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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 25 September 2015


Most popular in the news last week:

  1. Evidence about electronic cigarettes: a foundation built on rock or sand? – read more…
  2. E-cigarettes: an emerging public health consensus – read more…
  3. Ignore The Headlines: We Don’t Know If E-Cigs Lead Kids To Real Cigs – read more…

Vaping as a ‘gateway’ to smoking is still more hype than hazard

As e-cigarettes become more popular, there has been a push to understand whether they are a “gateway” to regular, combustible cigarettes. Two recent studies on e-cigarettes as gateways to smoking in teens and young adults have made headlines. And opponents of e-cigarettes have welcomed any crude signal of gateway effects.


Use of e-cigarettes to vaporize marijuana common among teens

Rates of smoking marijuana via electronic cigarettes were high among high school students who regularly use electronic cigarettes, smoke marijuana, or use both, according to recent study results. “The results of this study provide important evidence that high school students are using e-cigarettes to vaporize cannabis,” researcher Meghan E. Morean, [...] wrote. “


Japan Tobacco in talks to buy Reynolds assets worth $5 billion: Bloomberg

Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T) is in advanced talks to buy assets worth about $5 billion from Reynolds American Inc (RAI.N), including some of the Natural American Spirit tobacco brand, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. The talks could still fall apart and the size of the deal and nature of assets could change, Bloomberg said, citing people familiar with the talks.


Electronic cigarette tax vexes vapers

The new ordinance went into effect when it was passed in August. It puts a a 55 % tax on wholesale purchases of e cigarette products in the Mat Su Borough. That Borough ordinance, was followed by outcries from owners of fledgling ” vape ” shops. Those are the retailers providing the products used in e-cigarettes.


Electronic cigarette use in young people in Great Britain 2013–2014

The recent growth in the market for electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has led to concerns over their use by young people. It is therefore important to examine trends in the perception and use of e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes in this group. Young people aged 11–18 in Great Britain were surveyed online by YouGov in 2013 and 2014.


Albert Heijn to experiment with hiding tobacco products at 15 check-outs

Supermarket chain Albert Heijn is to cover up the displays of tobacco products at the check-outs in 15 of its stores. The move is an experiment to find out the most effective method of hiding cigarettes and rolling tobacco from sight, broadcaster Nos reports. Banning tobacco products from display in all supermarkets is one of a number of measures the government is considering in an effort to tighten up its anti-smoking laws.


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