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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 16 December 2015

Tobacco Smoking and E-cigarettes - 2015

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) recognises that tobacco is unique among consumer products in that it causes disease and premature death when used exactly as intended. There is no safe level of tobacco smoking. The AMA believes that medical practitioners have a responsibility to encourage all smokers to quit smoking. [...]


Imperial Tobacco plans to drop tobacco … from its name

Imperial Tobacco, one of the world’s biggest cigarette makers, plans to drop the word “tobacco” from its name after more than 100 years in business. The maker of Davidoff, Lambert & Butler, Golden Virginia and West cigarettes wants to rename itself Imperial Brands plc next year. Imperial Tobacco generated more than £25bn in sales in its last financial year to the end of September, [...]


Active and passive smoking linked to infertility [...]

Active and passive smoking are linked to infertility problems and a hastening of the natural menopause before the age of 50, finds a large study published online in the journal Tobacco Control. The highest levels of tobacco exposure were associated with the arrival of menopause 1 to 2 years earlier in active and passive smokers than among lifetime non-smokers [...]


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde lifts e-cigarettes ban

Scotland's largest health board is to allow the use of electronic cigarettes within its hospital grounds. Tobacco smoking was banned in all health grounds in Scotland in April, but health boards were given discretion over the use of vaping devices. NHS Lothian was the only one of the 13 health boards at the time to allow restricted use of e-cigarettes.


Cigarette Smoking Down Among High School Students, Study Finds

Daily cigarette smoking has plummeted among high-school students, falling 50% or more over the past five years, according to a new government-sponsored study. In the University of Michigan survey, backed by the National Institutes of Health, 3% of 10th-grade students reported smoking cigarettes daily, down from 6.6% five years ago.


Many young people taking up e-cigarettes [...]

STATE Health Committee Chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon has made an impassioned plea to vapers to kick their habit. He said it is worrying to see so many young people getting hooked on the e-cigarettes without being aware of their ill effects. “Worst of all, people who were non-smokers before this, many of them women, now vape because they think it makes them look trendy.


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