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Daily Digest - Monday, 13 February 2017
Nicotine in the news - Harry Shapiro

As a newcomer to the world of tobacco harm reduction, I am continually impressed by the expert forensic scrutiny of the published research much of which is aimed at undermining the positive impact of heat not burn technologies when compared to smoking cigarettes. [read more...]

E-cigarettes safer than smoking–international study

The study found e-cigarette users who stopped smoking cigarettes substantially reduced their intake of tobacco-related carcinogens and toxins. Smokers who managed to cut out smoking altogether may see a health benefit from switching to e-cigarettes. The long-term study found that former smokers who completely replaced standard cigarettes with e-cigarettes substantially reduced their intake of cancer-causing chemicals, compared to those who continued to smoke cigarettes.


New Cigarette Alternative ‘Significantly’ Cuts Health Risks

Tobacco giants are beginning to compete with new e-cigarette devices that heat tobacco instead of burning it, potentially eliminating a large amount of the dangers associated with smoking. Evidence suggests that because the majority of cancer-causing chemicals are inhaled through smoke, e-cigarettes eliminate up to 95% of the risk. Two tobacco companies are pioneering the method with “heat not burn” (HNB) products [...]


Healthier alternative has a dark side

Electronic cigarettes and personal vaporisers are devices that give an alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes. While once considered a healthier alternative to cigarettes, there is a darker side to vaping that society needs to be aware of. “The darker side of vaping is that you can put marijuana in an electronic cigarette and it will be vaporised,” said Mrs Karen Griessel, a social worker at Rand Aid’s Wedge Gardens substance abuse treatment centre.


Australia’s looming e-cigarette ban robs smokers of a chance to quit

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration’s (TGA) recent interim decision to effectively ban nicotine-containing e-cigarettes is a harsh blow to smokers. Australian smokers will be denied access to life-saving technology estimated to have helped millions of smokers to quit overseas. Those most affected will be from lower socio-economic and disadvantaged groups, which have the highest smoking rates and are hardest hit by the cost of smoking.


Exposure to nicotine before and after birth causes hearing difficulties in children

Despite the well-known harmful effects of smoking, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 10% of women still smoke during the final 3 months of pregnancy. E-cigarettes are perceived to be safer, as they do not contain tobacco and contain fewer harmful chemicals than regular cigarettes. However, the CDC warn that e-cigarettes are also harmful for the baby, as they still contain nicotine - which can affect the development of an infant's brain and lungs.


Tobacco policy endangers health

The anti-tobacco crusade has hit a wall. Though great strides have been made in reducing the rate of cigarette smoking, about 15 percent of U.S. adults continue to smoke, and smoking-related illnesses cause nearly 500,000 deaths a year and $300 billion in medical costs annually. That’s separate and apart from the $156 billion hit businesses take each year in lost productivity.


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