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Daily Digest - Thursday, 17 March 2016

Ten more myths about smoking that will not die

Today’s smokers are all hard core, addicted smokers who can’t or won’t give up This claim is the essence of what is known as the “hardening hypothesis”: the idea that decades of effort to motivate smokers to quit has seen all the low-hanging fruit fall from the tree, leaving only deeply addicted, heavy smokers today. The key index of addicted smoking is the number of cigarettes smoked per day. [...]


Malaysian Authorities Have Been Raiding Vape Shops

In Malaysia, there’s currently a lot of drama swirling around a fast-growing craze. Health officials are busting down the doors of shops and raiding shelves. Dealers are hawking goods out of the trunks of cars in parking lots. Religious bodies are declaring a moral scourge. What is this plight that has descended on the southeast Asian nation? Vaping.


Study finds racial differences in smoking patterns, screening

New research from the Yale School of Public Health reveals that differences in smoking habits between African Americans and whites may lead to a disparity in screening for lung cancer. For the study, Theodore Holford, the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health (biostatistics), and colleagues used data from the National Health Interview Surveys, conducted from 1965 to 2012, [...]


Welsh move to curb ecigarettes defeated

A move to ban the use of ecigarettes in public places in Wales has been defeated, amid criticism of the proposal from cancer charities which argued that the devices help smokers give up. A bill outlawing ecigarettes on public transport, in lorries, taxis and in cafés, sports grounds and pubs where food is served was defeated in the Senedd by a single vote [...]


Sweanor: Ontario's vaping policy: Did smoke get in their eyes?

Recently, the Ontario government announced its intention to treat vaping the same as cigarette-smoking. If this strikes you as being as dumb as treating clean needles like dirty ones, or safe sex the same as the unprotected variety, you have grasped the problem with the plan. Well, actually, its dumber. What they are doing will protect well-established and well-heeled cigarette companies, [...]


Youth in well-off nations smoke & drink less than in 2010

The number of teenagers trying alcohol or cigarettes before they turn 14 has dropped, especially among girls, according to a World Health Organization study of 42 well-off nations. From 2010 to 2014, the percentage of 15-year-old boys in Europe, Canada and Israel who said they'd smoked their first cigarette at 13 fell from 26 to 22 among boys -- but plunged from 22 to 13 for girls.


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