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Daily Digest - Friday, 10 March 2017

When Public Health and Big Tobacco Align

Nobody trusts the tobacco industry, and it's easy to understand why. For decades, industry executives knew that smoking caused cancer and heart disease yet publicly denied the dangers of cigarettes. It relentlessly attacked its critics. Documents that emerged in the 1990s showed that the industry targeted teenagers, knowing that the earlier someone became addicted to cigarettes, the more likely they would be lifelong smokers.


Raising minimum legal age for smoking: Making it harder for youth to light up

The minimum legal age for smoking will be raised from 18 to 21, to make it harder for young people to get hold of cigarettes at a time when they are more vulnerable to peer pressure and the addictive effects of nicotine. The Health Ministry outlined several reasons for taking this step, including the fact that regular tobacco use is usually established between 18 and 21 years of age.


COBE Connect: Uncovering the Science Behind E-Cigarettes

Tory Spindle is a doctoral candidate in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Health Psychology doctoral program [...] Tory's primary area of research is focused on understanding the acute effects of e-cigs by using clinical laboratory methods.


Citric acid has the potential to produce respiratory sensitisers in e-cigarette vapor

The use of citric acid in e-liquids needs to be investigated to further understand its potential to form potentially harmful anhydrides in the vapour. 'Citric acid in an e-liquid may lead to significant amounts of citraconic and/or itaconic anhydride in vapour, depending on the device,' says Dr Sandra Costigan, Principal Toxicologist Vaping Products.


New tobacco laws go ahead – including a ban on menthol cigarettes

New tobacco laws will come into force this year – starting with the banning of smaller packets of menthol cigarettes. By May 21 this year, smokers will no longer be able to buy packets of 10 menthol flavoured cigarettes. The ban on the smaller packets is part of a process that will eventually see a complete ban on the nicotine product – which comes into effect in 2020.


MN Considers Freezing Cigarette Taxes, Changing e-cigarette Tax

A Minnesota Senate committee debates two bills related to cigarette taxes. Anti-smoking groups oppose them saying it will lead to increased teen smoking.


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