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Acute Eosinophilic Pneumonia Induced by Switching from Conventional Cigarette Smoking to Heated Tobacco Product Smoking

4 August 2020 J-Stage: Abstract Acute eosinophilic pneumonia (AEP) is an acute respiratory illness with diffuse pulmonary infiltrates and pulmonary eosinophilia. While the etiology of AEP remains unclear, a relationship between cigarette smoking and AEP onset has been suggested. The use of heated tobacco products (HTPs) has been growing, but the impact of these products …

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When will Canada get on the same page about the risks of vaping?

1 August 2020 Ward Flemons, Brandie Walker and Juliet Guichon. The Global and Mail: Ward Flemons and Brandie Walker are lung specialists and faculty members at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. Juliet Guichon is an associate professor of law and ethics at the University of Calgary. Breathlessness. This is our territory. Not …

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Electronic cigarettes and health with special focus on cardiovascular effects: position paper of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC)

29 July 2020 Sage Journals: Background Tobacco use is the single largest preventable risk factor for premature death of non-communicable diseases and the second leading cause of cardiovascular disease. In response to the harmful effects of tobacco smoking, the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has emerged and gained significant popularity over the past 15 years. …

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Electronic cigarettes: A position statement from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand*

26 July 2020 Wiley Online Library:   Abstract   The TSANZ develops position statements where insufficient data exist to write formal clinical guidelines. In 2018, the TSANZ addressed the question of potential benefits and health impacts of electronic cigarettes (EC).   The working party included groups focused on health impacts, smoking cessation, youth issues and …

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Cessation outcomes in adult dual users of e-cigarettes and cigarettes: the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health cohort study, USA, 2013–2016

24 July 2020 Olatokunbo Osibogun, Zoran Bursac, Martin Mckee, Tan Li and Wasim Maziak. Springer Link: Abstract Objectives We examined the transitions of adult dual e-cigarette/cigarette users in the USA in relation to nicotine dependence (ND) symptoms, interest in quitting, and history of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Methods We used the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study Waves …

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WHO statement on heated tobacco products and the US FDA decision regarding IQOS

27 July 2020  World Health Organization: WHO takes this opportunity to remind Member States that are Parties to the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control (FCTC) of their obligations under the Convention. Heated tobacco products are tobacco products, meaning that the WHO FCTC fully applies to these products. (Decision FCTC/COP8(22)) Specifically, Article 13.4(a) obliges Parties, …

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Flavored cigarette ban significantly reduced youth smoking, new study finds

15 July 2020 George Mason University, Science Daily: George Mason University study finds 2009 US Food and Drug Administration flavored cigarette ban reduced smoking by underage youth by 43% and young adults by 27% Summary: Researchers analyzed National Survey on Drug Use and Health data to test the effect of the 2009 U.S. flavored cigarette …

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E-cigarette use among young Australian non-smokers quadruples in six years, survey finds

15 July 2020 Melissa Davey, The Guardian: While fewer people are smoking tobacco, more are vaping and using e-cigarettes, the National Drug Strategy Household Survey says Fewer Australians are smoking tobacco daily, while more are vaping and using e-cigarettes, results from the latest National Drug Strategy Household Survey found, with e-cigarette use among non-smokers aged …

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UK tobacco sales fell faster after plain packaging rules came into force

13 July 2020 Rob Davies, The Guardian Rate of decline equates to about 20m cigarettes a month since introduction of tougher policies Cigarette sales have decreased by about 20m a month after plain packaging rules and tougher taxes were introduced three years ago, researchers have found. Prof Anna Gilmore, director of the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG), …

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Analysis of FDA’s IQOS marketing authorisation and its policy impacts

29 June 2020 Lauren Kass Lempert and Stanton Glantz, BMJ Journals: Abstract Background Philip Morris Products SA (PMPSA) submitted a premarket tobacco application (PMTA) to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking an order permitting it to market IQOS in the USA. US law requires FDA to deny marketing authorisation if applicants fail to demonstrate that …

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