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Daily Digest -  Monday, 19 December 2016

Misleading labeling provides hookah users with erroneous information, [...]

Label information on many hookah tobacco products is misleading and may be misinterpreted by consumers, according to new research on nicotine and pH levels in hookah tobacco. [...] For the new study, researchers examined the nicotine content and pH levels of 140 different packages of 12 brands of foreign-made and U.S.-made waterpipe tobacco.


Schumer says e-cigarettes are ‘ticking time bombs’

Sen. Chuck Schumer railed against e-cigarettes Sunday morning, citing recent “explosion” data released by the Food and Drug Administration. “E-cigarettes have become ticking time bombs,” the senator warned, adding that more research needed to be done into the cigarette alternatives–92 of which have reportedly exploded since 2009. “While the devices go boom, the industry is silent.”


The inconvenient truth about e-cigarettes

Mary LeVasseur, manager of community health and wellness for Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine, recently launched the “It’s Not Just Water” campaign in an effort to educate young people on the harmful effects of vaping. [...] Mary LeVasseur said only a few school districts are taking part in the campaign. We hope the districts that haven’t participated quickly jump on board, [...]


New e-cigarettes alert as experts warn that the exposure to chemicals [...]

Exposure to chemicals in e-cigarettes could trigger severe gum disease – and even increase the risk of mouth cancer, scientists have warned. New studies have highlighted concerns over potential damage to cells in the gums from vapour released by the devices. Tests showed substances used to flavour e-cigarettes cause inflammation and damage tissue that helps hold teeth in place.


Traditional cigarette smoking drops to historic low among teens

A national report on teen smoking patterns, released last week, shows traditional cigarette smoking dropping again to a historic low. David Sweanor, [...] said he was encouraged that youth consumption of tobacco products was down overall. “This is of greatest importance with respect to smoking, by far the most hazardous products,” Sweanor said.


Estonian govt planning to ban display of tobacco products in stores

The Estonian government is planning on Thursday to approve a draft legislation of Health and Labor Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski which would substantially increase sales restrictions of tobacco products, including restricting the display of tobacco products and their brands at points of sale, reports LETA/BNS.


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