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Daily Digest - Thursday, 14 July 2016

Smokers stub out traditional cigarettes in favour of ‘vaping’

South Africans are vaping up a storm. E-cigarette franchises, between 60 and 70 in the country, are reporting exponential growth in the local market as traditional cigarette smokers use the devices to quit tobacco based cigarettes. One of the biggest local brands, Twisp, reports that it grew 4,000% between 2012 and 2016.


Smoking may soon be banned at Canberra's playgrounds

Smoking bans could be extended to children's playgrounds and play spaces in the ACT under a proposal out for community feedback. The ACT government on Wednesday published a discussion paper seeking public feedback on restricting smoking in public playgrounds and play spaces frequently used by families. There are currently no restrictions around smoking at outdoor public playgrounds in the ACT.


Study: Second-Hand Smoke Drifts into Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing

People living in apartments or condos who have established smoke-free homes are still being exposed to the dangers of second-hand smoke, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study looked at tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure for people living in apartment or condos.


Study links e-cigarette use to smoking cessation by reducing exposure to harmful chemicals

New clinical study has shown that e-cigarettes may lead to significant reductions in exposure to harmful chemicals found in tobacco-cigarettes. This in turn helps in cutting the risks of tobacco-related illnesses that are thought to be caused by smoking real cigarettes. Smokers, who shift to smoking only e-cigarette, may find the effects quite similar to complete smoking cessation.


Vaping lights up profits

E-cigarette retailers are reporting remarkable growth as smokers use the devices to quit tobacco. One of the biggest brands, Twisp, reports that sales grew 4000% between 2012 and 2016. The Electronic Cigarettes Association of SA says its member organisations do not sell e-cigarettes to teenagers, do not sell e-cigarettes with dangerous chemicals in them and provide warning labels on liquids for children.


Study finds differing treatment options for women smokers

A new study led by Assistant Medical Professor Philip Smith of The City College of New York's Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine, and conducted in collaboration with researchers at Yale University and Yeshiva University, found important differences between women and men in their ability to quit smoking when taking medications commonly prescribed to help smokers quit.


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