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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 10 December 2015

Harm reduction over morals to reduce smoking deaths

Canadian tobacco-control policies could save tens of thousands of lives this century if regulators applied ethical public health principles such as harm reduction instead of taking a moralistic approach to tobacco consumption, says a leading opponent of Big Tobacco. "We have a very long history of beating the cigarette companies," says David Sweanor, [...]


A new study finds diacetyl in e-cigarettes [...]

As you all know, I have a strong opinion against the use of diacetyl and acetyl propionyl in e-liquids. In the study we published last year, we made this clear and we analyzed the potential risk from the use of these compounds at high levels (basically, when used as ingredients, or are present as contaminants but at high levels).


Smoking During Pregnancy May Affect [...]

Smoking while pregnant may leave your adult son more winded than his counterparts, a new Finnish study published Wednesday in BJOG suggests. Studying the fitness records of more than 500 young Finnish men who entered the military in 2005, the authors were able to find a relatively small but real connection between the soldiers’ fitness levels and their mothers’ smoking history.


How The Media Totally Exaggerated Study [...]

Following the study, an array of media outlets focused on the presence of diacetyl, a chemical used for food flavoring that if inhaled in large amounts can lead to a severe respiratory disease – bronchiolitis obliterans. Bronchiolitis obliterans is commonly known as “popcorn lung,” because it was identified in workers who inhaled the artificial butter flavor used to make microwavable popcorn.


E-cigarettes will not cure people from nicotine addiction

Louise Ross urges us to stop scaremongering about e-cigarettes [...] It is clear that the companies involved in this have a much broader agenda. They want to reach those who have not previously used tobacco. This is already evident in California, United States, where more high school students who have not smoked are vaping than those who have previously used tobacco.


E-cigarettes more popular among Ontario students [...]

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health released its 2015 survey on Ontario students’ drug and alcohol use on Wednesday. The survey, which is done every two years, asks students from grades 7-12 about their drug use over the past year. 12 per cent of students reported using e-cigarettes in the past year, compared to eight per cent who smoked a regular cigarette.


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