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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 6 August 2015

Young social smokers more likely to become adult daily smokers

Young people who have a cigarette occasionally—even just at weekends— have almost four times the odds of becoming a daily smoker by their late 30s compared to their non-smoking peers, according to new University of Otago research. The finding, published in an article in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, emerges from the renowned Dunedin Study, which has followed the health and development of around 1,000 people born in Dunedin in 1972-73.


Cigarette myths go up in smoke: 7 myths about quitting smoking explained

Here's seven common myths about kicking the habit you should really know about. There are many myths surrounding stop smoking medicines such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). MYTH: It is best to rely on willpower alone when trying to stop smoking. FACT: Willpower alone gives you the lowest chance of success of any method. Don’t be a hero – asking for help and using Nicorette products can help you quit for good.


The surprising history of London’s lost tobacco houses

Considered a cure for cancer, ripped-off fingernails and more, smoking in times of yore was a debonair delight practised throughout London; if you know where to look, a tour brings the history of the capital's tobacco houses back to life. The introduction of the smoking ban in July 2007 instantly halted smoking in any public premises, with one often overlooked exception. In cigar shops and lounges it is still possible to smoke a mammoth Cuban cigar.


NSW jails prepare for riots ahead of smoking ban next week

All NSW correctional centres, complexes and residential facilities will become smoke-free next week. Prisoners' rights group Justice Action said the smoking ban had created tension in jails and that inmates were horrified, angry and hyped-up. Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Severin said prisoner staff were prepared for any violent response from inmates.


WHF issues roadmap to improve tobacco control, reduce CV mortality

Improved tobacco control is one of the most effective ways to reduce premature CVD-related mortality, according to authors of a World Heart Federation Roadmap for tobacco control published in Global Heart. The WHO Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013-2020 established a goal to achieve a 25% reduction in premature mortality from noncommunicable disease by 2025.


Should authorities crack down on nicotine consumption?

Federal Territories Mufti Datuk Dr. Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri has said usage of e-cigarettes, or vape devices, has been ruled as haram (forbidden) to Muslims. [...] The latest declaration is in line with the Muzakarah Committee of the National Fatwa Council for Islamic Religious Affairs ruling that smoking is haram back in 1995. Shisha or water-pipe smoking was also declared haram in 2013.


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