TAnti-tobacco harm reduction campaigners backed by US Federal and state authorities, supportive media and large wodges of Bloomberg cash are about to deliver the worst possible news for millions of American smokers who wish to continue using nicotine while significantly reducing the risk of a premature and painful death...Read More
IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
By now it should be clear to all observers that politicians, public health officials, non-profit health groups and the national media are joined in common cause to force Health Canada into abject retreat on vaping. In this edition of RegWatch we are joined by David Sweanor, Ottawa lawyer, renowned tobacco-control policy expert and harm reduction advocate. We’ll dive into the issues and ask: What and who is driving this train towards total abstinence and what if anything could be done to stop it?
CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo raised c oncerns Thursday over the teen vaping crisis and the long-term health risks. “We don’t know the longitudinal effect of these products,” Merlo told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “Something has to be done.” Merlo said he saw signs that something was wrong with vaping in 2014, around the same time that CVS stopped selling tobacco products at its drug stores. “I can remember going into a retail establishment that was selling [e-cigarettes] and I saw the device with the Hello Kitty logo and the bubblegum liquid,” he recalled. [...]
In Canada, the government of British Columbia is cracking down on vaping products. The plan is to reduce nicotine content, limit access to flavoured pods, mandate plain packaging with health warnings and raise the tax on vaping products to 20 per cent. The rationale is simple. E-cigarettes have exploded in popularity around the world in recent years, especially among teens. Between 2011 and 2018, the proportion of high school students in the United States that use e-cigarettes increased more than 10-fold to 20.8 per cent from 1.5 per cent.
A European health body has said it cannot back vaping as a safe aid to quitting smoking. The European Respiratory Society (ERS) said it cannot recommend tobacco harm reduction strategies and that there is no evidence alternative nicotine products are safe. They say a reduced but continued exposure to toxicants is a “bad alternative to quitting smoking” and that harm reduction should be used for a minority of high-risk smokers rather than the general population.
I didn’t open a business to make money off of nicotine-addicted teens, but to create a safe space for people like me looking to quit smoking. I discovered vaping in 2008 after smoking cigarettes for 30 years. It was life changing. I had wanted to quit but nothing I tried helped me — not the patch, pills, nicotine gum or the cold turkey route. The first couple of times I tried vaping, I was skeptical it could replace or even wean me off cigarettes. But I found that it helped me accomplish something I never thought was doable — quit smoking entirely.
Nearly one in three high school students has reported using a tobacco product recently, according to a new federal survey released on Thursday, evidence that concerns over nicotine addiction among teenagers are not limited to e-cigarettes. “The data released today on youth tobacco product use are deeply troubling and indicate that past progress in reducing youth use of these products has been erased,” said Brian King, [...] “These troubling rates of use are being driven by e-cigarettes, which have no redeeming aspects among youth.”
Nova Scotia says it will become the first province to make it illegal to sell flavoured e-cigarettes and juices, announcing Thursday a ban that will come into force on April 1. The province has worked hard to become a smoke-free culture and doesn't want to lose ground as the number of people vaping continues to grow, Health Minister Randy Delorey said in a news release. The particular concern is young people. Smoke Free Nova Scotia recently conducted a survey that showed 95 per cent of young people who vape in Nova Scotia said they prefer flavoured juices [...]
The case study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, suggests the condition in the lungs of an unnamed 49-year-old woman was likely caused by vaping. Hard-metal pneumoconiosis can result in permanent scarring, breathing difficulties and chronic coughing. The woman vaped cannabis oil - which has been linked to many of the hundreds of cases of lung illness in the US have been linked to. One of the authors of the case study, Kirk Jones [...] said: "Hard-metal pneumoconiosis is diagnosed by looking at a sample of patient's lung tissue under the microscope.
Anti-tobacco harm reduction campaigners backed by US Federal and state authorities, supportive media and large wodges of Bloomberg cash are about to deliver the worst possible news for millions of American smokers who wish to continue using nicotine while significantly reducing the risk of a premature and painful death.
Over half a billion smokers live in Asia, and Asian countries have some of the highest per capita smoking rates – and some of the highest numbers of smoking-related deaths – in the world.
Given the staggering damage to its citizens’ health that smoking is responsible for you’d think that regional governments would be eagerly embracing any less harmful alternatives such as vapes and heat-not-burn (HNB) devices to encourage people to wean themselves off conventional tobacco