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Daily Digest - Monday, 18 July 2016

'Cool, fun factor' motivates e-cigarette use in teens

The novelty factor of e-cigarettes is the key motivation for their use by adolescents, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). "While e-cigarettes are frequently used as devices for smoking cessation in adults, we found most students in our survey [...] were motivated by the "cool/fun/something new" features of e-cigarettes," writes Dr. Michael Khoury and coauthors.


Altria Urges Changes in FDA E-Cigarette Regulations [...]

For tobacco control advocates and groups which continue to argue that the tobacco companies have failed to change their behavior, they need to check their calendars and realize that we're now in 2016, not in the pre-Engle time period. Things have changed substantially, and nowhere is this seen more noticeably than with the tobacco industry's embrace of true harm reduction products, [...]



As Health Canada begins its evaluation of the HESA report—the parliamentary Standing Committee on Healt’s review and recommendations for a new regulatory framework for e-cigarettes.


A Strange Blend: Why Are Europeans Mixing Cannabis and Tobacco?

Cannabis doesn’t carry the sort of health hazards tobacco does, a majority of studies say. But that doesn't change the European habit of mixing the two. It’s something North American cannabis consumers don’t often do: Even cigarette smokers in Vancouver or L.A. tend smoke their flower pure, strictly separating nicotine and cannabinoids. So where does this difference come from?


Senator seeks answers from FDA on e-cigarette regulations

A U.S. senator is not backing away from his concerns that planned Food and Drug Administration regulations on electronic cigarettes could harm small businesses and potentially public health. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., sent Friday a third letter to FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf that expressed his frustrations about the agency providing “inadequate responses” to the regulatory oversight questions he posed May 17.


Study finds number of women smoking while pregnant double what's reported

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - More women may be smoking and exposed to nicotine during pregnancy than previously thought.


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