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Italy smoking: Want to light up in Milan? Not any more, you can't

Smoking within a 10m (30ft) distance of other people is no longer permitted from Tuesday at bus and tram stops as well as in the city's parks and green spaces, sports and recreational grounds, children's play areas, stadiums and cemeteries. Italy was the first country in the EU to pass a law backing an indoor ban on smoking in public places in 2003. Milan is now the first Italian city to introduce such an extensive outdoor ban, part of a package of measures to improve air quality and combat climate change.


Seizures of liquid marijuana surging in Japan

The amount of liquid marijuana seized in Japan has been surging, putting police and customs authorities on high alert. The estimated amount of marijuana in liquid form confiscated by Tokyo Customs in 2020 jumped nearly 70 times from the previous year’s level. A customs official described the situation as “an explosive increase.” The liquid extracted from marijuana plants has a higher content of hallucinogenic tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, than dried cannabis and can be used in a similar way to electronic cigarettes.


E-cigarettes stress and inflame the lungs, impair key regulatory proteins

E-cigarettes stress and inflame the lungs of rats, compromising important regulatory proteins through exposure, according to research [...] The findings, made possible by a biomolecular technique developed by researchers [...] reveal that vaping induces subtle structural changes in proteins, marking the first time researchers have measured such damage. The results suggest that common compounds in the electronic alternative to conventional cigarettes are not without their own harms. After exposing rats to e-cigarette vapor for three one-hour sessions for three days, researchers discovered signs of oxidative stress: [...]


New Jersey allows smokers to get early coronavirus vaccine. Here’s why

New Jersey this week made millions of people eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, including smokers, a move that prompted gripes about them skipping to the front of the inoculation line. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy made people 65 and older and those 16 and older with medical conditions eligible to get the vaccine. That started Thursday. New Jersey’s list of conditions mirrors that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes cancer, kidney disease and other illnesses. Also listed is smoking. Wait. Why?


Biden Has a Duty to Nicotine Users

The coming presidency of Joe Biden is a new chapter in American history, hopefully closing a divisive chapter of hate among fellow citizens and a lack of basic human decency in the Oval Office. That means new regulations, new executive orders, and President-elect Biden’s highly anticipated legislative priorities for domestic policy. Since the world has faced the scourge of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, one of the main issues for voters is the protection of the public’s health during turbulent times.


NYC Public Housing Residents Denounce Crackdown on Smoking in Their Own Homes

“You either become somebody who lays down and takes it, or you just get to that point that you can’t take it anymore and you have no choice but to stand up and fight back.” A new short documentary opens on Claudia Perez, president of the resident council at a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) building where she lives. She explains the “intimidation tactics,” invasion of privacy and puntive consequences associated with the blanket ban on public housing residents smoking in their own homes.


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