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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 26 March 2015


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  1. Study explores composition of e-cigarette vapor, potential health impacts of secondhand exposure  – read more…
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ASH welcomed the Government’s refreshed anti-illicit tobacco strategy launched today. The new strategy had been pre-announced in the Budget, which noted that it would not only protect public finances but also “help meet public health objectives by driving down smoking prevalence.” [...]


E-cigarette replacement cartridges are put in pretty packages that attract curious kids. The liquid contains nicotine in amounts that can kill a child. A lethal dose for adults is 40 to 60 milligrams. The average regular cigarette contains 1 to 2 milligrams, but the average e-cigarette cartridge contains anywhere from 6 to a whopping 70 milligrams of nicotine.


The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is launching the latest strike in a long-running media battle between public health authorities and the tobacco industry to sway Americans’ feelings about cigarettes. Starting on March 30, the CDC will roll out a $68 million ad campaign designed to help smokers quit. 


Most retailers won’t sell e-cigarettes to minors, even though it isn’t illegal, yet. But the relatively noncontroversial move toward prohibiting sales to minors has quickly become a proxy battle over whether vaping should be lumped in with tobacco use. Vaping proponents want to make it clear their products aren’t tobacco products.


“AS LONG as I am governor of New Jersey, there won’t be legalised marijuana in this state,” vowed Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, on March 25th. A potential Republican contender in the 2016 presidential race, Mr Christie explained that “every bit of objective data tells us that it’s a gateway drug to other drugs”.


The manufacturers of electronic cigarettes argue they have the potential to reduce smoking-related disease and death, by helping smokers to quit [...] But in a statement issued on Wednesday, the National Health and Medical Research Council said while there was "some preliminary evidence" of this, there is "currently insufficient evidence to support these claims".


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