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Daily Digest - Friday, 3 June 2016

Tobacco: Control or Eradicate? [...]

A billion premature deaths this century—that’s the estimated toll of smoking. As 80% of the world’s smokers live in low- to middle-income countries, that’s a huge problem for the developing world. That's a lot of not only lost lives but also lost economic output, and increased strain on already-overburdened health budgets. So what’s the solution? [...]


Why Deleting The FDA’s Ban Of E-Cigarette Flavors Is Good [...]

[...] the White House intervened to delete sections of draft FDA regulations promulgated early last month that would have required flavored e-cigarette liquids be removed from the market almost immediately. This is good news. As I detailed in a recent policy study for the R Street Institute, vapers use flavors to help sustain the level of nicotine they derive from e-cigarettes.


E-cigarettes and public health: What’s next after the FDA rule?

In early May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a “deeming rule” that gives it regulatory authority over e-cigarettes.


End of vaping in Hong Kong? [...]

A bill banning the import and sale of electronic cigarettes will be submitted to the Legislative Council in the next legislative session, a lawmaker revealed after meeting a top health official. Kwok Wai-keung of the Federation of Trade Unions said the plan was confirmed during a meeting with the Undersecretary for Food and Health, Professor Sophia Chan Siu-chee, on Thursday.


‘Nicotine is not a demon, vaping is much less harmful than smoking’

A south Auckland GP and “vaper” wants medical colleagues to upskill on electronic cigarettes and lobby politicians to ease restrictions on the products. All doctors are stakeholders in tobacco control and smoking cessation, and should be looking at the New Zealand policy, says Murray Winiata of Mangere Family Doctors.


South Africa’s Health Department to crack down on e-cigarettes

South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi plans to target e-cigarettes as part of a move to ensure the tobacco industry is properly regulated in the country.


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