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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Nicotine in the news - Harry Shapiro
In a departure from the normal round-up, I want this week to focus on the idea of how increasingly propaganda and lies are trumping facts – and the pun is intended. I am prompted in this by a very interesting and frankly scary and depressing article by Tim Harford writing in the Financial Times about the 'problem with facts'.  [...]

New York State Senator Uses "Alternative Facts" to Promote Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

A New York State senator - Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) - has introduced legislation to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes in New York. [...] Senator Hoylman's position is based on "alternative facts," or what prior to 2016 would have more simply been called a "lie." Not a single one of the tobacco companies is producing gummy bear, cotton candy, or fruit punch e-cigarettes.


Researcher claims 'academic McCarthyism' over e-cigarettes

A LEADING e-cigarette scientist has defended links between the tobacco and vaping industries. Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos, of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre in Athens, said attacks on research into vaping funded by Big Tobacco were a form of “academic McCarthyism”. Farsalinos pointed to cases where scientists had come under pressure not to attend conferences funded by the tobacco industry.


A new tool to predict the potential public health benefit of e-cigarettes

A new study predicts that when e-cigarettes are available as alternative to cigarettes, by 2050 the 32% of smokers in the UK that otherwise would have continued smoking would have completely switched to e-cigarettes. 'Our results show an overall beneficial effect of e-cigarettes on a population, reducing smoking prevalence and smoking-related deaths,' says Dr James Murphy, [...]


theEditorial: Tax e-cigarettes the same as tobacco products

Last year, the Legislature caught up with the e-cigarette industry and imposed a pack of licensing, safety and enforcement regulations. Licenses and fees were set for retailers selling e-cigarettes and other vaping products. Sales and possession of e-cigarettes were prohibited for those younger than 18. Manufacturers had to include a warning label about nicotine.


Ban Flavored Tobacco Products, Health Groups Tell FDA

Five anti-smoking and health advocacy group called on the FDA to ban candy and fruit-flavored tobacco products, warning that flavored e-cigarettes and little cigars are putting a new generation of children at risk for nicotine addition. In a joint report, [...] the groups also urged Congress to reject pending legislation that would weaken FDA's authority over e-cigarettes, cigars, and some other tobacco products.


BAT says strong demand for 'glo' smokeless tobacco

British American Tobacco (BAT) said demand for its "glo" tobacco heating device overwhelmed supply in its Japan test marketing, as global cigarette giants shift focus to the new product category amid declining smoking population. The "heat but not burn" tobacco is rapidly gaining popularity in Japan. Philip Morris International said earlier this month that it has more than doubled the supply of IQOS tobacco device [...]


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