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Daily Digest - Friday, 26 February 2016


Most popular in the news last week:

  1. In the polarising debate about vaping, we've forgotten to ask the right questions - read more
  2. Mayo Clinic: E-Cigarettes Mitigate Risks Of Smoking Before And After Operations - read more
  3. Evidence about electronic cigarettes: a foundation built on rock or sand? - read more

Electronic cigarettes: A briefing for stop smoking services

This briefing has been written to assist stop smoking services support people who want to use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to help them quit smoking. Such an approach brings together the most effective method of quitting (stop smoking services) with the most popular (e-cigarettes). In August 2015 Public Health England published a comprehensive review of the latest evidence on e-cigarettes [...]


Vaping Emits Less Formaldehyde than Previously Thought

Good news for vapers who aren’t keen on sucking back a chemical widely used in embalming fluid: e-cigarettes don't appear to emit as much formaldehyde as previously thought, and tend to emit levels much lower than cigarettes, according to a study [...] The study was a kind of rebuttal to a controversial letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine last year [...]


Electronic cigarettes at center of debate

Move over tobacco, there's a new vice in the Southland. [...] The debate over whether these products help or hurt people have sent some store owners' business plans up in smoke. [...] when the New Lenox Village Board passed tighter restrictions earlier this month on where and how such businesses could operate, Nuttall told the board he was taking his business elsewhere.


France advised to ban e-cigs in cafes and restaurants

As it stands, those in France aren't allowed to smoke e-cigarettes on public transport, enclosed workplaces, and areas with children. In other words, it's totally acceptable to "vape" away in a pub, club, café, or restaurant, as many people in France do. However, France's Health Authority said on Thursday that the practice should be banned in a bit to avoid "renormalizing" the habit, [...]


Ontario set to increase cigarette prices

An extra levy on cigarettes was announced in the 2016 Ontario budget, tabled on Thursday, to the tune of about $3 per carton of 200 cigarettes. The move comes as the province seeks to simultaneously raise revenues and discourage smoking. The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care says the practice costs the province $1.6 billion a year in direct health costs.


Big tobacco: Plain packaging in violation of international treaties

[...] The Confederation of Malaysian Tobacco Manufacturers (CMTM) comprising British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad, JT International Berhad and Philip Morris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd also warned the government that enforcing plain packaging on tobacco products could have far-reaching implications on the use of trademarks and intellectual property rights in other industries.


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