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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 3 April 2015

While adult smoking prevalence in the US has decreased from 42.4% in 1942 to 17.8% in 2013, we are not close to meeting the Healthy People 2020 goal of 12%. Almost 500 000 people die from tobacco across the US each year. Innovations are needed to help the nearly 70% of smokers who want to quit.

2015-04-03
thevitalityinstitute.org

Public health experts say they are just beginning to untangle basic questions about electronic cigarettes. "The simplistic answer is they have the potential to do harm, they have the potential to do good." That's the quick appraisal from Mitch Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

2015-04-03
newsworks.org

In the study, Amelia Tritter, Lyndsay Fitzgeorge and Harry Prapavessis from Western's Faculty of Health Sciences successfully alleviated cigarette cravings and withdrawal symptoms for a group of 30 habitual smokers by combining the use of nicotine lozenges with moderately-intense sessions of exercise.

2015-04-03
healthcanal.com

2015 will be remembered as part of a golden era. Less than 10 years after they were introduced in the United States, e-cigarettes have gone relatively unregulated by health agencies, with companies and users making their own rules in a nicotine-laced Wild West. E-cigarette companies have been advertising their products to adults [...]

2015-04-03
wired.com

In the past two years, communities around the country have begun to follow Needham's lead. To date, more than 50 communities in seven states have raised their tobacco sales age to 21, including New York City in 2014. And the momentum keeps growing. And at least 10 state legislatures are now considering Tobacco 21 legislation.

2015-04-03
medicalxpress.com

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg asked Lewis to take on a months-long study of marijuana policies in reaction to a bill and a widely expected 2016 ballot measure seeking to legalize its recreational use. The committee will not address whether Massachusetts should legalize recreational use of marijuana.

2015-04-03
bostonglobe.com

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