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Daily Digest - Monday, 1 August 2016

E-cigarettes now tightly regulated in the ACT

E-cigarettes will now be banned in smoke-free areas in Canberra and can no longer be sold to minors under new laws that came into effect on Monday. Advertising, displays and marketing of personal vaporisers, also known as e-cigarettes or vape pens, will also be heavily regulated and businesses selling them will now be required to have a tobacco licence.


Cigarettes will cost more starting Monday; [...]

Pennsylvania's cigarette tax is going up. Starting Monday, smokers will pay an extra dollar per pack of cigarettes. That raises the tax from $1.60 to $2.60 per pack and it's the 10th highest in the nation. The increase is a result of the new state budget. Cigarette smokers aren't the only ones who will have to pay more, stores that sell vapor products, like e-cigarettes and vaporizers, will be impacted too.


Is Secondhand Pot Smoke Worse For The Heart Than Tobacco?

The research has flip-flopped, almost comically, in recent years on the relative safety vs. danger of smoking pot. Every few weeks there seems to be a new study suggesting additional medicinal uses or, on the flip side, additional cognitive, psychological or heart risks of using the drug. Now, a study finds that just being around pot smoke, and breathing it in secondhand, may do more damage [...]


New FDA tobacco regulations stir help, harm debate

The Food and Drug Administration is forging ahead with implementing a controversial set of new regulations on tobacco and nicotine products. “Beginning on Aug. 8, manufacturers of newly regulated tobacco products will no longer be allowed to introduce new tobacco products to the market without first receiving authorization from FDA,” according to the reminder.


Tobacco retailers slugged under new Tasmanian plan to curb smoking

Health Minister Michael Ferguson said the $6.4 million plan contained 24 actions, mainly targeting smoking and obesity. "We will be tripling the cost of tobacco seller licence fees, increasing compliance and enforcement, we will be providing options for more information to help people make the decision to quit even at the point of sale and we will be regulating the sale of e-cigarettes," he said.


Sales light up at Big Four cigarette maker British American Tobacco [...]

Revenues were up but profits were down in a mixed bag of results for the Big Four cigarette maker British American Tobacco (BAT). Turnover at the Pall Mall and Dunhill maker was up by 4.2 per cent reaching £6.7bn in the six months to 30 June. However, adjusted profit from operations were down 2.2 per cent, reaching £2.5bn, while operating profit dipped 5.7 per cent to £2.2bn.


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