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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 17 April 2015

Global Forum on Nicotine conference update: 

The Michael Russell Oration "Defining the endgame: why we must separate nicotine from tobacco control policy" will be delivered by Dr. Derek Yach, who led the development of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control at the World Health Organization (WHO), and is currently Executive Director of the Vitality Institute, a think tank focusing on health promotion and chronic disease prevention. Michael Russell was a pioneer of tobacco harm reduction. Details at

Lower rate conference registrations available until end of April.
GFN2015: 5-6 June - see

Use of the devices among middle- and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, according to federal data released on Thursday, bringing the share of high school students who use them to 13 percent — more than smoke traditional cigarettes. About a quarter of all high school students and 8 percent of middle school students [...] used tobacco in some form last year


Smoking in enclosed or substantially enclosed workplaces in England has been prohibited since July 2007 (under the Health Act 2006). It is an offence for employees to smoke in a "smoke free place" and an offence for employers to allow them to do so. Not surprisingly, therefore, most well drafted staff handbooks contain policies which make it clear when and where smoking is prohibited [...]


The survey shows that the popularity of e-cigarettes is continuing to grow - with more than 210,000 users in Ireland. The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) is calling for "medical or pharmaceutical advice to be given alongside the purchase of e-cigarettes", said Kathleen O'Meara, head of advocacy and communications for the Irish Cancer Society.


India’s smokers are favoring cheaper options such as chewing and leaf-wrapped tobacco over cigarettes, as rising taxes prompt British American Tobacco Plc’s Indian associate to sell shorter sticks with lower duties. “Earlier on, as the taxation was increased, the cigarette industry showed resilience. Now, it has suddenly begun to drop,” [...]


Smokers hoping to quit using e-cigarettes may find it harder than they think, claim US researchers. Dr Wael Al-Delaimy, professor and chief of the Division of Global Public Health [...] who led the new study, said: ‘Based on the idea that smokers use e-cigarettes to quit smoking, we hypothesised that smokers who used these products would be more successful in quitting.


Dr. Donald Tashkin, a pulmonologist who has conducted several government-sanctioned studies on the effects of marijuana, was surprised by the relative lack of harm associated with marijuana. [...] Dr. Tashkin explained that smoking marijuana “does not appear to lead to significant abnormalities in lung function” and that “no clear link to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease has been established.”


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