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Daily Digest - Monday, 6 June 2016
Global Forum on Nicotine

American Docs Need to Learn From Royal College of Physicians

[...] in the U.S., new FDA regulations will obliterate chances of smokers using e-cigarettes to quit. At the same time, leading public health groups [...] are actively lobbying against e-cigarettes and distorting the science about both the safety of e-cigarettes and how they can help cigarette smokers dramatically reduce their risk, as the RCP put it by providing, “nicotine without the smoke.”


Plain Packaging Is Not The Answer To Canada's Tobacco Problem

In an effort to reduce tobacco consumption, the Canadian government is considering the adoption of plain packaging requirements for tobacco products because it was supposed to be effective in Australia [...] However, a closer look at what occurred in Australia when plain packaging was introduced results in more questions than answers as to how this would meaningfully impact tobacco consumption in Canada.


E-cigarettes 'could help people quit'

As announced in the Budget, the government is pushing ahead with significant increases in cigarette taxes as a way of discouraging people from smoking. The cost of a packet of 20 cigarettes is to rise to $30 by 2020, but some researchers say there is evidence that current policies, including tobacco tax rises, were not succeeding in reducing smoking.


[...] Anti-Tobacco Groups are Actively Promoting Smoking

[...] the major anti-smoking groups - including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association - opposed a complete ban on flavored tobacco cigarettes, but are now supporting a complete ban on flavored tobacco-free cigarettes. In other words, these groups have lobbied to retain the tobacco companies' ability to attract kids to smoking [...]


Quitting smoking? Get help from your menstrual cycle

Anyone who has ever tried to stop smoking tobacco knows how frustratingly hard it can be. New research shows that if women attempt the task in tune with their menstrual cycle, they are more likely to succeed. Their research is based on a number of animal studies that have demonstrated that the female hormones - estrogen and progesterone - can modulate addictive behavior; [...]


American initiative to stop people smoking [...]

Few public health initiatives have been as successful as the campaign against cigarettes, an effort that began in the early 1900s and culminated in the now-famous 1964 surgeon general's report stating unequivocally that smoking causes cancer. In the years that followed, the response was as swift as it was significant.


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