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Daily Digest - Monday, 24 October 2016

Anti-smoking experts to sue Times for claims of tobacco payouts

A group of scientists and public health experts are to take legal action against the Times newspaper after it reported claims from a leading charity that they were in the pay of the tobacco industry. The experts, who work in fields that aim to limit deaths and health complications caused by smoking, are looking to sue the Times for defamation following a story that termed them “experts making a packet”.


Still smoking? You could lose thousands as well as your life

IF you have given up smoking as part of the Stoptober initiative, you could be saving more than just your health. If you haven’t stopped yet, the habit may be costing far more than you realise. The physical damage done by smoking is well known. It is the country’s biggest cause of illness and premature death. Despite the 10-year ban on lighting up in public places, nearly a quarter of Scots adults continue to smoke [...]


If Big Tobacco sells e-cigarettes, they'll 'recruit a whole new generation' [...]

If Ottawa lets Big Tobacco into the e-cigarette business it would be handing the industry the chance to hook teenagers on nicotine and turn them into lifelong customers, the chief executive officer of Public Health Ontario says. "It's desperately difficult for people to give up smoking once they're addicted to nicotine," Dr. Peter Donnelly said.


One day I hope we won’t sell cigarettes, says Marlboro boss

André Calantzopoulos has a confession to make. After more than 30 years, the boss of the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company has finally kicked his pack-a-day habit. [...] Before anti-smoking campaigners rejoice, Calantzopoulos makes clear that he has merely switched one addiction for another. But, believe it or not, he is on a mission to get millions more smokers to stub out their last fag.


Vaper-ised! Why boom in e-cigarettes is key to BAT [...]

It's set to be the biggest transatlantic merger in years and could create the world’s largest tobacco company. But the success of the proposed buyout by British American Tobacco of Reynolds American may hinge not on tobacco sales, but on the booming market for e-cigarettes. On Friday, Footsie-listed BAT [...] made a takeover approach for Reynolds – the maker of Camel cigarettes.


Fights Over Tobacco Tax Hikes Heat Up Across US

Initiatives seeking a large hike in the tobacco tax and a new tax on electronic cigarettes are sparking heated ballot fights in California and North Dakota. Proposition 56 in California would raise the tax on tobacco sales from 87 cents to $2.87. The ballot would also allow the state government to begin taxing e-cigarette sales for the first time, which opponents argue harms an industry helping smokers quit [...]


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