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There are concerns that the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS) in children and adolescents could potentially be harmful to health. Understanding the extent of use of these devices is crucial to informing public health policy. We aimed to synthesise the prevalence of ENDS or ENNDS use in children and adolescents younger than 20 years.

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Panama’s National Assembly has passed a bill that would prohibit sales of vaping products and restrict where they can be used. The vape product ban will not become law until signed by President Laurentino Cortizo, who vetoed an earlier version of Bill 178.

The new law would ban sales of all vaping products, with or without nicotine. The ban would also apply to heated tobacco products (HTPs) like IQOS. The bill was sponsored by the President of the Assembly, Deputy Crispiano Adames.

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As a global society, we are living in reliably unreliable times, bathed in the dubious glow of a bonfire of certainties. Please allow me to add another set of conventions to the pyre: our most maligned and restricted drugs might heal us.

Consumers, the medical community and regulators are beginning to re-examine taboo substances through the fresh light of evidence and experience. Cannabis, nicotine and psychedelics will create a new, transgressive wellness and form part of our collective health and wellbeing in the years to come.

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North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new technique that can alter plant metabolism. Tested in tobacco plants, the technique showed that it could reduce harmful chemical compounds, including some that are carcinogenic. The findings could be used to improve the health benefits of crops.

"A number of techniques can be used to successfully reduce specific chemical compounds, or alkaloids, in plants such as tobacco, but research has shown that some of these techniques can increase other harmful chemical compounds while reducing the target compound," said De-Yu Xie, professor of plant and microbial biology [...]

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Since the start of the pandemic, the world has lost an estimated 3.75 million people to COVID-19; a devastating figure that remains under half the annual death toll from smoking. Every day, 1.1 billion smokers still light up around the world, a figure that has stalled for over 20 years despite decades of tobacco control efforts. Eighty per cent of the world’s smokers live in low and middle-income countries (LMIC), least able to cope with the disease burden of smoking, and in higher income countries, smoking is a major cause of health inequalities.

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When my eldest son started high school, our whole family looked forward to the new experiences he had ahead of him. Imagine our disappointment and concern when he told us that his first three weeks of high school had been marked by numerous invitations to vape with some of his new classmates.

Unfortunately, this experience is not uncommon across our country. E-cigarettes, or “vapes” as they are known, are the most commonly used tobacco products among young people. Currently, nearly 4 million of them are vaping, including 1 out of every 5 U.S. high school students.

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Dr. Patt Denning has been a leading harm reduction advocate for over 30 years. A co-founder of the Harm Reduction Therapy Center (HRTC) in Oakland/San Francisco, she is also a highly influential author. [...] Denning and Little have educated thousands of people in the US and abroad through HRTC’s workshops. During the pandemic, HRTC parked its van at mobile drop-in sites, COVID-19 shelter-in-place hotels and COVID-19 Safe Camping Sites—providing free therapy, hot food and bottled water to the city’s most vulnerable residents. In a few months, they will open a new harm reduction-based drop-in center in San Francisco. [...]

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A renowned Filipino family doctor pushes tobacco harm reduction (THR) as a public health strategy to help reduce the risks faced by around 17 million Filipino smokers. Dr. Lorenzo Mata Jr., president of advocacy group Quit For Good, said vapes and heated tobacco products that are considerably less harmful alternatives should not be taken off the shelves while the very much harmful combustible cigarettes remain easily accessible. “The harm reduction potential of electronic vapor products should be maximized instead and regulated to minimize the risk to the youth and the non-smokers,” [...]

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Ethan Nadelmann founded—and for decades ran—the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), and is without question one of the most significant figures in the history of drug policy reform. Beyond helping to drive state-level marijuana legalization to the point where it took on seemingly unstoppable momentum, he and his organization won victories for harm reduction interventions across the United States, and he has been a major participant in international drug policy conversations since at least the publication of his 1993 book, Cops Across Borders: The Internationalization of US Criminal Law EnforcementRolling Stone once referred to him as “the real drug czar.”

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Professor Riccardo Polosa discuss in an interview on Medical Tribune the results of his study: heated tobacco products produce fewer exacerbations and better quality of life in COPD patients compared to conventional cigarettes. [...] According to my experience, many COPD patients can’t or don’t want to quit smoking, although It is well known that cigarette smoking is a significant risk factor for COPD. This study, first in its kind, monitored health parameters COPD patients who ceased cigarette consumption after switching to HTPs. [...]

