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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 13 April 2015

An FDA advisory panel were reluctant to recommend a gentler warning label for one brand of smokeless tobacco products at a committee hearing on Friday. In a key vote, the eight-member FDA's Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee split 4-4 on whether the claim that snus offer a "substantially lower risk" claim relative to cigarettes is justified.


While federal law makes their entire industry illegal, many marijuana store owners, growers and retailers fear something completely different: Big Tobacco. Today, most legal recreational marijuana operations are small, limited to a single state and barred from ever getting large by regulators who want to keep a close eye on the fast-growing industry.


Most of the cigarettes smoked in New York, 58%, are smuggled in from out of state, according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation. The higher that revenue-hungry politicians raise tobacco taxes, the more profit smugglers can make. This is a large part of the reason that revenue from increases in cigarette taxes often falls short of expectations.


Over the last five years, e-cig sales have dramatically increased in both the US as well as other Western countries like the UK and Canada. In addition to increased sales, they have also become wider accepted, and are often permitted to be used in places where normal tobacco cigarettes have been forbidden.


South Korea’s Health Ministry plans to establish a think tank to research the additives used in cigarettes manufactured and distributed in the country, as part of measures to support the state health insurer’s high-profile damage suit against major tobacco firms. The think tank, to be established in August, will conduct research to determine if local tobacco makers use additives, [...]


Dubai authorities have gone on alert after medical reports showed samples of 'medwakh' tobacco (the traditional pipe) sold on the market contain marijuana, a press report said on Wednesday. “Tests [...] showed marijuana traces in their blood and urine,” said Dr Manal Al Fahham, a neurologist at Garhoud Hospital.


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