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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 4 August 2015

Austrian court snuffs out planned e-cigarette restriction

Austria's e-cigarette retailers exhaled in relief after a constitutional court overturned a planned amendment to tobacco laws that would have limited the sale of most products to officially licensed tobacco shops. The government had proposed that sales of e-cigarettes be limited to the Alpine republic's licensed tobacconists from October to protect young people and for public health reasons.


Rare, low frequency and common coding variants in CHRNA5 and their contribution to nicotine dependence in European and African Americans

The common nonsynonymous variant rs16969968 in the α5 nicotinic receptor subunit gene (CHRNA5) is the strongest genetic risk factor for nicotine dependence in European Americans and contributes to risk in African Americans. To comprehensively examine whether other CHRNA5 coding variation influences nicotine dependence risk, we performed targeted sequencing on 1582 nicotine-dependent cases (Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence scoregreater than or equal to4)



What corporate America can learn from CVS Health's anti-tobacco campaign

At this year’s Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Helena Foulkes, executive vice president of drugstore chain CVS Health , shared an insider’s perspective on the company’s decision to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in its 7,800 stores. When CVS announced the decision in 2014, it was an unprecedented move. It was also potentially a costly one since $2 billion of the company’s annual revenue came from tobacco products.


Vapor shop owners planning to fight tax on e-cigarette liquid

Alabama: Businesses that sell vapor cigarettes are ready to fight Gov. Robert Bentley's proposal for a new tax on their products. The governor released his special session bills today, and they included a proposed tax of 25 cents per milliliter on the liquid nicotine solution used for e-cigarettes. "It would put us out of business, no doubt in my mind," said Keith Aldijaili of Cullman.


Know Your Pharmacokinetics: Smoking Or Injecting Drugs Increases Your Risk Of Addiction

While abstinence is the surest path to an addiction-free life, researchers at the University of Montreal say how you take a particular drug will influence whether or not you become addicted to it. Smoking or injecting drugs exponentially increases your risk of addiction, they discovered in a recent study, which explored a range of substances from nicotine to cocaine.


Why more tobacco taxes are needed

Over the past 10 years, impressive gains have been made in the battle against the tobacco epidemic. Spurred by the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which came into force in 2005, most countries have launched comprehensive tobacco-control programmes. But there is much more to be done. If the tobacco epidemic is left unaddressed, the WHO estimates its use will kill one billion people over the course of this century.


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