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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 19 April 2016
A public lecture given by Prof Gerry Stimson, Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London. Introduced by Prof David Nutt, Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London. Organised by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum Livery Hall, Guildhall, London, April 14th 2016. (Slides from the lecture may be found here).

[...] Terry Barnes – What is the Turnbull Government’s e-cig policy review hiding?

Last year the federal health department, on behalf of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs – senior bureaucrats advising federal, state and territory ministers on drug issues – commissioned a policy review on the regulation, sale and marketing of e-cigarettes with or without nicotine, and the practice of “vaping”.


Researchers say that e-cig warnings omit potential benefits

Federal public-health officials may be neglecting their do-no-harm vows by downplaying or dismissing the potential reduced-harm role of electronic cigarettes, according to two researchers.In a report in the International Journal of Drug Policy, researchers Lynn Kozlowski and David Sweanor take to task officials with the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [...]


Instant Analysis: Altria Group Inc. Wins Another Big "Lights" Lawsuit

In a class action lawsuit against Altria's (NYSE:MO) Philip Morris USA division last week, a Missouri jury sided with the tobacco company's defense that it didn't violate state laws over how it marketed its Marlboro Lights brand of cigarettes. The plaintiffs sought damages of $1.8 billion from the cigarette maker.


Eve Of Prohibition: This Committee Could Stop [...]

The House Committee on Appropriations could be the last line of defense against Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation that will wreck the e-cigarette industry. The FDA regulation, expected to be announced imminently, will require all e-cigarette products that came on the market since February of 2007 (predicate date) to undergo a Pre-Market Tobacco Applications (PMTA) process [...]


American Thoracic Society Lies to Public, [...]

There is abundant scientific evidence that vaping, which has caused no documented chronic disease or death in any identified individual, is safer than smoking, which kills more than 400,000 people each year, causes chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, and contains more than 10,000 chemicals, of which more than 60 are proven human carcinogens.


Marijuana social clubs dwindle in Alaska as legal confusion reigns

Anchorage's Pot Luck Events is the only marijuana social club still operating without a legal challenge, as statewide puzzlement to their legality produces a patchwork of local controls. The clubs, which allow dues-paying members to share and consume cannabis but do not sell it themselves, inhabit either a murky legal area or a clearly defined one, depending on whom you ask.


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