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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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  • FDA Considers Banning Online Vape Sales

    FDA Considers Banning Online Vape Sales

    THE US government is considering banning the online sales of e-cigarettes, it has been revealed. Head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Scott Gottlieb has admitted the shock move is one of the proposals "on the table" as part of its crackdown on teen vaping. While speaking on a panel discussion on e-cigarettes hosted by US news website Axios on Tuesday, Gottlieb explained the FDA will reveal more about its future plans in November when they release new data on the use of e-cigarettes by minors. The proposal has already been heavily criticized as a potential disaster to America's...
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  • English E-cig Success: One Smoker Quits Every 80 Seconds

    English E-cig Success: One Smoker Quits Every 80 Seconds

    Almost 400,000 English smokers quit last year - that’s one every 80 seconds. As the country prepares for ‘Stoptober,’ health experts say that quitters using e-cigarettes and local support services have a 63% chance of success. The numbers speak for themselves. Although new smokers have taken up the habit and some ex-smokers have relapsed, there are now one million fewer smokers in England since 2014. Now, Public Health England (PHE), the Government’s health agency, is encouraging more smokers to get help. One in six of England’s 6.1 million smokers wants to quit, PHE says, but most try to go ‘cold...
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  • Australia’s Big Step to Legalize Vaping

    Australia’s Big Step to Legalize Vaping

    Australia - one of the only western countries where nicotine vaping is effectively still banned - has taken an important step towards legalization. Earlier this week, Australia’s Health Minister Greg Hunt succumbed to pressure from members of his Liberal Party and agreed to commission a new scientific inquiry into vaping. Vape advocates welcomed the move, suggesting that it could pave the way for the legalization of nicotine-containing e-cigarettes. Is Vaping Illegal in Australia? Vape law is complicated in Australia. Nicotine-containing e-liquids are classified as a schedule 7 dangerous poison under the National Poisons Standard, so their sale is banned across...
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  • FDA’s Anti-Vape Bathroom Campaign Slammed

    FDA’s Anti-Vape Bathroom Campaign Slammed

    EXPERTS have slammed a new government campaign to place posters on the “dangers” of e-cigarettes in 10,000 high school bathrooms across America. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week a new campaign to warn teens and young people off vaping in response to a so-called “epidemic” sweeping the nation, with a new package of disturbing commercials. But the ads placed in school washrooms as well as distributed across social media including Instagram, Facebook and Spotify, has already received a mixed response with some academics and pro-health campaigners branding the FDA's anti-vape drive as “irresponsible” and potentially ineffective...
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