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Daily Digest - Thursday, 16 February 2017
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Momentum building to legalise nicotine for vaping in Australia.

A team of three consumer vaping advocates from the NNA AU, Attila Danko, Donna Darvill and Andrew Thompson along with two harm reduction doctors, Dr Colin Mendelsohn and Dr Alex Wodak, spent yesterday in Parliament House Canberra.

Four Plymouth people reveal why their health has changed so dramatically

The first long-term study of vaping's effects in ex-smokers has revealed that those who switch from real to e-cigarettes have far fewer toxins and cancer-causing substances in their bodies after six months than continual smokers. That news came as little surprise to the likes of Karen Griffiths, owner of Your Vapour in Cornwall Street. The asthma sufferer says she uses her inhaler 10 times less now she has quit the fags in favour of vaping.


ONS figures show UK spending less on alcohol and tobacco

Families in the UK are becoming more clean-living, with less money being spent on cigarettes and alcohol, but more being spent on going out to restaurants. But the Family Spending Survey from the Office for National Statistics shows little change in spending overall. [...] The figures show that spending on alcohol and cigarettes continued to fall over the period, to £11.40 a week. At the start of the 2000s, families were typically spending nearly £20 a week on such items.


E-Tobacco: What’s Next?

C-stores remain cautious with regards to what direction the e-cigarette and vaping industry is headed this year. Between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming regulations finally released last year and a bevy of new state taxes and regulations restricting who can sell or purchase tobacco and other-tobacco products, 2016 was a tumultuous year for e-cigarettes.


Council offers shopping vouchers worth £260 to mothers-to-be if they quit smoking

Dozens of mothers-to-be have signed up to receive shopping vouchers as a reward to stop smoking during their pregnancies. A council is offering up to £260 in vouchers to expectant mothers if they can prove they have quit cigarettes. Each smoker is challenged to stay off tobacco during their pregnancy, and is rewarded every two weeks that they remain smoke-free. The Love2Shop vouchers can be redeemed in a number of stores.


The great mystery of e-cigarettes

Do e-cigarettes help smokers kick their bad habits, or do they end up promoting tobacco use among young people? It’s one of the most intensely debated questions in drug abuse research, but the current answer is unsatisfying: We need more evidence to clearly say who’s right. E-cigarettes have been the subject of polarized science ever since they gained popularity in 2006.


Legal changes to the advertising of electronic cigarettes

Later this year there will be changes in UK law in relation to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and, specifically, how they may be advertised. CAP's Copy Advice team has recently experienced an uplift in enquiries about the effect of this legislation. [CAP] are providing this update to offer what clarity we can at this stage, however the legislative picture is still developing .


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