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The Endgame Revisited

Does the endgame mean the end of tobacco and nicotine use? Or is the endgame, as I believe, the final stages of a transition—a shift from an unsustainable to a sustainable nicotine market? At the heart of this question is a fundamental confusion about the public health aims for tobacco and nicotine policy. This dispute is rarely surfaced and never resolved but confronting it has now become unavoidable. At least five objectives can be identified in tobacco control (...)


Smokers Not More Susceptible to COVID-19 Infection: Researchers

It’s not news that smoking is bad for human health and the leading risk factor for many heart problems and cancers. It also reduces immunity, and makes people more likely to respiratory infections. But researchers have found recently that smokers might not be more susceptible to infection or illness caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). However, according to Riccardo Polosa, Professor of Internal Medicine at Italy’s University of Catania and a world-renowned researcher into tobacco harm reduction, there is still an area of active research and the jury remains out on the claims. Polosa sat down with Daily News Egypt to talk further on this critical issue. As with any viral infection, the symptoms and severity of symptoms generally depend on two key factors: the viral load and the (...)


Australia is Looking to a Virtual Ban on the Use of Vaporised Nicotine but Could Such a Move Worsen Health Outcomes for Smokers?

Australia is set to all but ban liquid nicotine for vaping, except for those with a prescription, so from January 1st, 2021 individuals will face huge fines for attempting to import liquid nicotine. But one prominent health professional says the ban ignores a range of potential benefits of vaping nicotine - specifically for the more than two million Australians who smoke cigarettes. Dr Alex Wodak is a member of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association and a Emeritus Consultant, at St Vincent's Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service, in Sydney.


The 2020 IECIE Shenzhen eCig Expo

Alongside the physical event, the 2020 IECIE Shenzhen eCig expo will also be featuring an iconic new virtual expo, and both will be taking place between the 20th and 22nd of August. The organisers of the IECIE Shenzhen eCig expo, Informa Markets Creative, have decided to reschedule the physical expo to 20-22 August 2020, and feature alongside it a new virtual expo IECIE international eCig Virtual Expo, also held at the same time. Besides the travel limitations still in place due to Covid-19, the virtual expo will also attract vapers who for reasons or others are unable to travel, and would normally miss such an event. The IECIE International eCig Virtual Expo is in fact estimated to attract 10,000 e-cig users worldwide and give the opportunity to over 2500 vape exhibitors to engage in business virtually through any device.


E-Cig Flavor Ban Grows $10 Billion Massachusetts Black Market

In early June, Massachusetts’s ban on flavored e-cigarette products went into effect. Massachusetts is the first state to prohibit the retail sale of flavored vaping products and flavored tobacco products like menthol cigarettes. While flavored e-cig use is still allowed in a handful of state licensed “smoking bars,” products in those establishments are hit with a whopping 75 percent excise tax. Testimony in June at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Illegal Tobacco Task Force reveals how flavored e-cig users are responding to the ban. The task force concluded the ban will lead to “an increase in smuggling activity and black-market sales.”


20% of Smoking-related Cancer Survivors Continue to Smoke, Study Finds

Nearly 20 percent of survivors of smoking-related cancers continued to smoke even after recovery, according to a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open. The percentage was far greater among survivors of all types of cancer who had been smokers. More than half -- 56 percent -- remained active smokers, they said. "The percentage of current smokers among smoking-related cancer survivors was substantially higher than that in the general population of about 14 percent," study co-author Sanjay Shete told UPI.


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