Amid mounting evidence pointing to the relative safety of e-cigarettes compared to combustible ones, India’s ban on the former appears to be on shaky ground. Celebrated by many in the tobacco control field, India with much ado banned the sale of e-cigarettes two years ago. The decision was taken to protect the country’s youth following news from the US about alarming rise in teen use, with the final straw being the spate of deaths there due to e-cigarettes.
Tash Barlow started smoking when she was 16.
Six years later, she was on 20 cigarettes a day, and had already tried the popular quit methods.
"We did the patches, we did the gum, we did Champix, we tried everything and none of it worked," the Darwin local explains.
Tash and her husband Dylan decided to try vaping [...] "As soon as I picked up the vape, I didn't need cigarettes anymore. We were using nicotine in our juice and we just gradually cut down on that as well."
To mark World Vape Day, BAT has [...] published a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence for vaping products (e-cigarettes), their potential health effects and their role in Tobacco Harm Reduction.
This review shows that, over the past decade, the number of people who incorrectly believe vaping is as harmful or more harmful than smoking conventional cigarettes has risen in the UK, Europe, and the U.S. This is despite several scientific reviews , , published in the same period showing that vaping products manufactured in accordance with quality standards present less risk to health than cigarettes.
Vaping—one word, but not one behavior. Vaping is a method of substance inhalation that delivers anything from blueberry-flavored vitamin D to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) into the body. While health professionals often refer to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vaping synonymously, e-cigarettes represent only a small fraction of the growing market for vaping products available to consumers of all ages. So, why all the fuss?
May 31 is World No Tobacco Day and the World Health Organization wants smokers to “commit to quit.” Unfortunately, as with so many issues recently, the WHO misunderstands the problem—and its solution is both patronizing and ineffective. Worse, other WHO policies, such as its opposition to less harmful nicotine products, actually make it more difficult for smokers to quit.
Started by the WHO in 1987, World No Tobacco Day is a “yearly celebration [that] informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what WHO is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, [...]
The World Health Organization’s 'Commit to Quit’ tobacco campaign has made resources from its Quitting Toolkit freely available to more than a billion tobacco users, less than 5 months into the year-long campaign.
WHO launched the campaign to support those millions of tobacco users who are actively taking steps to save their lives, but still need help to succeed.
The campaign is currently working directly with 29 focus countries. Each country agreed with WHO on selected activities, including, running national awareness campaigns, releasing new digital tools, revising policies, engaging youth, training health workers, [...]
Prof Habibe Millat, of Sirajganj constituency, said that tobacco harms all the organs from head to toe. Therefore, it is necessary to reform the existing law and strengthen enforcement.
Four members of the parliament (MPs) recently stressed at a webinar that imposing higher and specific taxes on tobacco products, enlarging the pictorial health warnings to 90% and amending existing laws, including banning e-cigarettes, are now top priorities. Barrister Shamim Haider Patwari, of Gaibandha 1 constituency, said that neighboring countries have pictorial health warnings on tobacco product packets from 80% to 90%, but in Bangladesh it is only 50%.
Welcome to The Great Vape Debate. This publication on Medium will be a home for my writing about tobacco control issues, particularly those affecting electronic cigarettes. I’ve never smoked cigarettes or vaped with a Juul or a Puff Bar. During my years as a reporter covering business, I never wrote about the tobacco industry. So I’m mildly surprised to be engaged by the questions surrounding smoking and e-cigarettes. But engaged I am.
As compared with cigarette smoking, use of Swedish snus is associated with significantly fewer health risks. Nicotine pouches (NPs), a new form of oral nicotine product, are smokeless and tobacco-free, comprising a nicotine-containing cellulose matrix inside a fiber pouch. NPs are similar in appearance/use to snus, but without tobacco, have the potential to further reduce tobacco-related harm. This study aimed to evaluate toxicant levels of NPs to estimate their position on the tobacco/nicotine product continuums of toxicant delivery and risk. [...]
Teenagers who smoke are more likely to use both conventional tobacco products and e-cigarettes, while the prevalence of e-cigarette use among 15–16 year-olds has increased more than four fold since 2014.
The research indicates that adolescents don't see e-cigarettes as an adjunct to quitting a sustained smoking habit, its authors found.
