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Daily Digest - Friday, 29 April 2016


The Pleasure of E-cigarettes - Neil McKeganey, Christopher Russell 

The publication by the Royal College of Physicians of a report “Nicotine without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction” approbating the use of e-cigarettes as a route out of smoking conventional cigarettes affirms a finding that has been highlighted by researchers for a number of years now. This report is welcome nevertheless as an objective contribution to a debate that has become increasingly personalised and divisive with tobacco control advocates repeatedly advising that e-cigarettes should be regulated as least as tightly as conventional cigarettes. [Read more...]

Doctors warn of big tobacco firms entering e-cigarette market

The Department of Health says new controls on e-cigarettes to be introduced next month could make consumers turn to potentially dangerous black market products. Its impact assessment (pdf) on EU rules to be enshrined in UK law also acknowledges that higher costs for e-cigarette manufactures could lead to price increases and reduction of choice for consumers, [...]


Tobacco Makers Just Won a Major E-Cigarette Victory, [...]

A U.S. House of Representatives committee recently approved an amendment to an agricultural funding bill making it easier for e-cigarettes to win regulatory clearance than current proposals from the Food and Drug Administration would allow. The FDA previously proposed that all tobacco products introduced after Feb. 15, 2007, [...] would need to adhere to new regulatory standards [...]


Japan Tobacco International launches first tank e-cigarette across the UK

Big-four cigarette maker Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has launched its first tank e-cigarette nationwide. JTI's New Logic PRO tank e-cigarettes have been available at Sainsbury's stores since January, but were launched nationwide this month and will be boosted with a TV and outdoor media campaign from 1 May.


E-Cigarettes Benefit Public Health [...]

The group’s recommendations apply to the British public, not those in the U.S., but in the past, public health officials and physician groups in the U.S. have frequently followed suit in issuing similar public health recommendations to those issued by the Royal College of Physicians. Scientists researching tobacco, nicotine, smoking and vaping have debated, often vehemently, over the relative risks [...]


E-cigarette study doesn't convince Nova Scotia's top doctor

Nova Scotia's top doctor, Robert Strang, agreed with that finding — to a point. "If you're smoking something, is it safer to use an e-cigarette than a regular cigarette?" he asked. "I think for any individual, the answer would be, everything we know is much likely to be safer, but that doesn't mean that it may not come with some risks."


Dutch lawyer starts criminal case against tobacco firms

A Dutch lawyer and lung cancer patient are planning to take tobacco companies to court for for producing cigarettes designed to turn people into addicts as quickly as possible. Lawyer Benedicte Ficq and cancer victim Anne Marie van Veen are putting together a criminal case against cigarette producers, arguing that out of court settlements do not go far enough.


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