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Daily Digest - Monday, 18 September 2017

Harry's Blog 32: Solid foundation, or castle made of sand?

No guesses as to the big story of the moment – the announcement that PMI are funding a Foundation for a Smoke-Free World to the tune of $80 million annually over the next twelve years. The interim president is Dr Derek Yach, former WHO director for noncommunicable diseases and mental health where he led the development of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Eyebrows have shot skywards at this appointment leading to inevitable claims that Dr Yach has been won over to the Dark Side. [...]

Philip Morris CEO calls Canada’s response to vaping, e-cigarettes ‘puzzling’

The CEO of one of the world’s largest tobacco companies says he’s puzzled by the Canadian government’s refusal to implement a separate set of regulations around products that contain tobacco but don’t burn it. [...] André Calantzopoulos said Philip Morris International hopes to achieve a smoke-free future by pushing its newer vaping and e-cigarette products on the international market.


Are e-cigarettes safer than regular smokes? Here’s what UNC researchers say.

Electronic cigarettes are often presented as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, and as a means to help smokers who want to quit altogether. A new, preliminary study from the UNC School of Medicine found no evidence of either benefit. UNC researchers and colleagues from other schools looked at data gathered from two studies of patients with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, [...]


Self-regulation key to success of vaping industry in PH

Self-regulation, adherence to high manufacturing standards and quality of imported products are key factors in the success of the e-cigarette industry in the Philippines, representatives of the Philippine vaping community told their counterparts in India. Edward Gatchalian, president of Philippine E-liquids Manufacturers Association (Pema) shared their Philippine experience [...]


Scientists on why banning e-cigarettes in India is an epic mistake

Last year two scientists, [...] wrote a letter to [...] J.P. Nadda, urging him to consider policies that facilitate smoking cessation by providing smokers with safe and regulated tobacco alternatives. Dr. Siddiqi and Prof. Sharan are speaking up again. They have written yet another letter addressed to the Union Minister, urging him to avert a public health disaster by regulating electronic cigarettes rather than ban them.


Smoking still big business as Imperial targets China

Tobacco is still big business and the company we are looking at today is one of the top four companies in the world peddling the 'demon weed'. However it has recently decided to drop the word 'tobacco' from its name. It is now a sanitised Imperial Brands and the number four in its industry after British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco and Philip Morris International.


Smoking cessation counseling successfully integrates into screening program

A majority of heavy smokers enrolled in University of Arkansas’s lung cancer screening program quit or decreased their tobacco use while undergoing tobacco cessation counseling, according to study results presented [...] These results suggest that the integration of counseling into a screening program may be beneficial, according to the researchers.


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