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What Finland’s Plan To Be Tobacco-free Can Teach The World

The Finnish government has set an ambitious goal for residents in a bid to benefit their health -- and their bank balances. Officials plan to make the country tobacco-free by 2040, meaning they want less than 2% of their adults to consume tobacco -- in any form -- by that deadline. So that's more than [...]

The 10 Things Australia Needs To Do To Improve Health

iStock Images In Australia, one in every two people has a chronic disease. These diseases, such as cancer, mental illness and heart disease, reduce quality of life and can lead to premature death. Younger generations are increasingly at risk. Crucially, one-third of the disease burden could be prevented and chronic diseases often share [...]

Are E-cigarettes A Gateway To Smoking?

Pixabay Images Teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to go on to smoke tobacco, new research suggests. The findings, based on more a study of more than 3,000 15-year-olds in the US, last night fuelled a bitter row about whether the devices can provide a 'gateway' to smoking. Many public health experts [...]

How The Tobacco Industry Is Gaming Australian Health Regulations

Flickr Images Australia’s tough tobacco regulations are acting as a catalyst for the industry to develop sophisticated marketing practices. These companies are gaming the system by anticipating regulatory impact and then using unregulated marketing elements to overcome it. Australia has been a guiding light for countries looking to improve public health through the [...]

Australian Government Wins Plain Packaging Case against Philip Morris Asia

A Philip Morris challenge to Australia's plain packaging laws has been unsuccessful. Photo: Department of Health The federal government has won its case against tobacco giant Philip Morris Asia challenging Australia's tobacco plain-packaging laws. It means the former Gillard government's plain-packaging laws, introduced in 2011, will remain in place. The tribunal in the arbitration, based [...]

Alcohol, Schoolies and Setting Limits with Our Teens 

stopunderagedrinking.com.au Research tells us clearly that teens and alcohol don't mix. (In fact, medical studies routinely suggest that humans and alcohol don't mix!) One in ten teens have a regrettable sexual experience related to alcohol consumption. One in five injure themselves while drunk. And the earlier our kids start drinking, the greater the [...]

The Lancet Criticises PHE E-cig Report for Weak Evidence 

www.oneillinstituteblog.org, iStockPhoto A highly publicised study by Public Health England (PHE) that claimed that e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than tobacco has been attacked by medical journal The Lancet for relying on weak evidence. - Daniel Culpan Source: The Lancet criticises PHE e-cig report for weak evidence (Wired UK)

By |2015-09-21T11:19:58+10:00September 11th, 2015|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Potentially Hazardous Effects of Mechanical and Chemical Characteristics of E-cigarettes

Unlike standard cigarettes, the components of electronic cigarettes are not regulated and standardized, thus they vary widely between products. The characteristics of these e-cigarette elements, including their delivery systems, combustion apparatuses, and the composition of the nicotine solutions they contain may affect the levels of potentially hazardous substances in the vapor they produce. - American Thoracic [...]

3 Common Myths About Waterpipe Smoking

By Dr Colin Mendelsohn, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Sydney www.colinmendelsohn.net.au Waterpipe smoking is becoming increasingly common among young people in some parts of Australia. However there are many misconceptions about waterpipe use. In the waterpipe (hookah, shisha, narghileh), air is drawn through heated charcoal, then through perforated aluminum foil and moist tobacco (‘Maassel’) in the head [...]

By |2014-10-02T21:52:46+10:00October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

Electronic cigarettes: the truth behind the smoke and mirrors

The debate over the health and legal implications of e-cigarette use has divided experts across the world. Local authorities will now need to face up to the issue after e-cigarettes were banned in Western Australia. - Eamonn Duff, Amy Corderoy via Electronic cigarettes: the truth behind the smoke and mirrors.