The study, which involved input from almost 4,500 teenagers in the west of Ireland, did however, find young people engaged in sport may see e-cigarettes as a "healthier alternative" and that "that e-cigarettes are targeting a lower risk group who would not otherwise engage in smoking".
University of Otago food scientists have received an Explorer Grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) to develop novel testing methods that will enable regulatory bodies in New Zealand to evaluate the unknown safety and long-term health effects of flavours commonly added to the liquids used in e-cigarettes.
Lead researcher Dr Graham Eyres, who has significant experience researching flavours used in the food industry, says the flavourings added to the liquids used with e-cigarettes or vaping devices are currently regulated under the Food Standards Code. [...]
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Wednesday applauded Oregon lawmakers for passing legislation that will close a loophole allowing underage Oregonians to purchase vaping products over the internet. Under House Bill 2261, all nicotine vaping devices and components will no longer be able to be sold online. “There is no effective way to verify an age or stop minors from purchasing these products over the internet,” Rosenblum said in a press statement. “In Oregon, you cannot buy cigarettes online, and there is no good reason to be able to buy vape products online either.”
Experts' warning over e-cigarettes and their related health risks for those people looking for their first "puff" escalated as the 34th World No Tobacco Day fell on Monday.
China's National Health Commission devoted an entire chapter to e-cigarettes in its latest report on smoking for the first time and stressed in the opening that "there is ample evidence that e-cigarettes are unsafe and pose a health risk." According to the China Report on the Health Hazards of Smoking 2020, over 1 million people die of tobacco-related diseases in China every year. [...]
Dealing with our heart patients who are smokers has always been a major dilemma, ever since I started my clinical practice in internal medicine and cardiology.
Doctors like me have persuaded, motivated, even threatened patients to make them stop smoking. We’re only successful in around three out of 10 cases.
We reach exasperation point with recalcitrant smokers such that if they’re not able to quit smoking in six months, we advise them to see another physician.
As the US Food and Drug Administration takes steps to ban them, menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars might soon become a thing of the past. This action is being taken to try to prevent addiction and save lives, but why flavored tobacco, specifically menthol? The simple answer is that it’s much more addictive than non-flavored tobacco, but the issue goes much deeper. The evidence is becoming irrefutable as more and more studies release their findings; compared to unflavored tobacco, it’s easier to get addicted to menthol cigarettes and harder to quit them. [...]
We now talk to Attorney Ben Nispores.
He's the Legal Consultant of Health Justice Philippines.
Reformed smoker Rebecca Gilbert is urging Māori to break the cycle of tobacco use among whānau and get behind the Government’s proposed Smokefree 2025 Action Plan.
Gilbert, who is acting health promotion manager for the Cancer Society, says many Māori will relate to her experience of spending most of her life entrenched in a community that normalised and embraced smoking from a young age, and turned to tobacco during good times and bad.
“From my teenage years onwards, every social occasion followed a pattern,” Gilbert, said.
In 2019, a survey of 30,000 year 10 students found more than a third had tried e-cigarettes, with three per cent saying they vaped daily — higher than the rate who consider themselves regular smokers.
As of earlier this month, no vaping signs must now be displayed in schools, kura, ECEs and kōhanga reo.
Hobsonville Point School principal Maurie Abraham says it’s harder to deter teenagers from vaping because it’s widely considered to be less harmful than cigarettes.
“I think we’ve been winning the battle with cigarette smoking with teenagers over the years,” he said.
The future of tobacco control is up for grabs. Nowhere was this more apparent than at this year’s US E-Cigarette Summit. [...] The theme of the two-day publicly broadcast event was “discussing the role that e-cigarettes and alternative nicotine products could play in ending or extending the smoking epidemic.” But a second, simpler one quickly emerged: regaining trust.
Some countries like the United Kingdom and New Zealand have embraced e-cigarettes as safer alternatives to combustible cigarettes, but many others have yet to admit their potential.
When San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure banning the sale of flavored tobacco products in 2018, public health advocates celebrated. After all, tobacco use poses a significant threat to public health and health equity, and flavors are particularly attractive to youth.
But according to a new study from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH), that law may have had the opposite effect. Analyses found that, after the ban’s implementation, high school students’ odds of smoking conventional cigarettes doubled in San Francisco’s school district relative to trends in districts without the ban, [...]