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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 15 September 2015

National Park Service Bans E-Cigarettes in Certain Areas

Anywhere smoking is banned, e-cigs are now banned, too. The National Park Service has decided to restrict the use of e-cigarettes on its lands, so that anywhere cigarette smoking is banned, vaping is now banned, too. Citing “an abundance of caution” to protect the health of employees and visitors, Director Jonathan Jarvis said the service would treat nicotine vapor the same as tobacco smoke.


Mass. to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors

Massachusetts will soon ban the sale of e-cigarettes to people younger than 18, a regulation that puts it in line with most other states in restricting minors’ access to the devices. Attorney General Maura Healey’s office said Monday it had finalized new rules proposed earlier this year to place tighter controls on how retailers can sell the increasingly popular products. Most of the regulations take effect Sept. 25.


First e-cigarette ad flights in SA on TV, in cinemas and online

On Monday night, South Africa’s first e-cigarette ad was flighted in the first part of a campaign that will see Twisp ads on television, in cinemas and online. [...] “E-cigarettes have been shown to be a healthier alternative to tobacco and this is about helping people who want to smoke to make a healthier choice. E-cigarettes contain nicotine but not tobacco and have been marketed as a safer alternative,” Smith said.


England's chief medical officer says smoking should be banned in parks [...]

Dame Sally Davies said she welcomed measures to reduce 'active smoking and its role modelling in front of children' and appeared to encourage moves to roll out smoke-free zones. The Royal Society for Public Health says 'exclusion zones' should be set up in public areas, including near schools and in parks.


Smoking should be personal choice, not campus policy

Smokers on campus may want to inhale more deeply the next few months because USF is planning to put out its last cigarette in 2016. In last week’s fall address, USF President Judy Genshaft announced the campus will become tobacco-free beginning early next year. This would bring the Tampa campus into step with the USF Health side of campus as well as the St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.


California smoking age raise, e-cigarette regulations stall

Proposals to hike California’s tobacco-buying age to 21 and regulate electronic cigarettes did not get an Assembly floor vote before the legislative session concluded on Friday. Both measures had cleared the Senate before running aground in the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, a panel widely perceived by lawmakers and health advocates as being sympathetic to the tobacco industry.


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