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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 6 January 2015

One breakthrough that gets absolutely no respect–in fact, it’s aroused intense hostility from people who should know better–is the invention of e-cigarettes. These battery-powered vaporizers contain nicotine and give users the feeling that they’re smoking. But the beauty of them is that there’s no smoke involved. No smoke is going into anyone’s lungs. E-cigarettes have been immensely helpful to people who want to quit smoking [...]


A new revelation has added to the ongoing controversy over the health risks of e-cigarettes. Some commentators have viewed the use of this electronic delivery system for nicotine as a way for smokers to cut down on tobacco cigarettes or quit the habit altogether. Others have contended that e-cigarettes can be a "gateway" to smoking, and may actually increase the use of tobacco. [...]


This year will see “big fights about this, especially as a lot of major tobacco companies continue to take over the e-cigarette market,” said Stanton Glantz, a longtime antismoking activist [...] “The big question is, are the politicians going to side with the tobacco companies or the public?” The San Francisco Department of Public Health is set to kick off a public awareness campaign against e-cigarettes Monday.


Smokers in downtown Golden took their last legal puff on New Year's Eve, just before the city's ban on tobacco smoking and electronic cigarette usage in public spaces took effect at midnight Thursday. Golden's new rules, which disallow smoking and vaping in the city's popular downtown area and other outdoor city-owned properties, were just one of a bevy of measures passed by Colorado cities and towns in 2014 that put a further squeeze on nicotine lovers.


More people are turning to e-cigarettes after a 10 per cent tax hike on tobacco, a Bay retailer says. Special T Discounters manager Alize Cornelius said although the price rise would not put off some smokers, others were exploring different options. "More people are buying the electronic cigarettes," she said. "I think a lot of people are going to try and give up." She said the price rise would have a big impact on those who refused to kick the habit.


Byun Seong Ho, a 45-year-old meat product wholesaler in Seoul, has failed on five attempts to quit smoking. The 80 percent price increase by South Korea’s biggest cigarette producer has convinced him this time is different. “I’ll use this opportunity to say goodbye to my 20-year-old habit,” said Byun, who’s now chewing ginseng candy in place of puffing tobacco.


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