco wean themselves off it.

And while statistics show smoking is on the decline throughout New Zealand, there is evidence that vaping is enjoying an ascendency.

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British American Tobacco (BAT), which trades in Ireland as PJ Carroll, has accused the State’s tobacco regulator of “inaction” for failing to rein in its commercial rivals over allegations that some of them are selling new products that it claims may be in breach of last year’s ban on menthol-flavoured cigarettes. The Health Service Executive said a year ago that it would investigate tobacco companies for allegedly breaching the Europe-wide ban on menthol flavours, which some have allegedly tried to circumvent with techniques exploiting loopholes while marketing them as menthol substitutes.

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In the summer of 2018, San Francisco residents voted overwhelmingly to ban the sale of flavored nicotine vaping products (as well as flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes). By January 2019, when the prohibition took effect, almost every retailer in the city was immediately compliant. It had been an expensive fight, with companies that sell vaping products spending tens of millions of dollars on one side and billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a longtime anti-smoking funder who has since turned his abstinence-only approach to vaping, bankrolling the opposition with millions of his own.

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Scientific papers suggesting that smokers are less likely to fall ill with covid-19 are being discredited as links to the tobacco industry, reveals an investigation by The BMJ today.

Journalists Stéphane Horel and Ties Keyzer report on undisclosed financial links between certain scientific authors and the tobacco and e-cigarette industry in a number of covid research papers.

In April 2020, two French studies (shared as preprints before formal peer review) suggested that nicotine might have a protective effect against covid-19 - dubbed the "nicotine hypothesis."

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Smoker’s flu is a set of symptoms that people may experience when they stop smoking tobacco or using nicotine. The symptoms of withdrawal from nicotine and tobacco can include symptoms like coughing, fatigue, headache, and sore throat that are associated with the common cold or influenza.

 

About 90% of people who smoke are addicted to nicotine, and most of them will experience some symptoms of withdrawal when they stop using nicotine.1 Symptoms of smoker’s flu can be even more prominent if you quit cold turkey. Withdrawal symptoms, including smoker’s flu, tend to peak within one week of quitting but can linger for up to a month. 

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E-cigarettes are promoted in many countries as a safer alternative to tobacco. However, in the EU, there has been a long-running debate about the health effects of these products. 

As e-cigarettes are so new, the Commission has been cautious when it comes to how they are regulated across the bloc. 

At the moment, they are covered by the Tobacco Product Directive as they contain nicotine. However, a new report says they could fall under pharmaceutical regulation in the future. 

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The latest EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) report makes no attempt to understand why the one EU country where snus is legal also has the EU’s lowest smoking rates.

The TPD 2021 Application Report, published by the European Commission on May 20 as required under the Directive, singles out novel tobacco products as posing “specific regulatory challenges”.

The report describes the market for tobacco and nicotine products as “more diverse and challenging to regulate”, claiming that new product categories “circumvent existing regulations” and can’t be fully addressed by existing TPD provisions.

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“According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), India is home to 12 per cent of the world’s smokers. There are approximately 120 million smokers in India and more than 10 million people die each year due to tobacco in India,” said Dr Suresh Goyal, senior consultant of pulmonary medicine at Ivy Hospital, in an online awareness session. He said smoking affects almost all organs of the body. “It causes various types of cancer, like mouth, lungs, food pipe, kidney and pancreas etc. It leads to heart diseases, stroke, lung diseases (asthma and COPD) and various eye problems. 

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In 2018, Caleb Mintz sensed something wasn’t right about a presentation given at his school, the renowned Dwight School on the Upper West Side. 

Someone had been brought in to supposedly teach Mintz, then a ninth-grader, and his classmates about the dangers of tobacco and vaping. But the speaker had been sent by Juul Labs, the company behind the discreet vaping device that Mintz and nearly all of his friends had tried. 

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study published today in BMC Public Health demonstrates a potentially harmful relationship between adolescents using e-cigarettes who then go on to smoke tobacco cigarettes. This behavior may undermine hard-won progress in tobacco control that have been largely delivered through preventing smoking initiation in youth. Author of the study, Jean Long, talks more about the research in this blog.