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Daily Digest -  Thursday, 15 December 2016

FDA takes action on applications seeking to market modified risk tobacco products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today took action on the first applications reviewed through the modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) pathway for eight Swedish Match North America Inc. snus smokeless tobacco products sold under the General brand name. The agency denied the company’s request to remove a currently required warning stating that the products can cause gum disease and tooth loss.


Japan Looms As The New Battleground For Philip Morris, Sparking Innovation

Many tobacco companies have come to acknowledge the growing importance of having reduced-risk products in their portfolio to attain long-term success. In this regard, Philip Morris International launched its heat-not-burn technology device called iQOS in Nagoya Japan in November 2014. Since then, the product has been rolled out in over a dozen locations, including Italy and Switzerland.


Vapers experimenting with illegal drugs bought on the dark web

MILLIONS of people worldwide use e-cigarettes or vaping equipment instead of smoking tobacco. But nicotine isn’t the only drug people are vaping. Some vapers are experimenting with recreational drugs, mixing them into the e-liquid that goes into vapes and sharing their experiences online. This, along with advances in vaping technology, has led to an increase in drug-based e-liquids advertised for sale on dark web marketplaces.


Lying for Money: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Solicitation is Fundamentally Dishonest

This Monday, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids sent out a solicitation for donations that stated: "The tobacco industry spends $9.1 billion a year on marketing in the U.S. alone. That's over $1 million every hour! And much of it is aimed at kids. The industry needs kids as "replacements" for the nearly half a million Americans killed by smoking each year, and for those who quit. [...]


Adolescent Smoking Falls Again, Confounding E-Cigarette Alarmists

New survey results deal yet another blow to the hypothesis that vaping leads to smoking, showing that conventional cigarettes are less popular than ever among teenagers despite the recent surge in adolescent experimentation with e-cigarettes. In the Monitoring the Future Study, the percentages of eighth-, 10th-, and 12th-graders who reported smoking cigarettes during the previous month fell again this year, [...]


Legal marijuana is coming

The Canadian government says it will legalize recreational marijuana use by 2018 or early 2019, effectively ending the prohibition on marijuana that dates back to 1923, using a model similar to the one in place for sales of tobacco and alcohol. In a report released on Tues. Dec 13, a task force chaired by former Liberal minister Anne McLellan provided 80 recommendations.


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