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It was a pivotal public health crisis in America before the Covid-19 pandemic -- and then we stopped talking about it.

E-cigarettes became ubiquitous in high schools across the country, resulting in scores of teens addicted to nicotine. And though industry leader Juul Labs denied that was ever its intent, the company landed front-and-center in a heated debate.
In recent years, Juul, which once held the majority of the US e-cigarette market, has been embattled in a deluge of lawsuits and investigations into its products' appeal to kids. [...]

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The podcast is powerfully contrarian, but not in a trollish sense. Instead, it genuinely challenges listeners to rethink their priors about drug use and drug abuse and the supposed bright lines between “good drugs” (like pot) and “bad drugs” (like opioids). Early guests will include the acclaimed sex-advice columnist Dan Savage; the former president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos; and the bearded integrative medicine guru Dr. Andrew Weil, who began his research career at Harvard in the 1960s studying psychoactive drugs.

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Compared with heterosexual smokers, menthol cigarette smoking is higher among lesbian, gay and bisexual cigarette smokers, according to a Rutgers-led study, especially among bisexual and lesbian/gay female cigarette smokers.

The study, published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, examined national data from 2015 to 2019 of individuals ages 18 years and older by sex and sexual identity and found that among smokers, 54 and 50 percent of bisexual and lesbian/gay females smokers preferred menthol cigarettes, respectively, compared with 39 percent of smokers overall.

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Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) usage use has increased exponentially, especially in youth and young adults. For many, the usage of these products results in a severe addiction, one that is difficult to discontinue. Further, e-cigarette cessation is challenging as there are no specific guidelines directing such medical management for patients and their respective clinicians. Here, we report a case series of patients who we are attempting to wean from e-cigarettes with medical guidance.

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“I stopped smoking seven years ago by switching to vaping. Not only did Health Canada not
approve of my method, but Health Canada was also of the opinion I was breaking the law by
quitting according to the notice issued by the department in 2009.”

“CTNS 2020 results published in “The Daily” on the Government of Canada website indicate that
the physical number of youth who have vaped in the past 30 days (291,300) has dropped by
roughly 8.8% from CTNS 2019 (319,295).”

“Hypothetical or potential risks do not provide substantive evidence of definitive harm. “This
product will hurt you because the contents might be dangerous” is an illogical statement. [...]

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Businesses will face fines of up to $11 million from later this year if they supply nicotine vaping products that fall foul of a strict new set of safety guidelines from the medicines regulator.

From October, minimum safety and quality standards will come into effect for vaping goods that are supplied into Australia and are not registered in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. There are currently no nicotine vaping products in the register.

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The new law signed by Gov. Ned Lamont that legalizes and regulates adult-use cannabis, will also have a positive effect on indoor air quality, according to officials from the Connecticut Department of Public Health. [...]
“This new law addresses changes to indoor smoking and vaping which will benefit the health of our residents,” said Acting DPH Commissioner Dr. Deidre S. Gifford. "Reducing the places where smoking and vaping are allowed sends an important message about just how dangerous these exposures are to your health. Exposing non-smokers to secondhand smoke and aerosol puts them at risk as well.”

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Even before COVID-19 ravaged our country, e-cigarettes posed a serious health threat to America’s youth. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, the youth vaping crisis remains an urgency that Congress must address. 

Not only have changes in shopping habits during the pandemic made e-cigarettes easier for underage users to obtain, research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that young people who vape are five to seven times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than those who don’t. 

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It’s inexplicable. The Canadian government appears hellbent on destroying the health and wellbeing of over one million citizens in a misguided, ill-conceived effort to eradicate nicotine use in the country. Joining us today on RegWatch is Janine Timmons, a concerned Canadian user of nicotine vaping products and long-time supporter of the federal Liberals. Timmons is shaken by Health Canada’s “absolutely reckless” move to ban flavors, which the regulator acknowledges will push some people back to smoking.

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Tobacco group Philip Morris International agreed on Friday to buy Vectura (VEC.L) for 1.05 billions pounds ($1.44 billion), giving the U.S. firm access to the British drugmaker's respiratory ailment treatments and inhaling device technology.

The move by Philip Morris is the latest push by big tobacco companies to change their image following years of negative press and lawsuits for marketing and selling cigarettes, a product that health advocates and experts say continues to be a leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide.