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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 2 March 2015

Electronic cigarettes have been aggressively promoted as aids to help people on their way to quitting smoking for good. But the preliminary findings of a new major U.S. government study, published on Thursday, into tobacco trends has found that many smokers use the vaporizers to supplement their nicotine habit not to quit.


Next Tuesday Channel 4 will air their pseudo-scientific ‘Jon Snow stoned’ show The Cannabis Trials (or Drugs and How Not To Enjoy Them). Presumably intended to reignite national conversation about the government’s antiquated approach to narcotics, it seems unlikely that images of Snow wigging out will do much to advance the debate.


A study of 200,000 people in Australia – smokers and non-smokers over the age of 45 – has found that more people die from smoking tobacco than previously thought. It was believed that around half of long-term smokers are killed by smoking-related illnesses such as cancer and heart disease but the figure now stands at around 67%.


Lorillard, Inc. LO, -0.23% today announced that its Lorillard Tobacco Company subsidiary, along with other cigarette manufacturers, have entered into a tentative agreement to resolve pending Engle progeny lawsuits in U.S. federal courts. Under the terms of the tentative agreement, Lorillard will not be subject to any further legal proceedings [...]


Over the weekend, Ireland joined Australian in passing laws enforcing plain packaging of tobacco products. The United Kingdom is also expected to pass similar laws this month. But while New Zealand was one of the earliest proponents of plain packaging, the legislation has languished after its first reading, amid fears of an expensive legal battle with the tobacco industry.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to release initial data from a landmark study into how Americans use tobacco products, [...] Study of about 46,000 people, begun in 2011, is expected to provide a wealth of data about smoking behavior that could shape regulations ranging from warning labels and advertising restrictions to new product approvals.


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