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Daily Digest - Monday, 25 April 2016

Teens most drawn to e-cigarettes by online ads

While many forms of e-cigarette advertising increase the odds that teens will try the devices, a new U.S. study suggests that this generation of digital natives is most enticed by promotions they see online. To see which e-cigarette ad formats were most persuasive to teens, researchers analyzed data from a recent nationwide survey of about 22,000 middle school and high school students [...]


No matter how equal or unequal a society is, men still smoke more

In the developing world, far more men than women smoke. This is usually ascribed to pronounced gender disparities in social, political or economic power. But what about a developing society with a high degree of gender equality like the Aka pygmy tribe living in West Africa's Congo Basin? Surprisingly, even there, smoking is definitely a male thing, says anthropologist Casey Roulette [...]


Experts alarmed at e-cigarette use among US teenagers

American celebrity, Jenny McCarthy, urges viewers to use electronic cigarettes brand Blu rather than a cigarette. Other brands of e-cigarettes also use celebrity endorsements. [...]


Smoking cessation medications do not appear to increase risk [...]

The smoking cessation medications varenicline and bupropion do not appear to increase the incidence of serious neuropsychiatric side effects compared to placebo, according to a study published in The Lancet today. The study is the largest trial to date looking at the safety and efficacy of three first line smoking cessation treatments - varenicline, bupropion and nicotine patches [...]


Cigarette sales get a boost from TV commercials for e-cigs, [...]

It’s been nearly 50 years since Congress banned cigarette commercials from the airwaves. But a new study suggests the rapid proliferation of e-cigarette commercials may be lifting the sales of cigarettes, too, offering an unexpected path back to TV for the tobacco industry. [...] "If you increase e-cigarette advertisement, then cigarette demand is going to increase slightly," said Yuqing Zheng, [...]


The Vaping Wars: Brian Fojtik and Victoria Vasconcellos

E-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular. What impact do the new “vaping wars” have on science, public policy, business, and jobs?


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