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Daily Digest - Thursday, 5 May 2016

California raises smoking age to 21

California has passed legislation raising its smoking age from 18 to 21 for most of its citizens. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a series of bills Wednesday, which also place new restrictions on where people can smoke and the sale of electronic cigarettes. "[These laws] will save countless lives, reduce astronomical costs to the health care system, and cost very little [...] said Senator Ed Hernandez

2016-05-05
edition.cnn.com

Human heart cells respond less to e-cig vapour than tobacco smoke

Substantial differences have been observed in the way human heart cells respond to e-cigarette smoke and conventional cigarette smoke. Researchers have investigated how the same type of cells as those found in the arteries of the heart, known as human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAEC), responded when they were exposed to both e-cigarette aerosol and conventional cigarette smoke.

2016-05-05
sciencedaily.com

Nicotine and the heart

I REFER to the article “British report gives e-cigs the thumbs-up” [...] This decision taken by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) [...] will have a tremendous impact here in Malaysia. There is no doubt that switching from tobacco-smoking to e-cigarettes will reduce the incidence of lung cancer. But the leading cause of death in almost all countries is coronary heart disease and stroke, not lung cancer.

2016-05-05
thestar.com.my

House bill would curb regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars

Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It’s a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products. Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes for the first time.

2016-05-05
seattletimes.com

Vaping: Government unmoved, key researcher clears the air re research

Dr Chung Shan-shan (鍾姍姍), Assistant Professor of the Baptist University’s Department of Biology, has been oft cited in Hong Kong for her research on vaping (aka e-cigarettes). Dr Chung [...] lead a studies on the potential harm brought about by vaping. She found in favour of stricter regulation, or perhaps a total ban of the product, but is keen to clear up misconceptions [...]

2016-05-05
harbourtimes.com

FDA launches public education campaign [...]

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the launch of a historic public education campaign aimed at preventing and reducing tobacco use among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young adults ages 18-24. Of the more than 2 million LGBT young adults in the U.S., more than 800,000 smoke occasionally.

2016-05-03
fda.gov

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