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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 6 March 2015


Public health experts talking sense about e-cigarettes and vaping

Public Health England recently published some excellent video commentaries on vaping and e-cigarettes by genuinely thoughtful and engaged public health experts – I have collected them here.  These are intended for an English audience, but they deserve a much wider airing because they show what public health could be like if it actually approached the subject with an open and enquiring mind, regard for evidence and an attitude of humility and empathy.
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The popularity of e-cigarettes means that employers will need to make decisions about when and where they can be used in the workplace. In general, employees now understand and accept that smoking tobacco is not permitted in the workplace. Legislation was introduced in 2007 to ensure almost all workplaces in England became smoke-free.


B.C. is banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and forbidding their use in buildings across the province, similar to tobacco products. Health Minister Terry Lake said Thursday the crackdown is intended to prevent young people from being exposed to e-cigarettes, which are increasing in popularity but have unknown long-term health effects.


When subjects in a smoking cessation program tweet each other regularly, they're more successful at kicking the habit, according to a study by UC Irvine and Stanford University researchers. Specifically, daily "automessages" that encourage and direct the social media exchanges may be more effective than traditional social media interventions for quitting smoking.


Shares of domestic tobacco giant Altria Group (NYSE: MO ) have soared over 50% over the past 12 months, easily outperforming a 12% gain from the S&P 500. That is great news for Altria shareholders like myself, but investors might be wondering if the stock is due for a pullback.


The ban on smoking in public places must be enforced in state prisons as well despite warnings that it could provoke widespread unrest in jails across England and Wales, a high court judge has ruled. More than 80% of prisoners smoke and the justice ministry pushed hard for the exemption when the health legislation went through parliament.


Starting July 1, it will be the second campus after Kapiolani Community College to ban smoking in the state. Smoking will be prohibited within all university owned or operated property. That includes indoor facilities and outdoor grounds, as well as inside of vehicles on university premises. State law already forbids smoking in buildings and enclosed areas.


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