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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 2 July 2015

Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, wants its members to stop smoking. It reimburses those who enroll in smoking-cessation programs or who buy products, like nicotine patches, intended to help people quit. It has even offered to arrange sessions with a coach who talks smokers through the process of quitting.

2015-07-02
nytimes.com

Wales’ health minister says he intends to ban smoking and e-cigarettes from hospital grounds and school grounds. Mark Drakeford told an Assembly committee on Wednesday that the bans would come as regulations off the back of the Public Health Bill, which also intends to ban e-cigarettes from enclosed public and work spaces.

2015-07-02
walesonline.co.uk

The popularity of electronic cigarettes is growing faster than our ability to clearly understand its effects. In the meantime, lawmakers and the public, appear to be taking an abundance of precaution — warning labels, restricting access to minors, preventing indoor use, disclosure of ingredients — to avoid repeating mistakes made in the past with traditional cigarettes.

2015-07-02
washingtontimes.com

The Massachusetts Senate is pressing to increase the tax on flavored cigars, flavored smoking tobacco, and flavored “blunt wraps” — sometimes used to smoke marijuana — from 40 percent to 210 percent in an attempt to reduce youth use of products that come in such flavors as white grape and vanilla. If the tax hike were to become law, Massachusetts would have the highest flavored-cigar tax in the country, [...]

2015-07-02
bostonglobe.com

Tobacco distributor JTI Ireland has denied arguments by the State that the firm is seeking to delay a decision by the European Court of Justice concerning plans to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products. It is not in JTI Ireland’s commercial interest to have any delay in its challenge to the Government’s new laws on plain packaging, Paul Sreenan SC said.

2015-07-02
irishtimes.com

Jutras-Aswad says that during the study, the team of researchers paid special attention to outside facts that could influence weight gain, both related and unrelated to marijuana use. They ultimately found that weight gain is most affected by long-term use, in addition to gender, the level with which cannabis is used and whether or not the person smokes cigarettes.

2015-07-02
medicaldaily.com

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