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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 10 July 2015

Smoking cigarettes might increase people’s risk of psychosis, say researchers who believe tobacco as well as cannabis could play a part in causing schizophrenia. It has long been recognised that people suffering from psychosis tend to smoke more than most of the population, but it has generally been assumed they are self-medicating. “Having psychosis is a very distressing thing – hearing voices, having delusions”

2015-07-10
theguardian.com

When Minnesota’s tobacco tax went up in 2013, the tobacco industry saw an opportunity to increase their profits. Results from a new study show that the industry used the tax increase as an opening to hike prices and make more profit while conveniently blaming the government for the entirety of the higher prices. This tactic has been observed elsewhere and is documented in the literature [...]

2015-07-10
minnpost.com 

Prisoners, who have had to buy tobacco and cigarettes at retail prices, will be given nicotine replacement therapy free for at least two months when cigarette sales end on August 3, ahead of the August 10 smoking ban. Based on a cost of about $30 for a pack of seven nicotine patches, which is one a day, and two-thirds of the state’s 11,100 inmates being smokers, that will cost taxpayers more than $2 million for two months.

2015-07-10
dailytelegraph.com.au

The Chinese stock market has crashed. Greece’s ongoing crisis has once again roiled European markets. Puerto Rico is on the verge of default. And Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are getting divorced. Naturally, investors are seeking safety, and [...] buy “defensive” stocks. Tobacco stocks do fit the bill. Investors have been conditioned to expect a relatively high degree of protection in tobacco industry stocks.

2015-07-10
wallstreetdaily.com

Tobacco harm reduction is one of the most important issues to the Risk Analysis Division. [...] Proper regulation of reduced risk products such as e-cigarettes and snus, a type of smokeless tobacco, can save more lives than any new tax, warning label, or ineffective “public service” campaign. [...] changing minds, especially on a topic as emotionally charged as this one, takes time. Gains will come, but only incrementally.

2015-07-10
conservativeblog.org

The country’s largest tobacco firms say they don’t have the necessary cash to make a $1-billion payment by the end of the month to Quebec smokers who won a landmark class-action suit. Lawyers argued in court Thursday that a provision in the $15.6-billion judgment obliging the companies to provide an initial compensation of $1.13-billion within 60 days of the ruling should be overturned.

2015-07-10
theglobeandmail.com

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