Active and passive smoking increase the risk of breast cancer: Women need to be warned

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In 2009, a Canadian expert panel concluded that the relationship between breast cancer and active and passive smoking was “consistent with causality.”  Since then the evidence that smoking and passive smoking cause breast cancer has grown stronger. Breast cancer death and disease from tobacco smoke In Europe in 2017 3,354 breast cancer deaths could have been avoided...

The economic benefits of getting to 5% prevalence

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The federal government has set the goal of reducing smoking rates in Canada to less than 5% by 2035. But are we on track to getting there? And are there economic benefits to governments and citizens if we do? This summer, the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control and Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada commissioned Dr....

Smoking rates have fallen — but maybe not for the reason you think.

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Last week Statistics Canada made available the Public Use Microdata from the Canadian Community Health Survey conducted in 2017 and 2018.  The gift of a 1000 variables! The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) is the doyen of Statistics Canada’s health surveillance system. For 2 decades, government pollsters have used this survey to find explore the health and...

The PATH that leads to understanding the vaping epidemic

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Finding the PATH Since 2013, there has been a remarkable survey operating in the United States that has deepened our understanding of tobacco and e-cigarettes use and consequences. It is the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Survey (PATH) – a longitudinal, nationally representative survey of 46000 Americans. This survey generates information on tobacco and e-cigarette use...

What research tells us about young people and e-cigarette flavours

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Many researchers are focusing on the role played by e-cigarette flavourings in encouraging young non-smokers to use these products. Earlier this year, the Nordic Welfare Council produced a report intended to inform public health efforts by governments in the Nordic Region (Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Faroe Islands, Finland, Aland, and Greenland). Their report – The significance...

Job not done! Half a million Canadian workers are still exposed to second hand smoke on the job.

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This week an updated report on the Burden of Occupational Cancer in Canada was circulated. The research was prepared by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre with financial support from the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. The results on occupational exposure to second hand smoke might surprise those who think that workers are...

Do e-cigarettes beat NRT as cessation aids? A key study provides two opposing results – yet only one was reported.

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There are thousands of scientific studies on tobacco use published every month (37,000 so far this year!), but only a few find their way into the mainstream media. Among those, even fewer seem to have real influence on government policies. In my circles, one of the most influential papers this year was a British study...

Health Canada consumer research on vapers’ attitudes to flavours

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Last February, 2,027 Canadian vapers sat down at a computer and answered a questionnaire prepared by Environics Research on behalf of Health Canada. Six months later, the report summarizing their answers has been available at the Library of Canada. (Link: POR 083-18 Vapers Panel Survey to Measure Attitudes and Behaviours Regarding Vaping Products). The results provide...

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