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Daily Digest - Friday, 20 May 2016


Most popular in the news last week:

  1. What The U.S. Should Learn From The UK's Wisdom On E-Cigarettes - read more...
  2. Can E-Cigarettes Survive The War Against Vaping? - read more...
  3. The F.D.A. Rules Ignore Harm Reduction Benefits for Adult Smokers - read more...

700,000 deaths a year: tackling smoking in the EU

More than one in four Europeans smoke. Half of them will die prematurely, shortening their life by 14 years on average. [...] The new directive, which enters in force in all EU countries on Friday 20 May, sets more stringent rules regarding tobacco and related products. Some of the new rules aim to make smoking less attractive for young people by banning cigarettes [...]


No plain packaging for cigarettes in Ireland - yet

Plain packaging on tobacco products is not coming into force today as planned. There has been a delay in pushing through the required legislation due in part to the length of time it took to form a government. Ireland's Health Minister Simon Harris is now coming under pressure to live up to commitments to ban branded cigarette packets here.


EXCLUSIVE: Twitter Censors Critic Of FDA’s E-Cigarette Crackdown

Twitter suspended a spoof account of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products Wednesday after the account mocked the FDA’s e-cigarette policy. Jeff Stier, [...] set up the account to mock the agency’s monotonous Twitter feed. “I set up a spoof twitter account- clearly identified as such- called FDATobaccoBot to parody the FDA’s absurd bot-like twitter account,” [...]


Big Tobacco looks to ecigarettes to light up sector

From Friday all cigarettes manufactured for the UK must be sold boxed in plain packaging and come adorned with large, graphic photos highlighting the dangers of smoking. The new rules — upheld by the High Court on Thursday — provide another hurdle for the tobacco industry to clear, as it battles high taxes, declining smoking rates, and new EU legislation banning packs of 10 cigarettes [...]


Viewpoint: Are e-cigarettes really a menace?

A few years ago they were a rarity, but now there are nearly three million e-cigarettes out there. Many people think that they are as bad for you as normal cigarettes. But are they? Fans of e-cigarettes say vaping can reduce the burden of smoking either by making it easier for smokers to quit or by providing them with a safer way for them to get a nicotine hit.


Tobacco firms lose high court battle over plain packaging

Plain packaging of cigarettes will be mandatory from Friday after the high court in London rejected an attempt by the tobacco industry to prevent the change in the law. “This landmark judgment is a crushing defeat for the tobacco industry and fully justifies the government’s determination to go ahead with the introduction of standardised packaging,” said Deborah Arnott, [...]


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