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The World Health Organisation’s ‘Tobacco Free Initiative’ aims to speed up the gradual transition to a smoke-free world. And yet, for some reason, it is also opposed to vaping, the safe alternative to smoking which is the best tool we have for helping people quit cigarettes. It is clear, then, that the WHO doesn’t actually care about (...)

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Despite increases in e-cigarette sales restrictions, support for sales restrictions and perceived impact on young adult use are unclear. We analyzed Feb-May 2020 data from a longitudinal study of 2,159 young adults [...] in 6 metropolitan areas (Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, San Diego, Seattle). We examined support for e-cigarette sales restrictions and – among e-cigarette users – perceived impact of flavored vape product and all vape product sales restrictions on e-cigarette and cigarette use (and potential correlates; i.e., e-cigarette/tobacco use, use-related symptoms/health concerns).

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Researchers say physicians need to understand accurate nicotine risks better to assist patients addicted to the most harmful tobacco products. Most physicians mistakenly believe that nicotine leads to cancer, and heart and respiratory diseases, according to (...)

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Although Ukraine is often perceived as one of the least free countries in the world, it is more liberal than many when it comes to accessing alcohol, for example, or methadone. And yet, as in many other countries, our political dynamic around e-cigarettes is anything but positive.

On June 1, the Ukrainian Parliament passed in the first reading the draft law #4358: “On Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine on Public Health Protection from Harmful Tobacco Exposure.” Some key provisions include a prohibition of the use of e-cigarettes in public places, along with advertising, sponsorship and promotion of nicotine vapes. [...]

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Sensible vaping regulations are in force from today in New Zealand under the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products Act. They are a stark reminder of how far Australia is falling behind best practice and the rest of the western world. While Greg Hunt insists on nicotine prescriptions and pharmacy-only sales, New Zealand adults can buy nicotine e-liquid as a consumer product from a wide range of retail outlets. The laws strike a good balance between ensuring that safe (...)

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Because nicotine can produce neuroadaptations in the brain that make it hard to quit smoking, researchers have sought ways to treat nicotine dependence with non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques that counteract abnormal brain activity associated with chronic nicotine exposure.

This review, published by the scientific journal Addiction, looked at twelve randomised controlled trials of NIBS methods on a combined total of 710 participants with nicotine dependence. [...]

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As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nears a September deadline to decide on the legality of vaping products in the United States, abstinence-only advocates have been doubling down on their message: ban flavors. Largely led by the influential Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) and the Parents Against Vaping E-cigarettes (PAVE), these organizations cry for prohibition every chance they get. Now, a new study suggests that if “vape product sales were restricted to tobacco flavors,” one-third of US vapers aged 18 to 34 say they’ll switch to smoking. The authors of the paper, published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research, analyzed data from (...)

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The paper purports to show links between a group of consumer advocates, ENDS Cigarette Smoke Thailand (ECST), and Philip Morris Thailand Ltd (PMTL), who it is alleged worked together to oppose the ban on e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products in Thailand. The paper also purports to show that Thai tobacco control organisations were successful in countering tobacco industry efforts to overturn the ban. These claims are not supported by the accompanying data and analysis.

 

ECST (run by AS, joint-author of this review) is a Facebook page with contributions from harm reduction advocates in Thailand and which has campaigned against the ban on e-cigarettes in Thailand.

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Stanton Glantz, one of the world’s best-known tobacco researchers, had everything going for him — a first-class brain, financial support, a tenured professorship and a passion for his work. No scientist, it seemed, was more committed to reducing the death and disease caused by smoking. Glantz is no longer a hero, not to Siegel and not to other critics who once fought alongside him in the battle against smoking. They say that Glantz’s hard-line opposition to all things tobacco has led him to exaggerate the dangers and downplay the disruptive potential of e-cigarettes, which have helped millions of smokers quit. Glantz is “clever and capable and none of what he has done is accidental or sloppy,” says Clive Bates, a British anti-smoking activist and persistent Glantz critic.
Just days ago, a 2018 study by Glantz linking e-cigarettes with heart attacks was (...)

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Konstantinos Farsalinos, MD, Asa Saligupta ECST, Jena Fetalino JFPR, Mirza Abeer ASAP. Discussing the corruption of information in scientific journals, bullying of researchers and advocates and what consumers and governments can and should do about obtaining the *facts* around Tobacco Harm Reduction

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Recent figures released by Statistics Canada, have indicated that Canadians in their twenties are quitting smoking at an unprecedented rate. The Canadian Tobacco and Nicotine Survey has indicated that between 2019 and 2020, there was a 40% drop in smoking rates in this specific age group, from 13.3% to 8%. This figure is (...)

