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Daily Digest - Friday, 2 December 2016

Tobacco giants lose plain packaging fight

Big Tobacco is considering a last-ditch attempt to halt the introduction of plain packaging in Britain after its latest legal challenge was thrown out yesterday. The Court of Appeal rejected a plea by three of the world’s biggest manufacturers to overturn May’s High Court judgment in what health campaigners called a “crushing defeat” for the industry.


Cigarette sellers should be more socially responsible

I refer to the article “Ban on flavoured tobacco products will hurt business: Retailers” (Nov 26), which reported on the findings of a survey on one of the proposed moves in a suite of tobacco-control measures that has been put up for public consultation. From a business perspective, one can understand that a ban on any kind of tobacco products, be it flavoured or unflavoured, will hurt retailers.


Scientists say flavoured e-cigarettes 250 times more toxic than recommended safety level

One puff of a flavoured e-cigarette can expose a smoker to cancer causing chemicals that are more than 250 times the recommended safety level, say scientists. When converted into a vapour, some additives break down into toxic compounds that dramatically exceed guidance for occupational health, according to the study.



I've smoked well over a hundred thousand cigarettes in my life, and each one of those cigarettes meant something to me. I even enjoyed a few of them. I’ve smoked O.K., great, and terrible cigarettes; I’ve smoked dry and moist, aromatic and almost-sweet cigarettes. I’ve smoked hastily, and other times slowly and with pleasure. I've scrounged, stolen, and smuggled cigarettes; [...]


New Federal Rule Bans Smoking in Public Housing

Smoking will be prohibited in public housing developments nationwide under a final rule announced Wednesday by the Obama administration. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has been encouraging local public agencies to enact smoking bans, and some 228,000 public housing units were already smoke-free. The new rule will expand the impact to more than 940,000 units.


Anti-smoking advocates push minister for further tobacco restrictions in Alberta

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman was given an award followed by a warning Wednesday from anti-smoking activists who say the province must implement even stronger measures to protect children and workers from the effects of tobacco. A good place for the government to start would be to proclaim all sections of sweeping tobacco legislation that was passed by the legislature three years ago, the activists said.


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