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Daily Digest - Monday, 11 April 2016

Are E-Cigarettes a Healthy Way to Quit Smoking?

Cigarette smoking has become significantly less popular in the U.S. over the past decade, but it remains a public-health scourge. Jed E. Rose, [...] makes the case for e-cigarettes as a smoking-cessation tool. Arguing against it is Pamela Ling, a professor of medicine with the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco.


Hundreds march to Ontario legislature against e-cigarette restrictions

Hundreds of people marched to Queen’s Park on Saturday against proposed restrictions on the use of e-cigarettes in the province. “It’s very damaging (to anyone) who wants to quit using cigarettes and wants to use vaping as a way to do that,” Vapor Advocates of Ontario spokesman Charlie Pisano said of the proposed rules.


Addicted to nicotine? It may cause blindness

With a surge in eye-related diseases in India, Ophthalmologist have said smoking is emerging as one of the major reasons behind vision-loss among patients. However, only 10-20 percent people are aware of it. According to the doctors, several studies have shown that smoking increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and dry eye syndrome.



Many smokers have grappled with one rather perturbing question for years: How to call it quits once and for all? Finally, a new study on smoking habits seems to have addressed the question compellingly. The study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine has brought to light some revealing findings in this regard.


Marijuana: What business owners should keep in mind

Even though recreational marijuana is now legal in Alaska, employers can still have drug-free work policies, TSS Senior Project Manager Jo McGuire said [...] She said marijuana legalization has a huge impact on small business owners, especially when it comes to safety. “For marijuana use specifically, there are 55 percent more industrial accidents, [...]


Why cigarette packaging is getting more gory

Appearances count for a lot, when it comes to tobacco control. So it's not surprising that the government and Indian cigarette manufacturers are fighting over a few square inches on a packet. For decades, cigarettes have been sold with images of nonchalance, sexiness and grown-up glamour. Despite anti-tobacco counter-advertising and a generational shift in attitudes, those associations are burnt deep into our minds.


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