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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 23 July 2015

BRIGHTON, a popular tourist resort on the south coast of England, is taking the first step towards making its beaches and other public spaces non-smoking. Councillors voted yesterday to consult the people of the town the proposal. [...] Even some of those who can see the benefits of banning smoking in indoor workplaces think that stubbing out the pursuit in the open air is bizarre.

2015-07-23
economist.com

[...] the TGA apparently has no problem allowing Chantix to stay on the market. Moreover, the Administration has not even required that a black box warning be placed on the drug's packaging. At the same time, the TGA has banned electronic cigarettes, another effective smoking cessation tool, despite the absence of any evidence that it causes substantial adverse side effects.

2015-07-23
tobaccoanalysis.
blogspot.com

This report contains results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). 6,173 pupils in 210 schools completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2014. The survey report presents information on the percentage of pupils who have ever smoked, tried alcohol or taken drugs.

2015-07-23
hscic.gov.uk

When the public smoking ban came into effect in 2007, it was decided that prison cells should be left untouched. Inmates have since been permitted to light up pretty much whenever they want – no matter who else is in the room. [...] the Government is finally responding to these concerns – and in the next few months, ministers are keen to introduce blanket bans in prisons across England and Wales.

2015-07-23
independent.co.uk

In a separate two-year study, [...] reducing the level of nicotine in cigarettes was not shown to help people quit the habit. "We don't know that very low nicotine cigarettes will not work to reduce nicotine dependence and enhance quitting, but progressively reducing nicotine content of cigarettes in the way we did, without other means of supporting smokers, did not produce the desired results," said Dr. Neal Benowitz, [...]

2015-07-23
upi.com

A new study warned that because e-liquids contain the most addictive form of nicotine and many bottles of the liquid are mislabeled as to their level of the drug, they are causing major problems. It comes as a separate study found that gradually decreasing the amount of nicotine in cigarettes did not help smokers to quit, finding that only one person did so over the course of a year.

2015-07-23
dailymail.co.uk

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