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Health experts are pushing for health warning labels to be added to e-cigarettes.

Officials from 15 countries agreed there was now enough evidence to warrant a warning being printed on the packages.

According to health chiefs, the warnings should not be 'softer' than the ones found on cigarettes, Birmingham Live reports.

It became UK law for tobacco packets to carry picture warnings in 2008 and health messages must now take up two-thirds of the pack.


There is only very limited regulation covering the sale of e-cigarettes in the UK. However, they contain nicotine, which is addictive, and have been linked to lung and blood vessel damage.

 

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A health charity is calling for a ban on the over-the-counter sale of vapes, after finding harmful chemicals including disinfectant, petroleum and fish euthanasia drugs inside the electronic smoking devices.
Lung Foundation Australia wants action on the sale of vapes, also known as e-cigarettes, which are largely unregulated but, with colourful packaging and fruity flavours, mostly aimed at young people. Research by Curtin University and partly funded by the foundation found all of more than 50 vapes bought over the counter contained chemicals with "unknown effects on respiratory health".

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Young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to take up tobacco cigarettes, according to an international review of research into vaping.

People under 20 who used vapes were more than three times as likely to have ever smoked tobacco cigarettes, and more than twice as likely to have smoked cigarettes in the previous month, according to a review of 25 studies globally.

 

The review, published in the journal Plos One, was led by Australian researchers and funded by the World Health Organization. It analysed vaping studies in several countries, including the US, UK and Germany.

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Adults younger than 45 years who reported recently using cannabis were 2 times more likely to have had a heart attack (myocardial infarction), and this link was stronger in frequent users, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

These findings add to evidence from earlier studies showing a link between heavy cannabis use and myocardial infarction in people in hospital settings. The current study carefully examines the relationship that frequency of cannabis use and method of consumption have with risk of myocardial infarction in younger adults in the community who aren't at high risk of heart attack because of their age.

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This blog gives my take on how to think about the FDA’s decisions (some taken, some forthcoming) on approving or denying thousands of “pre-market tobacco applications” (PMTAs) to allow vaping products to remain on the US market.  FDA must make decisions no later than 9th September 2021, following legal action brought against the agency. FDA’s Director of the Center for Tobacco Products, Mitchel Zeller, provides the background in a February 2021 blog.

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The draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill will not effectively reduce cigarette sales or smoking-related harm in the country, says tobacco company Philip Morris South Africa.

The bill is expected to further regulate the use, marketing and sales of e-cigarettes or vapes in South Africa, with these products currently operating in a legislative vacuum.

Plans are also in place to introduce further restrictions on the smoking of cigarettes in public places.

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After years facing the constant threat of extinction, it seemed the vapor industry would finally be vindicated. The evidence on e-cigarettes regarding their safety and effectiveness in helping adult smokers is strong. It is at least as strong as that for the other new tobacco products recently approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Conducting an unbiased review of this evidence would all but compel the agency to admit that vaping is safer than smoking and can save lives. But, in the leadup to the FDA’s September 9 deadline to make decisions about which vapor products can stay on the market and which ones cannot, [...]

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After a misstep, it’s about to become illegal to import e-cigarettes without a prescription, which means that, for most Australians, it’ll become all but impossible to vape from October 1.

The misstep tells us a lot about how the Australian government works behind the scenes — most of it good.

Mid last year, Health Minister Greg Hunt announced plans to ban the import of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes and refills without a doctor’s prescription. Border force would be checking parcels.

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The Philippine College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (PCOMS), one of the biggest groups of dental professionals in the country, said that it respects the stance of tobacco harm reduction advocates who are urging smokers to switch from smoking to using non-combustible alternatives. “We are convincing our patients to stop smoking. But if our patients cannot quit, we advise them to at least consider shifting to a non-combustible nicotine delivery system, rather than continue smoking cigarettes and see our patients die of oral cancer,” said Dr. Fernando Fernandez, [...]

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Children are buying super-strength vapes – equivalent to smoking 125 cigarettes – in a craze sparking health fears.

They are so powerful that young users have reported lengthy nosebleeds, coughing up blood, headaches, chest pains and dizzy spells.

More than 53,000 of the Geek Bars brand are sold every week in shops – up from around 2,000 in May – despite many having more than twice the legal level of nicotine, industry figures leaked to the Daily Mail show. 

Thousands more are believed to be bought online.

