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Daily Digest - Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Survey: Most Americans under age 35 believe e-cigarettes cause less harm [...]

The survey - which included more than 2,000 people under the age of 35 - showed that 44 percent of survey respondents reported believing that e-cigarettes are less harmful to the lungs than traditional cigarettes. Among men specifically, that number jumped to 54 percent who think e-cigarettes are safer. "The truth is there is just so much we don't know about these new products," said Peter Shields [...]


Californians backing cigarette tax boost, [...]

Despite Big Tobacco spending US$71 million to snuff out Proposition 56, an initiative to raise cigarette taxes by $2, 56 percent of Californians said they planned to vote yes just 13 days before the election. California is the biggest tobacco market in the country, but at just 87 cents, it has one of the lowest cigarette taxes in the country. That low tax makes cigarettes more affordable and boosts tobacco sales and profits.


'Tobacco-free' month launched in France to help smokers quit

France on Tuesday launched a national 'Tobacco-free month' campaign to encourage smokers to quit the habit, offering financial incentives as well as advice for would-be quitters. One of the most enticing elements for smokers is that the Ministry of Health will now partially reimburse smokers for the cost of nicotine patches, up to a maximum of €150 each year.


Safer to Puff, E-Cigarettes Can’t Shake Their Reputation as a Menace

A decade after electronic cigarettes were introduced in the United States, use has flattened, sales have slowed and, this fall, NJoy, once one of the country’s biggest e-cigarette manufacturers, filed for bankruptcy. It is quite a reversal for an invention once billed as the biggest chance to end smoking as we know it and take aim at the country’s largest cause of preventable death. [...]


India says it is committed to global tobacco-control treaty

India reaffirmed on Tuesday its commitment to a World Health Organization (WHO) tobacco-control treaty, despite lobbying from its $11 billion industry that opposes some measures in the treaty that will be discussed at a conference next week. The treaty aims to deter tobacco use that kills about 6 million people a year, including about a million in India.


Polish arm gives BAT firepower to dominate ecigarettes industry

Five years ago, Milosz Dziurlaj’s company consisted of nine people selling imported products to Poland’s few ecigarette smokers. Today, Chic employs more than 1,200 — and proved a big enough draw for British American Tobacco to buy it in an attempt to dominate the “vaping” market. From a factory in rural western Poland, Chic controls as much as 70 per cent of Poland’s £100m worth of ecigarette sales.


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