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  • 星期三, 12月 11, 2019
  • Germany's conservatives back ban on tobacco ads

  • Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the CSU, have backed a plan to phase out tobacco advertising in outdoor areas from 2022.

    The issue has long been a source of debate within the country's ruling conservative bloc, which had struggled to arrive at a common position and had blocked previous efforts to introduce such a ban.

    A policy paper endorsed by the bloc's parliamentary group on Tuesday said the move was necessary to confront "the biggest avoidable health risk of our time."

  • 星期四, 11月 07, 2019
  • Bfr advises e-cigarette consumers to avoid products of uncertain origin

  • This is pointed out by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) following the frequent occurrences of severe lung disorders amongst "vapers" in the USA. "According to current understanding, e-cigarette consumers in Germany do not face any increased risks, provided they continue to use products that comply with European and German regulations," says BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel."

    However, 'vapers' should pay attention to symptoms such as breathing difficulties or chest pain, especially after product change."

  • 星期二, 1月 07, 2020
  • WHO: Tobacco use drops among men

  • Worldwide, the number of men using traditional tobacco products has finally started to decline, health officials said recently.

    Four out of five tobacco users globally are men, so declines among males “mark a turning point in the fight against tobacco,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, said in a statement.

    The agency’s new report covers an array of tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. But the WHO did not count electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, [...]

  • 星期五, 1月 03, 2020
  • Are the UK’s rules on e-cigarettes too lax?

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    Adam is among a small but growing number of UK teenagers who vape as a fashionable and, UK health authorities say, potentially safer alternative to smoking cigarettes.

    Parents on the online forum Mumsnet said they would prefer their children to vape than smoke and Public Health England, a government body, says that vaping is 95 per cent safer than smoking. But this claim is based on 2014 data and scientists are increasingly rejecting the advice.

    In recent years, more than 20 countries have banned vaping while others, including Canada and Australia, have tightened regulations.

  • 星期五, 1月 03, 2020
  • E-cigarettes are still safer than smoking, scientists find

  • The past decade in British healthcare has been disappointing: improvements in life expectancy and neonatal mortality have stalled and public satisfaction with the NHS has fallen sharply.

    But one positive singled out in a recent review of healthcare developments was the rise of e-cigarettes use, which the article noted had given “tobacco cessation a boost at no cost to the public purse”. Yet 2019 was one of the most challenging years for e-cigarettes since they emerged on the global market just over 10 years ago. [...]