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Daily Digest - Friday, 9 December 2016

Big Tobacco Is Giving Away Money: Researchers Should Take It

The shadow of past deceptions looms large over the funding landscape. The journal Tobacco Control, said in 2012, that it refuses to publish studies funded by tobacco companies because “when peer-reviewed health journals publish industry-funded work, they are putting their journals in service to tobacco industry public relations goals.”


Vaping products under new classification in Belgium

A few months after being suspended, a Royal Decree published on 28th October 2016 has finally transposed the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) – but with a very important change in the classification of vaping products in Belgium. From 17th January 2017, when the law comes into force, e-cigarettes and e-liquids containing nicotine will be considered consumer products, [...]


E-cigarettes help smokers quit, so why crack down on them?

Smoking contributes to the deaths of nearly a half-million Americans annually, yet 17% of adults persist in puffing away. Faced with similar problems, medical practitioners in England recently took the unique step of urging traditional smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the negative effects of tar and carcinogens. [...]


Report draws mixed reactions

Anti-tobacco advocates [...] touted Dr. Vivek Murthy’s report as a catalyst for raising public awareness of the potential harm caused by e-cigs and vaporizers. Meanwhile, anti-smoking advocates said the report is too dismissive of the pivotal role that reduced-risk tobacco and nicotine products can play in decreasing the number of youth and adult traditional cigarette users.


Surgeon general sounds the alarm on teens and e-cigarettes

"These products are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing conventional tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and hookahs," wrote Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, [...] "Compared with older adults, the brain of youth and young adults is more vulnerable to the negative consequences of nicotine exposure," noted Murthy.


BAT's vaping robots find e-cigarettes don't deliver as much nicotine as traditional smokes

Vaping robots are testing British American Tobacco’s electronic cigarettes to find out how nicotine and vapour delivery to lung cells compare to traditional cigarettes. Dr James Murphy, head of risk substantiation at BAT, said the company had to be sure that other tests weren’t just saying e-cigarette vapour had a reduced impact because it was lost in the air.


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