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E-cigarette commercials may encourage smokers to quit

E-cigarette ads on TV can influence smokers, but not in the way that the industry wants them to. Seeing e-cigarette advertisements on the small screen gives smokers the urge to quit, according to a report by researchers at Bentley University, the City University of New York, Cornell University and the National Bureau of Economic Research. The researchers suggest that banning such commercials would result in a 3% drop in quitters (or 105,000 fewer people).


French activists accuse big tobacco of test cheating

French anti-smoking campaigners launched a legal case Friday against international tobacco giants claiming their cigarette filters have helped them falsely report the level of tar and nicotine in their products. The National Anti-Smoking Committee (CNCT) says tiny holes in the sides of the filters stop authorities being able to tell if the legal limits for the toxic substances have been breached.


PH vapers hail US FDA paper on nicotine

Vapers in the Philippines hailed a recent policy paper from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stating that nicotine, although not totally risk-free, was not directly responsible for fatal lung and heart diseases. In a recently published paper, the US FDA said, “It is the other chemical compounds in tobacco, and in the smoke created by setting tobacco on fire, that directly and primarily cause the illness and death — not the nicotine.”


Vaping to be banned indoors

The use of electronic cigarettes is set to be banned indoors under changes NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard is expected to take to cabinet this week. The Australian understands NSW is set to go down the road of Victoria and put a ban on the practice of vaping indoors by imposing some of the tightest restrictions in the country on the practice.


Misconceptions about e-cigarette safety might be stopping smokers using them to quit

Public Health England has released its latest report on e-cigarettes, updating on research into their safety and making new recommendations. The key findings won’t come as a surprise to those who follow the research closely: research shows e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, and they can help smokers quit. But a worrying trend continues to emerge. [...]


Vaping not enough for some smokers

Switching from smoking to vaping may not be as easy as it seems, a University of Otago study has found. "Many started their quit attempt expecting that vaping would offer them exactly the same experience as smoking. However, they often became disappointed when their experiences didn't replicate smoking, and continued smoking as well as vaping," lead author Dr Lindsay Robertson said.


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