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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 17 February 2015

In a press release issued last week by Washington governor Jay Inslee, the state's Secretary of Health (Dr. John Wiesman) is quoted as stating that active smoking is no more hazardous than vaping. [...] There is no such evidence, and even the tobacco companies do not claim that their cigarettes are just as safe as e-cigarettes.


The City of Rochester has joined a growing list of Oakland County communities with a ban on the sales of e-cigarettes to minors. The controversial alternative to cigarette smoking has been the subject of recent legislation other areas, including neighboring Rochester Hills, which passed such an ordinance last fall.


Scientists need Health Canada’s green light for studies because nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are currently outlawed. But the department is treating the products like an experimental drug, [...] even though millions of Canadians consume nicotine legally from an unquestionably more harmful source: tobacco itself.


The study led by American Cancer Society researchers concludes the current estimate of deaths caused by cigarette smoking each year, about half a million, may be too low. Researchers uncovered 14 causes of death associated with tobacco smoking not previously attributed to smoking, and possibly an extra 60,000 deaths annually.


Removing branding from cigarette packets will succeed in deterring smokers, according to research published in a scientific journal that contradicts claims by the tobacco industry that the policy is ineffective. The report comes as MPs prepare for a vote in March on switching to plain packaging in England, which could make the country only the second in the world after Australia to introduce the measure.


Texas is one of nine states to permit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but on Wednesday lawmakers appeared keen to change that this session. A recent survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that e-cigarettes use is “high” among teens. The “past-month use by eighth graders is 8.7 percent, for 10th graders is 16.2 percent, and for 12th graders is 17.1 percent,” the study said.


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