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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 2 June 2015

Global Forum on Nicotine conference update: 

Pre-conference social & vape meet: Thursday, 19:30 Lokanta Restaurant

The agreements were drawn up between 2004 and 2010 with Philip Morris (PM), including Philip Morris International (PMI), Japan Tobacco International (JTI), British American Tobacco (BAT), and Imperial Tobacco Limited (ITL), following emerging evidence of the direct and indirect involvement of the tobacco industry in smuggling activities, and subsequent litigation.


British American Tobacco, whose Canadian subsidiary has been ordered by a court in Canada to compensate smokers to the tune of billions of pounds, has said there are "strong grounds for appeal". The tobacco giant has been ordered to pay Can$10.5bn (£5.5bn) to nearly 1m smokers who claimed they were never warned about the health risks.


In China's countryside, smoking isn't just a custom. It's a matter of trust. And that's one problem with China's latest attempt, announced this week, to ban indoor smoking in the world's biggest manufacturer and consumer of tobacco. "You have to light a cigarette just to get familiar with an interviewee,'' says Vincent Ni, of the BBC's China Services. [...]


The university announced that the smoking ban would cover the entire ANU campus in Canberra as well as remote ANU campuses such as the Mt Stromlo Observatory and Kioloa coastal campus near Batemans Bay. Vice-chancellor Professor Ian Young said ANU would go smoke-free from the start of the second semester on July 20.


A quarter of young adults have tried electronic cigarettes, according to a disturbing survey that has found many are simply trying the devices out of curiosity or because their friends are. Health experts are concerned e-cigarettes could be a gateway to cigarette smoking, and are calling for all the same laws that apply to tobacco to also apply to them.


A Canadian tobacco company has filed a legal challenge against Nova Scotia’s ban on menthol cigarettes and other menthol tobacco products. As of this Saturday at midnight, provincial legislation in Nova Scotia prohibits the sale of menthol cigarettes, flavoured rolling papers and flavoured cigarillos under five grams. 


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