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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 20 August 2015

This absurd U-turn on e-cigarettes was so easily avoided

The government now says vaping with e-cigarettes is such a good thing that we should be prescribing it and smokers should be rushing to take it up. It’s 95 per cent less harmful than smoking, it’s helping people to quit tobacco and there’s no evidence it’s a gateway into smoking: rather the reverse.


Explainer: What are e-cigarettes and are they safe?

Electronic cigarettes, more commonly known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs, have become a controversial topic since their arrival on the market 12 years ago. Now, with a new review from Public Health England suggesting that vaping could reduce the harm caused by conventional smoking, ITV News takes a look at some of the issues surrounding the devices.


UK-based study finds vaping less harmful, helps smokers quit

In a statement to The Rakyat Post, PHE health expert Prof Gerry Stimson [...] said nearly half the population in the UK did not realise that e-cigarettes were much less harmful than smoking. “In my view, it is important that this e-cigarette market be allowed to develop — there are huge public health gains if people switch from smoking to using e-cigarettes.


Call for more research into how e-cigarettes can help smokers quit

ASH Scotland welcomed an evidence led review by Public Health England that said vaping is 95% less harmful than tobacco. However, the charity want smokers to have a "better understanding" of how e-cigarettes can help smokers quit using tobacco completely. Chief Executive Sheila Duffy said: "I'm optimistic that e-cigarettes will help some smokers to quit tobacco, with the huge benefits that brings.


E-cigarettes becoming more widely available in developing countries

Most of the debate around e-cigarettes has focused on the developed world, but the devices are becoming more widely available in some low- and middle-income countries, where there is even greater potential for impact on public health, say two Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. "People don't think e-cigarettes will reach the developing world. [...]


Taxation key to smokers butting out in favour of E-cig: [...]

An Ottawa researcher believes taxes may be the key to convincing smokers to butt out in favour of the relatively reduced harm of e-cigarettes. University of Ottawa professor David Sweanor [...] suggesting "sharply-increased taxes on combustible (cigarettes)" while reducing or eliminating excise taxes on smokeless alternatives like e-cigarettes, which remain unsanctioned in Canada.


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