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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 15 December 2015

Will 2016 be the year that the high street vape shop runs out of puff?

The 8,000 vaping shops on the British high street may vanish — in a puff of vapour — just as suddenly as they appeared. A little-known piece of EU legislation, the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), will regulate the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes much more strictly than current laws stipulate. Small business owners worry that the proposed changes will make their products less attractive [...]


Who’s still smoking in the United States?

The Nov. 12 report revealed that cigarette smoking among U.S. adults has fallen to the lowest rate in generations, but that smoking still accounts for roughly 480,000 deaths annually and approximately $300 billion in health care costs and lost productivity. The report further delineates the 17 percent of adults who continue to light up (Kentucky’s prevalence of adult smokers is 25 percent).


Wrong for governments to ban vaping, [...]

The majority of smokers in Asia believe their governments would be wrong to ban electronic cigarettes if the devices were scientifically proven to be less harmful than tobacco, according to a recent survey. The survey, [...] found that 75% of those polled were in favour of the government not preventing or delaying the introduction of less harmful alternatives.


Council approves e-cigarettes in vaping shops, [...]

City council has approved two exemptions to Saskatoon's smoking bylaw. [...] Council recently added e-cigarettes to the city's smoking bylaw, banning them from any public area, other than streets and sidewalks. At today's meeting, council approved an amendment to allow people to use e-cigarettes inside vaping shops.


FDA Wants to Know if Your Cigarette is Defective, [...]

In a communication I thought I would never see from a public health agency, the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has alerted consumers to notify them if their cigarettes are defective or contaminated, but not if they cause severe adverse health effects, like cancer, heart disease, lung disease, stroke, or death.


Nicotine Replacement Therapy not that safe, [...]

The study, which involved recent expansion of NRT to pregnant women and children, said nicotine impairs, disrupts, duplicates and/or interacts with essential physiological functions and is involved in tobacco-related carcinogenesis. At present, there are many nicotine preparations (nicotine gums, patches, e-cigarettes and inhalation agents) that are freely available in most parts of the world.


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