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E-cigarettes found to cause change in mouth bacteria – which could lead to gum disease or oral cancer

25 June 2020 Daniel Morse: The Conversation, E-cigarettes are a popular alternative to smoking, but we still know very little about the effects of them on our health. While numerous studies have explored the effect of e-cigarettes on our lungs, heart, and overall health, one important and often overlooked consideration is what effect they have …

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Dutch to ban flavored e-cigarette sales from next year

23 June 2020 Reuters: National Post, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands plans to ban flavored electronic cigarettes from next year to make vaping less attractive to young people, the government said on Tuesday. Flavors currently available range from mojito and strawberry ice cream to mango and chocolate, the government said. With its sweet tastes and perceived …

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Tobacco Smoking a Potential Risk Factor in Transmission of COVID-19 Infection

May 2020 Naseer Ahmed, Afsheen Maqsood, Tariq Abduljabbar, and Fahim Vohra: NCBI, Abstract Corona Virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global pandemic and is caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) group of viruses. To date, April 25, 2020, more than 2.4 million humans are infected and more than a hundred thousand deaths have …

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Vaping: a harmless alternative, or a dangerous gateway to smoking?

5 July 2020 Dana McCauley: The Sydney Morning Herald, Hundreds of thousands of Australians who import liquid nicotine from overseas have won a six-month reprieve from tough new rules that would have put them at risk of hefty fines, but the battle over vaping is far from over. Australian Border Force was preparing to seize …

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South Africa Wins Lawsuit Over Decision to Ban Tobacco Sales

28 June 2020 Loni Prinsloo and John Bowker: MSN South Africa’s government won a legal battle challenging a ban on tobacco sales in the country that was imposed in late March as part of lockdown rules, meaning stores won’t be able to sell cigarettes until further notice. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma …

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Political ineptitude, public anxiety and the undermining of the WHO

19 June 2020 Ruth E Malone, Janet Hoek: BMJ Journal Abstract In the midst of a global pandemic that has already caused the deaths of more than 350 000 people, US President Donald Trump recently announced he was ending the United States’ relationship with and funding for the World Health Organisation (WHO).1 While pulling out of a …

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Tobacco giant blocked from selling heated cigarette substitute in Australia

12 June 2020 Matt Bamford: ABC News Efforts by tobacco giant Philip Morris to introduce a smoke-free cigarette alternative to Australia have been blocked by an interim decision from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Yesterday the TGA rejected a request by the company to reschedule nicotine under a law that would have helped get its …

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Non-smokers ‘have sticky tobacco residues lurking in their home’

3 June 2020 Alexandra Thompson, Yahoo Style UK Non-smokers may have tobacco residues lurking in their home, research suggests. Concerns over “thirdhand smoke” have been raised in recent years, with chemicals potentially lingering in furniture, carpets and curtains long after someone has lit up. Thirdhand smoke was detected in all the homes, regardless of whether …

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