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  • Smokers Should Hang Out With Vapers To Quit, Research Reveals

    Smokers Should Hang Out With Vapers To Quit, Research Reveals

    SMOKERS wanting to quit their cigarette habit have been urged to spend time with people who vape, following new research funded by Cancer Research UK. Scientists at University College London, who conducted the study, found that smokers who spend time with e-cigarette users were 20 times more likely to try and ditch tobacco for good. Over one in four cigarette smokers in the survey said they were regularly in close contact with e-cigarettes in the past year, with around a third (32.3 per cent) of those admitting they had tried to quit through vaping in the past year, according to...
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  • 'Artificial Intelligence' Installed In Schools To Catch Vapers

    'Artificial Intelligence' Installed In Schools To Catch Vapers

    SCHOOLS across America are increasingly installing Artifical Intelligence in bathrooms to catch young vapers, it has been revealed. Pro-vapers have slammed the latest extreme measures in response to a so-called vaping “epidemic” sweeping the US, saying underage use of e-cigarettes has been vastly over-exaggerated by the media and campaign groups. But over 200 schools in 23 American states and Canada have installed special AI devices, which are trained to detect the water vapour signatures coming from vaping pens, e-cigarettes and other vaping paraphernalia. Its manufacturers claim it is now receiving 20 new inquiries a day from schools. The Fly Sense...
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  • Smoking Alternatives Hit By New UK Tax

    Smoking Alternatives Hit By New UK Tax

    THE UK government is set to introduce a tax on heated tobacco for the first time. In the 2018 Budget announced this week, “heat not burn” smoking alternatives, which include brands such as Philip Morris's iQOS, will be taxed at the same rate as hand-rolling tobacco from April 2019. Britain’s The Mirror newspaper discovered the “hidden” measure after painstakingly trawling through the Budget’s red book, after it was released by Chancellor Philip Hammond on Tuesday (October 30th). Duty on rolling tobacco amounts to around £7 for the smallest (30g) packs, while under the new tobacco duty, prices of cigarettes will...
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  • Marlboro Makers Slammed For Taking Vape Pods Off The Market

    Marlboro Makers Slammed For Taking Vape Pods Off The Market

    MARLBORO makers Altria has pulled its e-cigarette pods from the market - which critics claim is an attempt to get their biggest rival Juul to follow suit. Altria Group Inc announced on Thursday it would also be discontinuing the sale of most of its flavored e-cigarettes in response to the US Food and Drink Administration's (FDA) drive to stop underage vaping. Altria's brands, MarketTen Elite and Apex, represent just nine per cent of the American market, which is dominated by Juul Labs, currently under fire for sparking a so-called "epidemic" of vaping use among teenagers. But critics say Altria has...
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  • More Proof Vaping Helps Smokers Quit

    More Proof Vaping Helps Smokers Quit

    SWITCHING to vaping is successful in helping heavy smokers quit their habit, another new study has shown. New research presented at the nicotine and tobacco research conference, SRNT in Munich, showed – yet again - that e-cigarettes are helping those who are addicted to smoking tobacco. Senior Lecturer Alexis Bailey presented preliminary results to industry experts from his observational study, “SmokeFreeBrain”, which looked at the effect that switching from smoking to vaping for 28 days, had on heavy smokers. The team measured several parameters including psychometric, cardiovascular, quality of life, brain activity and bio-markers of toxicity. Findings from the 31...
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  • Vaping Better For Your Smile Say Scientists

    Vaping Better For Your Smile Say Scientists

    VAPING causes significantly less staining to teeth compared to cigarettes, a new study has found. In the first experiment of its kind, scientists exposed enamel to smoke from cigarettes, tobacco heating products and e-cigarettes. Researchers said that while tar has long been to blame for yellowing teeth when burning cigarettes, the next generation of products are “less complex” and contain lower levels of toxins. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Dentistry earlier this week, found that enamel exposed to vape products, even with heavy use, are no less stained than the teeth of non-smokers. In stark...
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  • Hong Kong To Ban Vaping But Keep Cigarettes

    Hong Kong To Ban Vaping But Keep Cigarettes

    HONG Kong plans to impose a total ban on e-cigarettes, it has been announced – because they are too tempting to young people. Chief executive Carrie Lam said in a policy address on Wednesday (October 11) that all alternative smoking devices, from e-cigarettes to heat-not-burn tobacco products, will be made illegal, including their sale, manufacture and import. Cigarettes and conventional tobacco products, however, will remain available. Hong Kong had ruled out a ban earlier this year and outlined in legislative proposal in June how it intended to regulate e-cigarettes by prohibiting advertising and restricting its sale to minors, as it...
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  • Nicotine Patch Inventor Questions FDA’s Youth Vaping Strategy

    Nicotine Patch Inventor Questions FDA’s Youth Vaping Strategy

    “If anything, restricting e-cigarettes may incentivize youth to try combustible cigarettes instead.”  The man who invented nicotine patches to help smokers quit has raised serious doubts about the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) strategy to combat youth vaping. Last month, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb launched a raft of new enforcement measures as he deplored a new youth vaping ‘epidemic’. New measures included a clampdown on shops selling to minors and the possibility that some products - particularly flavored e-liquids - could be removed from shelves. While Dr. Gottlieb acknowledged that e-cigarettes are a helpful smoking alternative for adults, he said...
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  • Why is the US Ignoring Plain Cigarette Packaging? 

    Why is the US Ignoring Plain Cigarette Packaging? 

    Cigarette branding is powerful stuff. Tobacco companies’ own research shows that half of smokers can’t distinguish one brand of cigarette from another in blind taste tests. “For smokers and especially for the decisive group of new, younger smokers, the consumer’s choice is dictated more by psychological image factors than by relatively minor differences in smoking characteristics.” That’s according to internal documents drawn up by British American Tobacco. Several countries have adopted plain packaging as a way of tackling the appeal of cigarettes. It is still early doors, but studies show that the policy works, especially with young impressionable smokers. So...
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  • Global Vaping Community Calls On WHO To Change Stance On Vape Bans

    Global Vaping Community Calls On WHO To Change Stance On Vape Bans

    A GLOBAL coalition of vaping industry groups has called on the World Health Organisation to change its stance on allowing vaping to be banned. Advocacy groups from sixteen countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia have joined forces to demand the public health agency reverse its stance, which allows some countries to make vaping illegal. At present, while WHO recognizes vaping’s potential for reducing smoking rates, the agency’s tobacco control group contradicts it by allowing member states to ban vaping products outright, should they wish to, as part of a tobacco control plan. Britain’s largest vaping body, the UK...
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