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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 28 October 2015

Most tobacco-using teens start with flavored products

A survey of teen smokers has added more evidence that flavored tobacco products are particularly attractive to people younger than the legal smoking age. “Consistent with national school-based estimates, this study confirms widespread appeal of flavored products among youth tobacco users,” the authors, led by Bridget K. Ambrose [...] wrote in their research letter.


Poll: Most Americans Support FDA Regulation Of E-Cigarettes

A majority of Americans say electronic cigarettes should be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration the same way the agency handles cigarettes containing tobacco, according to results from the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll. Overall, 57 percent of people said the FDA should regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products.


Health Ministry wants to ban vaping

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam says the ministry is intending to ban vaping. Immediate action, he said, must be taken before it became a bigger issue as the use of electronic cigarettes could potentially harm users and the government was working towards it in terms of legislation. “We are looking at several measures together with the government and ministries, we will take the most appropriate ones.


The best way to give up smoking? Take magic mushrooms

The best way to give up smoking isn’t to chug dutifully on e-cigarettes – it’s tripping your eyeballs out on hallucinogenic mushrooms, according to science. Researchers at John Hopkins university found that doses of magic mushrooms were actually far more effective than ‘traditional’ smoking cessation methods such as pills.


E-Cigarettes Appeal to Smokers Who Are Trying to Quit, Study Says

A federal study on U.S. e-cigarette use among adults shows the devices appeal to current and former smokers trying to kick their cigarette habit. Current cigarette smokers who tried to quit in the past year were almost twice as likely to use the battery-powered devices, which heat liquid nicotine into vapor, as smokers who didn’t try to kick the habit, [...]


BAT hit hard by FX moves, but beats forecasts

Sales at British American Tobacco nipped ahead of expectations in the first nine months of this year, although the world's second largest tobacco company by market share warned it is feeling the impact of the "slower than expected recovery in the global economy". Ignoring the impact of currencies, year to date sales rose 4.2 per cent, topping analyst forecasts of 2.6 per cent-3.6 per cent growth, writes Joel Lewin.


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