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Daily Digest - Wednesday, 4 May 2016

EU's highest court upholds restrictive new law on cigarettes

Europe's highest court on Wednesday upheld a tough EU law that will standardize cigarette packs, ban menthol flavoring and restrict e-cigarette advertising, paving the way for its adoption this month and dealing a blow to Big Tobacco. The TPD will ban menthol cigarettes by 2020, standardize packs and impose rules on e-cigarettes, such as limits on nicotine strength, tank size and advertising.


Patrick Hannaford: Mandating plain packaging on cigarettes doesn’t work

The Trudeau government’s plan to force tobacco companies to use plain packaging on their products is a paternalistic, nanny-state policy that will fail to reduce smoking rates. Introduced by Julia Gillard’s Labor government in Australia, plain packaging is the public health lobby’s latest attempt to reduce smoking rates by stigmatizing tobacco products.


Government Officials Are Determined to Turn Vapers Into Scofflaws

It shouldn't be surprising that, even as researchers endorse the harm-reduction potential of e-cigarettes and a prominent British medical group flat-out endorses their use, government officials are doing their best to make vaping difficult and expensive, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stands poised to impose what are widely expected to be burdensome regulations on the popular smoking substitute.


The prohibitionists have nicotine in their cross-hairs

After caffeine and alcohol, nicotine is the third most popular drug globally. Smoking does a great deal of harm to health - six million and rising premature deaths annually and a huge burden of morbidity. However, the drug nicotine itself is not the source of the great harms that arise from smoking. The damage is done by the products of tobacco combustion, the smoke particles [...]


A framework for evaluating the public health impact of e-cigarettes [...]

In the United States, smoking rates have fallen by 50% since their peak in the 1960s as a result of tobacco control policies, but smoking still contributes to high rates of premature mortality. The 2014 Surgeon General's Report stated: ‘the burden of death and disease from tobacco in the U.S. is overwhelmingly caused by cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products; rapid elimination of their use will dramatically reduce this burden’.


What Is the CDC Implying with this Vaping PSA?

[...] That’s a screengrab of an in-app ad for a Centers for Disease Control campaign called “Tips from Former Smokers,” which has been going on since 2012. The ad was captured and shared by a vaper on Reddit. The “tips” ads are part of a pretty powerful campaign that shows the real life effects of smoking, but this particular ad—released last year—puts a bizarre emphasis on smoker Kristy’s e-cigarette use.


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