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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 29 June 2015

In what to me is a shocking admission, two anti-tobacco advocates have argued that there is no need for e-cigarettes - a new and promising smoking cessation tool - because current progress in reducing smoking is sufficient and more smokers each year are trying to quit. In other words, what they are saying is that they are content with letting smokers die at the current rate.


While some smokers consider electronic cigarettes a potential aid in quitting, some people who have already quit see them as a temptation to resume a habit they fought hard to ditch, a small study suggests. Researchers in Scotland interviewed 64 smokers and found little consensus about the potential benefits and harms of e-cigarettes, [...]


Stepping into the health debate around electronic cigarettes is a messy and frustrating exercise. Depending on whom you ask, these devices are either the best technological solution to the smoking pandemic or the biggest looming threat to public health. [...] If you're a chronic smoker looking for a nicotine fix and trying to decide between smoking and vaping, [...] e-cigarettes are less harmful.


As a father of a teenage daughter, I can relate to the concerns raised in Ms Adeline Goh Yee Hua’s letter, [...] The idea of watching young children puffing away their lives horrifies me. But the idea of a blanket ban on smoking is impractical. History has shown that whenever governments ban products that are bad for health, the people who benefit are the smugglers.


More than 40 per cent of Indian smokers are not addicted to regular cigarettes, but to bidi, a small, thin cigar in which tobacco is rolled and wrapped, without a filter, a World Health Organization survey conducted in 2008 concluded. Few of those smokers are aware of the potentially fatal consequences of their habit. “The nicotine directly strikes lungs,” said Harischandra Shukla, a government doctor, of bidi.


A bill is headed to Gov. Pat McCrory that mandates child-resistant packaging and warning labels on liquids used with electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. The bill bans the sale of any e-liquid product without the packaging and warning labels. If signed into law by McCrory, it would take effect Dec. 1. Violators would face a Class A1 misdemeanor charge.


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