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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 16 January 2015

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) is feeling the heat from the rapid growth in electronic cigarettes, with enthusiasm for the nicotine delivery devices dampening sales of the British drugmaker's patches and gum, its chief executive said. A study last year found smokers who switch to e-cigarettes to try to kick their tobacco habit are more likely to succeed in quitting or cutting down than users of nicotine patches.

2015-01-16
uk.reuters.com

NHS chiefs have sparked outrage by banning smoking within the grounds of all the mental health facilities in East Lancashire. It means patients detained under the Mental Health Act are forced to abstain from smoking during the course of their admission, as they are unable to leave the premises. Bosses said the policy, which also covers e-cigarettes, follows national guidance and patients will instead be offered nicotine replacement therapy, [...]

2015-01-16
burnleycitizen.co.uk

 

Evidence shows that plain tobacco packaging measures encourage more people to stop smoking and fewer to start. Consumers perceive plain packaging as ugly and dull — it decreases the attractiveness of tobacco products and smoking, particularly to young people and women. “When we offered them Marlboros at half price — in generic brown boxes — only 21% were interested, even though we assured them that each package was … identical, [...]

2015-01-16
euro.who.int

When the success of America’s largest companies is threatened, they often turn to the government for a helping hand. [...] Using the growing bureaucracy’s powerful regulations, many corporations have worked hand in hand with government to snuff out competition. A recent example of this offensive is Big Tobacco’s actions against the thousands of small startups that are helping people quit smoking. 

2015-01-16
nationalreview.com

Health figures released today (January 15) by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that half of smokers signed up to NHS England’s stop smoking services successfully managed to kick the habit in 2014. The latest statistics show that 50% of the 207,883 smokers who signed up to the service between April and September 2014 reported that they no longer smoked four weeks after their set quit date.

2015-01-16
optometry.co.uk

The University of Calgary says its ban on e-cigarettes inside buildings and 7.5 metres from any doorway is being followed. Peter May, the U of C's director of environment, health and safety, says people are respecting the restrictions. "I've heard of no instances of needs to enforce ... and typically that's probably also true on the smoking side — it's a very well understood kind of rule on campus," he said.

2015-01-15
cbc.ca

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