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Daily Digest - Friday, 30 September 2016

Unknown exposure to second-hand smoke associated with increased mortality

A new biomarker has identified known and unknown exposure to second-hand smoke and confirmed a strong association to increased mortality in non-smokers, according to a new study. The results provide a more accurate way to gauge second-hand smoke exposure than questionnaires, and present a strong case for more stringent limits on smoking [...]


Bureaucrats and Big Tobacco Attack E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration has joined with Big Tobacco to crush the small businesses that make up most of the e-cigarette industry. In the process, bureaucrats are endangering millions of lives. Obviously, that doesn’t make much sense. But neither does this story’s beginning. In May, the FDA announced it would regulate e-cigarettes—which don’t contain tobacco—as tobacco products. [...]


66% Indian smokers view e-cigarettes as 'positive alternative'

In a first-of-its-kind survey of adult smokers in India [...] the reseachers found that 69 per cent of Indian smokers would consider switching to e-cigarettes "if they were legal, met quality and safety standards, and were conveniently available". The survey showed that a few smokers in India have tried them although more than a third -- 36 per cent -- express some level of familiarity with them.


FDA Must Curtail 'Irresponsible' E-Cig Marketing to Youth

If the FDA is serious about limiting the uptake of e-cigarettes by young people, it must address its failure to restrict advertising aimed at teens and young adults, as well as ban flavorings that attract them to the products, tobacco policy researchers said. "While the publication of the final deeming rule is an important step forward, the FDA should use its authority to further advance the public's health [...]


Analysing Harmful Chemicals from E-Cigarettes

Reports have found that e-cigarettes release compounds that are toxic, and now a study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has looked at the source and formation of the emissions and has shown how temperature, shape, and age of the e-cigarette influence the emissions. The data is important to the manufacturers and regulators looking to minimize the impacts of e-cigarettes on health.


The FDA’s Rule on E-Cigarettes Will Hurt Public Health

Many people have been impacted by the harm that can be caused by cigarette smoking, including the loss of family members. The market has found a solution to this major public health problem. The federal government is about to crush that solution. Recent technological innovations, such as vaping products (e.g. e-cigarettes), have provided an alternative for those seeking to stop smoking cigarettes.


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