International Updates

Big tobacco giving retailers cash and international trips to promote products, study finds

28 September 2020 Melissa Davey, The Guardian: Former staff reveal covert tactics that ‘undermine plain packaging legislation’ Major tobacco companies are giving Australian retailers cash payments and taking staff on all-expenses-paid international trips, including to sports events such as the World Cup, in return for the promotion of their products directly to customers and more …

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Non-smokers who vape ‘at risk’ to start regular smoking: research

30 September Rachel Clun, The Sydney Morning Herold: People who had never smoked but who use e-cigarettes are three times more likely to start regular smoking. Research commissioned by the Federal Department of Health has examined evidence from previous studies as well as national data to get a snapshot of smoking and e-cigarette behaviour. The …

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E-Cig Clouds Aren’t ‘Vapour’, Scientists Warn. That Word Just Makes Them Sound Safer

18 September 2020 Carly Cassella, Science Alert: Emissions from e-cigarettes are not harmless and calling them vapour is purposefully misleading, scientists argue. While the puffs from e-cigs aren’t exactly smoke, the term ‘vapour’ often brings to mind an innocuous cloud of water. As such, public health experts argue ‘aerosol‘ is a more accurate description, as e-cigarette clouds …

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Fact or fiction? Debunking the myths around e-cigarettes

Dr Michelle Jongenelis, University of Melbourne; Christina Watts, Cancer Council New South Wales and Maurice Swanson, Australian Council on Smoking and Health, The University of Melbourne: E-cigarettes have clearly made their way into Australian society. So, what’s the problem? Well, for a start, there’s a lot misinformation about them According to reports this week, Australia’s Therapeutic …

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Smoking linked to bleeding in the brain in large, long-term study of twins

17 September 2020 American Heart Association, Science Daily: Summary: Researchers in Finland found a link between smoking and subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a type of bleeding stroke, in a study of more than 16,000 pairs of twins over 42 years. The study found that bleeding in the brain can be explained to a greater degree by …

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Vapers are not using JUUL e-cigarettes to stop smoking or improve health, Twitter study shows

17 September 2020 Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc., News Medical: The vast majority of Twitter users who vape with JUUL e-cigarettes are not using the devices to stop smoking or to improve their health, according to a research team led by University of Utah Health scientists. The researchers say this finding, which challenges JUUL’s stated …

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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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