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Shares in Chinese vaping firms slid on Thursday after state media reported many minors are able to purchase e-cigarettes in the country despite a ban on sales to under-18s and cited an expert as saying a tougher crackdown was needed. Xinhua news agency said its reporters made unannounced visits to e-cigarette shops in the northern cities of Tianjin and Shenyang and found that while all had signs stating sales to minors were prohibited, enforcement of the law varied in practice.

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Graphic Warning Labels are to be implemented in the US in July 2022, depending on litigation. This will be about 10 years after they were first proposed. Meanwhile, 120 other countries have implemented them already.

The FDA states that their purpose for the warnings is to provide a constant reminder to smokers about the health consequences of smoking, not to force them to quit.

In our study, 3 months of having cigarettes repackaged into graphic warning packs was associated with smokers thinking more about quitting and not getting as much pleasure out of their cigarettes. However, thinking about quitting is only the first step to conquering a nicotine addiction.

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When Taylor Cage attends the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) in Las Vegas every year, she keeps an eye out for the next hot product. Usually held in January, TPE tends to be a solid indicator for where the nicotine industry will go next.

In 2020, when Cage attended, “it was all about disposables,” she said. And the evolution of the industry that year—as well as the news coverage around it—certainly supports that claim. Puff Bar, which became the most villainized vape of this kind (used until they run out of e-liquid and then tossed away), briefly seemed to replace Juul as abstinence-only prohibitionists’ biggest target.

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If, as was by now apparent, the use of moist snuff did not cause disease, the prohibition of snus was not merely arbitrary, it was perversely counter-productive. Estimates varied, but it was certain that many smokers would switch to snus if given the chance, with all the reduction in lung cancer and heart disease that would accompany it.

This was not wishful thinking. Sweden was living proof. In 1976, its male smoking rate had been an unexceptional 40%. Thereafter, snus consumption more than doubled as the hazards of smoking became widely acknowledged. By the end of the century, Sweden’s smoking rate was the lowest in Europe. [...]

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Spain’s e-cigarette industry has launched legal action against the central government, claiming a long-running anti-vaping campaign is against the law on several counts.

The lawsuit, started by the Union of Vaping Promoters and Entrepreneurs (Unión de Promotores y Empresarios del Vapeo, UPEV), claims the Ministry of Health campaign “El tabaco ata y te mata” (“Tobacco ties and kills you”) violates several articles of the Spanish General Law of Advertising and the Law of Publicity and Institutional Communication.

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Last week, the World Health Organisation published yet another report which spreads fake news and false myths about vaping.  Despite the tool being recognised as 95 percent less harmful than conventional smoking, the WHO’s scientifically unjustified vaping witch-hunt could cost millions of lives. [...] The WHO systematically ignores the wealth of scientific evidence pointing to the benefits of vaping, not to mention the first-hand experience of millions of vapers. Unfortunately, this anti-vaping approach has spill over effects to other jurisdictions - especially to low- and middle-income countries, but also the European Union.

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Results from a study published in JAMA fail to demonstrate the noninferiority of cytisine compared with varenicline as a smoking cessation agent. Although cytisine was better tolerated by patients, varenicline was associated with greater likelihood of continuous smoking abstinence.

Prior trials have demonstrated that cytisine is more effective than placebo and nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation. However, its relative efficacy compared with varenicline, the most effective known smoking cessation agent, is unclear.

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The use of e-cigarettes (vaping) during pregnancy poses a significant health risk for the offspring, impairing blood vessel function even into adulthood, according to a new study [...] Diminished blood vessel capacity increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. [...] This study was conducted using a rat model. Female rats were exposed to e-cigarette aerosol one hour a day for five days a week during pregnancy. The offspring were examined at one month, three months and seven months (adulthood), at which time the adverse effects of vaping were discovered.

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India is slowly witnessing a decline in smoking, owing to the pandemic. While this news brings a lot of hope, there is still a whopping 367 million tobacco users in India with7.7% ‘bidi’ smokers. So, a lot more people at still at risk of developing Cancer and other diseases related to smoking.

 


What’s worrying is that majority of the regular smokers of tobacco, marijuana, and bidi include young adults. Many teenagers and adolescents fall victim to smoking without being fully aware of the repercussions on their health. What starts as a feeling of ecstatic joy, eventually becomes and addiction and a lethal weapon.