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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 1 March 2016

E-cigarettes hailed for helping 20,000 smokers to kick habit

Electronic cigarettes are helping as many people to give up tobacco as other methods combined, research suggests. About 20,000 “vapers” gave up smoking in 2014 who would not otherwise have quit. Experts said that e-cigarettes were saving lives in a “consumer revolution” outside the NHS.The figures represent a relatively small proportion of Britain’s 8.5 million smokers, [...]


E-cigarette tax sets scene for EU lobbying war

EU countries are preparing to tax e-cigarettes under the same regime as normal cigarettes, in a move likely to increase prices and to prompt a fight among corporate lobbyists in Brussels. Last Friday (26 February), member states’ ambassadors agreed to take the first step by asking the European Commission to draft an “appropriate legislative proposal” in 2017.


A million times more harmful than outdoor air: [...]

Electronic cigarettes were found to contain one million times more cancer-causing substances than outdoor air in a study by Baptist University. Researchers also discovered a type of flame retardant that affected the reproductive system and could lead to cancer – the first such discovery in e-cigarettes. The Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, [...] called for a ban on e-cigarettes [...]


Anti-Tobacco Coalition Says E-Cigarettes Can Succeed [...]

An anti-smoking coalition has reached a consensus on e-cigarettes, concluding they are far safer than tobacco and could help people quit cigarettes where all else has failed. “E-cigarettes are substantially less harmful than smoking tobacco,” said the Yorkshire and the Humber Tobacco Control Network (YHTCN) statement.


Why e-cigarettes are exploding

Some e-cigarette users are seeing their devices go up in smoke. There have been numerous local media reports of exploding electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, in recent months from devices exploding in users’ pockets, while charging and in people’s faces. The increasing frequency of these explosions has led the Transportation Department to ban the devices from checked baggage in airlines [...]


These 2 Marijuana Studies Raise Potentially Alarming [...]

Since 1996, 23 states have approved the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, opening up new pathways of treatment options for patients with chronic illnesses like glaucoma or terminal types of cancers. We've also witnessed residents in four states (along with Washington, D.C.) approve the legalization of recreational marijuana, which a decade ago would have seemed unfathomable.


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