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Daily Digest - Thursday, 23 November 2017

Certain popular cigars deliver more nicotine than cigarettes

Cigars may have a reputation for being safer than cigarettes, but they may be just as harmful and addictive, according to Penn State researchers, who add that small cigars have just as much if not more nicotine than cigarettes. [...] our study shows that nicotine is pretty high in this class of cigars, and future regulation that affects cigarettes should also affect these cigars."


A ban on smoking in French films? The idea makes me fume

he French Socialist senator Nadine Grelet-Certenais has fired up a heated debate in France over the depiction of smoking in the movies. She wants it stubbed out, for good, on the basis that Gallic heroes puffing away on the silver screen makes the filthy habit seem cool and provides the evil tobacco industry with free advertising. Ban it, and everything will be made miraculously better – c’est simple. [...]


‘Based on the concentration of toxic chemicals #e-cigarettes are much, much safer than cigarettes’

Professor Robert West from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL argues that researchers should use well-established principles to report the conclusions of their research. [...]


Increased or minimum tobacco price 'could cut number of smokers'

Increasing the cost of tobacco or setting a minimum price could be used as part of a campaign to drive down the number of smokers in Scotland. Public health experts also say reducing the availability of tobacco and incentivising retailers not to sell it may help tackle health inequalities. The proposals come after the Scottish government announced it will introduce minimum alcohol pricing next May.


New York officially bans e-cigarette use, vaping indoors

Vaping in the workplace and many other indoor places is now banned. The state Health Department announced Wednesday that a law signed by Gov. Cuomo in October placing new restrictions on the indoor use of e-cigarettes is now in effect. "Although e-cigarette use is promoted as a healthier alternative to tobacco use by the vaping industry, research has shown that they may carry long-term health risks for users [...]


#E-Cigarettes: ‘There is a consensus that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than smoking’

Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos [...] has found that nicotine has little effect on cardiovascular disease and that while nicotine is addictive, non-combustible products that use nicotine are preferable to the cigarette as a way of delivering nicotine.


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