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Daily Digest -  2 January 2017

The Year In E-Cigarettes: The Good, The Bad, And Some Reasons For Optimism

As the year draws to a close, electronic cigarettes remain as controversial and as poorly understood among the general public as they were a year ago. Are e-cigarettes re-normalizing smoking? Are kids using them as a stepping stone to combustible cigarettes? Are e-cigarettes as harmful as the real thing? Last year, unfortunately, was one of disappointment. [...]


Quitting smokers 'should not vape'

The anti-tobacco advocacy group ASH Ireland has advised quitters to instead use nicotine patches or gum. Vaping has been endorsed by governments in the UK and other countries but ASH chairman Dr Pat Doorley said he was concerned about the risk it poses to long-term health. "Some people say they do help them but we don't think the evidence is strong enough for us [...]


FDA moves forward on warning labels for cigars

The Food and Drug Administration says it is moving forward on requiring warning labels on cigars, even though it is in the midst of lawsuits addressing similar labels for cigarettes. The agency said a rotating group of six warning statements will be required of cigar manufacturers beginning May 10, 2018. Manufacturers will have until May 10, 2017, to submit their proposed warning plan to the FDA [...]


Tobacco tax increase comes in today

Smoking gets more expensive from today: the tax on tobacco is going up by 10 percent. It's the first of four consecutive 10 percent rises coming into force on 1 January each year until 2020. Roughly 15 percent of adult New Zealanders, or 550,000 people, are estimated to smoke daily, and smoking-related illnesses kill up to 5000 a year.


2016 in e-cigarettes – rapid change, new regulation, and some shocks

May 2016 saw the two biggest regulatory developments in the short history of the e-cigarette so far. But the U.S. deeming regulations and European TPD were far from the only stories brought to you by ECigIntelligence in another year of rapid change – in the industry and beyond. Both the deeming regulations and [...] (TPD) regulate e-cigarettes as consumer tobacco products rather than as pharmaceuticals.


Subra: Up to states to ban sale of e-cigs and vapes

While the Health Ministry is responsible for regula­ting electronic cigarettes and vapes that contain nicotine, it is up to the individual states to ban the sale and use of such products. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said at present, there were states, like Johor, that have already imposed a ban on the use and sale of e-cigarettes and vapes.


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