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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 18 March 2015


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  1. Impact of Flavor Descriptors on Youth Interest in Electronic Cigarettes - 2  – read more…
  2. CBI: Plain cigarette packaging vote is bad for the UK – read more…
  3. Tobacco industry whistleblower calls for ban of e-cigarettes – read more…

After many years of speculation, it has finally been established that hydrazine is not a prevalent contaminant in contemporary smokeless tobacco products (STPs). Scientists [...], undertook a comprehensive survey of toxicants in STPs. They developed and carefully validated a highly sensitive method for determining levels of hydrazine in STPs2.


The Springfield Housing Authority announced Tuesday that it is banning the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere on housing authority property. The move by the housing authority's Board of Commissioners immediately bans the use of any electronic tobacco products in any apartment, common area or outside property controlled by the agency. 


AUSTIN — The Austin City Council on Monday officially banned e-cigarettes in any place where smoking is banned. The regulation also applies to hookahs and other devices for smoking. [...] The city was hoping the state would act with a statewide regulation "but the state kind of dropped the ball on this," Mayor Tom Stiehm said.


Belfast is set to get its first 'vape cafe' next month as the popularity of electronic cigarettes continues to grow. The new cafe E-Cigarette Club on Royal Avenue will offer customers the choice of 140 flavours, or "juices," to smoke - as well as serving the usual tea and coffee. E-cigarette stores have become popular around the UK and Northern Ireland, [...]


“E-cigarettes are not regulated at all by anyone” said Cheryl Sbarra, senior staff attorney at the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards. “In Massachusetts, there is no state law that regulates e-cigarettes — not sales to minors or what’s in them or consumer protection standards. That brings up serious concerns. How are they made? What’s in them? [...]


A state level sensitisation workshop for members of district level task force for tobacco/nicotine control was held on Monday in the State Institute of Health & Family Welfare Mohali [...] there are many poisonous chemicals in tobacco due to which on an average about 2,200 people was dying every day in India.


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