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US Food and Drug Administration Is Investigating 127 Incidents of Seizures Possibly Linked to Use of E-Cigarettes

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week that it is investigating 127 reports of seizures or other neurological issues that may be linked to the use of e-cigarettes, a figure that has expanded by nearly 100 since the agency first announced its probe back in April. Read More >>

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Cigarette Butts Stunt Plants’ Growth

Other humans aren’t the only living things affected by your smoking habit, scientists warn. Their new research suggests that at least some plants can’t grow as well in the presence of discarded cigarette butts. Read More >>

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Vape Shops Arrive in Hospitals

Two vape shops have opened in hospitals in the West Midlands, and they're not even the slightest bit clandestine or underground. The vaping materials are changing hands in plain sight, there are signs up advertising their availability, and everyone is OK with it. Read More >>

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Stranger Things 2 Was the Worst TV Series For Depictions of Smoking, According to Report

America's largest non-profit health organisation, Truth Initiative, has named-and-shamed Netflix amongst its list of offenders that frequently depict smoking and vaping in is programming. Read More >>

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Doctors Warn Smoking Destroys Your Eyes as Well as Everything Else

Eye doctors, who call themselves optometrists when being formal and filling out car insurance forms, would like cigarette packaging to start warning smokers of the dangers of sight loss too; as it's perhaps not widely known that the old smokey sticks can have a terrible impact on eyesight. Read More >>

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Polar’s Latest Fitness Smartwatch is For Data Dummies

Fitness tracking can get old fast, especially if you’re a beginner staring at a bunch of numbers that don’t make sense. Polar in particular, is known for tracking in-depth metrics and that’s given it the reputation for creating wearables meant for serious athletes only. But its latest smartwatch – the Ignite – seems aimed at the more casual enthusiast – the weekend warrior who’s a data dummy. Read More >>

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Is Secondhand Vape Bad for You?

You don’t have to look far to find a fresh study suggesting that e-cigarette use isn’t harmless, even if the products are likely less toxic than traditional tobacco cigarettes. But what about people sitting in the same room or living in the same home as someone who vapes? Is there such a thing as secondhand vape? And just how dangerous could it be? Read More >>

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1980s Cigarette Salesman Blames the Freebies for His Lung Cancer

Simon Neale worked as a salesman for Rothmans back in the 1980s, so it's no surprise that he enjoyed the odd smoke. What does seem particularly insane looking back, though, is that his employer handed him an allowance of free cigarettes averaging to about 40 a day over the period of his employment; a bizarre promotion that Neale says contributed to his smoking habit and led to his 2019 lung cancer diagnosis. Read More >>

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E-Cigarettes Really Can Help You Quit Smoking, Large New Study Finds

The debate over the potential harms and benefits of vaping has raged on for years. But the results of a large trial here in the UK have provided the pro-vaping side its biggest win yet. It found that people trying to quit smoking were almost twice as likely to succeed over a year’s time if they used electronic cigarettes compared to people who stuck to typical nicotine replacement therapy. Read More >>

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ASMR Cigarette Lighters Are A Thing Now

ASMR – that thing the internet loves where people whisper to you on YouTube and make noises with tactile things to give you tingles – has officially jumped the shark, because American brand Zippo has unveiled a range of ASMR lighters. OK then. Read More >>

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Government Told to be Nicer to Vapers

A committee of MPs looking into the modern issue of vaping has declared it basically a good thing that should be encouraged, as current thinking suggests there's little evidence that e-cigs are a "gateway" to real old fashioned smoking, and that any option that keeps people away from the old cancerous type of burny-burny cigarettes ought to be embraced and more easily prescribed by doctors. Read More >>

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Regularly Inhaling Chemical Gas Apparently Still Not a Great Idea for Your Health

You know how all the smokers switched from analogue cigarettes to new and supposedly healthier digital versions that need batteries and fluids purchasing from the weird shops that are popping up everywhere? Because it's so much healthier? Well, now they say switching from warm smoky air to cold apple-flavoured air isn't all that amazing a change to make, as huffing vapourised chemical compounds gives your lungs an entirely new collection of shit to deal with. Read More >>

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French Theme Park Employs Trained Birds to Pick Up Cigarette Butts

A French theme park has begun using six trained birds belonging to the crow family to pick up litter and cigarette butts, the BBC reports. Read More >>

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Vaping May Not Help People Quit Smoking After All

One of the biggest arguments in favour of vaping is that it can help people ease themselves away from their addiction to tobacco smoking. But a new study published this week in PLoS One seems to offer a strong rebuttal to that line of thought. It suggests that people who use both tobacco and e-cigarettes are actually less likely to quit smoking than people who only stick to tobacco. Read More >>

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The Flavouring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes May Harm Blood Vessels

The wide assortment of flavourings used to spice up your vaping experience could be damaging your cardiovascular system, suggests new research released today. The study, published in the journal of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, found that several common e-cigarette flavourings can directly harm blood vessels. But, as with so many similar studies, it’s hard to tell how relevant the findings are to a typical vaper. Read More >>