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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 18 November 2015

Why HUD Should Allow Vaping In Public Housing

One can readily understand the public health reasons for a smoking ban. But there are troubling implications for the smokers themselves. After all, who lives in public housing? Disabled individuals, the mentally ill, the recently homeless, and extremely low income people are disproportionately housed in public facilities relative to the community as a whole. Each of these subgroups smokes a lot.


URI researcher developing novel vaccine delivery system [...]

"My laboratory at URI is developing a laser-based delivery system for a powdered vaccine to improve nicotine vaccine effectiveness," Chen said. "There is no vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for smoking." [...] Typical vaccines fight diseases, but Chen's vaccine and delivery system fight addictive behavior by blocking nicotine's entry into the brain.


E-Cigarette Sales Rapidly Lose Steam

Sales of electronic cigarettes have fallen sharply in recent months, bringing an end to five years of triple-digit growth and making the much-touted category look more like a potential fad than real threat to Big Tobacco. Growing dissatisfaction among customers, inventory backlogs, new state laws and rising safety concerns are expected to cut the rate of e-cigarette growth in half next year to 57% [...]


What happens when you ban e-cigarettes

A quick note on what happens when governments ban e-cigs: cigarette smoking rates rise among teenagers. Regression analyses consider how state bans on e-cigarette sales to minors influence smoking rates among 12 to 17 year olds. Such bans yield a statistically significant 0.9 percentage point increase in recent smoking in this age group, relative to states without such bans. [...]


Cancer risk for smokeless tobacco users

Adults in the US who use only smokeless tobacco products have higher levels of biomarkers of exposure to nicotine and NKK - a cancer-causing toxicant - compared with those using only cigarettes, according to research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Use of smokeless tobacco products is attracting increasing attention from the public health community.


Lung cancer not of men or smokers alone, warn doctors

Lung cancer is no more a smoker’s disease and has moved to the top of this category of life-threatening ailments among Indian males and the coming years will also see females too getting affected, doctors maintain, adding early detection is key to its cure.”Of late, lung cancer has moved to Number One position among cancers in males in India. [...]


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