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Daily Digest - Wednesday, 16 November 2016


Americans’ use of tobacco cigarettes has declined over the past decade from 20.9 percent of adults in 2004 to 16.8 percent of adults in 2014. For perspective on the longer-term trend, the U.S. smoking rate is down from a high of 42.4 percent in 1965, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first began collecting data.


Study compares reach of quitlines to number of tobacco users for different racial/ethnic groups

Quitlines, hotlines that provide free cessation services for smokers, appear to be reaching minority populations that typically underutilize cessation treatments and have high smoking prevalence, particularly African Americans and American Indians/Alaska Natives. This study [...] is the first to use multi-state data to compare the reach of quitlines for different racial/ethnic groups.


Vapers say smokers deserve alternatives

Vapers called on the World Health Organization to allow the world’s one billion smokers to have equal access to safer alternatives to cigarettes. Officials in closed-door meetings between the WHO and government health ministries in Delhi this week were considering banning electronic cigarettes, despite acknowledging they are significantly safer than cigarettes.


WHO accused of rushing to ban e-cigarettes: advocates

With the debate still raging on just how safe e-cigarettes are, tobacco advocates have accused the World Health Organization (WHO) of a lack of transparency for moving too quickly to regulate e-cigarettes, or vaping, without giving them a voice. The issue came to the fore recently at the WHO's seventh Conference of the Parties (COP7), which closed in New Delhi on Nov. 12.


If You Must Smoke, Red Wine Before May Prevent Short Term Vascular Damage

You should not smoke cigarettes and if you already do, you should stop. Though the U.S. FDA has damaged the smoking cessation possibilities for current users, and California has outright subsidized cigarette companies with punitive taxes on vaping, there may still be ways to limit the destructive potential of cigarettes: Red wine.


E-Cigarette Class Action Suit Stymied by Federal Law

A class action failure-to-warn lawsuit against e-cigarette companies was thrown out by the Central District Court of California last week. The suit, filed by plaintiffs from CA, IL, and NY, included claims that the accused companies, including Lorillard Tobacco Co. and Reynolds American Inc. (which bought Lorillard in 2014), deceptively advertised the health benefits of e-cig products over traditional cigarettes.


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