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Vaping is safer than smoking but needs to be regulated

This year will be remembered by most Australians for the summer bushfires and the pandemic. For the 500,000 nicotine vapers in this country, it will mark the year Australians rallied to make their voices heard to save their new lifesaving, harm-reduction tool. Nicotine vaping has gained in popularity over the past several years as the technology advances. Switching to vaping allows Australia’s almost three million smokers to continue enjoying nicotine but without the dangerous tars and other toxins responsible for the death of 21,000 smokers every year. [...]


Smoking traditional cigarettes along with e-cigarettes causes harmful health effects

Smoking traditional cigarettes in addition to using e-cigarettes results in harmful health effects similar to smoking cigarettes exclusively, according to new research published today [...] In a large data analysis of more than 7,100 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, researchers studied the association of cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use with inflammation and oxidative stress as biomarkers. Inflammation and oxidative stress are key contributors to smoking-induced cardiovascular disease and their biomarkers have been shown to be predictors of cardiovascular events, including heart attack and heart failure.



We are living in a generation where online campaigns are used to influence a lot of issues which exist in our society. This is because social media has become the number one source of information for almost all people across the globe. Smoking, for a long time, has been the leading cause of preventable death in the world. Though there has been aggressive campaigning on this problem, unfortunately, more and more youngsters are falling prey to this addiction. [...] In this article, we will see how social media as a tool can play a major role in helping the youths to quit smoking.


Four in five Irish smokers intend to quit in 2021

Four in five Irish smokers intent to quit in 2021 according to new HSE research. It also found that people who stay off cigarettes for 28 days are five times more likely to quite smoking for good. The research found that 79 per cent of Irish smokers intend to quit, two in five have set a goal to quit for 28 days, while five per cent of former smokers started again during the Covid-19 pandemic. Martina Blake, national lead, HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme, said: “Most people who smoke want to quit but for many the idea of quitting can seem impossible. [...]


National Alliance for Hispanic Health Praises Enactment of the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act

"E-cigarette sales are driving a youth tobacco tipping point. But we now have new tools to protect youth and support parents frustrated by the targeting of their children and the ease of purchasing e-cigarettes online," said Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, [...] signing of the 2021 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, The Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act becoming law. The new law will apply the same safeguards already in place for traditional cigarettes to online sales of electronic cigarettes and vapor products, including age ID requirements.


‘Casual’ smokers may also have nicotine addiction

Even if you consider yourself a light or "casual" smoker, it does not necessarily mean that you have completely escaped nicotine addiction, warns new research. Many light smokers – those who smoke one to four cigarettes per day or fewer – meet the criteria for nicotine addiction and should, therefore, be considered for treatment, said the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "In the past, some considered that only patients who smoke around 10 cigarettes per day or more were addicted, and I still hear that sometimes," said Jonathan Foulds, Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the US.


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