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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 11 February 2015


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A Bill to regulate the sale and marketing of electronic cigarettes, published by Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power and Independent Senator Prof John Crown, is not the right approach to take if we want to address the core problem of tobacco-related deaths, argues Dr Ruairi Hanley. My view is clear: e-cigarettes have the potential to save thousands of lives in this country. 


Packaging tobacco in plain packs reduces the likelihood of smokers seeking to obtain cigarettes, according to a recent study. Researchers at the University of Exeter found that compared to branded packs, plain tobacco packaging reduced the likelihood of smokers seeking to obtain cigarettes by almost 10 percent.


Berens and many other ex-smokers today are at the mercy of a mysterious nationwide nicotine-lozenge shortage. GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Nicorette, quietly stopped making its lozenges early last year because of quality control problems and initiated a recall, assuring curious visitors to its Web site, “you aren’t alone and we apologize.” 


The electronic cigarette industry is preparing to launch a legal bid to silence critics who raise "misleading" health concerns about the safety of "vaping". At a fundraising event in California last night, a global group called The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) raised a massive $110,000 (£72,000).


Concerned over the growing tobacco menace in India, health organisations from across the world have asked the Indian Government to oversee new warning labels on tobacco packets. Tobacco products like cigarettes and gutkas will have more prominent health risk warnings from April 1 this year.


Recent data from the American Lung Association and University of Illinois at Chicago research reaffirm that tobacco taxes improve health and the bottom line for Ohioans. A proposed $1-per-pack increase on cigarettes, [...] would prevent $2.76 billion in future health care costs while saving the lives of more than 40,000 Ohioans.


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