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Tobacco use causes preventable morbidity and mortality, and leads to high medical costs annually. In Maine, both cigarette and electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among high school students are higher than the national average. To what extent Maine health care providers are familiar with tobacco use prevention is unknown. We aimed to describe the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Maine health care providers regarding youth tobacco use. We also determined what preventive services they provide, and measured their self-efficacy regarding screening and counseling for tobacco use.

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After San Francisco banned adults from purchasing flavored tobacco and vaping products in 2018, a funny thing happened. Teen smoking rates increased.

Now, two other major California cities are considering similar bans. Like San Francisco's, the proposed measures in Los Angeles and San Jose are backed by vocal advocates who argue that candy- and fruit-flavored electronic cigarettes and tobacco products (which minors are already prohibited from legally purchasing) are tempting kids to get addicted to nicotine. [...]

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Seven anti-vaping organizations, led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, have demanded that the FDA immediately regulate synthetic nicotine as a drug. The tobacco control organizations say synthetic nicotine will be used as a loophole by small vaping companies shut out of the flavored e-liquid market. The demand came in a Sept. 2 letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock.

The letter was sent soon after the FDA’s announcement of the first Marketing Denial Orders (MDOs) for flavored e-liquids submitted to the agency for premarket approval. [...]

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“The information available lacks sufficient detail to be able to assess the research fully, and it has not been peer-reviewed or published. So we should be extremely cautious about accepting any of the claims at face value.

“It’s hard to interpret the results, as they say nothing about their statistical methods. The authors claim statistical significance, but without knowing how the values were calculated it’s impossible to say how meaningful they are.

“It’s important to note that the researchers did not look at any clinical outcomes. [...]

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Current regulation of electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products should change with different arrangements put in place for the two groups of products, suggests research published in BMJ Open. [...] Regulation of these products varies significantly by different national health authorities globally and the precise benefit/risk ratio is unknown due to a lack of rigorous data and evidence about their effectiveness and risks as a smoking cessation tool.

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Before delving into what sustainability means for the tobacco market, we must first ask what the word itself means. A good starting point is an observation of the French philosopher Luc Ferry: “I know that this term is obligatory, but I find it also absurd, or rather so vague that it says nothing.”

Ferry captures the problem well. It is often taken as a green concept, promoting enlightened practices on energy and emissions, waste and recycling and raw materials in the supply chain. A more evolved definition considers social and economic impacts. This has led to a steady output of sustainability reports from major businesses, [...]

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Rabat - Council of Government adopted a draft decree setting the maximum levels of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes. The Moroccan Government Council meeting held this Monday adopted draft decree law No. 2.21.235, regulating the maximum rates of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes.

This draft decree comes as an implementation of Article 25 of Law No. 46.02 pertaining to raw and manufactured tobacco.

The law stipulates the mandatory inclusion of the percentages of carbon monoxide, in addition to data related to the percentages of tar and nicotine on each package of manufactured tobacco.

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For the last 15 years, there’s been a caveat tacked on to any discussion of e-cigarettes’ public health impact. Though millions of people in the U.S. use them regularly, the devices have never been authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

That could change next week, as the multi-billion-dollar vaping industry nears its judgement day. The FDA is supposed to decide by Sept. 9 whether and how e-cigarette companies—including market-leader Juul Labs—may keep selling their products in the U.S. The long-awaited decisions promise to spark controversy no matter which way they go.

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Nicotine-laden e-cigarettes raise a user's risk of blood clots, damage small blood vessels and can also raise heart rate and blood pressure, a new study finds.

The effects are similar to those caused by traditional cigarettes, and raise the concern that long-term vaping could help cause heart attacks or strokes, the Swedish research team warned. "Our results suggest that using e-cigarettes that contain nicotine have similar impacts on the body as smoking traditional cigarettes," said study author Gustaf Lyytinen, a clinician at Helsingborg Hospital and researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

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Parents who smoke harm the health of their own children
Warnings against the dangers of smoking can be read on every cigarette box and in every advertisement for smoking brands. Those who smoke endanger themselves and also those around them, who inevitably become passive smokers. This way, parents who smoke harm the health of their own children. A first-of-its-kind study in Israel by researchers from the Sackler Medical School of Tel Aviv University uncovers alarming data about secondhand smoking by children of smokers: According to the study, nicotine residues were found in the hair samples of 7 out of 10 children who participated. [...]