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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Washington’s Health Department Slammed For Telling ‘Lies’ About E-Cigarettes

The Department of Health for the state of Washington is under fire for giving advice to smokers about the safety of e-cigarettes that is “tantamount to public health malpractice.” Dr. Michael Siegel, a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at Boston University School of Public Health, with 25 years of experience in the field of tobacco control, has written a scathing assessment of DoH advice on e-cigarettes and vaping.


Cigarettes on screen leave us breathless

Our folks smoked, like millions back then, and millions today. It went with all the smoking on screen in an average hour of '60s and '70s television. My parents, happily alive today, eventually called it a day on cigarettes, and everyone was better for it. And yet ... I find myself weirdly conflicted about the issue of smoking in the movies, and the role of the on-screen cig in inspiring new generations of adolescents and young adults to buy a pack [...]


Cutting through the smoke on e-cigarette claims

E-cigarette vapor lacks the tar, smoke and carbon monoxide that make traditional cigarettes so dangerous. But the cocktail of nicotine and chemicals like formaldehyde in e-cigarettes poses a very real risk to heart health, says Dr. Parin Parikh, a Dallas cardiologist. “It’s scary, because they’re addictive and totally unregulated, just like street drugs,” Parikh says.


Is e-cigs the fastest-growing industry in the UK?

E-cigarettes are on the rise, there’s no denying it. Just last year, e-cig use had grown by 24 per cent on the previous year, with 2.6 million adults using them in the UK alone. What’s behind this rapid growth? It could be the report that Public Health England released stating that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes by up to 95 per cent, or it could have been the relaxed laws around the usage of them.


EU keeps tobacco lobbying in the shadows

The Commission, despite promising transparency, has said it will not make public all its officials’ meetings with the tobacco industry and did not regard meetings with the industry’s lawyers as lobbying. The ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, said it is in breach of the UN convention and guilty of maladministration, but the Brussels-based body that draws up EU laws says they are just voluntary guidelines.


How effective are smoking cessation medications?

Among smokers, no significant differences were found in biochemically confirmed rates of smoking abstinence at 26 weeks regarding use of three methods of medication-based cessation, according to research published in JAMA. In a study of 1,086 smokers participating between May 2012 and November 2015, researchers compared the efficacy of varenicline, combination nicotine replacement therapy (C-NRT), and the nicotine patch.


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