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Eight ways to quit smoking in 2021 – what the science says

Lots of people are greeting the new year with plans to quit smoking. The good news is, there is more evidence than ever on the best ways to boost your chances of success. Below we cover the different methods that science suggests are worth a shot.


Link between smoking, vaping and COVID-19

Could smoking and vaping be helping to spread the coronavirus? Researchers surveyed more than 4,000 teenagers and young adults, looking for a link between COVID-19 and the use of traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The coronavirus was seven times more likely to appear among young people who smoked both types. “These patients put their hands to their mouth, and they might not wear the mask at the same time or they can’t,” said Dr. Fariba Rezaee, with the Cleveland Clinic. “The other problem is that, especially with the teenagers, they share this product with each other, so that’s another risk factor.”


Traditional cigarette sales continuing slow demand decline

Demand for traditional cigarettes remains down slightly in the face of higher prices from the top tobacco manufacturers, according to the latest Nielsen convenience store report released last week. There was an overall 2.1% industrywide decline in sales volume for traditional cigarettes, according to the report for the four-week period that ended Dec. 12. Philip Morris USA had an overall 0.4% traditional cigarette sales increase for the four-week period, even though top-selling Marlboro was down 2.9%.


Young adults who vape cannabis more likely to experience issues

The associations between vaping cannabis and respiratory health symptoms haven’t been fully known before — but one new study has revealed a key discovery. [...] In an online questionnaire for the current study, more than 2,000 young adults who had recently graduated from Southern California high schools reported their history of vaping and smoking behaviors, and respiratory health symptoms. Participants who had vaped cannabis any number of times from within the last month to their overall lifetime had a stronger link to symptoms of bronchitis (daily cough, congestion and phlegm) in comparison to people who had never vaped cannabis. [...]


No more new cigarettes import licence in 2021

THERE will be no more new import licence for cigarettes issued by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department effective Jan 1, 2021, said Customs DG Datuk Seri Abdul Latif Abdul Kadir. However, he said the existing import licences could still be renewed. “To tighten the renewal of Cigarette Import Licence, the additional conditions for importing the minimum quantity of cigarettes that have been set within 12 months must be adhered to,” he said [...]


Experts Comment on Study Analysing Effects of Smoking and Vaping in Pregnancy

Titled, “The effects of prenatal cigarette and e-cigarette exposure on infant neurobehaviour: A comparison to a control group,” the study explored how prenatal e-cigarette exposure compares to prenatal cigarette exposure, in terms of birth outcomes, neurological development and subsequent behavioural abnormalities. The researchers followed eighty-three infants, who were either exposed prenatally to cigarettes or e-cigarettes, or not exposed to either. The differences amongst these groups were assessed by observing measurable birth outcomes and scores on the Neonatal Behavioural Assessment Scale (NBAS) at one month of age.


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