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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 9 November 2015

Despite help on offer, many smokers prefer to quit on their own – here’s why

If you smoke more than ten cigarettes a day or have experienced cravings while trying to quit, your doctor has probably recommended a cigarette substitute such as nicotine patches or gum to help you. But our research suggests most Australians don’t want to quit smoking this way, and continuing to make these substitutes (pharmacotherapy) more affordable [...]


'E-cigarettes must be treated like tobacco cigarettes'

E-cigarettes will no longer be sold to children and adolescents, according to a new draft law in Germany. And rightly so, says Martina Pötschke-Langer of the German Cancer Research Center. [...] Ever since the beginning of the aggressive marketing campaigns, we have warned against addressing children and adolescents. About 30 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds have tried out these products.


Why academic journal attacks on Public Health England e-cigarette report should be completely ignored

PHE is basically accused for a simple reason: for “daring” to provide an estimate of e-cigarettes risk compared to smoking based on currently available evidence. If something is wrong with this approach, there is only one way to prove it: provide data that currently available evidence does NOT support this estimate.


This Is The Reason You Might Like Smoking While Drinking

The study, which examined the brains of lab rats that were given nicotine and alcohol, found that the nicotine stimulated the areas of the brain associated with reflexes, learning and attention while alcohol acted as a depressant, effecting the central nervous system, Medical Daily reports. Consuming both together, would thus have a balancing affect.


MSPs back new restrictions on e-cigarettes sales

MSPS have called for national guidance on the risks and benefits of e-cigarettes as they backed new restrictions on their sale. Holyrood’s Health Committee also threw its weight behind a legally enforceable ban on smoking in parts of hospital grounds. Some expert witnesses told MSPs that they felt the public and healthcare professionals’ perception of the harm of e-cigarettes was “exaggerated”.


E-cigarette regulations may increase teen smoking [...]

As teen smoking rates have declined, teen use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices have increased. This is a real concern, and it has prompted many states to ban e-cigarette sales to minors. Such regulation sounds like a good idea, but new research suggests it may backfire. A forthcoming paper in the Journal of Health Economics finds that bans on teen access to e-cigarettes may increase teen smoking rates.


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