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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 20 February 2015

These are good times for anti-smoking campaigners. But you wouldn't know it from listening to their rhetoric. At the urging of anti-tobacco activists, the Department of Transportation is proposing to ban electronic cigarette use aboard aircraft. This impending regulation not only defies medical evidence but makes a mockery of the law in the process.


Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is partnering with a pharmaceutical consultancy to develop products that help people stop smoking. The nation’s second-biggest tobacco company’s agreement with Maryland-based Pinney Associates comes as tax increases, health concerns, smoking bans and social stigma cut into demand for cigarettes and more smokers try to quit.


It’s rare for pro-smoking lobbyists and health campaigners to stop bickering with one another – let alone agree on something. But this week, the two groups have come out in unison against a new Scottish health policy. From April, all Scottish health boards (bar one, NHS Lothian) will ban the use of e-cigarettes on NHS premises.


A nicotine metabolite once thought to be inactive, cotinine, instead supports learning and memory, by amplifying the action of a primary chemical messenger involved in both, finds a new study. The new findings indicate cotinine makes brain receptors more sensitive to lower levels of the messenger acetylcholine, which are typical in Alzheimer's, [...]


We were greeted last week with the news that deaths attributable to tobacco use have been vastly undercounted, as have the deadly diseases caused by the addictive habit. In the U.S. this year, smoking and its effects will kill more than half a million people. In Oregon, one in six people use tobacco. 


It is quite clear that the Utah Department of Health is unwilling to acknowledge that e-cigarettes are safer than real cigarettes. The Department provides a long-winded response to the simple question of whether e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco cigarettes, but none of the response actually answers the question directly.


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