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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 3 March 2015

Young people under age 18 can buy e-cigarettes online, even in states where it’s illegal, a new study shows. North Carolina researchers asked 11 teens between ages 14 to 17 who didn’t smoke to try to buy e-cigarettes online from 98 of the most popular Internet vendors. The sale of e-cigarettes to minors in North Carolina is illegal [...]


This city wants to truly be smoke free. So "vaping," or using e-cigarettes, will no be longer be allowed where tobacco is already banned. "We've had people coming in our gymnasiums when their kid are playing, smoking these things," said Mayor Becky Tooley. "I don't want somebody going to a ball game sitting in the bleachers and having that blow in their face. [...]


This study adds to the abundant and growing body of evidence that electronic cigarettes are orders of magnitude safer than tobacco cigarettes and suggests that brands of e-cigarettes that do not overheat the e-liquid may be associated with very minor absolute health risks. 


It is clear that while it might be legal to grow and smoke marijuana in the nation’s capital, there is still a major taboo in talking about it. At least there is among smartly dressed young people who work in some vaguely political field but won’t tell you exactly what they do, where they work, or what their name is.


While the Budget has typically been negative for cigarette major ITC given the government's intention to curb tobacco consumption by raising excise duty, this year's Budget will be the most impactful so far. The stock has fallen by 13% in two trading sessions following the Budget announcement to increase excise duty on cigarettes by 15-25% [...]


Vaping has rapidly grown in popularity, becoming what was reported to be a $2.2 billion industry in 2014. But if Gov. Jay Inslee has his way, it will become more expensive for Washington residents. Inslee has proposed a 95 percent excise tax on e-cigarettes and vaping products — the same tax rate now applied to conventional cigarettes.


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