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Daily Digest - Friday, 16 September 2016

FDA protects kids from illegal sales of e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it has taken action against 55 tobacco retailers by issuing the first warning letters for selling newly regulated tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars, to minors. These actions come about a month after the FDA began enforcing new federal regulations making it illegal nationwide to sell e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco [...]


Guest Post: Terry Barnes Vaping: Reason and common sense will yet prevail

Having read The Cat’s excellent submission to the New Zealand government’s public consultations on its plans to legalise nicotine-containing E-cigarettes, I can say that the battle of logic and rationality with the flat-earthers who dominate policy thinking in Australia and New Zealand is well and truly joined. In a space that is dominated by ad hominem slurs, fear-mongering and blatant evidence-denial [...]


Canadian Cancer Society says e-cigarette rates for Sask. teens a 'wake-up call'

On Wednesday, Health Canada released the results of its Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey done in the 2014-15 school year. It found nearly 27 per cent of Saskatchewan teens surveyed said they had tried using tobacco, compared to 18 per cent across the country. When asking specifically about e-cigarettes, 8.2 per cent of teens surveyed in Saskatchewan had tried them, [...]


Two New Studies Discredit The CDC's Dire Warnings [...]

Three years ago, Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned that “many kids are starting out with e-cigarettes and then going on to smoke conventional cigarettes.” That fear is one of the main justifications for the CDC’s hostility toward vaping and the Food and Drug Administration’s onerous new e-cigarette regulations, which are expected to cripple the industry.


E-cigarette brands make unvalidated claims [...]

Most leading e-cigarette brands use cessation themes in their ads to imply that their products help consumers quit smoking, according to a Stanford study published today in the American Journal of Public Health. “A huge number of e-cigarette companies do this,” said Robert Jackler [...] “They do it in clever and implicit ways. They imply that yes, ‘they work,’ but won’t say what they work for exactly.”


Tobacco industry tactics influential in e-cigarette policy

By employing the same tactics it used to drive policymaking from the 1970s-1990s, the tobacco industry has become successful in influencing pro-industry e-cigarette laws at the state level [...] "By 2013, tobacco companies led by Philip Morris USA were spending more than $6 million on lobbying in some of those states, about ten times the amount spent by e-cigarette companies," the study's first author Elizabeth Cox said.


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