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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 13 January 2015

While the vast majority of American teens say heavy daily smoking is a major health hazard, many others mistakenly believe that "light"—or occasional—smoking isn't harmful. "All smoking counts," said study lead author Stephen Amrock, [...] "Social smoking has a price and even the occasional cigarette truly is bad for you. Light and intermittent smokers face tremendous future health risks."

2015-01-13
medicalxpress.com

Now the team has designed a more effective nicotine vaccine and proven that the structures of molecules used in vaccines is critical. The study was published recently in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. “This study provides new hope that one could make a nicotine vaccine that succeeds in clinical trials,” said Kim Janda, the Ely R. Callaway Jr. Professor of Chemistry and member of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at TSRI.

2015-01-13
healthcanal.com

[...] Shy Sadis, 41, took a drag on a slim vapor pen that looked like a jet black Marlboro. The tip glowed red as he inhaled. But the pen contained no nicotine. Instead, it held 250 milligrams of cannabis oil loaded with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. “Nobody noticed,” said Mr. Sadis, who owns several marijuana dispensaries in Washington State. “You pull it out of your pocket, take a hit like a cigarette, put it back, and you’re done. [...]

2015-01-13
nytimes.com

On Ryanair’s own website it states: “Ryanair do not permit the use of electronic cigarettes on board any of its flights, however smokeless cigarettes can be purchased and used on board.” Smokeless cigarettes suggest chewing tobacco but the blog Travel-With-A-Mate noted “The one strange airline to stand out from the crowd is Ryanair … (Smokeless cigarettes) are not e-cigarettes, just simply low nicotine cigarette substitutes that do not need to be lit. 

2015-01-13
travelpulse.com

The shameful abdication of their ethical responsibilities by our nation’s public health authorities, from the CDC on down, has gone on far too long: willfully blind to the plain facts, often obtained by their own statisticians, they continue to lie to America’s 43 million smokers about e-cigarettes. The disinformation campaign pervades the official advisories emanating from our Federal agencies, “public health” nonprofits, [...]

2015-01-13
thehill.com

Stillman College announced this week they are now a smoke-free campus, prohibiting tobacco products and electric cigarettes in a policy that mirrors bans at Auburn University and the University of Alabama. "We have a responsibility to our students and employees to provide a safe and healthful environment," Vice President for Student Affairs Sharon Whittaker Davis said in a release.

2015-01-12
al.com

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