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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 22 November 2016

E-cigarette vaping credited by some for sharp drop in smoking [...]

For years now, provincial governments, public-health officials and anti-smoking groups have lobbied hard against electronic cigarettes, arguing they risk fueling a disastrous come-back in tobacco use. But the latest statistics show a sharp drop in the percentage of Canadians who smoke, and some experts argue the most plausible explanation lies in the popularity of e-cigarette “vaping” – despite constant official discouragement of it.


New Study on E-Cigarettes and Bronchitis: An Example of Scientific Dishonesty and Deception

A new study published online [...] conclude that youth use of electronic cigarettes contributes to "the burden of chronic respiratory symptoms in youth." Specifically, the research concludes that there appears to be a causal relationship between e-cigarette use and "chronic bronchitic symptoms (chronic cough, phlegm or bronchitis)" among youth.


Early childhood household smoke exposure predicts later delinquency [...]

Results of a new study led by Professor Linda Pagani of the University of Montreal's School of Psycho-Education show that the more children are exposed to household tobacco smoke in early childhood, the greater their risk of adopting antisocial behavior toward others, engaging in proactive and reactive aggression, having conduct problems at school, and dropping out at age 12.


Smoke’s negative effects should guide marijuana and tobacco policy

Canada is in the process of introducing increasingly stringent measures to discourage use of tobacco, while simultaneously moving forward with a plan that [...] tacitly legitimizes the recreational use of marijuana through its legalization. These two very different approaches to smokable leaf products fail to give due attention to a crucial similarity between smoking tobacco and smoking marijuana: the smoke.


Flavors influence appeal and use of most tobacco products, especially for youth

Tobacco products like cigarettes and e-cigarettes are more appealing and are considered less harmful, especially to younger people, when they come in flavors like cherry, coffee or candy floss, researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger comprehensive Cancer Center found in a comprehensive research review.


California marijuana industry is a '$25 billion opportunity'

Marijuana is already as big a business as coffee and Indian gaming, with analysts estimating $30 billion in annual consumer spending. The trouble is, only one in every five of those dollars are currently spent on legal products. The rest, some $24 billion annually, ends up in black-market pockets, according to a 2016 cannabis report from the Cowen Group, a New York-based market research firm.


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