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Daily Digest - Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Is vaping a good alternative?

Four health professionals gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Wednesday to discuss the current social matter of vaping as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes. In November last year, South Africa’s health department released statements concerning its intention to integrate a ‘no compromise’ position on vaping and vaping products, as well as its view that vaping is the equivalent of smoking cigarettes.


Japan urged to go smoke-free by 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Anti-smoking campaigners in Japan have called on the government to make restaurants and bars smoke-free in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and end the country’s reputation as a smoker’s paradise. Japan is expected to pass legislation soon that will ban smoking in or near public buildings [...] but the bill says the crackdown will apply to restaurants only in principle.


Question Time: Tobacco usage in SA [...]

The Minister of the Department of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says his department wants to move forward with regulations to further reduce tobacco usage in South Africa.


How Trump can stop e-cigarette prohibition and reform public health

Federal tobacco policy is failing the American public and destroying businesses across the country. Only sweeping reforms can protect public health and save an entire industry from prohibition, according to a new report from the R Street Institute. More than 480,000 Americans died from smoking-related diseases in 2015 [...]


GPs support legalisation of cannabis

The majority of GPs support the legalisation of cannabis for therapeutic use, but not the Government’s policy on decriminalisation. A survey by the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) found male GPs and those with higher levels of addiction training are more likely to support a more liberal drug policy approach to cannabis for personal use.


E Cigarettes Back to the Future

Stanton Glantz PhD, Professor of Medicine UC San Francisco - E-Cigarettes: Back to the Future


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