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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 30 March 2015

California is the newest case study in the e-cigarette information wars. On Sunday, California's public health department went live with an awareness campaign about e-cigarettes on a new website, Still Blowing Smoke. By the time of their official launch on Monday, vaping advocates were already on the offensive with a nearly identical site: Not Blowing Smoke.


E-cigarette stores have grown substantially since 2013 because of a number of reasons. More employers, public places and businesses are either restricting or eliminating smoking areas, landowners see the shops as a way to bolster an area where the economy has caused a depression in property rentals and entrepreneurs are seeing the opportunity for healthy profits on the products.


[...] Until very recently, the extent of Canadian government policy around e-cigarettes was contained in a 400-word notice Health Canada released on March 27, 2009. It stated that e-cigarettes fall under the Food and Drugs Act, that all products within the scope of this act require market authorization from Health Canada, and that e-cigarettes don't have that authorization.


An estimated 26,150 people in Alabama will be diagnosed with cancer, and 10,560 will die from the disease, this year alone. While researchers are busy searching for better, more effective ways of treating these diseases, our lawmakers should be busy passing policies to prevent the disease altogether. 


Delhi government will ban chewable tobacco products, sale of the same, manufacturing and storage of the products in any form from March 30. The ban which has been brought in for a year has been done with a view to check the growing menace of oral cancer. The ban is expected to stop the availability of unhealthy products including gutka and pan masala [...]


The smoking of medical marijuana and e-cigarettes has been officially banned at Muskegon Community College. The board of trustees recently updated the college's no-smoking policy to reflect changing times. While there have been reports of students smoking e-cigarettes in class, there have been none of students partaking in medical marijuana, [...]


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