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Daily Digest - Wednesday, 10 February 2016

James Felsen: Public health hang-up on e-cigs makes little sense

Condoms, e-cigarettes and cannabis products share some common characteristics: They are available in various flavors and colors, marketed as having certain health benefits and condemned by some as medically and socially unsafe and harmful. The confusing — and often amusing — issue is how they are addressed quite differently by public health policy gurus, politicians and the press – all claiming science, not ideology, is on their side.


Anti-E-Cigarette Policy Often Based On ‘Blind Faith’ In Poor Research

The whole process of peer review in public health research has been called into question by a new paper focusing on studies in the field of tobacco harm reduction. Carl V. Phillips and Igor Burstyn of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association along with Executive Consultant at Carter and Day Brian L. Carter are questioning the perceived wisdom that peer review means a gold standard of credibility in public health research.


E-cigarette laws are changing soon and you NEED to know about them

An estimated 2.6 million adults in Great Britain currently use electronic cigarettes. And nearly two out of five users are ex-smokers and three out of five are current smokers Vaping has become a whole new trend with vaping cafes and shops springing up across the country, including Dover and Deal. But this year could see changes for everyone who vapes. From May 20, laws will be standardised across the EU.


22nd Century’s very low nicotine cigarettes identified as an important public health tool to reduce smoking rates in New Zealand

22nd Century Group announced today that public health advocates in New Zealand have contacted them to introduce Very Low Nicotine (VLN) cigarettes into commerce in New Zealand at much lower tax rate than that of conventional cigarettes. They believe a Very Low Nicotine cigarette that is taxed at lower rates could be an important part of the public health initiative in New Zealand that aims to achieve a smoke free New Zealand by the year 2025.


Asia-Pacific E-Cigarette and Vaporizer Device Market - Estimation & Forecast, 2015-2025

The Asia Pacific e-cigarette market is poised to grow over $5 billion by 2025, at a double digit CAGR from 2016 to 2025. In the wake of increasing tobacco consumption and its detrimental health effects, the first e-cigarette was designed in China, back in 2003, in the hopes of finding an alternative to tobacco smoking. The market has now evolved through three generations and is standing at the point of influx [...]


Govt should raise tobacco taxes by up to 50 per cent: smoking opponents

Increasing tobacco taxes by as much as 50 per cent a year could form the "backbone" of efforts to make New Zealand smoke-free, politicians have been told. Tobacco taxes increased by 10 per cent at the start of the year, and academics and anti-smoking groups have encouraged Parliament's finance and expenditure select committee to support a bigger price hike. [..] politicians were "on extremely strong scientific ground" when raising taxes on tobacco.


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