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Daily Digest - Friday, 4 November 2016

Millennials Think E-Cigarettes Are Safer - Ohio State Does Not

It would seem obvious that a diluted nicotine vapor is much less harmful than toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke - yet groups like the Centers for Disease Control and Tobacco Free Kids have instead adopted a 'quit or die' mentality about smoking. Yet we engage in harm reduction when it comes to needle exchanges and, strangely, the political party that was against those is for e-cigarettes, [...]


Pakistan says will stay away from tobacco conference in India

Pakistan will not attend a global tobacco-control conference in India next week, a government minister said on Friday, in the latest fallout of strained diplomatic ties between the nuclear-armed neighbors. "It's a very important meeting on tobacco, but our visit doesn't appear feasible due to on-going tensions," Saira Afzal Tarar, Pakistan's State Minister of Health Sciences Regulation and Coordination, told Reuters.


Are People Dying Because Vaping Is Being Demonized?

Public-health issues can be really, really complicated. A lot of the time they involve all sorts of cost-benefit trade-offs and complicated webs of interrelation: How does a regulation or tax or recommendation implemented now affect people’s choices and options not only today, but a year or a decade from now? Which sorts of health information do people respond to, [...]


[...] Nicotine Causes An Increased Inflammatory Response

Smoking is bad for you; this is not a new revelation. From increasing your chances of developing lung cancer to putting you at risk for emphysema later in life, the consequences of smoking seem never-ending. [...] According to the research, nicotine activates certain white blood cells, called neutrophils, which in turn release molecules that lead to increased inflammation.


Common e-cigarette flavors contain chemicals [...]

In a recent study, researchers find that Diacetyl (a flavoring chemical linked to cases of severe respiratory disease) is in more than 75% of flavored electronic cigarettes and refill liquids they tested. Two other potentially harmful related compounds are also found in many of the tested flavors, which included varieties with potential appeal to young people such as Cotton Candy, Fruit Squirts, and Cupcake.


FDA's Establishment Registration and Product Listing Deadline is Fast Approaching [...]

Section 905(b) of the Tobacco Control Act requires every person who owns or operates any "establishment" in the United States that manufactures, prepares, compounds, or processes a "tobacco product" to register with FDA by December 31 of each year. Now that the Deeming Regulation is effective, e-vapor products, including their components and parts [...] are considered regulated tobacco products.


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