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Daily Digest - Tuesday,  3 January 2017

I’ll say it again: E-cigarettes are still far safer than smoking

January is a time for New Year’s resolutions and if you’re one of the world’s one billion smokers, your resolution may be to stop smoking. For some people, this year’s quit attempt might involve an electronic cigarette, and a recent study in England, published in the BMJ, suggested that these devices helped at least 18,000 smokers to stop in 2015 who would not otherwise have done so. That’s very good news, but [...]


Ireland tried to ban smoking in public in 1986 - and Big Tobacco was not impressed

IRELAND BLAZED SOMETHING of a trail in introducing a ban on smoking in the workplace in 2004. While that measure (introduced by current Fianna Fáil supremo Micheál Martin) changed the face of many of Ireland’s public spaces overnight, a plan to ban public smoking was actually initiated as far back as 1986 according to papers released under the 30-year rule by the National Archives.


FDA Approval For iQOS To Be A Game Changer For Altria

Philip Morris International submitted a Modified Risk Tobacco Product application for its electronically heated tobacco product, iQOS, with the US Food and Drug Administration on December 5th. This was consistent with the company’s goal of submitting the application in 2016, and the company anticipates the FDA taking a minimum of 60 days to complete an administrative review of its application.


CDC Fears Teen Vaping Is Out Of Control Despite Plunge In 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released another report with strong warnings on youth vaping, ignoring data showing a drop in the use of electronic cigarettes by teens in 2016. The report analyzes e-cigarette use among teens in middle school and high school, and chronicles their brand preferences and whether they use reusable or disposable devices.


Counterfeit cigarettes being sold to children

Black market cigarettes, potentially laced with faeces and other waste products, are being sold to underage smokers in Scotland for as little as 50p each. An undercover investigation carried out on behalf of tobacco giant Philip Morris found high quantities of illicit tobacco and cigarettes being sold on the streets of Glasgow and in private “fag houses”, pubs and shops in Lanarkshire.


Smokers stock up on tobacco before the 'ridiculous' price increase

Smokers are stocking up on cigarettes as a tobacco price increase rolls in with the new year. Shopkeepers and smokers said the increase was ridiculous and only made people buy more cigarettes before the rise. Feilding's Hooked on a Habit store worker Karl Hansen said it had been a busier Saturday than usual with people buying cigarettes.


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