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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.


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”.


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. [...]


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".


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.


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.


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