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Daily Digest - Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Longer Trip to Buy Cigarettes May Help Smokers Quit

Living in close proximity to retail establishments that sell tobacco products appears to make it harder for smokers to kick the habit, according to a longitudinal analysis of data from two large studies conducted in Finland. The study is the first of its kind to examine the impact of residential proximity to tobacco sales on smoking behaviors, and the findings have important policy implications for smoking cessation efforts [...]


Opinions divided on banning of e-cigarettes in public places

Between the poles of calling for a ban on indoor e-cigarette smoking because it “normalizes” smoking behavior or fighting any ban because it’s bad for business, 15 people testified Monday at a public hearing held by the Allegheny County Board of Health. Bill Godshall, executive director of Smokefree Pennsylvania [...] argued that the proposed ban on e-cigarettes in public places “demonizes vaping, stigmatizes vapers.” [...]


A step towards legalising cannabis? [...]

In May, a study revealed that e-cigarettes or vaporisers can produce the health boost of cannabis without getting users high. The method - dubbed 'cannavaping' - avoids inhaling significant amounts of toxic contaminants. Now, the NHS may be testing its first-ever cannabis-based vaporiser, called MediPen, which some say may pave the way for legalisation of marijuana in the UK.


Crackdown on e-cigarettes, cigars will prevent death, [...]

The Food and Drug Administration has caused quite a stir. Last week it began treating cigars like cigarettes and chewing tobacco, requiring larger warning labels to alert smokers about nicotine's addictive properties, and the cancer and health risks they pose. The regulations also require cigar makers to obtain costly FDA approval before selling new blends. The cigar industry has pleaded for the agency to reconsider — to no avail.


Place Matters for Tobacco Control

For too long, tobacco industry strategies to normalize and glamorize use of their product have perpetuated a preventable epidemic. Although US adult smoking rates declined to 15.1% in 2015 [...] nearly half a million people die annually just from cigarette use in the United States[...] Projections are that 5.6 million US children alive today will die prematurely from tobacco-related disease [...]



Around half of UK pharmacies may be selling e-cigarettes and nicotine-containing vaping liquids illegally, a new report suggests. A study by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute tested a range of businesses – e-cigarettes are regulated as consumer goods and not restricted to only pharmacies – to see whether they would sell e-cigarettes to under-18s.


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