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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 21 January 2016

Headlines about e-cigarettes don’t mean they’re ‘not safer than tobacco’

If your New Year’s resolution was to stop smoking, and you were looking for support to help you quit, then recent headlines suggesting e-cigarettes ‘aren’t any safer than tobacco’ might have raised an eyebrow or two. Since Christmas, we’ve seen three sets of critical headlines about e-cigarettes, each looking at a different aspect of a device now used by millions across the UK.


FDA Advisor Pleads Ignorance Of Imminent E-Cigarette Prohibition

An advisor to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claimed Tuesday he hasn’t seen any evidence that the agency’s imminent crackdown on e-cigarettes amounts to prohibition, despite the FDA’s own contradicting data. Dr. Thomas Eissenberg, [...] said on a radio program he has seen no proof that FDA’s regulations of vapor products will result in de facto prohibition.


Germany to prohibit menthol, many other e-liquid flavours

Germany is to ban menthol e-liquid as well as many other flavours when it transposes the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). A lengthy, although still only provisional, list of restricted ingredients includes additives that facilitate the inhalation or uptake of nicotine, such as the minty-tasting flavouring which has long been the subject of controversy in regulation of tobacco cigarettes.


Poll: Support for raising the smoking age in Washington

Legislation that would raise Washington's smoking age to 21 has more support than keeping the legal age to buy tobacco at 18, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The survey of 500 voters by independent pollster Stuart Elway says 65 percent of voters back hiking the smoking age to 21, while 35 percent oppose a potential raise.


Health groups launch California ballot initiative [...]

Months after California's Legislature failed to act, a coalition of health experts and the state’s schools chief on Wednesday launched a petition drive to qualify an initiative for the November ballot that would raise the cigarette tax by $2 per pack. The measure would reduce smoking and raise money to expand treatment services for Medi-Cal patients, support anti-smoking campaigns [...]


Brussels blocks Big Tobacco lobbying push

The European Commission has derailed an attempt by the tobacco industry to use a low-profile industry standards organization to sway Brussels on proposed changes to cigarette packaging. Big Tobacco planned to use the outside group as a Trojan horse to push its preferred packaging technology over that of its competitors, according to documents obtained by POLITICO.


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