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Daily Digest - Friday, 17 February 2017

Hope for vapers: New bill could halt FDA e-cigarette prohibition

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., introduced legislation in the House of Representatives on Thursday which, if adopted, could prevent the e-cigarette business from falling into a state of de facto prohibition. The bipartisan legislation would alter Food and Drug Administration rules requiring products deemed to be tobacco products that came on the market after Feb. 15, 2007, to undergo a prohibitively expensive approval process.

2017-02-17
washingtonexaminer.com

A case where smoking helped: Scientists help understand mechanics of rare hemoglobin mutation

There's at least one person in the world for whom smoking has a beneficial effect, and it took an international collaboration of scientists led by a Rice University professor to figure out why. Rice biochemist John Olson and collaborators in Germany and France helped a young woman and her father understand why she has anemia but her father, who is a smoker, does not.

2017-02-17
phys.org

HSE to develop nicotine addiction guidelines

Writing in this week’s IMT on smoking cessation, Dr Paul Kavanagh, Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Adviser to the HSE Tobacco Free Ireland Programme, said that later this year, following the publication of HIQA’s final health technology assessment (HTA) report on smoking cessation interventions, the Executive would begin the development of clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of nicotine addiction.

2017-02-17
imt.ie

Tobacco Companies Taking Over the E-cigarette Industry

For decades, cigarettes cornered the market on nicotine. People who decided to take up smoking chose the cigarette over any other nicotine delivery system available, including pipes and chewing tobacco. This trend held true for generations of smokers, but in the past 10 years the cigarette industry has seen a small but significant sea change. E-cigs are catching fire with an entirely new generation of smokers. And tobacco companies have taken notice.

2017-02-17
healthline.com

Opinion: Ban will rob smokers of a chance to quit

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) recent interim decision to effectively ban nicotine-containing e-cigarettes is a harsh blow to smokers. Australian smokers will be denied access to life-saving technology estimated to have helped millions of smokers to quit overseas. Those most affected will be from lower socio-economic and disadvantaged groups, which have the highest smoking rates and are hardest hit by the cost of smoking.

2017-02-17
theherald.com.au

Smokers’ Memories Could Help Them Quit

Rather than inciting fear, anti-smoking campaigns should tap into smokers’ memories and tug at their heartstrings, finds a new study by Michigan State University researchers. Advertisers often use nostalgia-evoking messages to promote consumer products, and that tactic could be just as effective in encouraging healthy behaviors, argue Ali Hussain, a doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism, and Maria Lapinski, professor in the Department of Communication.

2017-02-17
msutoday.msu.edu

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