How Germany is Smoking Other Countries in E-Cigarette Regulation

Regulations-heavy Germany has taken a surprisingly lax stance on e-cigarettes and vaping laws. It’s the right approach, writes a policy analyst.

If you see more vapers in Germany than in some other countries, it may be because Germany is one of the countries taking the most permissive regulatory approach to e-cigarettes. Other liberal countries include Sweden, Britain, and the Czech Republic. Germany has no regulation on public vaping at all. It has no special taxes on the products, and no rules on cross-border sales. And it only has mild restrictions on advertising and such.

How Germany is Smoking Other Countries in E-Cigarette Regulation

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Hilary Duff Publicly Shames Her Neighbor for Smoking

Let this be a lesson to all: Don’t mess with Hilary Duff.

The 30-year-old actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to vent about her neighbor Dieter Addison.

“Calling all New Yorkers with a**hole neighbors—really open to any advice you have,” the Younger star said via her Instagram Stories. “My neighbor smokes cigarettes and weed all night long. My apartment reeks. Seriously, what do I do?”

However, the Lizzie McGuire celeb didn’t stop there.

Hilary Duff Publicly Shames Her Neighbor for Smoking

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Thirdhand Smoke is Widespread and May Be Dangerous, Mounting Evidence Shows

First came doctors’ warnings about cigarettes. Then came discoveries about the danger of secondhand smoke. Now, a growing number of scientists are raising the alarm about thirdhand smoke — residual chemicals left on indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke.

Mounting research has shown such potentially hazardous residue can be absorbed through the skin, ingested and inhaled months and even years after the smoke has dissipated.

Thirdhand smoke is widespread and may be dangerous

Read the entire article at WashingtonPost.com

Ed Sheeran Celebrates One Full Year of Not Smoking!

Congrats to Ed Sheeran for making it an entire year without smoking!

The 27-year-old “Shape of You” singer announced the milestone on Instagram on Saturday with a short note.

“Celebrating one year being a non-smoker today,” he wrote on Instagram.

Sheeran has previously described his struggles with smoking and drinking, telling Ellen Degeneres on her show in 2015 that at one point he had quit both for a year.”

Ed Sheeran Celebrates One Full Year of Not Smoking

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COPD is a Serious Condition, But Preventable – Mainly by Not Smoking

Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease is a common problem affecting millions of people in the U.S. COPD accounts for millions of emergency department visits yearly. COPD is reported to be the third leading cause of death in the U.S. It is reported that 90 percent of COPD cases are due to smoking.

The majority of COPD can be avoided by not smoking. Quitting will help symptoms and decrease progression of the disease process but, unfortunately, damage to the lungs is not completely reversible.

COPD is a serious condition, but preventable - mainly by not smoking

Dr. Michael Shattuck is an emergency department physician at ThedaCare Medical Center-Berlin.

Read the entire article at PostCrescent.com

 

Pets & Smoking: The Deadly Secret Lurking in Your Home

Research has shown that animals who live with smokers have an increased chance of developing cancer. Sometimes the cancer will show up as lung cancer or lymphoma. But other times, cancer can occur orally, because animals lick nicotine off an owner’s hands or clothing!

“There is clear information that cigarette smoking affects pet health. But it’s under reported,” said Dr. Kevin Gray with MUSC’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Project Quit team.

Pets and Smoking - The Deadly Secret Lurking in Your Home

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Cigarette Smoking Directly Correlated to Stroke Risk in Young Adults

Experts are reporting that young men who smoke are more likely to have a stroke, and this risk increases with every cigarette.

The most common type of stroke is ischemic stroke, which is affecting an increasing number of young adults, and tobacco use is also increasing among this age group.

While previous research has confirmed a link between smoking and stroke occurrence in young women, few studies have explored this association in young men.

Cigarette Smoking Directly Correlated to Stroke Risk in Young Adults

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Study: No Heart Risk with Smoking-Cessation Meds

In a large, head-to-head comparison trial of major smoking-cessation therapies, use of the medications was not associated with an increased risk for heart attack or stroke, researchers reported.

The incidence of major cardiovascular events was low over a year of follow-up in users of varenicline (Chantix), bupropion hydrochloride (Zyban), nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT), and placebo, and adverse events did not differ by treatment.

There was also no evidence of an effect of any active drug versus placebo on time to cardiovascular event, blood pressure, or heart rate over 12 weeks of treatment, 30 days post-treatment, and up to 52 weeks of follow-up.

No Heart Risk with Smoking-Cessation Meds

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Smokers Eat Smaller Portions of Food but Have Far Worse Diets

Smokers have worse quality diets than former smokers or non-smokers despite eating significantly smaller portions of food, according to a new study.

Researchers in the US analysed the diets of almost than 5,300 Americans who took the National Health and Examination Survey, a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The dietary data used in the study was based on participants recalling what they ate in the past 24 hours.

Smokers Eat Smaller Portions of Food but Have Far Worse Diets

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Why This Elephant in India Is Blowing Smoke

It’s not unheard of for animals to learn to smoke—there’s a chimp at a North Korean zoo famous for lighting up and earlier this month an orangutan in Indonesia was caught expertly smoking a cigarette. But another animal that appears to be smoking is a head scratcher; Jeanna Bryner at LiveScience reports that biologists in India recently recorded an Asian elephant blowing out puffs of what appears to be smoke in the middle of the forest.

The puffing pachyderm was found by Vinay Kumar, Assistant Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s India Program while he and his colleagues were out checking camera traps in Nagarahole National Park and Tiger Reserve in the state of Karnataka.

Smoking Elephant

Read the entire post and watch the video at SmithsonianMag.com