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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 24 September 2015

Alcohol, Drug Addicts Far More Likely to Smoke Tobacco

Turn on the television at any point of the day to find anti-smoking commercials sprinkled throughout a sports game or nightly sitcom. As many organizations and levels of government focus efforts on eliminating tobacco use from the general population, one sub-population in particular continues to be ignored: individuals addicted to alcohol and drugs in treatment recovery programs.


E-cigarettes used by 1 in 20 Scots, says health survey

In 2014, for the first time, adults were asked about their use of e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine in a vapour. The results suggested 1 in 20 adults (5%) currently use them, and 15% of all adults have tried them. Half of all smokers said they had used them but just 1% of people who had never smoked regularly said they had tried e-cigarettes.


D.C.'s Electronic Cigarette Tax is an Insane Policy that Will Help Renormalize Smoking

This is one of the most insane "public health" policies I've ever heard of. Taxing e-cigarettes at a whopping 67% rate is nothing more than a gift to Big Tobacco. Undoubtedly, it will put many vaping shops out of business, resulting in significant numbers of ex-smokers returning to smoking and many smokers who would otherwise have quit using e-cigarettes not doing so.


BAT to invest in e-cigarettes

BRITISH American Tobacco (BAT) on Tuesday said it had signed a conditional agreement to acquire Polish e-cigarette business CHIC Group for an undisclosed amount. "Acquiring the CHIC Group is strategically significant and makes commercial sense. It provides BAT with scale and market reach through Europe’s largest e-cigarette retailing network, [...]


VAT on Tobacco Products Hiked in Uttar Pradesh

Cigarette smoking and consumption of other tobacco products will become costlier in Uttar Pradesh as the state government today decided to hike Value Added Tax (VAT) on them besides banning sale of loose cigarettes in the market. "Cigarettes will become costlier as smoking causes health hazards... sometimes the poor, labourers and farmers also face such problems [...]


1.3 Million People Dying Every Year Consuming Tobacco in Southeast Asia

According to a survey conducted by World Health Organization – WHO, Over 1.3 million people died of tobacco consumption in Southeast Asia every year. This Southeast Asian region is consisting of nearly 250 million smokers. According to a senior official of World Health Organization, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh [...] said: “We know that tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable deaths.”


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