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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Nicotine in the news - Harry Shapiro
It strikes me there is a marked difference between the way US and UK governments and their agencies handle information about controversial subjects. In the US, there is an obvious moral underpinning to much of what is published about drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Or what isn't published. As the major donor of the WHO, the US government has previously suppressed WHO reports stating cannabis was no more dangerous than alcohol and tobacco – and another which stated that moderate use of cocaine appeared to have no long term health consequences. Yes folks, this is the WHO speaking. [...]

Encourage Vaping to Help Reduce Smoking

Cigarettes deliver smoke into the user’s mouth and then the lungs. The smoke comes from burning tobacco, and it is that burned tobacco smoke that is the most dangerous aspect of cigarette smoking. That smoke also delivers nicotine to the smoker, and the initial and often ongoing pleasure obtained from the nicotine is what typically makes many smokers enjoy the product. But since nicotine is addictive, it is what tends to make smokers hooked.


Marni Soupcoff: Vaping could save lives — if government gets out of the way

The use of e-cigarettes, otherwise known as vaping, must be regulated to protect people — particularly young people — from the dangers of inhaling a vapour that contains chemicals, and in some cases nicotine, and that serves as a gateway to smoking the cancer sticks we call regular combustible cigarettes, which themselves can lead to smoking God knows what. Real lives will be lost if there isn’t a crackdown on vaping.


A Doctor to Heal the FDA

Scott Gottlieb may have landed the toughest job in Washington: President Trump has selected the physician and policy expert to run the Food and Drug Administration, where a culture of control strangles innovation. [...] One of Dr. Gottlieb’s priorities will be moving generic medicines to market, and competition is the best way to reduce the price of treatment [...]


Medical marijuana business in New York is a bust so far

The state health commissioner last year declared New York’s medical marijuana program a success. But the five companies that the state selected in 2015 to get marijuana into the hands of people suffering from debilitating and sometimes terminal diseases such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis tell a different story.


Surgeon General Continues to Lie about Tobacco in E-Cigarettes

In an article published earlier this month in JAMA Pediatrics, the Surgeon General claimed that electronic cigarettes: "are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, and hookah." [...] There's just one problem with the Surgeon General's claim that vaping is a form of tobacco use: it's not true.


Groups take FDA vaping rules fight to Trump, Congress

Groups looking to undo controversial new e-cigarette regulations say the federal government is running out of legitimate reasons to defend them. And with lives in the balance, they want to strike while the science is hot. The Food and Drug Administration’s so-called “deeming” rule roped liquid nicotine products into the federal Tobacco Control Act last August, even though they contain no tobacco. [...]


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