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Scientists warn vaping raises the risk of breast cancer

13 September 2020 Stephen Adams, New Zealand Harald: Vaping increases the risk of developing breast cancer, a new study suggests. In another hammer blow to the vaping industry, scientists from a group of American universities, including Yale, Johns Hopkins and Princeton, found exposure to e-cigarette vapour creates a “tumour-promoting environment” in the breast and elsewhere …

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Studies: E-cigarettes Don’t Help Smokers Quit and They May Become Addicted to Vaping

2 September 2020 Yadira Galindo, UC San Diego Health: E-cigarettes are now the most popular product used for smoking cessation in the United States, ahead of all U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved cessation aids combined, from nicotine patches and gum to prescription medications. However, two recently published analyses of a large nationally representative longitudinal …

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Vaping ad tactics ‘exploited’ the pandemic, study says

28 August 2020 Michael Nedelman and Lauren Mascarenhas, CNN: A free roll of toilet paper with your vape? How about hand sanitizer Vaping companies — long criticized for marketing that appealed to kids and implied their products were less harmful than smoking — are now under the microscope for seizing on the Covid-19 pandemic to …

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Cigarette-like ‘cigarillos’ flout efforts to curb smoking

27 August 2020 University of Bath, Medical Express: The introduction of cigarette-like mentholated ‘cigarillos’ (mini cigars which are leaf-wrapped) to the UK is helping big tobacco companies to bypass strict public health measures intended to reduce smoking, say researchers. Writing in the BMJ’s Tobacco Control in an article published Thursday 27 August 2020, the team from the …

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Does vaping affect indoor air quality?

26 August 2020 Hugo Destaillats, Brett Singer and Tunga Salthammer, Online Library:   The use of electronic cigarettes (e‐cigarettes), electronic shishas (e‐shishas), and new “smokeless” tobacco products as substitutes for the traditional tobacco cigarette, and as a lifestyle product, has increased significantly in recent years. Several studies showed that the consumption of e‐cigarettes causes the …

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Global deaths due to smokeless tobacco are up by a third, according to new study

13 August 2020 University of York, Medical Express: The number of deaths globally due to smokeless tobacco has gone up by a third in 7 years to an estimated 350,000 people, a new study suggests. The research, from the University of York, comes at a time when there are concerns that spitting—a behaviour common among …

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Coronavirus: Spanish regions ban smoking over Covid-19 risk

13 August 2020 BBC: The Spanish region of Galicia has effectively banned smoking in public places over concerns it increases the risk of Covid-19 transmission. It issued a blanket ban on smoking in the street and in public places, such as restaurants and bars, if social distancing is not possible. The north-western region is the …

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Teen vapers up to 7 times more likely to get COVID-19 than non-e-cig users, says new Stanford study

11 August 2020 Kit Ramgopal, Cynthia McFadden and Conor Ferguson, NBC News: “Being a 21-year-old, I should not be spending six days in the hospital for lung complications,” said one young vaper who survived coronavirus. Before coronavirus, pulmonologists, pediatricians and parents were busy battling a different nationwide health crisis: the “epidemic” of teen vaping. Last year, over …

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Formula One slammed over swelling tobacco advertising

29 July 2020 AFP, FMT News GENEVA: Tobacco giants have spent billions on advertising with Formula One teams over the years, and are again swelling their spending despite a supposed ban, industry monitors said Wednesday. In a fresh report entitled “Driving Addiction: F1 and Tobacco Advertising”, F1 industry monitor Formula Money and tobacco industry watchdog STOP …

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