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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 10 September 2015


Tobacco Control Research: A Tale of Two Delphi Groups

Neil McKeganey, 9 September 2015

Tobacco control researchers are nothing if not inconsistent. Take, for example, the recent case of Professor David Nutt who convened a group of experts to assess the relative harm of different nicotine delivery products (Nutt et al 2015). The paper Nutt and colleagues published on the basis of their assessment formed part of Public Health England’s recent conclusion that electronic cigarettes were 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco. [...]

Stress leads 90% of mothers to resume smoking after pregnancy, study finds

Sleepless nights and the stress of caring for a newborn are driving mothers who stopped smoking in pregnancy to light up again, despite the potential damage to their baby. New research shows that the strains of motherhood are leading up to 90% of women who had quit to resume smoking, especially those from poorer backgrounds.


Gutkha, pan masala banned in Haryana, says health minister

Haryana health minister Anil Vij on Tuesday said that manufacturing, storage, distribution and sale of gutkha, pan masala, flavoured or scented tobacco and similar products containing tobacco have been completely banned in the state. The minister said that other products containing tobacco available in market have also been banned.


To help smokers quit, make them vapers

The FDA is considering proposals to regulate e-cigarettes that would discourage their use. The Los Angeles City Council has banned them in public places, and the California Legislature may vote on an anti-"vaping" law this week. [...] E-cigarettes have already shown themselves to be an appealing alternative to many smokers who are trying to quit.


Does New JAMA Pediatrics Study Show that E-Cigarettes are a Gateway to Youth Smoking?

This is the second in a series of studies which have simply uncovered the unsurprising fact that kids who experiment with e-cigarettes are also likely to experiment with real cigarettes, but which have incorrectly concluded that e-cigarette experimentation leads to "traditional cigarette smoking." 


Boston mayor signs ban on chewing tobacco at sporting venues

Boston has banned smokeless tobacco products from Fenway Park and all other sports venues in the city. Mayor Marty Walsh on Wednesday signed the ban making Boston the second city after San Francisco to approve a ban on the products, including dip, chew, or snuff. Walsh says the consequences of smokeless tobacco are "real and can be devastating."


Edmonton council votes to allow e-cigarette use in 'vap' shops

The city's "vap" shops won the day at city hall Wednesday, after council voted unanimously to draft a bylaw to ban "vaping" anywhere tobacco is banned, with the notable exception of e-cigarette stores. The shops have become increasingly popular in recent years, as people look for alternatives to help them quit smoking, [...]


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