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FDA moves to regulate e-cigarettes and pipe and hookah tobacco

The US Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday 24 April that it would propose rules to extend its authority to cover a variety of currently unregulated tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water pipe (hookah) tobacco, and dissolvable tobacco products.1 Any future products that meet the statutory definition of a “tobacco product” would also come under its authority, the FDA said.  
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over 5 years ago
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Too many Germans are addicted to alcohol or tobacco, says report

Despite slight declines in alcohol and tobacco use in Germany in recent years consumption remains far too high, causing health and social ailments that cost billions of euros each year, a new report from the German Centre for Addiction Issues (Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen) has said.  
bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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Flu Vaccines from Tobacco? - The Naked Scientists

Naked Scientists - 13th Nov 2011 - Flu Vaccines from Tobacco?  
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over 5 years ago
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Food should be regulated like tobacco, say campaigners - BBC News

The food industry should be regulated by governments like the tobacco industry, say campaigners.  
BBC News
over 5 years ago
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Regulate unhealthy food like cigarettes, campaigners urge

The World Health Organization is being urged to introduce a “tobacco style” response to unhealthy food in a bid to curb the global epidemic of obesity.  
bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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If you read only one thing this week

Two years ago the UK government said it would introduce a minimum price on a unit of alcohol. Instead it chose to ban below-cost selling. Alan Brennan and colleagues have now modelled the two approaches and found a big difference in their likely impact (BMJ 2014;349:g5452, doi:10.1136/bmj.g5452). A minimum unit price of 43p (€0.55; $0.69) would affect nearly a quarter of all units sold, compared with just 0.7% affected by the ban. Our editorialist Tim Stockwell (BMJ 2014;349:g5617, doi:10.1136/bmj.g5617) thinks we can trust this analysis and wonders why the UK alcohol industry is so against a minimum unit price, while the policy has been embraced in Canada. Could it be the fear that the policy would prove beneficial to health and open the door to restrictions of other health harming commodities such as tobacco and fast food?  
bmj.com
almost 5 years ago
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How to tackle the NHS funding crisis? Levy charges

The hunt for money to sustain the NHS in England is verging on the ridiculous. I thought that the Barker Commission, assembled by the think tank the King’s Fund to work out how to pay for merging health and social care,1 had hoovered up the very scrapings of the barrel. But then I heard Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, conjuring up farfetched ways to target unpopular people—mansion owners, tobacco companies, hedge funds—to keep the show on the road.2 And I knew that the game was up.  
bmj.com
almost 5 years ago
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The battle between big tobacco and vape shops

Electronic cigarettes seem to be everywhere. Characters on the US television show Saturday Night Live smoke them to look cool1; the movie The Hangover Part III portrays mob kingpins as e-cigarette users; and e-cigarette companies are now paying for product placement in movies (which manufacturers of conventional tobacco cigarettes are not permitted to do).2  
bmj.com
almost 5 years ago
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E-cigarettes latest: users on the up but rules tighten

Only one company was making e-cigarettes in 2005, but today there are 466 brands in a market estimated to be worth £1.8bn (€2.3bn; $3bn).1 Many early, small scale companies making e-cigarettes have been swallowed up by tobacco manufacturers. In January 2014 there were 7764 unique flavours on the market, including menthol, fruits, candies, alcoholic drinks, and snacks.2  
bmj.com
almost 5 years ago
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MPs vote for standardised packaging of tobacco products

MPs have voted in favour of standardised tobacco packaging across the United Kingdom, with 367 votes in favour and 113 against in a free vote. After the announcement NHS England tweeted, “This is welcome news, a great moment for the nation’s children.”  
bmj.com
over 4 years ago
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India’s health ministry and doctors call for higher taxes on tobacco

India’s health ministry has asked the finance ministry to substantially raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, expressing concerns over the economic burden imposed by diseases associated with tobacco and the failure of the existing tax structures to curb tobacco consumption.  
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over 4 years ago
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Tobacco industry is investing in e-cigarette types least likely to help smokers quit

Smokers are more likely to try to quit tobacco cigarettes if they also use electronic cigarettes, but they are more likely to succeed if they are daily users of “tank” devices, which are designed to be refilled with “e-liquid” rather than a cartridge, researchers from King’s College and University College London have found.  
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over 4 years ago
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India’s health ministry and doctors call for higher taxes on tobacco

India’s health ministry has asked the finance ministry to substantially raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, expressing concerns over the economic burden imposed by diseases associated with tobacco and the failure of the existing tax structures to curb tobacco consumption.  
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over 4 years ago
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Indian anti-tobacco campaigners plead for larger graphic warnings on products

Anti-tobacco activists have called for the Indian government to immediately implement a policy that it agreed in October 2014 to increase graphic images on tobacco packaging from 40% to 85% of a pack’s surface.  
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over 4 years ago
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Simultaneous drinking and smoking marijuana increases odds of drunk driving

Cannabis is the most commonly used drug among adults who drink, besides tobacco, yet no study has directly compared those who use cannabis and alcohol simultaneously, or at the exact same time...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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E-cigarette exposure impairs immune responses in mouse model, new research finds

Study also determines that e-cigarette vapors contain 'free radical' chemicals previously thought only to be found in tobacco cigarettes and air pollutantsIn a study...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Tooth decay: sugar industry 'behaved like tobacco manufacturers

Undue influence by the sugar industry on US dental health policy has been alleged as part of an investigation into insider documents from the 1960s.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Tests reveal under-reported exposure to tobacco smoke among preemies with lung disease

Findings suggest high levels of false caregiver smoking reports or second-hand exposure in multi-unit housingPublic health experts have long known that tobacco smoke...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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Tobacco industry 'using well-resourced tactics' to prevent global tobacco control

In the fifth edition of The Tobacco Atlas, the authors say the tobacco industry is hampering global efforts to reduce tobacco use by using a number of 'well-resourced' tactics.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago
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The World Medical Association supports growing moves for plain tobacco packaging

The World Medical Association has supported the increasing number of countries planning to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products, including Australia and France.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 4 years ago