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Daily Digest - Friday, 30 June 2017
Global Forum on Nicotine conference: #GFN17 Videos are now on-line and can be viewed here

Eyewitness – GFN 2017

We asked six people for their impressions of the conference: the aim of this piece is to give a flavour of the event. [...] First, the science programme was a significant upgrade on previous years (I think Linda Bauld might have been behind that) and it was great to hear from the top American experts in the field, like Eric Donny and Neal Benowitz, and to have some dissonant views in the room. [...]


Tobacco giant Philip Morris is paying people £50 if they persuade a smoker to quit

Philip Morris International, the world’s second largest tobacco company, has said it wants people to quit the habit. [...] The company is so committed to a smoke-free world that it is even paid brand ambassadors, which it calls “freelancers”, to persuade people to quit. They get £50 per “conversion”, ie successfully changing people from being a smoker to a non-smoker.


Massive Vaping Tax Is Crushing People’s ‘Businesses And Livelihoods’

A massive tax on electronic cigarettes is upending the vaping industry in Pennsylvania and is blamed for putting nearly 100 stores out of business since implementation. Lawmakers in the state passed a 40 percent tax on vaping products last summer that went into effect in October, nearly doubling the price of e-cigarettes in Pennsylvania overnight. [...]


British “light touch” TPD starts to evaporate despite MPs’ support for vaping

Across the Atlantic, US town councils continue to crack down on vapers under the guise of anti-smoking regulation. At least two more bans were introduced this week, one restricting vape purchases to over-21s [...] The European Union’s assault on e-cigarettes, enacted by Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive, has been widely slammed as an unscientific and potentially dangerous law.


How High Are Vapor Excise Taxes in Your State?

Vapor products, also known as electronic cigarettes, have become commonly displayed at gas stations, convenience stores, and stand-alone vapor stores since entering in the market in 2007. While there is currently no federal excise tax on vapor products, some states and localities have proposed and enacted taxes on vapor products. Localities in Alaska, Illinois, and Maryland levy their own excise taxes while the state does not.


Claims of vaping as safer alternative go up in smoke

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics states that usage of e-cigarettes leads to greater risk of a person taking to smoking. A metanalysis and systematic review of nine studies comprising 17, 389 adolescents and young adults in the age group of 14-30 threw up this stark message. A ‘whopping’ 30.4 per cent of those who used e-cigarettes were likely to take up cigarette smoking.


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