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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 27 November 2015

Pot users exempt from e-cigarette law

Medical marijuana users will be exempt from a Jan. 1 law that will ban the use of e-cigarettes anywhere tobacco smoking is prohibited. Ontario Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said those who have been authorized to use pot for treatment of a health condition will be allowed to vape in places that normally do not allow smoking.


Tobacco litter a potential threat

Tobacco use has not only been inducing cancer but is also leaving the environment polluted, spreading diseases and possibly contaminating food, says a body of oncologists in Kolkata. Cigarette and bidi butts, along with chewing tobacco spits littered on streets, should be classified as toxic wastes, they have claimed, pointing to a recent application filed by a doctors' organization with the National Green Tribunal.


WHO Launches Smoke-Free Beijing Campaign

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a social media campaign in Beijing on November 25 reminding smokers that they cannot smoke in indoor public areas, despite current sub-zero temperatures. During the launch, the WHO released 19 new posters highlighting the serious harm caused by second-hand smoke, and expressing gratitude to smokers for not smoking indoors.


Any Imperial Tobacco takeover would face major hurdles

Britain's Imperial Tobacco (IMT.L) has been the object of intensifying takeover speculation, but hopes of a deal for the maker of Gauloises and Davidoff cigarettes could be snuffed out by the huge complications facing any bidder. [...] With the world smoking less each year due to growing health consciousness, greater regulation and economic weakness, competition in "Big Tobacco" is stronger than ever.


E-cigarettes sales to be banned for under 18

Health Ministry is mulling to amend the Food Act 1983 to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to those aged 18 and below, the Dewan Rakyat was told. Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the definition of vape (from e-cigarette) could be included in the Act to regulate the selling of the flavours as well as to restrict the use of e-cigarettes at certain areas.


E-cigs, medical marijuana added to San Mateo smoke ordinance

San Mateo police alerted the public on Monday that an ordinance meant to curb secondhand smoke exposure from cigarettes has been updated to include e-cigarettes and medical marijuana as well. San Mateo’s City Council established the ordinance update, which went into effect on Nov. 5, to protect the public from being exposed to “unwanted second-hand smoke in public places,” police said.


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