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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 14 May 2015

Global Forum on Nicotine conference update: 

GFN 2015 - 5-6 June in Warsaw:
Confirmed speakers include: Clive Bates, Linda Bauld Patryk Bełzak, Bruce Clark, Attila Danko, Katherine Devlin, Martin Dockrell, Carmen Escrig, Konstantinos Farsalinos, Joe Gitchell, Marewa Glover, Jack Henningfield, Terrry Hu, Lorien Joylle, Hon Lik, Vaidotas Linkevičius, Karl Lund, Ann McNeill, Barnaby Page, Riccardo Polosa, John Pritchard, Lou Ritter, Jed Rose, Louise Ross, Gunnar Sæbø, Alberto Simeoni, David Sweanor, Simon Thurlow, Tord Finne Vedøy, Monica Vialpando, Inger Wahlberg, Jennifer Ware, Derek Yach, Yushu Zhu. More details and speakers' bios:
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Some people may be hardwired to have an easier time giving up their cigarettes, suggests one new trial described in the journal Neuropsycho-pharmacology. It turns out that some smokers start out with a particularly rich network of brain neurons in an area called the insula, which regulates cravings and urges and communicates cues: like seeing a cigarette or smelling tobacco smoke, then wanting to light up. 


New York Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment argued that Local Law 152, which added e-cigarettes to the city's ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, government buildings and other public places, violated Article III §15 in the state Constitution because smoking and e-cigarette use are two different subjects.


More teens are experimenting with the devices, including teens who have never smoked.According to Professor Chris Bullen, director of the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland, "The worst thing you could possibly do for your health, pretty much, is smoke tobacco". With that in mind, "anything is better", he says.


The Montgomery County Council, which is looking for fresh sources of revenue, approved new taxes Wednesday on e-cigarettes and private lodgings booked online through such sites as Airbnb. Council members unanimously approved a 30-percent excise tax on the wholesale price of e-cigarettes. [...]


The health group audited 1,519 retailers in NSW and found that four out of five shops which sold e-cigarettes placed them near the counter next to lollies and chocolates targeting children. During the audit researchers found 5 per cent of NSW retailers registered to sell cigarettes also sold e-cigarettes.


Yesterday, I discussed a class action lawsuit filed in California against Blu e-cigarettes (owned by Lorillard) which contends that Blu's marketing is false because its e-cigarettes are actually no healthier or safer than regular tobacco cigarettes. I explained that the lawsuit is unfounded, both because the company never claimed that its product is safer than cigarettes [...]


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