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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 28 January 2016

GFN 2016 - APPROACHING DEADLINES:

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Belgium to legalise e-cigarettes

By placing his signature under a new royal decree King Filip will be instrumental in bringing in legislation that will legalise electronic cigarettes in Belgium. The new legislation was needed because until now e-cigarettes inhabited a grey zone of Belgian legislation. Belgium's Health Council has ruled that e-cigarettes can form part of the government's drive to discourage tobacco [...]

2016-01-28
expatica.com

[...] Can Altria Buck The Declining Cigarette Volumes Trend Again?

The company is now focusing on its e-cigarette category and less harmful tobacco products for growth. Greater health consciousness and increased government regulation is convincing customers to turn to e-cigarettes. Such trends are expected to boost the top line in the earnings to be reported. Growing popularity of its Mark Ten brand in the U.S. [...] is encouraging expansion nationwide.

2016-01-28
trefis.com

MPs set to vote for new tobacco packaging with gruesome images

Dutch MPs are today expected to approve new European Union rules on tobacco packaging, which will see 65% of cigarette packets covered with health warnings. The new packaging, which will include photographs of damaged lungs and other smoking-generated health problems, is due to be introduced on May 20 throughout the EU. Tobacco firms are being given a year to bring in the changes and replace their current packaging.

2016-01-28
dutchnews.nl

Studies clearing smoke around e-cigarettes

Two years ago we wrote about Ryan, a 35 year-old nursing student who was trying to kick a cigarette habit by smoking e-cigarettes. Ryan was ordering his vaping supplies online, as sales were prohibited in Canada and retail outlets were uncommon. [...] At the time, there were still many unknowns. The jury was still out regarding whether e-cigarettes helped people quit smoking traditional cigarettes, [...]

2016-01-28
calgaryherald.com

Video Games: Big Tobacco’s New Backdoor Marketing Frontier

The Smokefree Coalition warns that big tobacco, well-known for its sneaky product placement techniques, has found a backdoor method of marketing to New Zealand children. New research [...] has found that nearly half (42 percent) of video games released between 1994 and 2015 feature characters smoking tobacco, e-cigarettes and/or other products, [...]

2016-01-28
scoop.co.nz

Massachusetts Smokers Sue Philip Morris to Pay for Cancer Screenings

A decade after a group of smokers from Massachusetts sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings, the case will finally be heard by a jury. Smokers in the class-action lawsuit allege Philip Morris manufactured a defective cigarette knowing it could have made a safer product with fewer carcinogens.

2016-01-28
insurancejournal.com

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