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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 11 June 2015

On June 2nd California’s Senate approved a bill that would increase the age at which youngsters can buy cigarettes from 18 to 21. Lawmakers in Hawaii, Washington and Oregon are taking similar steps, and smokers in New York City already need to be 21 to legally puff away. Advocates argue that raising the smoking age discourages the habit. The experiences of certain states seem to support this idea.


Yesterday, our chief executive, Harpal Kumar, spoke at the Parliamentary launch of Action on Smoking and Health’s (ASH) new report, Smoking Still Kills. In recent years, we have made significant steps forward in tobacco control, with the complete removal of point-of-sale tobacco displays and the approval of legislation for standardised packaging of tobacco products.


Walk down the street these days and it’s not uncommon to pass near a fog of something that appears to be smoke [...] it’s not actually smoke but the vapor of an electronic cigarette or a nicotine vaporizer. In fact, the 10 percent of adults say they e-smoke is now approaching the 19 percent of adults who say they smoke tobacco cigarettes, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll.


If you’re an ex-smoker who enjoys a cheeky e-cig while waiting for your train, you might be dismayed by this sign that has popped up in train stations across Britain this week. It is telling anyone who stops to read it that Southern Railways will ban e-cigarettes on all their 2,500 train services and 156 stations from July 26.


The evidence suggests that pyrazines have sensory and pharmacological effects which act independently of, and in tandem with, nicotine, and were developed by the tobacco industry to make low tar ('light') cigarettes taste richer and smoother, and boost sales. Nicotine dependence is a complex process, [...]


Sen Barbara Boxer (D, Calif) urged executives of 5 of the largest e-cigarette companies to stop advertising their products on television. “Many e-cigarette advertisements currently on air make clear companies are trying to target a wider audience than what many in your industry claim is the intended market: those who are looking to quit smoking,” Boxer wrote [...]


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