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Daily Digest - Monday, 7 November 2016

Twenty cigarettes daily for 1 year equals 150 lung cell mutations

In-depth genetic research gives new insight into how smoking is capable of causing cancer in such a wide array of organs. The study provides a link between the number of cigarettes smoked and the number of mutations in tumor DNA. The negative health consequences of smoking are well known and have been heavily studied. An estimated 6 million people die each year due to smoking-related illnesses.


Vaping does not help people stop smoking, says WHO report

Countries should consider curbing the use of e-cigarettes because there is not enough evidence to show they help people stop smoking, according to a World Health Organisation report. Vaping will be on the agenda of a major meeting starting in India on Monday of the 180 countries that have signed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, aimed at combatting Big Tobacco [...]


Apology published November 4, 2016

We recently published articles and a leader about scientists and public health experts and their alleged financial links with the tobacco industry [...] The experts mentioned in our report, [...] are internationally respected for their longstanding global work to reduce smoking, and their work on the issue of nicotine harm reduction.


Ban e-cigarettes from public places, say world health chiefs: [...]

Britain is being asked by the world’s leading health watchdogs to consider banning electronic cigarettes from public places. Countries could ban e-cigarettes from all public places where smoking is not allowed, a World Health Organisation report says. Such a ban would outlaw the increasingly popular vaping devices from schools, hospitals and public transport in the same way as tobacco.


Who Wins if California Voters Tax E-Cigarettes?

“I do everything in my power to stop people from smoking, but that’s not what Prop 56 is really about,” says Dr. Arnold Zeiderman, an obstetrician. The proposed new tax, he says, is really about lining the pockets of “wealthy special interests.” The ad is one of many being aired across the state. It was paid for by a coalition financed almost entirely by the tobacco industry in an effort to defeat Proposition 56, [...]


Experts urge WHO to back tobacco harm-reduction strategies at CoP7

The seventh Conference of the Parties (CoP7) of the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) -- the world's first public health treaty -- kicked off here Monday with a coalition of experts seeking a focus on policy for new nicotine products like e-cigarettes. The FCTC entered into force in 2005 and establishes requirements and recommendations for reducing demand-supply of tobacco products [...]


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