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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 14 September 2015

Ignore The Headlines: We Don’t Know If E-Cigs Lead Kids To Real Cigs

If you followed the news this week, you might think that teens who try electronic cigarettes are bound to take up Marlboros too. “Yep, e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking,” read a news story published by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “Teens who vape appear more likely to smoke” was the headline at Reuters, [...] This is what happens when 16 people are made to represent an entire population.

2015-09-14
fivethirtyeight.com

Letters: NHS smoking ban opponents don’t represent most Scots

I WAS disappointed by the lack of balance and rigour in your report on attitudes to smoking in hospital grounds [...] That headline referred to figures from an online survey which made no attempt to gather an accurate cross-­section of the population. Your article ignored the clear statement in the report that “the survey should not be interpreted as being representative of the population as a whole”.

2015-09-14
scotsman.com

Should e-cigarettes be banned in enclosed public spaces?

I don’t think it’s right to legislate to ban them [in enclosed places]. The reason why the ban was brought in for smoking was very clear: there was good evidence that it harms the health of non-smokers. That’s not the case for e-cigarettes. The Welsh Assembly talks about concern about it renormalising smoking. There isn’t any evidence to back that up at all, in fact quite the opposite. [...]

2015-09-14
theguardian.com

Smoking ban in cars with children campaign launched

A campaign to raise awareness of a ban on smoking in cars carrying children has begun, in advance of the law coming into force in Wales on 1 October. Billboards and posters will highlight the ban, intended to protect under 18-year olds from second-hand smoke. Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the law was needed because "smoking in cars poisons children".

2015-09-14
bbc.com

Tobacco Price Hikes, Black Market Trade Explained For Non Smokers

Price hikes aren’t the only that’s changed for smokers in the last decade -- there’s also a growing industry of black market tobacco suppliers, counterfeit products and cut-price new labels. This month's tobacco excise tax hike of 12.5 per cent is third in a line of four increases set out by the Federal Government between 2013 to 2016, as well as a 25 per cent tax increase in 2010.

2015-09-14
huffingtonpost.com.au

Should some Arab countries rethink e-cigarette ban?

A leading public-health expert last month called for governments to reconsider their attitude to e-cigarettes, claiming that the devices could be a lifesaver for smokers. While the number of smokers in Europe and the United States continues to decline, the opposite is the case in the GCC and wider Middle East.

2015-09-14
english.alarabiya.net

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