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Daily Digest - Thursday, 6 April 2017
Nicotine in the news - Harry Shapiro
So obviously the big news of the week comes from New Zealand where  a government proposal will be put to parliament  next year which would legalise the sale and supply of nicotine e-cigarettes and e-liquids as consumer products. [...]

Regulations on electronic cigarettes may impact effectiveness as cessation tool, study reveals

A study [...] reveals that regulations on electronic cigarettes (ECs) may impact their effectiveness as a cessation tool. This study might help explain some of the mixed results on the effectiveness of ECs that has been published in the literature. The authors analysed data from a longitudinal cohort survey carried out between 2010 and 2014 of over 1,700 smokers located in the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia.


FDA nominee won't commit to banning flavored e-cigarettes, cigars

President Trump's nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused at his confirmation hearing Wednesday to commit to banning flavored cigars and electronic cigarettes. Scott Gottlieb said he can see where flavored products may be inappropriate in one context and appropriate in another, adding that his experts on staff should be making those determinations.


Addictive nut's derivatives could help smokers break the nicotine habit

As many as 600 million people in Asia chew areca nuts with betel leaves, sometimes adding tobacco leaves. Many users are addicted to this harmful preparation, which can create a sense of euphoria. Yet researchers have now discovered that compounds derived from the nut could help cigarette smokers -- as well as betel quid chewers -- kick their habits.


Smoking ban in Philippines? Just make it more expensive to light up

MANILA - I used to smoke - burning a pack and a half a day. But Singapore cured me of that nasty habit. Eight years of living in the city state showed me all that hassle I had to deal with just to puff a stick - the pricey cigarettes, the disapproving look I got, the long walk outside the office or to a roadside smoking area - were just not worth it. I didn't quit cold turkey, though.


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