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Nicotine Science and Policy
Daily Digest - Wednesday, 30 March 2016

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Professional disruption in health regulation: electronic cigarettes in the European Union

Medical and public health professionals that control tobacco issues were challenged by a coalition of e-cigarette industry representatives, e-cigarette users, and liberal politicians. The challengers drew on the contending norm of harm reduction in tobacco control, which successfully challenged the centrality of the abstinence norm in the institutional arrangements of the medical [...]

Weight Gain Associated With Smoking Cessation [...]

The study, led by Dr. Anne Thorndike, found that adding weight after quitting smoking does not increase the risk of weight-related health problems that cancel out the benefits gained from quitting smoking. However, the study authors said they can’t rule out future health risks associated with continued weight gain.

2016-03-30
medicaldaily.com

Landmark, AG-requested regulations for e-cigarettes, [...]

The Washington State Senate today approved a bill to reduce youth access to vapor products, in a 37-6 vote. [...] The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. The revised bill, Senate Bill 6328, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Dammeier (R-Puyallup), establishes a strong set of statewide rules for the sale of e-cigarettes and vapor products similar to Washington’s youth access laws for tobacco.

2016-03-30
atg.wa.gov

High Taxes Developing Underground Tobacco Market

The Taxpayers’ Union is saddened but not surprised that New Zealanders are turning to the underground and unregulated homegrown tobacco market in response to the Government’s continued hikes in taxes on smokers. [...] Executive Director of theTaxpayers’ Union, Jordan Williams, says: “In Australia high tobacco taxes have led to an underground trade being run by organised crime. [...]

2016-03-30
scoop.co.nz

CVS Health Tells Public that Smoking is No More Dangerous than Vaping

[...] CVS Health has disseminated false information to the public. It is not true that vaping is just as hazardous as smoking. There is abundant scientific evidence that vaping is in fact much, much safer than smoking. Even scientists who are decidedly opponents of vaping acknowledge that fact. Professor Stan Glantz [...] has stated unequivocally that electronic cigarettes are much safer than real cigarettes.

2016-03-30
tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com

E-cigarette body tells Hong Kong officials to regulate industry [...]

A group promoting the use of e-cigarettes urged for regulation of the product rather than a total ban, claiming the latter could create a more active black market and easier importation. The Asian Vape Association made its plea after the government announced plans to prohibit the import and sale of e-cigarettes in May last year [...]

2016-03-30
scmp.com

Where there's smoke, there's cancer

Where there's smoke, there's cancer, even if it isn't inhaled. That's the position of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is preparing to crack down on cigars because of their health risks, even as a new law makes it easier for Americans to obtain Cuban cigars. The restrictions on Cuban cigars, considered among the world's finest, comes courtesy of America’s warming diplomatic relations [...]

2016-03-29
deseretnews.com

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