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Daily Digest - Thursday, 3 March 2016

US Specifically Bans E-Cigarettes From Commercial Flights

The US Department of Transportation issued a final rule today that specifically bans the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights. The ban applies to scheduled flights within the US, as well as international flights to and from the US on both domestic and foreign airlines.[...] ” This final rule is important because it protects airline passengers from unwanted exposure [...]


E-Cigarettes May Be Safer Than Tobacco Cigarettes [...]

New preliminary research presented today at the annual conference of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in Chicago, IL, is sure to further stoke an ongoing debate on the actual harms of electronic cigarettes. The study claims to have found that even the heavy use of e-cigarettes, roughly equivalent to 350 puffs a day, leaves little formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, behind.


Imperial Tobacco challenges Quebec ban on tobacco, menthol cigarettes

Imperial Tobacco has launched a legal challenge of certain parts of Quebec’s tobacco-control law and is asking a judge to strike them down on constitutional grounds. The company has filed an application for judicial review with Quebec Superior Court, saying various elements of the legislation are punitive.


EU agrees to tax e-cigarettes at higher rate

E-cigarettes are poised to be taxed at a higher rate across Europe, with France and two other nations calling for a minimum excise duty to be set at “the highest common denominator”. EU diplomats unanimously agreed a call for the European commission to prepare a legislative proposal by 2017, in a draft document seen by the Guardian that EU finance ministers will sign off at a meeting next Tuesday.


It's the People Who Harmfully Attack E-Cigarettes Who Need to Quit

An all-out war is raging against electronic cigarettes, the newest and most promising delivery device to help people stop smoking or to maintain nicotine dependence. Opponents of e-cigarettes (ECs) have created a hysteria that is eerily reminiscent of “reefer madness.” Pure nicotine, delivered via vaping, has taken the “demon drug” position formerly held by marijuana, [...]


Plain tobacco packaging would send wrong signal [...]

Putrajaya’s plan to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products would send a “negative message” to the business community, the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) said today. [...] president Datuk Wira Jalilah Baba said his group is “concerned” about recent reports that Malaysia intends to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products here, similar to Australia.


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