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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 13 September 2016

New Cochrane Review On E-Cigarettes

A new Cochrane Review paper provided an independent, rigorous assessment of the best available evidence to date about electronic cigarettes for quitting smoking and found that electronic cigarettes may help smokers stop their smoking, and there are no serious side effects associated with their use for up to two years.


Legalise cannabis for pain relief, say MPs: [...]

Cannabis should be legalised for ‘medicinal’ use in the UK, a major report concludes today. The controversial document, published by a cross-party group of MPs and peers, calls on the Government to allow sick people to grow their own cannabis under licence. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform also wants companies to be allowed to import or grow the drug, [...]


E-cigarette use linked to success in quitting

The finding, published in The BMJ today, goes against concerns e-cigarettes undermine motivation and quit attempts. The observational study estimates the use of e-cigarettes last year may have resulted in an additional 18,000 long-term ex-smokers in England. “Although these numbers are relatively small, they are clinically significant because of the huge health gains from stopping smoking,” the authors said.


Vaping: A Viable Quitting Method Or A Trendy Hobby?

We live in a cynical, sceptical world. Anything new or innovative in the smoking arena is going to cause some level of controversy. But we’re constantly being fed mixed messages. On one side, we have the medical community, cautiously reasserting the value of e-cigs as a viable cessation method, yet reluctant to call them a “benefit.” And on the other side we have the political community, [...]


Report: Half of Utah students who report using alcohol are also vaping

New data from the Utah Department of Health and Utah Department of Human Services are adding to public health officials' fears that youths are increasingly turning to e-cigarettes. Results from the state's biennial Student Health and Risk Prevention survey shows that 56 percent of Utah youths who reported recently drinking alcohol also reported using e-cigarettes or vape products.


Alarmist vaping headlines a hazard to health

“VAPING from electronic cigarettes could be as bad for the heart as tobacco” screamed an alarmist headline syndicated across a wide range of Australian news services recently. Unfortunately, these misleading headlines are all too common and confuse the public about e-cigarettes, a potentially life-saving treatment. The headline was based on a small study of 24 individuals, [...]


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