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Daily Digest - Wednesday, 22 June 2016

E-cigarette use can alter hundreds of genes [...]

When we smoke cigarettes, dozens of genes important for immune defense are altered in the epithelial cells that line the respiratory tract. Several of these changes likely increase the risk of bacterial infections, viruses, and inflammation. [...] scientists report that vaping electronic cigarettes alters those same genes and hundreds more that are important for immune defense in the upper airway.


Vaping IS better than smoking [...]

Tobacco still kills six million people around the world every year. Despite huge public health efforts to help people quit and prevent young people starting, smoking remains the single greatest cause of ill health and premature death. And even with restrictions on tobacco advertising and smoking in public places, many young people continue to take up smoking.


Global Forum on Nicotine 2016

A quick overview of GFN 2016 in Warsaw.


GFN 2016: Evidence, Accountability and Transparency [...]

The conference itself was sure to be packed to the rafters with information and debate, and I wasn’t at all disappointed. Day one left me with an overloaded brain trying to take it all in. Prior to the Michael Russell Oration (presented by Marewa Glover, who I did have the pleasure to finally meet) were three satellite sessions: Science & Policy Update, Regulatory Developments and Consumer Advocates Meeting.


Can e-cigarettes survive the war against vaping?

Many smokers try e-cigs once and abandon them, disappointed that vapour doesn’t taste or feel the same as real smoke, and gives a slower nicotine hit. “There is a lot of trial and a lot of rejection,” says tobacco analyst Vivien Azer, of Cowen and Company, in New York. “I’m not convinced the e-cigarette market will grow at all.”


The Michael Russel Memorial Oration 2016

Associate Professor Marewa Glover from Massey University New Zealand, gives the Michael Russel Memorial Oration 2016.


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