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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 20 July 2015

Recent Hong Kong proposals for electronic cigarettes appear to be based on a misreading of the evidence and reliance on reports, particularly from the WHO, that have misrepresented the evidence. Accordingly, the proposals appear to be based on an uncritical acceptance of the view that electronic cigarettes are damaging to public health with no compensating positive effects, [...]

2015-07-20
rjwest.co.u

The industry says e-cigarettes are a new technology that differs from traditional cigarettes and shouldn't be forced to follow tobacco laws or pay tobacco taxes. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat liquid nicotine into an inhalable vapor. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is weighing regulations that would subject e-cigarette products to federal review [...]

2015-07-20
thestate.com

An e-cigarette replicates smoking behaviour without the use of tobacco. It is illegal to sell, buy or use e-cigarette cartridges containing nicotine in Tasmania. Public Health Services has released a discussion paper on the range of options around the use of electronic cigarette devices in Tasmania. At the moment there are no restrictions on the availability and use of nicotine-free electronic cigarettes in Tasmania. 

2015-07-20
dhhs.tas.gov.au

A year and a half ago, Dr. David Casarett did not take medical marijuana very seriously. [...] the palliative care specialist began to look seriously into the issue, and his mind began to change: “I’ve come to realize there really are medical benefits to medical marijuana. … For many of the patients I spoke with, medical marijuana is not a joke. It’s not funny. It’s a treatment that they’ve come to rely on.”

2015-07-20
nepr.net

The latest report by Technavio highlights the two types of e-cigarettes which are available in the market, namely disposable and rechargeable e-cigarettes. Disposable e-cigarettes provide a simple and convenient way of vaping, but only last a single charge cycle. However, rechargeable e-cigarettes provide better performance at a lower cost and offer various flavor options.

2015-07-20
marketwatch.com

Multnomah County officials and health advocates have placed tobacco retailers under scrutiny that could lead to licensing requirements for sales. One in three retailers out of 411 sell their products within 1,000 feet of schools in Multnomah County, according to a report released this week. It separately shows nearly one in three vendors illegally sold tobacco to people under 18 years in 2014.

2015-07-17
oregonlive.com

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