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WHO: Tobacco use drops among men

Worldwide, the number of men using traditional tobacco products has finally started to decline, health officials said recently. Four out of five tobacco users globally are men, so declines among males “mark a turning point in the fight against tobacco,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, said in a statement. The agency’s new report covers an array of tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. But the WHO did not count electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, […]

7 December, 2020.

The road to vaping

Most Canadians don’t smoke. Yet Canada has chosen to implement a nationwide smoking-cessation strategy to make nicotine vaping devices as accessible as possible. It was an unusual public health decision for regulators to deliberately craft a law to encourage the sale of an addictive product. The federal government’s goal was “to strike a balance between protecting youth from inducement to nicotine and tobacco use, while allowing adult smokers to legally access vaping products,” Health Minister Jane Philpott told a Senate committee on April 12, 2017, […]

2 December, 2019

How the British Approach to Vaping Puts the US to Shame

Over the summer, US media reported that two National Health Service hospitals in England were allowing Ecigwizard, a vape retailer, to open stores inside their facilities. What some critics quoted in these reports missed was that these stores were established in order to encourage patients who struggle to quit smoking to switch to vaping. The stores had a secondary purpose of enabling hospital employees to benefit from store associates’ vaping knowledge.

28 September, 2019

Some smokers credit e-cigarettes with saving their lives – does that matter?

In a major blow to the vaping industry, the American Medical Association has called for a ban on e-cigarettes and vaping products that the FDA doesn’t deem tobacco cessation devices. As a tobacco researcher and former smoker, I don’t care much about the health of the vaping and e-cigarette industry. But I do care about the health of smokers, and I wonder whether policy makers may now be reacting too strongly to e-cigarettes. Although e-cigarettes in the U.S. are not regulated or approved by the FDA as smoking cessation devices, they may have helped thousands quit cigarettes.

26 September, 2019