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Daily Digest - Thursday, 2 March 2017

Can Canada aggressively lower tobacco use by 2035?

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has committed to reducing tobacco use among Canadians to less than 5 per cent by 2035, telling an audience Wednesday at the National Forum on the Future of Tobacco Control in Canada that “preventing a new generation of smokers is a priority.” “This is a pressing public health matter – there’s no question about it,” Dr. Philpott said [...]


British American Tobacco chief confident of ecigarette push

Nicandro Durante has big plans for what is set to become the world’s largest listed tobacco company. [...] Last week he revealed bold plans to expand BAT’s next-generation products division, with the aim of quadrupling the number of markets in which it sells ecigarettes by 2019. “The rate of growth is exponential,” says Mr Durante. “We’re in 12 markets now, and I want to double this in 2017, and double it again in 2018.”


Myths, Facts And Fixing Policy On Vaping

Dr. Brad Rodu [...] was an early adapter of abandoning the "quit or die" approach to cigarette addiction, and embracing all avenues for smoking cessation. He also said we need to be more compassionate toward the smokers still remaining and advocate "harm reduction" while we get them to quit. There's no question his approach – we adopted it as well, [...]


Philip Morris says it has doubled supply of iQOS tobacco device in Japan

Philip Morris International said on Thursday it has more than doubled the stock of its popular iQOS tobacco device in Japan, but demand continues to outstrip supply even as competition intensifies over smokeless products. Philip Morris said it has so far sold more than 3 million iQOS, a battery-powered device that heats tobacco leaves packed in cigarette shape.


The shifting rationales for vaping

A new study harnesses social media data to explore -- in their own words -- the reasons people use e-cigarettes and why they started vaping in the first place. Nearly half of people say they began vaping in an effort to quit smoking cigarettes, while other reasons included their taste, the ability to use them indoors and their 'cool factor.'


Smoking ban in public housing cleans up air, [...]

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has ordered all public housing authorities to ban smoking by 2018. Well ahead of the curve, the Philadelphia Housing Authority prohibited smoking in its properties in 2015. A new study documents some recent success by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the largest agency in the country to have banned smoking in all its properties. [...]


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