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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 6 July 2015

People can use e-cigarettes in public places without fear of the smoking police, according to Ontario's health ministry. While the province doesn't have any restrictions on e-cigarettes until new legislation comes into effect in 2016, some companies are using the Smoke-Free Ontario Act -- which governs the lighting up of regular smokes -- to prohibit vaping on their properties.


Petal Mayor Hal Marx has vetoed a new ordinance that makes vaping illegal in public buildings. The board of aldermen voted last month to amend the current ordinance against smoking in public places to include devices such as electronic cigarettes and similar devices. Five of the seven aldermen could override such a veto.


Cigarettes made from tobacco leaves are plenty toxic, and nicotine is believed to be perhaps the most addictive substance humans use and abuse. The cancer-causing potential is presently attributed to the other caustic chemicals in tobacco such as the tars, not the nicotine, hence, the claim that vaporization of the nicotine in the inhaled smoke is “safer” than tobacco. 


According to a new legal update from the Public Health Law Center, tobacco companies are marketing electronic cigarettes to kids with kid-friendly flavors that include watermelon, Son of a Beach, vanilla malt, popcorn, s’mores, kettle corn, colas, Pizza Pia, chocolate ice cream, and pink lemonade.


THE FACTS about tobacco’s dangers are stark. The World Health Organization says tobacco kills nearly 6 million people each year. More than 5 million die from smoking and the rest from exposure to second-hand smoke. Eight in 10 of the world’s 1 billion smokers are in low- and middle-income countries. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in high-income countries [...]


Tobacco products differ in their relative health harms. The need for educating consumers about such harms is growing as different tobacco products enter the marketplace and as the FDA moves to regulate and educate the public about different products. However, little is known about the patterns of the public's knowledge of relative harms.


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