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Tobacco Harm Reduction’s Prospects Under the Biden Administration

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will assume the offices of president and vice president at a time of great societal division as the pandemic continues to ravage the United States. It is unsurprising, therefore, that tobacco harms have been largely overlooked amid the unfolding political drama. Yet almost half a million Americans—more even than have so far died of COVID-19—lose their lives to smoking-related causes every single year.


Vape store body lobbies government for essential retailer status

Trade body the UK Vaping Industry Association is lobbying government to classify vape shops as essential retailers. The lobbying effort has been ongoing since the first national lockdown in March, but the association has redoubled its efforts, warning that former smokers who have made the switch to electronic alternatives “could be tempted back”. Furthermore, UKVIA says, many smokers will have made new year’s resolutions to quit, with vaping a good way to help them achieve this ambition.


Tobacco Excise Directive consultation: 83% of submissions warning about higher taxes on vaping

The World Vapers’ Alliance strongly urges policymakers to stay away from equating smoking tobacco and vaping, especially when it comes to taxation. This comes off the heels of a recently ended consultation on the update of the Tobacco Excise Directive, which specified the European Commission’s intention to tax vaping products similarly to how cigarettes are taxed. Commenting on consultation, WVA Director Michael Landl said: “Making vaping less appealing to smokers by higher prices will discourage current smokers from switching to less harmful alternatives. This is certainly not going to be of any public health benefit.


Explainer: The Harm Smoking and Vaping Can Have On B.C. Youth

Health experts say that smoking presents dangerous risks to a person’s overall health. It can cause chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic cough, and others. British Columbia has the lowest youth smoking rates across Canada, but according to the BC Adolescent Health Survey the rate of vaping has drastically increased, with 42 per cent of youth ranging from Grade 7-12 having tried e-cigarettes before.


Dependence on nicotine in US high school students in the context of changing patterns of tobacco product use

There have been substantial recent changes in youth tobacco product use in the USA – including, notably, a rapid increase in use of e‐cigarettes. It is not known whether, and if so how far, these changes are reflected in levels of nicotine dependence. This study used data from a large, nationally‐representative sample of US adolescents to (i) estimate the annual prevalence of nicotine dependence in relation to current use of tobacco products, (ii) describe trends in dependence over time, [...]


Health risks of vaping cannabis

E-cigarettes commonly known as vapes and e-hookahs, work by creating aerosols that are inhaled into the lungs through the process of heating up the contained liquid. This liquid usually consists of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), nicotine, cannabinoid (CBD) oils, additives, and flavourings. Researchers examined the health risks of cannabis vaping by conducting a study with 2553 young adults from Southern California. They looked at different frequencies of exposure to cannabis use in order to determine whether or not any health risks were involved.


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