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Daily Digest - Thursday, 25 August 2016

Smokers with newly discovered genetic markers have higher lung cancer risk

University of Hawai'i Cancer Center researchers have discovered new genetic markers associated with a fast rate of nicotine metabolism, which potentially leads smokers to smoke more, thereby increasing their risk for lung cancer. Dr. Loïc Le Marchand [...] and his colleagues identified differences in the CYP2A6 gene that are associated with a high rate of nicotine metabolism.


How unsubstantiated fears over aspartame and e-cigarettes [...]

Although the use of products like e-cigarettes has rapidly increased, many people still believe — as with aspartame — that they are as harmful, or more harmful, than the tobacco products they are designed to replace. This tendency to highlight unfounded concerns about safer alternatives to unhealthy products plays right into the hands of Big Tobacco and Big Food [...]


Electronic cigarettes proving a sellout hit in Japanese market

Electronic cigarettes, which do not require a flame but heat tobacco leaves to create a vapor that is inhaled, are so popular in Japan these days that demand cannot keep up with supply. However, attention must be paid to the negative health effects of e-cigarettes, as users still inhale nicotine — just as with regular cigarettes. [...]


What Will Become of Dallas' Many Vape Shops After Regulations Favoring Tobacco?

[...] new regulations have put a hold on new products by labeling e-cigarettes [...] and their components as tobacco products and requiring mom-and-pop vape shops all over DFW to register as tobacco product manufacturers. Vape shops can no longer offer free samples, assist in troubleshooting devices (including proper battery installation) or speak to any possible health benefits of vaping over smoking, [...]


The FBI Is Questioning Indiana's Sketchy New Vaping Law

The FBI seems to share an opinion with many vapers in Indiana that the state’s new vaping laws look a little fishy. The agency has been interviewing lawmakers and business owners in Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star, trying to get answers on a bizarre, strict law that is shuttering vape businesses in the state and giving a special power to one local business.


Smoking ban for public housing sparks backlash

Homeless advocates and public health officials are squaring off over a controversial Obama administration proposal [...] The smoking ban has drawn praise from health officials who say it would spare non-smokers from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke. But homeless advocates are enraged by the proposal, which they fear could force low-income residents who can’t kick the habit out of their homes.


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