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Daily Digest - Thursday, 18 August 2016


Confusing smoke signals from Turkey - Nicotine Science & Policy
Turkey has for many years implemented stringent efforts to reduce smoking rates. Smoke-free policies, a two hundred per cent price increase on cigarettes and comprehensive stop-smoking services have all been introduced in the last decade; all significant actions from a country known for the saying ”Smoking like a Turk”. Read more at

Vapers Wary of FDA Deeming Rules

After an initial healthy curiosity about electronic nicotine delivery devices around 2014, a nervous pall seems to have settled over the use of e-cigarettes and vaping. Strikingly, it is members of the public health establishment that have fanned the pessimism surrounding the battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine without the carcinogenic tar.


Deeming regs will drive consumers to black market, study predicts

A majority of U.S. vapers will turn to the black market if their preferred products are withdrawn as a result of new federal regulation, research suggests. [...] in the CSUR survey, around 65-70% of U.S. vapers indicated that if the brands they currently use disappear, they will “buy their e-cigarettes and e-liquid from a non-licensed vendor”, import product from overseas, and/or mix their own e-liquid at home.


E-Cigarettes Make Smoking Seem Abnormal

The UK Centre for Substance Use Research interviewed 167 young people aged 16-25 years in the UK who ‘vape’ about their usage, and found that the majority of them regard it as socially very distant from smoking, was much less harmful than smoking, and they believe that e-cigarettes make smoking seem abnormal.


Roswell Park study finds e-cigarettes 'safer, less toxic'

Inhaling vapor from electronic cigarettes is safer than smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes, according to a new research study out of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. It’s one of the first studies to confirm that switching to e-cigarettes can reduce the risk of cancer for smokers, and researchers say it will bolster efforts at the local and national level to help smokers quit the habit.


Banning E-Cigarettes Will Be A Drag On Public Health

This week, the Victorian Legislative Council debates the draconian legislation to have electronic cigarettes regulated as tobacco products, under the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2016. Although well meaning, this legislation is misguided. It will help perpetuate smoking and have an overall negative effect on public health. If passed, the legislation will restrict the sale, supply, display and use of e-cigarettes [...]


Navy weighs e-cigarette ban amid safety concerns

Sailors vaping on ships and bases may soon be a thing of the past. A string of incidents since last year has prompted Navy safety officials to recommend putting the e-smoking lamp out fleetwide. "The Naval Safety Center concludes that these devices pose a significant and unacceptable risk to Navy personnel, facilities, submarines, ships, vessels and aircraft," [...]


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