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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Mon, 5 October 2015


Restricting the Advertising of Electronic Cigarettes Would be an Major Own Goal for Public Health by Christopher Russell  Read more
The finding of a recent survey commissioned by the UK charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) [1] that the proportion of 11-18 year olds in the UK who have tried using an electronic cigarette at least once rose from 5% in 2013 to 13% in 2015 will almost certainly lead to calls for greater restrictions to be placed on the ability of manufacturers and vendors to advertise nicotine vapour products. [...]    Read more

To regulate or kill?

ELECTRONIC nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), or e-cigs, hailed as an effective cessation tool for smokers, are a booming industry here. Estimated to be worth half a billion ringgit, the industry’s future depends on the Government’s policy stand, set to be announced soon. E-cig users, or vapers, want the industry to be regulated while health experts and non-govern­mental organisations are divided in their opinion [...]


A tobacco crackdown is good, but its costs aren’t

Over the last few years, a new idea for improving public health has been slowly spreading: a ban on selling cigarettes in packages with custom brand designs. Instead, all cigarettes are sold in either plain packages or packages with grotesque pictures showing the health consequences of smoking. The obvious question is: Is it effective at reducing smoking rates? The less obvious one: What are the economic consequences of a healthier population?


EU officials kept tobacco meetings under wraps

ies between the European Commission and the tobacco industry have been hidden from public scrutiny in contravention to UN rules. The findings, released on Monday (5 October) by European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly, point to long-held suspicions of corporate lawyers lobbying senior staff under the previous Commission steered by Jose Manuel Barroso. “This effectively means that if no questions are asked, meetings with tobacco lobbyists remain undisclosed”.


More Than Half Of Kids Exposed To E-Cig Marketing

A new study says that more than half of teens and children are exposed to e-cigarette advertisements and marketing. Researchers from a Scottish government-commissioned survey have found that 60% of secondary school pupils have seen e-cigarettes sold in shops, malls and even stalls. Around 26% have been exposed to outdoor poster advertisements while 23% have heard or seen advertisements on televisions and radios in the past week, BBC News reports.


Landmark study links lower nicotine to smoking less

A new study might help the push for regulations to limit nicotine in cigarettes. Smokers who switched to special low-nicotine ones wound up smoking less and were more likely to try to quit, researchers found. The study only lasted six weeks, and researchers call the evidence preliminary. But they say it's the first large study to show that slashing nicotine, perhaps below an addiction threshold, is safe and leads to less smoking.


Shocking effects of second-hand car smoke

Smoking in cars with children present became illegal in England this week - and new figures suggest why the law may be important. Newcastle University's Transport Operations Research Group found second-hand smoke poses serious risks to the health of youngsters, with high levels of dangerous chemicals with windows down and up. It is hoped the ban on smoking in cars will protect those under the age of 18 from the effects of tobacco smoke.


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