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Daily Digest - Wednesday,  11 January 2017

Big Study Linking Youth Vaping To Smoking [...]

A new study from the Virginia Commonwealth University claims that using e-cigarettes at a younger age people three times more likely to become a smoker. [...] “Current e-cigarette users at baseline were no more likely to progress to current smoking than young adults who were not using e-cigarettes,” Dr. Michael Siegel, [...] wrote in a critical response to the study.


Russia considers banning sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015

The Russian health ministry has unveiled plans to ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015. The radical move would make Russia the first country to take such a stringent anti-tobacco stance. Russia has long been tolerant of smoking, and public restrictions were only introduced in 2013. [...] “This goal is absolutely ideologically correct,” [...]


Anti-tobacco activists call for complete ban on gutka in Karnataka

The city-based Anti-Tobacco Forum (ATF) and Cancer Patients’ Aid Association on Tuesday urged the State government to remove the ambiguity in its notification on chewing tobacco and implement the ban on gutka effectively. Gutka was banned in Karnataka on May 31, 2013, coinciding with ‘World No Tobacco Day’. But chewing tobacco resurfaced in the market in the form of twin sachets [...]


Youths, E-Cigarettes A Bad Combination

The electronic cigarette, like its forebear, the cigarette, carries an appeal so palpable, a sixth of U.S. adolescents have tried them. Never in my career as a scientist have I seen such a rapid and widespread increase in use by youths of something containing an addictive substance. These devices, proposed as less harmful alternatives to other tobacco products [...] are available in more than 7,000 flavors, [...]


Ohio State researchers study health effects of electronic cigarettes

Are electronic cigarettes really healthier than traditional ones? Ohio State researchers are trying to answer this question. OSU’s James Cancer Hospital is studying the results of two studies conducted to examine the biological effects of e-cigarettes on health, compared with traditional tobacco smoking practices.


Not much proof that e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking

As people become more aware of the dangers of smoking, many have taken steps to reduce the number of cigarettes smoked or to stop the bad habit. Public and private health centres and pharmacies provide smoking- cessation services, which include evidence-based treatment. These studies were based on large-scale population with medication that has been proven to be safe and effective.


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