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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 18 December 2015


Most popular in the news last week:

  1. Anti-Smoking Zealot Claims E-Cigarettes Are ‘Against Our Culture’ – read more
  2. First e-cigarettes to be prescribed on the NHS in the New Year but ministers 'wanted to keep it quiet in case GPs are overrun'  – read more…
  3. Health experts urge AMs to drop e-cigarette ban plan – read more…

One Of The Biggest E-Cigarette Scare Tactics Has Just Been Debunked

One of the key weapons in the anti-vaping armory has been shot to pieces by new data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). E-cigarettes have been a constant source of controversy among tobacco control activists, with many claiming the industry is using flavors to entice kids to try the nicotine-filled products and get them hooked for life.


Law Society welcomes ban on smoking in cars with children

Smoking in cars where children are present will now be a criminal offence, after the legislation was passed by the Scottish Parliament today, 17 December. [...] “The passing of this bill is great news for the health and wellbeing of children, the harmful effects of tobacco and smoking are undisputed, as well as the effects of second hand smoke. [...]


Australian government wins plain packaging case [...]

The federal government has won its case against tobacco giant Philip Morris Asia challenging Australia's tobacco plain-packaging laws. It means the former Gillard government's plain-packaging laws, introduced in 2011, will remain in place. The tribunal in the arbitration, based in Singapore, has issued a unanimous decision agreeing with Australia's position [...]


High School Seniors Now Prefer Marijuana to Cigarettes

Fewer students than last year think that pot is harmful More students in the 12th grade said they smoked pot every day, compared to those who smoke daily cigarettes, finds a new federal report. It’s the first time since the survey began in 1975 that daily marijuana use surpassed cigarettes. [...] survey released on Wednesday shows that 6% of 12th graders used marijuana every day [...]


Why smoking bans may have advantage over higher tobacco taxes

If governments want to discourage smoking among young people, both high taxes and smoking bans do the job - but bans may have one key advantage. A first-of-its-kind national study found that bans worked best at limiting smoking among more casual users: Those who smoked less than a pack a day. Heavy taxes worked best with those who smoked more than a pack a day.


Ontario delaying ban on using e-cigarettes in public

The province is delaying its plans to ban vaping in public spaces, Ontario's Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla told CBC News in an exclusive interview. [...] Damerla said her government would proceed with a ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors beginning January 1, "but we will not be proceeding with the piece around where you can and cannot use electronic cigarettes."


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