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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 16 March 2015


On the threat to vapers and vaping in Sweden

Atakan Befrits, 16 March 2015

Vaping with nicotine in Sweden is now de jure banned following a recent court ruling. Import, distribution and sales of nicotine containing e-cig and nicotine containing refills are banned by the Medical Products Agency (MPA) in Sweden, unless they are registered as medical products. This is prior to the implementation of the TPD, which provides for some flexibility on distribution and sales, which will continue for the time being, pending an appeal against the judgement. [...]

Seeing commercials for electronic cigarettes can increase the urge to smoke traditional cigarettes, a new study suggests. In the new study, published in the journal Health Communication, the researchers assessed the urge to smoke among 301 daily smokers, 272 intermittent smokers and 311 former smokers.


Teenagers in North Carolina were able to buy electronic cigarettes online due to widespread failure of age-verification measures required of Internet tobacco vendors in compliance with North Carolina law. “From 2011 to 2013, the number of U.S. youth who used e-cigarettes but had never used cigarettes more than tripled from 79,000 to more than 263,000;


"As proliferation of e-cigarettes surges, understanding the health effects of e-cigarette use and exposure to vapors is essential," said Jonathan Thornburg, Ph.D., author of the study published by RTI Press, and director of Exposure and Aerosol Technology at RTI. "We need to be aggressively investing in and conducting research [...]


A legal scholar and tobacco control expert says he has developed a research-based roadmap that allows for the immediate regulation of e-cigarettes. [...] Eric N. Lindblom, JD, [...] says his proposal would minimize the threats e-cigarettes pose to public health while still enabling them potentially help reduce smoking. 


Electronic cigarettes may be safer than regular cigarettes. Results of the largest survey on e-cigarettes — conducted by Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos, principal investigator and researcher [...] has revealed that switching to an electronic cigarette from tobacco will significantly improve one’s health, including those with chronic diseases.


A whole generation has grown up without a smoking section, thanks to the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act. Once a year thousands of youth activists get involved in Kick Butts Day. This day raises awareness about the tobacco problem, encourages youth to be tobacco free and gains support for effective solutions to decrease tobacco use, Jones said.


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