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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 19 August 2015


E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco - says Public Health England

"At the moment, 80,000 people [in England] die every year as a result of cigarette smoking. If everybody who was smoking switched to e-cigarettes that would reduce to about 4,000 deaths a year. That's the best estimate at the moment. [...]
"E-cigarettes are not completely risk free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm," [...]
"My reading of the evidence is that smokers who switch to vaping remove almost all the risks smoking poses to their health," [...]
[...] promoting them “as a state-approved smoking cessation aid ignores the fact that many people enjoy vaping in its own right and use e-cigs as a recreational not a medicinal product.” [...]

Young people and e-cigarettes: what we know so far

Thanks to decades of action against tobacco, smoking rates among children and young people are in decline: far fewer teenagers are now taking up smoking than in the past. In England, for example, just 3% of 11 to 15-year-olds are regular smokers, with similar figures in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK. This is welcome news, and will play a significant role in protecting the adults [...]


Smoking In Cars With Children Illegal Starting October 1, 2015

Starting on October 1, 2015, it will be illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicles) with anyone under 18 present. The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Both the driver and the smoker in the car could be fined as much as $80. The law applies to every driver in England and Wales, including those aged 17 [...]


E-cigarettes: an evidence update

E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful to your health than normal cigarettes. When supported by a smoking cessation service, they help most smokers to quit tobacco altogether. This review explains the relative risks and benefits of e-cigarettes, in terms of harm reduction when compared with cigarettes and as an aid to quitting.


Altria In The U.S. Tobacco Industry -- A Porter's Five Forces Analysis

The U.S. tobacco industry is rather interesting. At a time when the industry on the whole is grappling with declining volumes, two big tobacco players, Reynolds (No.2) and Lorillard (No.3) have joined forces to increase the level of consolidation in the industry, which could significantly alter the competitive landscape going forward.


Topeka to discuss banning e-cigarettes in some public places

Topeka officials plan to consider banning electronic cigarettes in enclosed public places. The e-cigarettes, [...] have become increasingly popular substitutes for tobacco cigarettes. But Topeka City Councilwoman Elaine Schwartz says questions remain about the safety of e-cigarettes. She is proposing expanding Topeka's smoking ban in most enclosed buildings to include e-cigarettes.


E-cigarette haram, National Fatwa Council rules

The National Fatwa Council has ruled that smoking e-cigarettes is forbidden in Islam (haram), said its chairman, Profesor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr. Abd. Shukor Husin. He said the e-cigarettes are dangerous, wasteful and harmful to health, Utusan Malaysia reported. “So, with all the three reasons, we say it is haram,” Abd Shukor was quoted saying at a press conference [...]


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