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Daily Digest - Friday, 1 April 2015


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The big smoke

BRITAIN’S “vape” market is puffing along nicely these days. In 2012 there were 340 tobacconists—a category that includes vape stores—in England, Scotland and Wales. There are now 1,552. Vapers, who smoke electronic cigarettes that may contain nicotine but never tobacco, can pick up supplies in locations from shabby streetside vendors to slick dispensaries with assistants in lab coats.


Vermont House OKs 92 percent tax on e-cigarettes

Passions ran high on the House floor Wednesday afternoon over a bill to impose a 92 percent state tax on electronic cigarettes and vapor products. The fast-growing, mostly unregulated market has attracted many young Vermonters .Supporters said the steep levy would put e-cigarettes at parity with state tobacco taxes.


E-Cigs More Costly Than Tobacco Cigarettes

Controversies surrounding the use of e-cigarettes have generally focused on safety and the devices' ability to facilitate smoking cessation.


Ban on legal highs delayed over concerns law is not enforceable

The government’s blanket ban on legal highs that was due to come into effect on 6 April has been postponed for at least a month, the Home Office has said. The Psychoactive Substances Act, which has reached the statute book, has been delayed following claims that its current definition of a psychoactive substance is not enforceable by the police.


Why e-cigarettes may not help quit smoking

While the researchers found a significant jump in the popularity of the words "vape" and "vaping,", they noticed a decline in searches related to vaping health and smoking cessation. Less than one percent of millions of Google e-cigarette searches in 2013 and 2014 focused on quitting smoking, the study said. [...] "They are more commonly searching for terms like 'buy,' shop,' or 'sale'," Williams noted.


Are e-cigarettes safer?

Local researchers are trying to find out.


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