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February 21, 2024 by news-medical.net

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Menthol cigarette ban would likely lead to meaningful reduction in smoking rates

A recent study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research reveals that banning menthol cigarettes can significantly decrease smoking rates. Menthol cigarettes pose public health concerns as they make it easier to start smoking, increase nicotine absorption, and hinder quitting efforts. Globally, menthol cigarette usage varies, with a high prevalence among young people, minorities, and low-income individuals. Research indicates that national bans are more effective than local ones, leading to higher quit rates. The study supports the US FDA's proposal to ban menthol cigarettes, highlighting the harm caused by the delay in implementing the ban, especially among Black communities.


18.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 48.7 million current smokers in United States 21.60% of men are current smokers but only 15.20% of women.
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February 21, 2024 by theregreview.org

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Clearing the Cloud on E-Cigarette Regulation

Scholar Samuel Hampsher-Monk advocates for regulating e-cigarettes to help smokers transition from traditional cigarettes. He proposes measures like taxing e-cigarettes less than cigarettes, banning appealing flavors for youths, creating smoke-free areas, setting lower nicotine limits for traditional cigarettes than e-cigarettes, and using different public use bans for vaping and smoking. Hampsher-Monk emphasizes the importance of balancing regulations to prevent youth addiction while aiding smokers in quitting. Promoting e-cigarettes as a safer alternative with proper warnings and advertising restrictions is key.



February 21, 2024 by medicalxpress.com

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Young adults with cognitive disabilities and major depressive episodes found more likely to vape nicotine

A study led by Gilbert Gimm at Mason's College of Public Health found that adolescents and young adults with cognitive disabilities have a higher prevalence of nicotine vaping compared to those without disabilities. The study also links major depressive episodes (MDEs) to vaping in this population. Researchers stress the need for support and early interventions for at-risk youth. Data from the study, published in Addictive Behaviors, suggests screening for depression as a risk factor for e-cigarette use among students with disabilities.


18.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 48.7 million current smokers in United States 21.60% of men are current smokers but only 15.20% of women.
SOURCE: GSTHR


February 21, 2024 by theglobeandmail.com

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Opinion: We’ve won the war on smoking – except that we haven’t

It was one of the most successful public health campaigns in history: starting in the 1960s, Canadian governments began educating the public about the link between cancer and smoking, and then creating regulations on the marketing and branding of cigarettes. This effort shifted society, and smoking prevalence in Canada fell from 50 per cent in 1965 to under 11 per cent in 2021. Offices, restaurants, bars and even many parks are now smoke-free – all of which would have been unthinkable a few decades ago. The prevention campaigns that exist are working, and most people aren’t smokers.


12.50% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 3.9 million current smokers in Canada 14.80% of men are current smokers but only 10.20% of women.
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February 21, 2024 by eureporter.co

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Illicit cigarettes are taking over thanks to EU COP-out

The World Health Organisation's tobacco control conference in Panama discusses the rise of illicit tobacco trade, causing smokers to turn to unregulated cigarettes. Critics suggest policies mistakenly perpetuate the problem. Panama faces challenges with counterfeit cigarettes and ineffective regulations, leading to smuggling hubs. European losses due to illegal cigarettes reach €20 billion, with harm reduction measures ignored. Regrettably, bans on safer alternatives like e-cigarettes increase black market sales. Experts criticize WHO strategies in countries like Turkey and India, pointing out failures in reducing smoking rates.



February 21, 2024 by filtermag.org

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At Hostile COP10, Threats to Tobacco Harm Reduction Postponed

The World Health Organization's COP10 conference on tobacco control took place in Panama after being postponed. The conference excluded supporters of tobacco harm reduction, suggesting bans on vaping products and enforcing strict regulations. Critics, like Nancy Loucas, condemned the conference's lack of transparency. Although the conference achieved consensus on some measures, proposals against safer nicotine products were pushed back to COP11 in 2025. Dissent from some delegations prevented further restrictive measures. Advocates expressed disappointment in countries like the UK and Canada for not supporting harm reduction.



February 20, 2024 by tobaccoreporter.com

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Northern Exposure

The nicotine market in North America is evolving, with vape and oral sales rising while traditional combustibles still dominate. Major tobacco companies are shifting toward next-gen products, impacting combustible sales. The U.S. nicotine market is forecasted to reach $107.5 billion by 2024, with e-cigarettes projected to generate $8.8 billion. Nicotine pouches are also growing, with the U.S. market expected to reach $11.03 billion by 2027. In Canada, the market is smaller but growing, with nicotine sales projected at $12.3 billion in 2024.



February 20, 2024 by who.int

Accelerate tobacco and e-cigarette control measures: WHO

The World Health Organization urges intensified efforts in South-East Asia Region to control high tobacco and e-cigarette use, which remains a major health risk. Despite a decline in tobacco use, the region still has the highest tobacco consumption globally. Measures are essential to combat e-cigarettes, especially among youth. Countries like Thailand report a rise in e-cigarette use, with co-use of traditional cigarettes. WHO supports policies to deter tobacco and e-cigarette industry interference and protect the health of over 2 billion people in the region. Progress has been made, with several countries banning or regulating e-cigarettes and reducing tobacco use, aiming to meet NCD targets by 2025.


February 20, 2024 by indianexpress.com

Accelerate tobacco, e-cigarette control measures: WHO to Southeast Asian countries

The WHO urges Southeast Asian countries to combat high tobacco and e-cigarette use for public healt…


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February 20, 2024 by gfn.tv

#COP10 STRIKES AGAIN | Experts take the WHO to task at Good COP / Bad COP

THR advocates and researchers continue to analyse the fallout from #COP10FCTC, and its implications for millions of users of safer products around the globe. In this special episode of GFN News, Brent Stafford of Regulator Watch asked leading THR experts at the Good COP / Bad COP event in Panama for their response to the events of #COP10FCTC.


5.10% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 158,064 current smokers in Panama 8.00% of men are current smokers but only 2.30% of women.
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February 20, 2024 by cosmosmagazine.com

New study adds more smoke to the vaping debate

An international study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that smokers undergoing counseling to quit smoking are more successful when using nicotine vapes. As Australia prepares to make vaping prescription-only, debates continue on their effectiveness. The study involved 1,246 participants, with the vaping group showing higher success rates in quitting smoking at six months compared to the non-vaping group. While vaping was found to be helpful, concerns remain about its long-term use and the potential harm from e-liquids. The study did not compare vaping to other cessation methods.


February 19, 2024 by medicalxpress.com

E-cigarettes boost tobacco use abstinence with smoking cessation counseling

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that combining e-cigarettes with counseling im…

February 15, 2024 by sciencemediacentre.org

expert reaction to e-cigarettes to quit smoking

“This new study is a well-conducted, independent and robust randomized controlled trial, and clearl…

February 15, 2024 by swissinfo.ch

Vaping helps smokers quit tobacco, says global study

A global study led by the University of Bern has found that using e-cigarettes, or vaping, can help…

February 15, 2024 by nejm.org

Electronic Nicotine-Delivery Systems for Smoking Cessation

Electronic nicotine-delivery systems — also called e-cigarettes — are used by some tobacco smokers …