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February 29, 2024 by bbc.com

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Smokers increasingly overestimate vaping risk - study

Fewer smokers in England now see vaping as less harmful than cigarettes, despite evidence tobacco is far worse for health and e-cigarettes can help smokers quit, data suggests. Perceptions are shifting, according to survey responses from more than 28,000 current smokers between 2014 and 2023. The latest round of results found 57% thought vaping just as harmful as smoking or more so. Ideally, people should neither vape nor smoke, the NHS says.


February 29, 2024 by euronews.com

Most adults in England wrongly think vaping is worse or as bad as smoking - study

Vaping, while not without risks, is deemed less harmful than smoking by the UK's NHS. However,…


12.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 7.2 million current smokers in United Kingdom 14.60% of men are current smokers but only 11.20% of women.
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February 28, 2024 by filtermag.org

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New England Journal of Medicine Backs Vapes as Harm Reduction

The New England Journal of Medicine published a study and editorial advocating for e-cigarettes in smoking cessation due to their harm reduction potential. Conducted by the University of Bern, the study found that participants using vapes showed higher abstinence rates compared to those using standard cessation methods. Experts praised the study's impact on healthcare professionals' views. Despite past evidence supporting the switch from cigarettes to vapes for health benefits, skepticism persists due to misconceptions about nicotine and tobacco industry involvement.



February 28, 2024 by capx.co

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A vape tax would make a mockery of Sunak’s smoke-free ambition

Jeremy Hunt is reportedly planning to introduce a tax on vape fluid. Critics argue this punishes consumers for not smoking, contradicting the UK's previous evidence-based vaping policy. Taxing e-cigarettes could lead to an increase in cigarette sales, undermining public health and contradicting the government's anti-smoking efforts. While Hunt aims to discourage smoking by raising tobacco taxes, the illicit tobacco trade is flourishing due to high prices. Public opinion on vaping and tobacco policies could impact future elections. The proposal to tax vapes may further alienate voters.


12.90% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 7.2 million current smokers in United Kingdom 14.60% of men are current smokers but only 11.20% of women.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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February 28, 2024 by salon.com

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Black Americans deserve real tobacco harm reduction options

Health data reveals a painful legacy of deception towards Black Americans. The decades-long failure to curb cigarette addiction has fueled health inequities experienced by Black communities, where smoking disproportionately cuts lives short. But marginalized groups now suffer a new injustice: government agencies banning tobacco alternatives that empower harm reduction. Science shows switching to e-cigarettes provides the single most effective path for Black smokers to reduce smoking.


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 28, 2024 by financialpost.com

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Opinion: Nicotine pouches help smokers quit. Don't ban them

A major problem with pouches, the Society explains, is that they are not regulated like tobacco products. In particular, they come in different flavours, which is not legal for tobacco. But why are flavours a problem? Pouches aren’t a tobacco product. They contain literally zero tobacco. Why should they be regulated as if they were tobacco? Flavoured smoking cessation products have existed in Canada for some time. Nicorette, which comes in gums, lozenges, and sprays, offers a variety of flavours, including mint, fresh fruit, cool berry and mild spearmint.


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 28, 2024 by health.gov.au

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Minister for Health and Aged Care - press conference - 28 February 2024

Vaping or e-cigarettes were sold to our community and communities right around the world as a therapeutic good that would be a really useful tool for hardened smokers, usually middle aged and older Australians who have been smoking for decades, but were finding it really difficult to kick that habit. We now know, after a few years of this health experiment though, that vaping is something very different. This is a deliberate and cynical exercise by the Big Tobacco industry to recruit a new generation to nicotine addiction.


13.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Australia 15.20% of men are current smokers but only 10.90% of women.
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February 28, 2024 by bloomberglaw.com

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E-Cigarette Liquid Makers Lose Market Review in Tenth Circuit

The FDA didn’t mislead two makers of flavored liquids for e-cigarettes when the agency denied their applications to market their products, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit backed the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to toss the marketing applications for flavored liquids for e-cigarettes from Electric Clouds Inc. and Cloud 9 Vapor Products LLC. The two manufacturers requested judicial review of the FDA’s denials, which involved products bearing names such as Ice Cream Dream, Berries Gone Wild, Cap’n Berry Crack, Banana Colada, Apple Pie, and Candy Man.


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 28, 2024 by tobaccoreporter.com

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Penalties for Unauthorized Elf Bar Sales

The FDA is pursuing $20,678 penalties on brick-and-mortar retailers who continue to sell unauthorized Elf Bar e-cigarettes despite warnings. Over 100 complaints have been filed, with concerns that these products are popular among U.S. youth. Retailers failing to address violations face consequences, as shown by the FDA's actions. The agency has issued numerous warning letters and taken enforcement actions against retailers, manufacturers, importers, and distributors for selling unauthorized tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.


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 28, 2024 by abc.net.au

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What are nicotine pouches? Are they safe to use, and why has the government banned them?

Health authorities are increasingly concerned about the illegal sale of a new nicotine product luring in young people and gaining traction across Australia.
Under Australian law, it is illegal for nicotine pouches to be commercially sold or advertised. But online retailers and some Queensland tobacconists are selling the pouches in colourful packaging, marketed as an alternative to smoking and vaping. Queensland Health has notified several Gold Coast businesses "about the illegality of nicotine pouches". 


February 26, 2024 by theconversation.com

Nicotine pouches are being marketed to young people on social media. But are they safe, or even legal?

Nicotine pouches with attractive flavors are being endorsed to youngsters on social media platforms…

February 27, 2024 by sydney.edu.au

Nicotine pouches are being marketed to young people But are they safe

Flavoured nicotine pouches are being advertised to young people on TikTok and Instagram, with some …


13.00% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.6 million current smokers in Australia 15.20% of men are current smokers but only 10.90% of women.
SOURCE: GSTHR

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February 27, 2024 by news-medical.net

Vaping increases susceptibility to COVID-19 infection, study finds

The University of California, Riverside study showed that vapers are more susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection due to e-cigarette aerosols. Nicotine, propylene glycol, and vegetable glycerin in e-liquids enhance COVID-19 infection. Adding benzoic acid to e-liquids can prevent this. The study used airway stem cells to simulate infection and found increased ACE2 and TMPRSS2 with nicotine exposure. Vapers are advised to stop vaping or use acidic e-liquids with benzoic acid to reduce susceptibility. The FDA could use these findings for e-cigarette regulations.


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