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Daily Digest - Monday, 25 July 2016

E-cigarette use increasing amongst teens, study shows

A new study suggests more teens are using e-cigarettes, which may be a gateway for nicotine addiction amongst young people with little to no regulation in Alberta. Dr. Michael Khoury, a pediatrician at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, conducted a study with 2,300 Grade 9 students in Ontario. He found that 10 per cent of students surveyed had used electronic cigarettes.


Quitting smoking during the second half of the menstrual cycle [...]

Studies suggest that women are more likely to engage in addictive behaviors, such as cigarette smoking, in the first half of the menstrual cycle [...] The underlying reason is thought to be that the hormone estradiol (a form of estrogen) is higher in the first half of the menstrual cycle, and it promotes addictive behaviors such as smoking and relapse from quitting. [...]


The 'endgame' for smokes?

It’s as if the No Name brand was getting into the tobacco game. No more super slims. No choice of regular or king size. No logo on the filter. No colourful graphics next to the horrifying health warnings on packs, pouches and tins. Welcome to Health Canada's proposed new packaging rules for tobacco products. [...] It is another step in what some hope will be the "endgame" for cigarettes, [...]


Confusion still reigns over e-cigs

The European Union and US are huge e-cig markets with regulatory models in place. With Malaysia expected to table it’s vape laws soon, Sunday Star headed to Warsaw, Poland, for the recent Global Forum on Nicotine 2016, to see what’s happening globally. IN May, e-cigarettes and other nicotine vapour products in the European Union (EU) were placed under the regulation of its Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).


Medical Marijuana In Florida Ready For Business On Tuesday

Medical marijuana is perhaps one of the biggest emerging practices in healthcare management since the onslaught of support for it in recent years has expanded to enormous proportions. Now that the cannabis plant has been legalized in Colorado and Washington [...] On Tuesday, Florida will add their name to that list, but it is an extremely restrictive form of law.


All about the nicotine

IF Malaysia regulates e-cigs as a pharmaceutical product, the industry here could face challenges similar to our neighbour Down Under. In Australia, states are extending tobacco control laws to include e-cigs, Sydney-based tobacco treatment specialist Dr Colin Mendelsohn shares. In addition to the nicotine restriction, they want more restrictions on sales to minors and through vending machines, advertising, [...]


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