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April 22, 2024 by colinmendelsohn.com.au

The UK Smokefree Generation Proposal: Right Intent, Wrong Priority

The UK's proposed generational smoking ban aims to raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes, though concerns exist about effectiveness and potential fueling of black market sales. Australia must address the stagnant smoking rates among adults while considering innovative solutions like vaping as a safer alternative. Focus should shift towards helping older smokers quit, where vaping has shown promise, rather than solely targeting youth uptake. Prioritizing solutions for stubbornly addicted adult smokers is crucial for public health efforts. Enabling access to safer alternatives could lead to longer and healthier lives, outweighing the emphasis on generational smoking bans.

April 22, 2024 by theconversation.com

The UK plans to phase out smoking. What does this new law mean for tobacco control in Australia?

There are no quick fixes in addressing public health issues like smoking. Measures like increasing tobacco prices and implementing strict regulations have been effective in reducing smoking rates. Recent legislation in the UK aims to phase out the legal sale of tobacco products and prevent future generations from becoming addicted. Australia has also introduced new tobacco control reforms, with a goal of reducing smoking prevalence. The debate on further restrictions on vaping products is ongoing. These efforts highlight the importance of continued vigilance against the tobacco industry's influence to create a smoke-free future for upcoming generations.

April 18, 2024 by theguardian.com

This new bill could wipe out smoking – the only losers would be those who profit from it

Smoking addiction affects many, with about 80,000 deaths yearly in the UK. Smoking-related diseases heavily impact deprived areas. Proposals in a tobacco bill aim to create a smoke-free generation, banning sales to under 15s, supported by health professionals and the public. This move can reduce lung cancer, heart diseases, and birth complications over time. The tobacco industry's tactics to promote addiction are concerning, despite evidence showing control measures reduce illegal sales. The bill's approval could significantly improve public health by preventing future diseases and reducing health inequalities for children.

April 18, 2024 by theguardian.com

This new bill could wipe out smoking – the only losers would be those who profit from it | Chris Whitty

Smoking addiction affects many, with about 80,000 deaths yearly in the UK. Smoking-related diseases heavily impact deprived areas. Proposals in a tobacco bill aim to create a smoke-free generation, banning sales to under 15s, supported by health professionals and the public. This move can reduce lung cancer, heart diseases, and birth complications over time. The tobacco industry's tactics to promote addiction are concerning, despite evidence showing control measures reduce illegal sales. The bill's approval could significantly improve public health by preventing future diseases and reducing health inequalities for children.

April 17, 2024 by spiked-online.com

The panic over vaping is pure hysteria

Vaping has emerged as a safer alternative to smoking, providing nicotine without harmful combustion byproducts. Despite its popularity with 5.2% of UK adults, some still criticize vaping, ignoring evidence of its reduced risks compared to smoking. With misinformation spreading, studies like the one claiming vaping increases heart failure risk by 19% are met with skepticism due to lack of peer-review and potential biases. The WHO's exaggerated warnings, like linking vaping to seizures, lack substantial evidence. Properly regulated vaping is seen as a successful harm reduction tool, contrasting with anti-nicotine sentiments.

April 17, 2024 by londonlovesbusiness.com

Swedish ‘snus tax’ is a game changer in tobacco harm reduction policies

The Swedish government's plan to reduce tax on snus by 20% and increase taxes on cigarettes by 9% has been praised by international experts for recognizing the lower health risks of snus. Sweden aims to become smoke-free, with smoking rates just above 5%, due to the availability and support for alternative products like nicotine pouches and snus. Compared to the EU average, Sweden has significantly fewer tobacco-related deaths. The government's strategy aligns with harm reduction principles, with experts applauding Sweden's leadership in promoting safer alternatives to combat the negative effects of smoking.

April 17, 2024 by bbc.com

MPs back smoking ban for those born after 2009

MPs have backed a plan to ban anyone born after 2009 from buying cigarettes, effectively ensuring it will become law. The measures, championed by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, survived despite opposition from several leading Tory figures - including two ex-PMs. Health Secretary Victoria Atkins told MPs "there is no liberty in addiction" as she defended the plans. The Tobacco and Vapes Bill passed by 383 votes to 67. If they become law, the UK's smoking laws will be among the strictest in the world.

April 16, 2024 by dutchnews.nl

Doctors again call for action on vapes to stop kids smoking

Children have been hospitalized due to severe lung issues from excessive vaping, prompting the Dutch child medicine association NVK to take action for a nicotine-free society and potentially banning e-cigarettes. An alarming 22% of Dutch youth aged 12 to 25 vape, often alongside smoking tobacco. Doctors warn of the tobacco industry's tactics to addict young people. Vaping is cheaper than smoking. The Netherlands banned flavored e-liquids in 2022.

April 15, 2024 by eureporter.co

Is the EU policy approach to tobacco control working?

65% of EU smokers feel policymakers overlook their views on tobacco rules, with many Europeans supporting harm reduction over a tobacco ban. A Povaddo survey for Philip Morris Intl. highlights acceptance of smoke-free alternatives and calls for fair taxation to deter youth. The study reveals public desire for accurate info on less harmful products, endorsing harm reduction policies, and a balanced approach by the EU. Most believe eradicating smoking is impractical, emphasizing harm reduction policies. Illicit trade concerns are high, with majority opposed to bans and recognizing the security risks.

April 11, 2024 by bbc.com

'Zombie' drug xylazine found in cannabis THC vapes in UK

People using cannabis THC vapes risk inhaling a very dangerous substance called xylazine, UK experts warn after discovering some confiscated products contained the "zombie" drug. It is "alarming" to find it in "even a few" illicit e-cigarettes that many think are pretty harmless, experts say. Dr Caroline Copeland and colleagues from King's College London say new types of illicit xylazine products are now entering the UK market. As well as risky vapes, they found tablets being sold as codeine and diazepam, or Valium, that contained xylazine.