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Daily Digest - Monday, 5 December 2016

The smoke and mirrors of the anti-cigarette crusade

Colleges and universities are not the only institutions infantilizing young adults these days. State and local governments are, too. The latest example is the District of Columbia, which is about to raise the smoking age to 21. In doing so it will join California, Hawaii and more than 100 cities, including New York, Chicago and Cleveland.


Cigarette smoke exposure increases scar tissue in the kidney and heart, study finds

Smoking may lead to fibrosis in the heart and kidneys and can worsen existing kidney disease, according to a new study. Fibrosis is tissue scarring that can impair the normal function of vital organs. The research team suggests that exposure to cigarette smoke negatively affects genetic messaging that controls tissue scarring. The study, published in Physiological Genomics, [...]


It’s high time to packet in

Graphic images of smokers with horrid conditions were added to packs of cigarettes in 2009 in the hope of encouraging them to quit. For Rod Liddle, though, they just became an adult version of collecting football stickers. “I’ve started playing Nicotine Poker with a bunch of friends who smoke,” he writes in The Spectator. “A royal flush is five packets which depict a woman hawking up blood into a handkerchief. [...]


As Cigarette Demand Slows, Philip Morris Pursues a Paradigm Shift

Philip Morris International (PM) is looking at new ways to drive long-term growth and profits that don't involve unsafe traditional tobacco products. Chief Executive Andre Calantzopoulos has even mentioned completely replacing cigarettes with alternatives. Of course, the company continues to produce more than 870 billion cigarettes every year.


E-cigs: The incendiary truth... Just 10 puffs increases your risk of heart disease [...]

Scientists at the world-renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have discovered that just ten puffs on an e-cig is enough to trigger physiological changes that, in the words of one leading expert, 'start the heart disease ball rolling'. This study follows others which have found that – just like 'real' cigarettes – e-cigs raise blood pressure and promote a hardening of the arteries.


Smokers who want to stub it out sought for electronic cigarettes [...]

Smokers who would like to quit are wanted for a randomised controlled clinical trial in Glasgow. Doctors and scientists funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) are looking for 100 healthy volunteers to take part in The VAPOUR Pilot Study. The study aims to investigate the short-term effects of electronic cigarettes in comparison to nicotine replacement patches on the blood vessels and lungs.


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