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Daily Digest - Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Does a tobacco-free world need to be nicotine free?

It’s not the nicotine in cigarettes that causes all the health risks associated with smoking – from a number of cancers to cardiovascular disease to respiratory disease. The process of burning tobacco releases many thousands of chemicals, around 70 of which are known to cause cancer. Nicotine is toxic at very high doses if consumed orally, but deaths from nicotine are very rare.


EU Finance Ministers Ask Brussels To Tax Vapers Like Smokers

A collection of European finance ministers agreed Tuesday e-cigarettes should be saddled with higher taxes. Currently, the vast majority of European Union countries do not impose the excise taxes usually reserved for tobacco on e-cigarettes. [...] EU finance ministers formally asked the European Commission, [...] to consider imposing excise taxes on e-cigarettes on par with those levied on tobacco by 2017.


E-cigarettes are now the most popular way of quitting smoking, [...]

E-cigarettes are now the most popular form of support to stop smoking - overtaking nicotine gum and skin patches, new research has shown. More than one million smokers in England used an electronic cigarette in a bid to kick the habit last year, according to academics at University College London (UCL). Overall, they estimated that 2.6 million of England's eight million smokers tried to quit last year.


E-cigarettes: Partial ban on use in public places wins AMs' support

The Welsh government has won support from some Plaid Cymru AMs for the measure after ministers watered down the ban to places where children are likely to be present. There are worries the devices may re-normalise smoking, but critics say there is not enough evidence for the measure. A Liberal Democrat bid to scrap the e-cigarette ban failed on Tuesday.


Poll shows two thirds of e-cigarette users quit smoking in Wales

A POLL of smokers and vapers for No Smoking Day shows that two-thirds (65 per cent) of e-cigarette users have managed to quit smoking. The poll found that a third (63 per cent) of e-cigarette users say they’re using them as an aid to stop smoking tobacco. The survey comes as thousands of smokers make a quit attempt this No Smoking Day, Wednesday March 9.


Specsavers chief optometrist warns e-cigarettes could be linked to dry eye [...]

Although tobacco smoking is still far riskier than vaping, Specsavers' expert optometrist has warned e-cigarette use can cause dry eyes and can also lead to macular degeneration. "Although e-cigarette research is still in early stages and the long term effects are yet to be established, there are early indications that some types can cause irritation to the eyes in the form of dry eye," [...]


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