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Daily Digest - Monday, 8 January 2018

New Zealand liberalisation faces delays, while bans and taxes continue to spread

Faced with exploding crime and a stagnant smoking rate, the New Zealand government is under increasing pressure to follow through on its promise to legalise nicotine-containing vapour products. However, the new government has been accused of dragging its feet over the move. One of the big stories of last year was the NZ government’s announcement that it planned to end the ban on nicotine liquids [...]


Philip Morris places anti-smoking advertisement in papers

Tobacco firm Philip Morris has placed an advertisement in some newspapers promoting its "ambition to stop selling cigarettes in the UK". It is part of the company's drive to achieve a "smoke-free future". The owner of the Marlboro brand has also written to Prime Minister Theresa May asking to be allowed to print information about quitting and switching on its cigarette packs.


Cancer Deaths Fall to Lowest Rate in Decades

In 2015, the most recent year with available data, cancer deaths dropped to 158.6 per 100,000 people, according to a report released Thursday by the American Cancer Society. [...] For most of the 20th century, cancer death rates rose as tobacco usage caused an increasing number of male deaths from lung cancer. However, in the early 1990s that trend reversed, according to the report.


The evidence keeps piling up: e-cigarettes are definitely safer than smoking

Search for the term ‘vaping’ online and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is an activity fraught with risks. The top stories relate to health problems, explosions and that vaping leads to smoking in teenagers. For the average smoker seeking information on vaping, a quick internet search offers little reassurance. Might as well continue smoking, the headlines imply, if these products are so dangerous.


Nicotine found to cause lower back pain that leads to surgery: Study

Smoking increases the risk of lower back pain that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery, a Swedish study suggests. [...] “Smoking appears to be a risk factor for developing lower spine space narrowing that can lead to surgical treatment,” said senior study author Dr Arkan Sayed-Noor, a researcher at Umea University. “Quitting smoking can reduce the risk,” Sayed-Noor said by email.


As people in Japan smoke less, Japan Tobacco’s new CEO looks abroad for growth

Japan Tobacco’s geographic footprint is primarily focused on its home market, Russia, and Europe, with about 70 percent of its sales volume coming from those regions. Terabatake will have to diversify that footprint to find growth — most likely through smaller deals, as opportunities for larger acquisitions are limited following consolidation in the industry.


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