WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2024 – Daily life stories and strategies to quit: University of Catania’s CoEHAR leaves space for young people

Resident doctors, PhD students, young researchers, and masters students coordinated the CoEHAR annual meeting dedicated to the World No Tobacco Day 2024, sharing experiences from their own social contexts, including…

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CoEHAR, No Tobacco Day 2024: youth in the spotlight

The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 30, at 8:30 AM in the Aula Magna of the Biological Tower at the University of Catania. The topics discussed will range from oral to sexual health, from sociology to marketing, from diagnosis to clinical treatment, also covering innovative solutions and new tools provided through the use of artificial intelligence.

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Behavioral Interventions can help smokers with diabetes quit with a greater likelihood of success. However, structured programs are needed

The results were included in the review "Behavioural therapy for people with diabetes who smoke: a scoping review," published in the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health: it is now clear that persons living with diabetes are not the subject of targeted treatments and that there is ample room for progress. It seems that more structured and intensive therapies could benefit these persons in bidding farewell to cigarette smoking, while little is still known about the possible benefits of combining  behavioral therapies and nicotine replacement pharmacological therapies.

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HOW TO CHANGE HEALTH POLICY STRATEGIES? SMOPHED STUDY: INVESTIGATION ON VAPERS AND SMOKERS ACCESSING EMERGENCY HOSPITAL SERVICES.

But how much would harm reduction and the reduction of smoking-related diseases affect international health policy strategies? Would there be fewer hospital admissions without conventional cigarette smoke? The answer will be provided by questionnaires administered to over 3000 hospitalized patients whose smoking habits and potential use of non-combustion products will be analyzed to assess the causes of hospital admission and the subsequent outcomes of the diseases identified.

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New report from The Royal College of Physician: positive impact of E-Cigarettes

The Royal College of Physicians has assessed the available evidence on the use of e-cigarettes, from health effects to the issue of youth vaping, publishing a report with over 50 recommendations. It concluded that e-cigarettes represent a valuable aid in smoking cessation, but that much more can and should be done to reduce their appeal, availability and affordability to people who do not smoke, including children and young people, and reduce environmental harms. 

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What are the effects of vaping on never-smokers? For the first time, the VERITAS project will evaluate the impact of these devices on people who exclusively vape

Jeffrey Zamora, President of Asovape Costa Rica, President of ARDT Iberoamerica and Veritas's project leader, said: "We are using an innovative platform with a 2-step verification process where people will enroll in the study. After registering on the website, participants will be asked to provide information about the devices used, frequency of use, age of initiation, flavor preferences, motivations, and any cigarette consumption or experimentation. They will also complete the Respiratory Symptom Experience Scale, a validated scale that asks subjects to rate the frequency with which they had experienced any respiratory symptoms".

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HOW TO REDUCE THE HARM CAUSED BY CIGARETTE SMOKE ON ORAL HEALTH AND TEETH?

The data from these works as a whole can be used to assess the impact in terms of risk/benefit ratio of the regular use of combustion-free products, assisting the efforts of public health authorities in encouraging smokers to quit, especially those who perceive their smoke-damaged smile as a barrier to personal health or work and social relationships.

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Groundbreaking Global Initiative to Investigate Oral Health Impacts of Combustion-Free Nicotine Delivery Alternatives: the SMILE Study

The study has been designed with the help of experts from Germany, UK, Italy, Poland, Moldova, and Indonesia. SMILE study is being conducted in four dental clinics across four different countries (Italy, Poland, Moldova, and Indonesia). Volunteer enrollment was completed in August 2023 and results will be expected to be available in 2025.

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