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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Wed, 3 June 2015


Reliving History: How the Tobacco Wars Became the Vapor Wars

Scott Balin, 3 June 2015

Many in the e-vaping space may be wondering why they being viewed and treated like 'Big Tobacco' and why many in the tobacco control community find it so convenient to question their products and their motivations at every turn, painting them all with the same broad brush strokes. There are many reasons - some of which may be valid and many others which are not. What follows is a brief historical perspective of the ‘tobacco wars’ and provides some insights as to why many are still fighting those wars even though these are very different times. [...]

VITALITY Institute head Derek Yach on Tuesday urged doctors to promote electronic (e)-cigarettes to their smoking patients, saying they offered a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products. Tobacco products kill six million people a year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).


As cigarette use declines, youth e-cigarette use has tripled in just one year, surpassing the use of traditional cigarettes among middle and high school students, [...]


Studies suggest that smoking with waterpipes, also referred to as shisha and hookah, may be associated with even greater toxin exposure because sessions are longer and involve more and larger "puffs," leading to smoke inhalation as much as 100 times higher than that associated with cigarette smoking.


David Sweanor E Cigarette Summit 2014 Evidence and harm reduction


The state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would ban electronic cigarettes from restaurants, theaters and other public places in California where smoking is prohibited to address health concerns. Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said his bill would treat e-cigarettes, [...] as tobacco products because they often use nicotine and are popular with teenagers.


The e-cigarette was first described in the patent attributed to Herbert Gilbert in 1963 [...]


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