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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 30 September 2015

‘You’ll see vapers everywhere in Europe’. Well, … no

People often pass on observations about differences in smoking between places they’ve visited and Australia: “Smoking in Indonesia is like travelling back 50 years in time!” and “It seems like it might be almost compulsory to smoke in China” are two I get often, although in Asia (with the exception of Japan), smoking by women is rarely above low single digit prevalence – it is Asian males who do the smoking.


Stop smoking when your kids are around!

A new study has revealed that early exposure to smoke is associated with a risk of behavioural disorders in children. According to researchers from Inserm and Pierre and Marie Curie University, the association was stronger when exposure took place both during pregnancy and after birth. In the study, rescuers targeted 5,221 primary school children from six cities.


Smokers Face Higher Risk for Revision after Knee Replacement

The most important factor associated with an increased risk of revision following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is smoking and patients who smoke should be advised to stop smoking to decrease their risk of revision, authors of a case-control study said. The study covered 436 patients who had undergone TKA at a tertiary center over a 13-year period: [...]


[...] the evidence on electronic nicotine delivery systems (e-cigarettes)

Tobacco smoking is the largest single preventable cause of many chronic diseases and death. Effective treatments exist; however, few smokers use them and most try to quit by themselves. Most of the tobacco cigarette's toxicity is related to the combustion process. [...] A lot of controversy is surrounding e-cigs and their regulation, much of which is based on the precautionary principle.


Smoking out bad habits

Earlier this month, the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) published the Youth Exposure to Tobacco in Movies special report, which examined onscreen exposure to tobacco among Ontario youth. The report estimated the impact of this exposure with consideration to new smokers recruited and their tobacco associated mortality and health care costs.


FDA's Proposed Rule on Allowable E-Cigarette Claims Runs Afoul of Both the Constitution and the Law

Last week, the FDA gave notice of its intent to promulgate a rule that clarifies the classification of e-cigarettes as either drugs or recreational tobacco products based on certain claims made by the seller. The rule also explains the type of claims that would deem an electronic cigarette brand to be a modified risk tobacco product.


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