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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 8 March 2016

3 Reasons Reynolds American Stock Could Rise

Tobacco giant Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI) has been on top of the industry lately, posting outsized returns of 38% over the past year. Yet despite excitement about the company's results, Reynolds American is only beginning to reap the benefits of its recent strategic moves, especially the acquisition of longtime rival Lorillard.


Let’s Save A Billion Lives

There's no question that the vaping community, along with honest commentators on public health, have been working overtime to disseminate the truth. Yet, they do not have quite the same bully pulpit as their opponents. Fortunately, the odds will soon be changing--in favor of the vapers. That's because Milwaukee-based Attention Era Media will be releasing A Billion Lives, a hard-hitting documentary [...]


Tobacco also 'an environmental issue'

A smoke-free advocacy group is calling for tobacco companies to be held legally responsible for parts of cigarettes that are unsafe for the environment. New research in the Tobacco Control Journal shows 98 percent of all cigarettes contain filters made of plastic that is not biodegradable. [...] Prudence Stone said it was possible up to 4 trillion of those butts were discarded by smokers worldwide each year.


In the interests of public health, it’s time to ban e-cigarettes

It took years of campaigning and government consultation with vested interests before Hong Kong introduced a law banning smoking in indoor public places in 2009. Six years later, a battle continues to push back the boundaries against smoking in public open spaces where people gather, especially children. These laws apply equally to electronic cigarettes.


WHO calls for tax hike on tobacco products in GCC

All the GCC countries should impose more taxes on tobacco products and make them expensive in order to curb the menace of smoking, an official of World Health Organisation (WHO) has proposed. “Imposing more taxes, is one of the best options to reduce the use of tobacco, especially among the youth and children,” suggested Fatimah El-Awa, regional adviser, Tobacco Free Initiative, [...]


Canceled Cannabis Cup Shows Legalization Fight Has Only Just Begun

If you thought there’d be nothing for marijuana legalizers to be fighting for after legalization, you were sorely mistaken. Like our First Amendment right of Free Association. Legalization is just the beginning of the real fight, which is the freedom to use cannabis as equally as people use alcohol and aspirin.


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