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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 14 January 2015


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Numerous health and anti-smoking groups continue to recommend the use of a smoking cessation drug, despite the fact that this drug has been linked with hundreds of sudden deaths. The drug is Chantix, and the sudden deaths were suicides. Imagine that there were reports linking the use of electronic cigarettes to hundreds of sudden deaths. Unquestionably, health and anti-smoking groups would be calling for the removal of e-cigarettes from the market.


In a new study in 43 countries, kids who attended schools with strongly enforced tobacco-free policies were significantly less likely to smoke. Although smoke-free-school policies were strongly linked to smoking numbers, in-class anti-smoking lessons were not, which doesn’t surprise tobacco-control experts. “Education programs alone do not work to decrease adolescent tobacco use,” said Pamela DiNapoli, associate professor [...]


As part of the rule-making process, Federal government agencies are required to conduct an economic impact analysis of ‘significant’ proposed and final rules (ie, those with an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more), assessing all costs and benefits associated with a given regulation. Pursuant to this Executive Order, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is required to prepare an economic impact analysis of proposed and final rules [...]


Smoking restrictions on Ocean City's beach and boardwalk will take effect May 1, and will include electronic cigarettes, according to the latest round of policy deliberations by resort officials. "We recognized from the very beginning that this is a value-based policy discussion, where Ocean City is not going to please everybody, no matter what we do. But we need to do what is best for Ocean City as a whole," said City Manager David Recor [...]


THE City of Cape Town says it will escalate its efforts this year for legislative clarity on the wide range of alternative smoking devices and habits that have become commonplace in South Africa, including the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). City Health recently solicited legal opinion from the Department of Health about the use of e-cigarettes. Cape Town says this continues to be a grey area, not only in South Africa but around the globe.


The boutique is said to be only the second of its kind and has been launched by VIP Electronic Cigarettes, following a successful debut in Westfield Stratford in autumn 2014. Designed to allow shoppers to blend their own e-liquid flavour with an on-hand expert mixologist, the luxury VIP lounge enables current smokers and e-cigarette users to try the latest technology in ‘vaping’ – an alternative to smoking.


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