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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 22 June 2015

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When Public Health Harm Reduction Becomes Public Health Harm Promotion

Neil McKeganey, 22 June 2015

The recent announcement from health officials in Wales that the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces will be banned has been received with a mix of enthusiasm from some, puzzlement from others, and downright dismay by many -including within the "vaping" community itself.
The argument for such strident action seems to be that e-cigarettes are serving to renormalize smoking. For anybody seeking to promote evidence based public policy that anxiety, and the interventionist public policy that flows from it, must be a matter of enormous concern since one looks in vain for the evidence of renormalisation actually occurring. [...]

Hawaii has become the first US state to raise the legal smoking age to 21, amid fears that the growing popularity of e-cigarettes is encouraging teenagers to develop a taste for tobacco. The state’s Democratic governor, David Ige, signed a bill raising the smoking age, following the lead of dozens of local administrations including Hawaii County and New York City, [...]

2015-06-22
independent.co.uk

Shisha smoking increases during the holy month of Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with non-smokers also tending to pick up the habit, an expert said on Sunday. "We spend more time in the lively atmosphere of restaurants. As a result, a marked increase in tobacco consumption occurs due to shisha smoking," Khaleej Times quoted UAE-based Indian doctor Sunil Sheshadri [...]

2015-06-22
business-standard.com

Two British tobacco policy experts have called on Singapore’s Minister for Health to put the bans on e-cigarettes and low-risk tobacco products on hold and to launch a policy rethink, starting with a thorough review of the evidence. The Ministry of Health had announced in June this year that from 15 December, Singapore will ban emerging tobacco products, [...]

2015-06-22
theonlinecitizen.com

In the West, e-cigarettes are promoted as a way to quit smoking. But in China, “vaping” is a new way to get children hooked on the habit. China is the world’s biggest tobacco producer and consumer; more than half of Chinese men are smokers. And they start young. The average age at which Chinese people start smoking is under 11.

2015-06-22
forbes.com

It has never been a more unpopular time to be a smoker than today. Gone are the blanket endorsements by doctors (!) and — deceitful — advertising campaigns about the vibrant benefits of tobacco products. As we’ve become more aware of the harms caused or exacerbated by cigarettes, the rate of smoking in the United States has steadily declined: [...]

2015-06-22
medicaldaily.com

BRITISH American Tobacco (BAT) saw its share price rally nearly 4% in midday trade on the JSE on Wednesday, after a number of research firms said they expected the company to outperform in the next few years. The expectations for the company come despite data released by Euromonitor last week, which showed the global smoking prevalence rate [...] was 20.2% in 2014 compared to 20.4% in 2013.

2015-06-19
bdlive.co.za

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