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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 16 September 2015

E-cigarettes: an emerging public health consensus

We all agree that e-cigarettes are significantly less harmful than smoking. One in 2 lifelong smokers dies from their addiction. All of the evidence suggests that the health risks posed by e-cigarettes are relatively small by comparison but we must continue to study the long term effects. And yet, millions of smokers have the impression that e-cigarettes are at least as harmful as tobacco [...]


Evidence about electronic cigarettes: a foundation built on rock or sand?

Public Health England recently endorsed the use of e-cigarettes as an aid to quitting smoking. Martin McKee and Simon Capewell question the evidence on safety and efficacy underpinning the recommendations. Those responsible for safeguarding the health of the public must often tackle complex and controversial issues. [...]


Expert reaction to article questioning the evidence on the safety [...]

The effects of e-cigarettes on public and individual health is the subject of an article published in The BMJ, with the authors arguing that there is uncertainly around the benefits and harms from the devices. “This analysis repeats views that have already been made by these public health colleagues regarding the recent Public Health England report on e-cigarettes. [...]


Almost 20% of high school seniors use hookahs

Almost 1 in 5 senior high school students in the US report using hookahs to smoke tobacco in the past year, [...]"Hookah smoking does not seem to be just a fad; it seems to be a practice that is increasing steadily over time nationwide," says Dr. Primack. "And, among hookah smokers, it's not just something they do once and that's it.


FDA slams Reynolds on four tobacco products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to immediately prohibit the sale of four brands of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s traditional style cigarettes may be more of a regulatory shot-across-the-bow than a revenue blow. However, the move appears to signal a more high-profile review of how comparable new products are to products in the marketplace before Feb. 15, 2007.


Smoke-free beach proposed by Pembrokeshire council

Smoking could be banned on one of Pembrokeshire's beaches after councillors voted to hold a formal consultation into the idea. Pembrokeshire would be the first council in Wales to introduce a smoke-free beach. A consultation will now be held to decide which beach should be used for a pilot scheme. Councillors also voted to make the area's playgrounds and sporting areas smoke-free, including e-cigarettes.


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