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Daily Digest - Wednesday, 8 February 2017

New Study Concludes that Vaping is a One-Way Bridge [...]

A new study [...] concludes that vaping is “a one-way bridge to cigarette smoking among youth.” At first glance, this paper appears to demolish the claim that vaping is not a known gateway to youth smoking. The conclusion that is drawn is a sweeping one: e-cigarettes are a one-way bridge to cigarette smoking among youth. If this conclusion is true, then I believe e-cigarettes are not a tenable harm reduction strategy [...]


Debunking the ‘experts’ on vaping

A recent article on the millennial-focused website deigned to summarize “what the experts say” about the long-term effects of vaping, which certainly is an important topic. Alas, the piece by author Aric Suber-Jenkins was hardly objective or unbiased. In fact, it’s wrong in nearly every major assertion it makes and every bit of analysis if offers.


Marijuana legalization could normalize smoking again, Canadian experts warn

While Canadians may be anticipating the legalization of marijuana, experts worry that the move could usher in the normalization of smoking again. Health officials worked tirelessly for decades to warn consumers about the risks of smoking. In a new editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, [...] health officials and policy analysts are considering how marijuana legalization could be a step backwards.


expert reaction to study on teen vaping and future smoking

“This article is the latest American study to claim that using an e-cigarette can lead to tobacco smoking in teenagers – in fact the authors go as far as to describe it as a ‘one way bridge’ to smoking. If this were true it would be very worrying. We know e-cigarettes are far less harmful than smoking and we also know that teenagers are experimenting with these products. [...]


DOH, FDA asked to regulate production, sale of e-cigarettes

Antitobacco advocates New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) has urged the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to start regulating the production and selling of electronic cigarettes in the country. NVAP president Emer Rojas said the DOH and the FDA should put restrictions on the growing popularity of e-cigarettes considering its adverse effects on public health.


Manulife to stop testing for nicotine for life insurance policies up to $1M

People looking to secure health insurance from Manulife may no longer be subjected to nicotine testing, as the company looks to streamline the application process. The insurer says nicotine tests will no longer be required for individual policies for eligible applicants aged 18 to 40, on policies that pay up to $1 million in benefits.


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