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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 28 July 2015
Ghana to Increase Prices of Tobacco Products
As part of efforts to reduce the consumption of tobacco products and its related health hazards, Parliament has approved an increase in the price of tobacco products in the country. The increase follows the passage of the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2015 into Law. The Bill [...] seeks to increase the Excise Duty on cigarettes and cigars from 150 per cent of the ex-factory price to 170 per cent.

2015-07-28
allafrica.com

Debates are heating up about electronic cigarettes. Proponents claim these “e-cigs” are less toxic, offer a safer alternative to smoking conventional cigarettes and may even help longtime smokers kick their habit altogether. But their utility and safety remain clouded in controversy. Are e-cigs really any safer for people and the environment?

2015-07-28
nihrecord.nih.gov

According to the Accelerated Nursing infographic, there are currently 45 million smokers in the United States and there are an estimated 2.5 million e-smokers. From the pool of e-smokers, 62 percent of the users said that they’ve stopped smoking regular cigarettes (or cut back) since they started smoking e-cigarettes. Of those, 34.3 percent reported that they not only quit smoking cigarettes but also discontinued the use of e-cigs.

2015-07-27
clapway.com

Many more people are looking to find out more [about e-cigs] from an independent, unbiased source. Ecigaretteopedia is a new website created to be that source, and has just launched. [...] The online encyclopedia has a huge range of editorials on e-cigarettes and the practice of ‘vaping’, including information on the potential hazards and side effects, as well as the known benefits over cigarettes.

2015-07-28
pressreleaserocket.com

As cigarette use continues its historical drop among teens and e-cigarette use has begun climbing, one question looms large for public health officials: will the popularity of e-cigarettes undo all the progress made in reducing teen smoking rates? The answer isn’t very easy to pin down, but a recent study offers some evidence to say such a fear is possible – while still falling well short of saying it’s actually happening.

2015-07-28
forbes.com

The influential Behavioural Insights Team, aka the 'Nudge unit', has thrown its backing behind e-cigarettes, asserting that vaping is the easiest way for smokers to quit because of its similarity to smoking. The claim comes in a progress report by the Behavioural Insights Team, originally a government initiative before its part-privatisation last year. 

2015-07-27
marketingmagazine.co.uk

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