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Daily Digest - Monday, 9 August 2016
Important consultations on nicotine and e-cigarettes in Australia and New Zealand – submissions invited. Read more at

FDA shoots itself in the foot, cigarette trade celebrates, public health loses - a summary in two quotes

The FDA’s deeming rule went live yesterday, 8th August 2016. You will see a blizzard of expert comment about what it all means (feel the pain of Phil Bursado – see 8/8). In essence, FDA requires an enormously burdensome Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA) to be filed and accepted by FDA for any new product from now on. So that’s the end of innovation, including pro-health and pro-safety innovation.


Heavy Smoking Linked to Brain Bleed Risk

Heavy smoking is a major risk factor for subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) in both sexes, but the risk is especially high among women, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Helsinki (Finland) conducted a prospective study of 65,521 people participating in the FINRISK study, a large population survey of potential risk factors in chronic, non-communicable diseases.


Retailers caught selling e-cigarettes to under-18s

Almost 40% of sellers targeted in an operation by Trading Standards in England were caught illegally allowing under-18s to buy e-cigarette products. Children aged 14 to 17 were sold vaping devices by 246 of the 634 retailers visited between January and March 2016. The operation's report said compliance with rules prohibiting sales to under-18s was "disappointingly low".


Protecting the Public and Especially Kids from the Dangers of Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigarettes, Cigars and Hookah Tobacco

This month, for the first time, FDA will be able to help protect the public, and especially kids, from the dangers of all tobacco products. For years, it has been illegal under federal law to sell cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to minors. Under a rule finalized in May, federal law now prohibits retailers from selling e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco or cigars to people under age 18.


Smokers pay more for cigarettes in Britain than anywhere else in Europe except Norway

British smokers pay more for cigarettes than almost anyone else in Europe – with prices more than four times higher than in the cheapest nations. Only Norwegians fork out more for a pack of 20 fags than our £9.35, with prices as low as £2.06 in Bulgaria and sub-£3 packs commonplace in Eastern Europe. Packs in Slovakia cost £2.61, Croatia £2.65, Romania £2.75 and Poland £2.86, research by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association found.


Use of devices such as e-cigarettes increase nicotine exposure

Mississippi State Health Officer Mary Currier, MD, MPH, joins the CDC in calling ENDS, including e-cigarettes, devices which increase nicotine exposure and which are not safe alternatives to smoking. "We know that more research on ENDS and similar products must still be done. There is not enough information on the effects of using ENDS for us to ensure the health and safety of all Mississippians," Currier said.


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