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Daily Digest -  Wednesday, 14 December 2016

The Media’s Uncritical Approach To E-Cigarettes Harms Public Health

If Americans needed any more reason to be skeptical of the media establishment they need look no further than the coverage given to the Surgeon General’s first-ever report into youth e-cigarette use, released Thursday. Unfortunately, the report provides very little new information and presents what we already knew about youth e-cigarette use in a way that verges on deceitful.

2016-12-14
dailycaller.com

Is the surgeon general endangering America’s youth?

E-cigarettes are not risk-free. Most contain nicotine, which is highly addictive. Vaping aerosol also contains potentially harmful constituents (albeit at far lower levels than are found in cigarette smoke). While I would recommend vaping as an alternative to smoking, it’s not a habit I would otherwise encourage.

2016-12-14
washingtonpost.com

Many people don't know what makes smoking dangerous

Most Americans don't grasp that the chemicals produced by burning a cigarette are more harmful than the manufacturer's additives that cigarette also contains, and many mistakenly believe filters can protect them from breathing toxic fumes, a recent study suggests. "We already knew that many people, especially smokers, think smoking might be dangerous for other people but not for themselves," [...]

2016-12-14
businessinsider.com

Vaping, hookah use by US teens declines for first time

A new study finds that the percentage of U.S. teens who vape declined in 2016—the first significant reversal of a rapid rise in adolescent vaping. [...] "Whether adolescent vaping has peaked or only paused is something we will be able to determine in the coming years," said Richard Miech, a senior investigator in the Monitoring the Future project. [...]

2016-12-14
medicalxpress.com

How the FDA Helped Philip Morris Crush the E-Cig Competition

Philip Morris International's (NYSE: PM) smoke-free future Opens a New Window. is coming to America. The global cigarette giant plans on marketing its next-generation electronic cigarette in the U.S. next year once it gains FDA approval, but its applications indicate just how much the regulatory agency is helping to protect the interests of the big tobacco companies by crushing the competition.

2016-12-14
foxbusiness.com

Could British American Tobacco plc or Imperial Brands plc dominate a new $45bn cannabis industry?

Its no secret that vice stocks such as tobacco and gambling have outperformed the market. Many investors reject these shares on moral grounds and the lack of buy demand can result in valuations that don’t reflect the impressive business models. But stocks in the sin bin can often posses attractive qualities such as steady demand, pricing power and high barriers to entry.

2016-12-13
fool.co.uk

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