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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 5 April 2015

Why Are States Taxing e-Cigarettes?

Cigarette taxes are one of the many sources of revenue that states have come to rely on. Taxing cigarettes makes sense based on the plentiful evidence that smoking imposes significant health care costs on society. As a bonus, cigarette taxes also bring in money for state governments. [...] Will the states follow the health evidence or will they follow the money?


France thinks plain cigarette packs will help kick its smoking habit

Few countries are as synonymous with smoking as France, where cigarettes like Gauloises and Gitanes are as much a part of the cultural fabric as croissants and labor strikes. But cigarettes sold in the country will have a different face very soon, thanks to a new law that will strip them of all their branding.


Snuffing E-Cigs In Louisville Likely Depends On Ban

A broadened smoking ban in Louisville may be the only way to slow the consumption of electronic cigarettes and hookah in the city, which city leaders including the mayor are identifying as a priority. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer last week made a public plea to add the two industries to the current smoking ban, which makes it illegal to smoke in public buildings and places of employment. [...]


Study finds racial differences in smoking habits

According to a newly published Yale study, differences in smoking habits between whites and African-Americans may disadvantage the latter in terms of access to potentially lifesaving medical interventions. [...] The researchers found that African-Americans are less likely than whites to begin smoking at younger ages, but also less likely to quit as they get older.


Opinion: So what am I vaping anyway?

Vegetable glycerine, propylene glycol and nicotine. These are the three base ingredients that all e-liquids have in common. Individually, they can be found in products that we encounter every single day; whether it’s food, medicine, household products, or if you visited the hospital today — in the very air we breathe. If these substances are so common and harmless, what’s the big deal about everyone vaping it? [...]


County just says no to vaping

Montana law prohibits smoking in public spaces, but the state has yet to address what some see as a big loophole — vaping. Richland County Commissioners, however, have decided to address that loophole in their own buildings. They have extended their smoking policy to include the use of electronic cigarettes and all other vaping devices.


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