Does the endgame mean the end of tobacco and nicotine use? Or is the endgame, as I believe, the final stages of a transition—a shift from an unsustainable to a sustainable nicotine market? At the heart of this question is a fundamental confusion about the public health aims for tobacco and nicotine policy. This dispute is rarely surfaced and never resolved but confronting it has now become unavoidable. At least five objectives can be identified in tobacco control (...)
Friday, July 03, 2020
20% of Smoking-related Cancer Survivors Continue to Smoke, Study Finds
Nearly 20 percent of survivors of smoking-related cancers continued to smoke even after recovery, according to a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open. The percentage was far greater among survivors of all types of cancer who had been smokers. More than half -- 56 percent -- remained active smokers, they said. "The percentage of current smokers among smoking-related cancer survivors was substantially higher than that in the general population of about 14 percent," study co-author Sanjay Shete told UPI.
Thursday, July 02, 2020
Their Favorite Enemy
The coronavirus pandemic could have been a chance for public health authorities and governments to promote tobacco harm reduction (THR). Instead, they resorted to well-known, tried-yet-unproven remedies, restricting sales channels or banning tobacco products altogether. Based on the assumption, not scientific evidence, that people who smoke or vape may be at greater risk for Covid-19, anti-tobacco campaigners considered the pandemic (...)
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Comparing the Carcinogenicity of Heated Tobacco Products vs. Cigarettes
Titled, “Method for Comparing the Impact on Carcinogenicity of Tobacco Products: A Case Study on Heated Tobacco Versus Cigarettes,” the study looked at eight carcinogens which are known to occur in the emissions of both heated tobacco products (HTPs) and tobacco smoke. The researchers compared the harmful health effects of the two products, by applying a risk assessment method consisting of six steps. “The first three steps encompass dose-response analysis of cancer data, resulting in relative potency factors with confidence intervals. The fourth step evaluates (...)
Monday, June 29, 2020
Nicotine Replacement Therapy Market Demand, Scope and Global Competitive Insights 2026
Nicotine addiction is the second leading cause of death worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 44 million adults got addicted to cigarette smoking in 2011, with majority being from the low-income class in the U.S. Similar conditions prevail in other countries and pose an equal threat to human lives. Cigarette smoking is a primary cause of lung cancer and other respiratory and cardiac diseases. Awareness about these health hazards has encouraged smokers to adopt smoking cessation therapy.
Friday, June 26, 2020
First comparison of dangers of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes and waterpipes
Smoking and vaping, whether by means of tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes or waterpipes, stiffens the arteries, causes inflammation and damages DNA, leading to a variety of health problems, according to a study published today (Friday) in the European Heart Journal.
The study is the world’s first comparison of the effects of the three forms of smoking and vaping on human health and the function of cells that line blood vessels (the endothelium). It provides an overview of the available evidence about the harmful chemicals produced and the mechanisms by which smoking and vaping affect the body. [...]