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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 23 January 2015

Cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco will have to be sold in standardized packs in England starting in May next year, the U.K. government announced, bringing the country into line with practice in Australia. The proposed rules in the U.K. specify mandatory colors for packaging -- dull brown for the outside, white for the inside -- and permit only specified text, such as the brand and type. The packs would continue to carry health warnings.


“We brought two areas of research that are very different together to try to understand a public health problem,” Leischow said. “Our goal is to make sure the public has good information for making their choices.” Leischow said his background and focus area pertains to tobacco control and tobacco research, and Zeng is an international expert in the analysis of social media. [...]


Smoky barrooms and hazy casino floors are set to become history in New Orleans with the City Council’s unanimous passage Thursday of an ban on indoor smoking and use of electronic cigarettes that backers described as a way to protect service industry workers and musicians from the dangers of secondhand smoke. The new rules will go into effect 90 days after the ordinance is formally adopted, [...]


Once a national leader in tobacco control efforts, progress is at a standstill in California as advances in statewide tobacco control policies have stagnated. [...] The State of Tobacco Control 2015 report tracks yearly progress on key tobacco control policies at the federal and state levels, assigning grades based on whether laws are adequately protecting citizens from the enormous toll tobacco use takes on lives and the economy.


Two Columbia University professors warned in a new study Thursday that the health fears over electronic cigarettes are hindering research. The very same day, another new study showed that smoking e-cigs, or “vaping,” can produce cancer-causing formaldehyde. Clearly there’s some disagreement among scientists about the risks and benefits of a product that’s growing in popularity. Here’s what you need to know about the latest science. [...]


The FDA has announced that the second workshop will be held on March 9-10, 2015. The agenda for the March 2015 e-cigarette workshop focuses on the impact of e-cigarettes on a person’s individual health. [...] The information obtained through this series of workshops will not impact the FDA’s pending deeming regulations. If the deeming rule is finalized as proposed, then e-cigarettes would be subject to FDA regulations [...]


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