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Daily Digest - Friday, 7 October 2016

Report Highlights Explosion Risk from E-Cigarettes

The debate over electronic-cigarette safety has largely focused on whether vaping poses a long-term risk to health, but another risk should also concern users -- explosion. Injuries related to exploding e-cigarettes are on the rise, and they are often serious; including both flame and chemical burns and injuries from flying debris.


National Anti-Tobacco Groups File Feeble Lawsuit Against FDA [...]

Earlier this week, eight national anti-tobacco groups, headlined by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, filed a lawsuit against the FDA in an attempt to force the agency to re-issue a requirement for graphic warning labels on cigarette packs. [...] This is a very weak lawsuit. At this point, whether or not the FDA re-issues a rule regarding graphic warning labels is entirely up to the agency's discretion.


E-cigarettes could save lives. Let’s make it easier to buy them

With the domestic sale of electronic cigarettes set for legalisation, the Ministry of Health is deciding on regulations to govern where, how and to whom they’re sold. The NZ Initiative’s Jenesa Jeram makes the argument for a light hand. There are consumer products out there that carry some risk, could be addictive, and should ideally not be consumed by children. That does not mean they should be heavily regulated [...]


Rethinking Nicotine: The Role of Public Health Law in Ending an Epidemic

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in wealthy countries, and rapidly replicating that status for the rest of the world. The WHO predicts that on current trends cigarette smoking will kill a billion people this century. Yet these deaths are almost exclusively caused by the inhalation of smoke rather than from the nicotine these consumers primarily seek. [...]


Philip Morris calls for light regulation of e-cigarettes

International cigarette giant Philip Morris has appealed to the Government to go light when regulating its "heat not burn" tobacco devices. The Ministry of Health is receiving submissions on how to regulate e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine-laden vapour, providing a safer alternative to smoking. But Philip Morris is keen the Government does not overlook its heat-not-burn cigarettes [...]


Smoking has been banned in cars with children for a year - but NO ONE has been fined

Smoking in cars carrying children became illegal last October but one year on no fines have been issued in Wales. Some police forces and councils in Wales have issued verbal warnings but none have handed out fines - which could see the driver and the smoker paying £50 for breaching the legislation. The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 [...]


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