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Daily Digest - Friday, 5 August 2016

E-cigarettes could reduce smoking, says GP

A proposal to make the sale and supply of e-cigarettes legal could provide benefits to those looking at quitting smoking, according to one Rotorua GP. Dr Harry Pert of Ranolf Medical Centre said he believed the proposal by the Government to look at making the sale and supply of the e-cigarettes legal was a good move.


E-Cigarette Use Rising Among Nonsmoking Teens

Use of electronic cigarettes continues to rise among teens, and there is new evidence that a growing number of high school-age youth who don't smoke cigarettes are taking up the e-cigarette habit. Among surveyed teens living in North Carolina, electronic cigarette use increased more than four-fold between 2011 and 2013, reflecting the upward trend among teenagers nationwide.


How Many Americans Will Die Because of the FDA’s Vaping Rule?

E-cigarettes could lead to a 21 percent decline in deaths from smoking-related diseases for people born after 1997, according to a study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Even accounting for harms people might suffer from vaping who would have otherwise not smoked at all, the researchers found a net public health gain from the presence of e-cigarettes.


Experts fear legalising e-cig nicotine

It's feared young people could again be encouraged to take up smoking if nicotine is allowed to be used in e-cigarettes. E-cigarette devices are legal in Australia but the sale and possession of the nicotine used in them is illegal. Alliance spokeswoman Donna Darvill says it's "ludicrous" to ban low-strength nicotine when deadly tobacco cigarettes can be purchased at any petrol station.


Tobacco industry to benefit from new vaping proposals

Why are tobacco giants welcoming the Government proposal on electronic cigarettes? Because they stand to benefit. For the past decade the tobacco industry have been buying up e-cigarette manufacturers and suppliers and investing heavily in developing these product lines. The three dominant tobacco players in New Zealand [...] have e-cigarette subsidiaries under their parent companies.


Uruguay Takes a Smoke Break: [...]

On July 8, Uruguay won an international court case against Philip Morris International (PMI), dealing a critical blow to big business and achieving a major victory for national sovereignty. PMI, the Swiss tobacco giant famous for making Marlboro cigarettes, has recently compiled a notorious reputation for issuing lawsuits against nations that work to raise awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco.


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