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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 12 June 2015

In a small U.S. study, nearly half of all pregnant women surveyed did not think electronic cigarettes contain nicotine or know that the devices can be addictive. Almost half of the group of 316 pregnant women also believed e-cigarettes were less harmful to their fetuses than traditional cigarettes, when in fact the safety of using e-cigarettes while pregnant has not been determined, researchers say.


By now, it’s been well established in science that electronic cigarettes are a much healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. And they seem to be catching on. If they can save even a small fraction of the 14,000 people who die every day from smoking-related illnesses, it would be a huge win for public health.


From June 5 – 6, "The Global Forum on Nicotine," an international gathering of researchers, professionals [...] took place in Warsaw, Poland. A tobacco epidemic is evolving in Africa. The first cigarette now falls into the hands of young Africans earlier. Studies unfortunately show that the earlier young people start smoking the harder it is for them to stop.


According to a "fact sheet" produced by the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy, the acute effects of smoking on the lungs are similar to the effects of vaping. Since vaping has no clinically meaningful effects on the lung and has been shown not to affect lung function as measured by spirometry, [...]


In 2009 Congress passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, creating the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) at FDA and giving us the responsibility to regulate cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco to protect public health. Our challenge is to regulate effectively in a changing marketplace. 


Cigar smoking in Central Pennsylvania is a trend that has been popping up for the past several years. From smoking lounges to themed dinners and even social clubs, the cigar is no longer a luxury enjoyed by old men in smoking jackets. It is a lifestyle choice for the everyman. For Falcon, [...] cigars opened his world to all that a good smoke could offer.


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