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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Fri, 4 September 2015

Switching from conventional to electronic cigarettes reduced toxicant exposure, [...]

Among adults who wanted to stop smoking conventional cigarettes, both those who switched to using only electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and those who switched to dual use of e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes had significant reductions in exposure to carbon monoxide and the toxicant acrolein, according to a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, [...]


E-cigs ought to be regulated

I want to applaud The Baltimore Sun for its recent editorial related to e-cigarettes [...]. Allowing the use of e-cigarettes in public places undermines the effectiveness of our state's smoke-free law by exposing non-users to nicotine and other unknown and potentially harmful chemicals. Moreover, use of these products by current smokers may maintain nicotine addiction and discourage quitting.


US health watchdog to take legal action against e-cigarette makers

A health watchdog is to take legal action in California against the manufacturers of some of the best-known brands of e-cigarettes, following tests to establish the levels of toxic chemicals they contain. The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) says its tests found that nearly 90% of the companies had at least one brand that produced high levels of one or both of the cancer-causing chemicals [...]


Long-term effects of e-cigarettes still unknown

Whether electronic cigarettes will ultimately help or hurt the health of the U.S. and UK populations isn't yet clear, researchers say. There may be a health benefit if only current or future smokers begin using the devices – but health may suffer if so-called e-cigarettes made smoking common again, they report in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Caution over safety urged on approval of e-cigarettes

PUBLIC health experts have urged the Tasmanian Liberals to ensure that national safety authorities determine the safety of e-cigarettes. The party will consider a Young Liberal push at this weekend’s state conference to allow the sale of electronic cigarettes, known as vapes. Non-nicotine e-cigarettes are sold in Tasmania but those with nicotine fluid are illegal.


Government needs to introduce tobacco regulation to prevent trade in illegal cigarettes

The country's leading cigarette makers and the industry body have approached the central government about the booming illegal and smuggled cigarettes sold in India from China and Southeast Asian nations, while at the same time trying to protect their sales by launching multiple variants at the mid-to-premium end.


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