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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 21 January 2015


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  1. Alaska Health Department Airs First Pro-Smoking Television Ad Since 1970  – read more…
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The average financial cost of smoking is about $1.4 million. That’s the estimated amount one person will spend during their lifetime as a smoker, according to a new report. Social network WalletHub calculated the potential monetary losses associated with smoking for individuals in each state and Washington, D.C. The total cost per smoker ranged from a “low” in South Carolina of almost $1.1 million to over $2 million per smoker in Alaska.


Smoke breaks of all kinds will have to be taken outdoors in Delray Beach. Late Tuesday, commissioners gave final approval to a new rule that bans the use of e-cigarettes where smoking regular cigarettes is already prohibited. Those who violate the rule would be subject to a fine, arrest or both. Under the new rule, e-cigarettes are permitted in private residences, retail tobacco shops, designated smoking guest rooms [...]


India's largest cigarette maker ITC Ltd's quarterly profit fell slightly short of analyst estimates as higher taxes on smokes and a government push to discourage tobacco consumption hurt sales, sending shares down 5 percent Wednesday. ITC sells four out of every five cigarettes in India and is nearly 25 percent-owned by British American Tobacco. ITC, which sells brands like Gold Flake, Classic and India Kings, makes most of its revenues from cigarettes.


Tauranga smokers are exploring cheaper alternatives after feeling the blow of the 10 per cent tax increase on tobacco this year. Entrepreneurial home tobacco plant growers are cashing in on the price hike and using websites and social media pages to sell tobacco plant seeds in a push to "grow your own". Although it is illegal in New Zealand to sell or gift home-grown tobacco plants, people can legally grow tobacco for their own use and sell and buy the seeds.


With lawmakers and the governor suggesting greater regulation and new taxes on electronic cigarettes, Watson and other customers at Salt Lake Vapors last week questioned state leaders' motivation. "They're the ones wanting us to quit smoking," Watson says. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's proposed budget includes $10 million from a new tax on e-cigarettes, although Herbert hasn't specified how much of a surcharge would generate that revenue.


Western Pennsylvania cancer specialists joined a national chorus to urge tighter regulation of the $2 billion electronic cigarette market, which doctors blame for a surge in calls to poison control centers. The Pittsburgh Poison Center in Oakland fielded 135 calls in 2014 for exposure to e-cigarettes and their nicotine-laced liquid cartridges, up from 18 calls in 2013 and one in 2009.


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