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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 23 June 2015

Global Forum on Nicotine conference update: 

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The electronic cigarettes industry is now bigger than dental floss and canned soup after sales of vaping devices surpassed $6bn for the first time last year. Global sales of vapour devices grew by 59pc to £3.9bn as business in its largest market, the US, more than doubled to £1.7bn, according to data from Euromonitor International.


Tobacco companies in the U.S. have been seeing tougher days off late, where increasing health consciousness, coupled with anti-smoking policies, have resulted in dwindling volumes. The total volumes sales of smokable products in the U.S. has witnessed an almost 20% decline since 2009, and is projected to continue falling going forward. 


One thing needs to be made clear at the outset and painfully so: I am a smoker. True, I no longer smoke tobacco in the traditional cylindrical delivery systems, but such is the duration, consistency, and application with which I have smoked this crop in the past, it would be ridiculous to imagine its stubble can ever be grubbed-up; in this world, or the next.


Toddlers exposed to second hand smoke are more likely to be fat by the age of 10, scientists warn. In fact, smoking around children aged one to three is just as harmful as using tobacco during pregnancy, they claim. Children whose parents smoked when they were between one and three were more likely to have a wider waist and a higher BMI (body mass index) by time they reached 10.


Scientists who have devoted years developing medicines to cure disease are now working for tobacco companies to make e-cigarettes. Philip Morris International Inc has hired more than 400 scientists and technical staff at its research facility in Neuchatel, Switzerland, including toxicologists, chemists, biologists, [...] 


Hoping to influence a special health care budget session, a coalition of labor and medical groups has put $2 million into an initiative to raise California’s tobacco tax and use the revenue to fund health care for low-income Californians. The money flowed from a coalition of groups that include SEIU California State Council – a union umbrella group whose members include thousands of health care workers [...]


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