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Daily Digest - Thursday, 26 October 2017

Studies support the reduced-risk potential of glo™

Scientists at British American Tobacco have conducted a series of tests, the results of which help establish glo™ as having the potential to be substantially reduced risk compared to traditional cigarettes glo™ is a commercial tobacco-heating product. It heats rather than burns tobacco and so does not produce smoke or the smoke toxicants found in conventional cigarette smoke.


FDA says that reducing Nicotine in cigarettes could save 8 million lives

[...] last Thursday [...] the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that the latest FDA estimates indicate that reducing nicotine levels in combustible cigarettes could prevent 8 million smoking related deaths. Additionally, he said, a significant further 30 million people could be safeguarded from becoming addicted to smoking. “Just imagine the impact this policy could have on treatment costs,” said Gottlieb.


Massachusetts youth activists support raising tobacco age of sale to 21

Teenagers from across Massachusetts gathered at the State House Wednesday morning to voice support for legislation that would increase the age of sale of tobacco products to 21 statewide. The 21 young activists each shared one reason why they support raising the age of sale before meeting with legislators to discuss the bill, “An Act to Protect Youth from the Health Risks of Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction.”


Last UK-made cigarettes roll off JTI production line

The last pack of UK-made cigarettes has rolled off the production line at the JTI plant in County Antrim. Japanese firm JTI took over Gallaher in 2007, and announced the closure of its Ballymena plant in 2014. The announcement of the closure of the JTI Ballymena plant coincided with the introduction of new plain packaging rules. It was symptomatic of society's changing views of smoking.


Philip Morris, BAT to hike prices of heat-not-burn e-cigarettes

Multinational tobacco companies selling heat-not-burn (HNB) e-cigarettes are set to raise prices as the National Assembly moves closer to hiking taxes on this new type of cigarette. When materialized, this would adversely affect millions of smokers who have switched from standard cigarettes over the past few months to those that its makers say produces 90 percent less harmful chemicals.


Ottawa’s out to beat the black market on marijuana. Why not tobacco, too?

For nearly a century, the marijuana industry in Canada has been left to the black market. [...] Today the federal government is seeking to redress this issue and, by legalizing marijuana, it intends to shift it from the hands of criminals and into a more responsible marketplace. The policy’s success will largely depend on the regulatory details, which will govern aspects of sale ranging from taxation to packaging and promotion.


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