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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 11 September 2015


Most popular in the news last week:

  1. Switching from conventional to electronic cigarettes reduced toxicant exposure, even for dual users – read more…
  2. What Should Public Health Officials Be Doing About E-Cigarettes? – read more…
  3. What is the only argument for criticizing Public Health England Report on e-cigarettes? Funding of 1 of the 185 cited studies – read more…

Nicotine reinforcement demonstrated in study with ‘never-smokers’

In a study with 18 adults who had never smoked, scientists at Johns Hopkins report they have demonstrated one of the earliest steps — nicotine “reinforcement” — in the process of addiction, and shown that some people are far more vulnerable to nicotine addiction than others. [...] the investigators say they have, for the first time, characterized the body’s reaction to the first, tiniest “hits” of nicotine.


CVS reports a drop in cigarette sales after removing tobacco from stores

A year ago, pharmacy retailer CVS got plenty of attention for its decision to remove tobacco products from all of its stores. Now, the retailer is doing something that’s arguably just as noteworthy: measuring whether that choice has actually made a difference. According to data released last week [...] the decision to remove tobacco products has led to a decrease in cigarette sales.


Chicago alderman wants $1.25 tax on e-cigarettes

A Chicago tax on electronic cigarettes would raise just $1 million per year toward fixing the city budget hole but could be an important part of curtailing the increasingly common use of the products by young people, the alderman pushing the plan said Thursday. Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st, said he will introduce a plan to the City Council to institute a tax of $1.25 for each e-cigarette cartridge [...]


How Butter-Flavored E-Cigs Are Fueling a Crucial Vaping Controversy

There is a controversy brewing in the e-cigarette world that centers around the seemingly innocuous topic of buttery flavored e-liquids. While the average person may have never even heard of diacetyl, it’s been on the lips—literally and figuratively—of vapers for the last seven years, and it’s landed at least one high-end e-liquid company in some hot water.


PSU wins $3.5 million to study e-cigarettes

Portlant State University chemists have won a $3.5 million federal grant to study the potential hazards of e-cigarettes. The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund a large-scale look at the health effects of e-cigarettes, PSU said in a statement. "We will be employing more researchers and studying the vast array of e-cigarette devices and liquids [...]


Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes may breathe fewer toxins

Smokers who switch to e-cigarettes – even if it’s only some of the time – may dramatically reduce their exposure to air pollutants including carbon monoxide and acrolein, a British study suggests. Researchers gave e-cigarettes to 40 smokers who said they wanted to quit. After four weeks, the 16 participants using only e-cigarettes had about an 80 percent drop in exposure both to carbon monoxide and to acrolein, [...]



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