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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 10 March 2015

The Food and Drug Administration is keeping a bold-letter warning on Pfizer's anti-smoking drug Chantix about suicidal behavior and other psychiatric side effects, after reviewing company findings suggesting the drug does not increase those problems. The twice-a-day tablet has carried the FDA's strongest warning label since 2009, [...]

2015-03-10
nytimes.com

A ban on nicotine in e-cigarette products is under fire from a visiting health professional who says it is naïve and doing more harm than good. University of Queensland professor Wayne Hall [...] said the law created an "absurd situation" where people were resorting to the black market to buy products that contained a less harmful form of nicotine than normal tobacco cigarettes.

2015-03-10
stuff.co.nz

Happily, four out of five Irish people do not smoke. And of those who do, a strong proportion would like to quit but find addiction to nicotine is not easy to break. Unhappily, smoking is still too prevalent among our young people and among the less well-off. That of itself totally justifies Government moves to use every available device within its powers to help people fight the habit [...]

2015-03-10
independent.ie

Businesses would have to get a license to sell electronic cigarettes and new labeling requirements would be imposed on the nicotine liquid vaporized in the devices under a bill that easily passed the House on Monday. Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield, said the change puts e-cigarettes under a similar enforcement regime as tobacco, which puts more teeth in the enforcement.

2015-03-10
sltrib.com

Claims that the tobacco industry will be able to sue the Government over standardised cigarette packaging are "ludicrous and unjustified", according to an anti-smoking charity. Professor Alberto Alemanno [...] said there was such strong evidence to support the new law that any challenge from the tobacco industry would be unlikely to succeed.

2015-03-10
cancerresearchuk.org

Over the last 60 years, cigarette companies have been forced to stop making health claims and add health warnings. Stop radio and TV commercials, celebrity endorsements, event sponsorships, movie product placements. Stop using billboards, cute cartoon mascots, and reassuring words like light and mild.

2015-03-09
philly.com

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