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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Public health should step aside. [...]

E-cigarettes, I believe, are the harm reduction equivalent for smoking. They have the potential to dramatically reduce smoking levels in Britain. Indeed, they have already done so. According to the Office for National Statistics, more than 863,000 current e-cigarette users are no longer smokers and a further 720,000 people are both ex-smokers and previous e-cigarette users.



One example of how tobacco companies have attempted to ride a vapor cloud to the future is the acquisition of popular e-cigarette companies. In 2012, Lorillard Tobacco Company acquired blu eCigs, one of the more popular e-cigarette companies in the industry, for $135 million (blu eCigs has since become the property of Imperial Brands, a British-based tobacco conglomerate, as a result of various mergers). [...]


Ottawa's cigarette butt waste program needs work, BIA says

The city program charged with cleaning up hundreds of thousands of cigarette butts tossed onto Ottawa streets every year is cumbersome and ineffective, according to the Bank Street BIA. And a city councillor agrees, saying it's likely time for a change. In spite of the fact there are fewer smokers these days [...] the waste from traditional cigarette butts is staggering.


What’s Really Killing India’s Smokers

Earlier this month, Parvesh Kumar was sentenced to three years in jail and fined $1,500. His crime? Selling cigarettes. To be precise, e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that heat a nicotine solution to produce a vapor. In 2013, the state drugs controller declared them an “unapproved drug” under India’s 1940 Drugs and Cosmetics Act. [...]


Doctors Attack E-Cigarette Taxes, [...]

A collection of scientists and researchers are urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to focus on the benefits of e-cigarettes and warn heavy taxation would be bad for public health. Seven leading tobacco control experts took to the pages of the journal Addiction to examine the evidence on e-cigarettes. They found the devices cut smoking overall and could slash the number of deaths from tobacco.


‘Independent businesses built this industry’: [...]

Puffs of skunky smoke hung heavy as pro-legalization advocates revelled in the promise that the Liberals will, this time next year, introduce legislation to decriminalize and legalize what so many Canadians already do: smoke pot. It won’t be easy, with provinces and international treaties to contend with, but Health Minister Jane Philpott promised at the UN Wednesday [...] to put it on paper by spring 2017.


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