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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 7 August 2015

A fall in demand for quit smoking support 'linked' to e-cigarettes

A sharp decline in the number of smokers using an NHS support programme to help them quit has been linked to the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes. The Smoking Matters service in Dumfries and Galloway helped 102 people in deprived areas kick the habit in the past year - 251 below target. Public Health Consultant Dr Andrew Carnon said the trend was being mirrored across Scotland.


Electronic Cigarettes, Use Not Associated with Frequent Alcohol Consumption in Teens

On July 26th, Anastasios Fotiou, Ph.D., and colleagues in Athens at the University Mental Health Research Institute and Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, have reported in the journal Addictive Behaviors their observations of correlations between electronic cigarette and tobacco use, and a variety of other behaviors including the use of both alcohol and cannabis, in a sample of 1,320 15-year old Greek students.


Nicotine-chomping bacteria may hold key to anti-smoking therapy

A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) explores a bacterial enzyme that might be used as a drug candidate to help people quit smoking. The research shows that this enzyme can be recreated in lab settings and possesses a number of promising characteristics for drug development. The new research offers a possible alternative to current smoking cessation aids.


Smoking While Pregnant Increases Risk Of Children Being Involved In Crime, Study Suggests

Research involving 5,000 Australian families looked into antisocial behaviour among 12 and 13-year-olds and found smoking "occasionally" or "frequently" was a "significant risk factor" for children being involved in crime. The study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, found the most common forms of criminal behaviour included stealing, damaging property, truancy and fighting.


Number of teen smokers one of the UK’s highest

A national survey reveals 14.7% of 15-year-olds in the city regularly lit up, compared to the national average 8.2%. Almost 13% of teenagers in East Sussex are also current smokers, with Richmond in Surrey, Torbay and Blackpool the only other authorities to have similar results. West Sussex had a rate of about 10.5%. The information, published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, came from a survey of 15-year-olds [...] in 2014.


Anger over changes to tobacco legislation

Bermuda: Legislation laying down a raft of new smoking restrictions has come under fire from the owners of specialised tobacco businesses. However, the Ministry of Health revealed last night that the sale of premium cigars would still be permitted at public events. The Tobacco Control Bill 2015 was tabled in the House of Assembly in June by Jeanne Atherden, the Minister of Health.


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