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  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • Defence Forces crack down on nicotine addiction

  • The Finnish Defence Forces are beefing up their campaign to bring down the use of nicotine products among conscripts, according to a study conducted with lung health organisation Filha over 2014-16.

    Smoking was discouraged among conscripts and staff during that period. In early 2019 a new campaign, Irti nuuskasta or "Lose the snus", kicked off in two brigades; the programme is meant to extend to the rest of Finland's barracks in 2020.

  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
  • Poll: Over 40% of regular smokers back 20-year age limit for buying tobacco products

  • Up to half of respondents in a new poll agree that authorities in Finland should raise the age limit for purchasing cigarettes to 20.

    According to the survey by the national public health organisation ASH Finland, 51 percent of all respondents said that the age limit should be hiked to 20 from the present 18.

    Some 32 percent said there was no need to increase the age cap from 18, while 17 percent said they couldn't say either way.


  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Vaping News Roundup 2019

  • Smoking e-cigarettes or “vaping” has been marketed as an alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes to help existing smokers “kick the habit”. However, their popularity is also rising among non-smoking adolescents – from 2017–2018 e-cigarette use increased by a staggering 78% in high school students – with the primary appeal cited as being the variety of available flavors. But how safe are the ingredients in e-cigarettes? Here we highlight some of the studies exploring e-cigarette safety, published during 2019.