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Daily Digest - Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Smoke and mirrors – seeing through the clouded tobacco debate

Legally controlling where you can buy cigarettes, who can buy them, what they cost, slapping dire health warnings on their packaging and disclosing their toxic constituents all have little or no impact on nicotine addicts, especially adults – according to two global experts. Legal enforcement can help slowly change a country’s smoking culture, turn down the tap of debut smokers who become addicted [...]


What science says about e-cigarettes

Battery-powered e-cigarettes have become wildly popular over the last decade, especially among teenagers and young adults. At least some of this popularity stems from their marketing as safe alternatives to conventional, combustible cigarettes, as well as their many, often fruity flavors. But how much do we understand about the safety of e-cigarettes, or the more than 7,000 e-liquids on the market?


E-cigarettes likely to face ban as govt issues notification

Campaigns warning people of the health hazards of smoking seldom address the dangers posed by e-cigarettes, which are equally harmful. However, the Karnataka government, acting on the advice of the high power committee on tobacco control, is set to implement a ban on the product. Two states and a Union territory [...] have already banned the production and sale of e-cigarettes, [...]


Is nicotine really as safe as e-cigarette supporters make out?

A core platform of the massive promotion of e-cigarettes has been the argument that because these products involve no combustion but only vapourisation, they must be substantially less dangerous than smoked tobacco. Few – including me – would disagree with that. There’s no carbon monoxide with vaping and none of the deadly pyrolysis products [...]


New Pediatrics Study Provides Absolutely No Evidence [...]

This study is virtually meaningless in terms of its evaluation of the “gateway” hypothesis. Baseline e-cigarette use was defined as ever having taken even one puff of an e-cigarette. And smoking initiation was similarly defined as ever having taken even one puff of a cigarette. So the study did not document that even one subject in the study was ever a regular vaper.


Vaping teens more apt to move on to regular cigarettes: U.S. study

Older teens who try electronic cigarettes have six times the odds of trying regular cigarettes within two years than those who never puffed on the devices, a study published on Monday found. "We're concerned that kids who experiment with e-cigarettes may be moving on to other types of tobacco products, like combustible cigarettes, which are arguably a lot more dangerous," said [...] Jessica Barrington-Trimis, [...]


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