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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 22 September 2015

This Small Vape Shop Could Be The First Victim Of DC’s New Tobacco Tax

A steady stream of customers poured in to M Street Vape Friday afternoon to get flavor refills for their vaporizers, but they may not be able to do that for long after a new city law takes effect. Starting Oct. 1, a new 67 percent excise tax on vapor products takes effect in Washington, D.C., and it will likely put the shop out of business, its owner says.


These Are the Best Ways to Quit Smoking According to Science

In its latest report, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a federally appointed group of independent experts, reviewed data on smoking cessation. They concluded that the best ways to kick the habit are behavioral interventions, including one-on-one counseling, phone counseling and self-help methods, and medications such as nicotine replacement, bupropion and varenicline.


E-cigarettes to be banned from Vienna transit

Vienna’s public transit network (the Wiener Linien) is cracking down on people smoking e-cigarettes, and riding scooters on train platforms. In its new house rules, to be published on October 1st, [...] Conventional cigarettes have been banned from trains, trams, buses and station platforms for some time.


Are E-Cigarettes Protected?

As tens of millions of individuals embrace e-cigarettes as a more healthy various to smoking tobacco, a research suggests these moveable digital vaporizing units won’t be as innocent as many consider. The Middle for Environmental Well being (CEH) launched proof this week suggesting most e-cigarettes launch excessive ranges of cancer-causing gases, [...]


Smoke and mirrors in the debate over e-cigarettes

When Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, invented the electronic cigarette in 2003, his aim was to find a way to stop smoking, first for himself and then, after commercializing the concept, for others to stop the habit too. He had no idea of the chaos that would ensue. Using an e-cigarette is not smoking. It does not burn anything and it does not emit smoke, [...]


The end of smoking?

In the U.S., just 17.8 percent of the population smokes — a record low, and down from a peak of more than 50 percent in the 1950s. Punishing taxes, indoor-smoking bans, and gruesome ad campaigns have compelled smokers to quit at such a rate that Citigroup analysts predict their numbers could drop to nearly zero by 2050.


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