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Daily Digest - Friday, 9 September 2016

College educated more likely to use e-cigs to quit cigarette smoking

Users of both electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) and cigarettes may be more intent on quitting tobacco, but that intention seems to drop off among less educated smokers, according to a study [...] Through a survey of more than 1,200 smokers, researchers found those who did not have college degrees were less likely to use ENDS in addition to smoking regular cigarettes. [...]


Study finds rising trends in marijuana use among college students

College student marijuana use continues its nearly decade-long increase, according to the most recent national Monitoring the Future study. "This increase in use and decrease in perceived risk of harm regarding marijuana use should be taken seriously by college administrators, parents and students themselves. [...] said John Schulenberg, one of the study's lead researchers


E-cig seller in court over non-toxic claim

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has begun Federal Court action against an online e-cigarette retailer for allegedly making false or misleading claims that its products are free from toxic chemicals found in regular cigarettes. Independent testing of The Joystick Company's e-cigarette product found it contained toxic chemicals including formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acrolein, the ACCC said.


Want To Quit Smoking? Biotech Startup Chrono Raises $48M For Drug-Behavioral Combo

Biotech hasn’t come up with many innovative answers in the past two decades to one of the world’s toughest public health problems — smoking. Now a startup in the San Francisco Bay area is raising a bundle of cash to help smokers kick the habit with some carefully calibrated drug delivery and behavioral nudges.


Health professionals called upon to learn about vaping

Health professionals and smokers think nicotine e-cigarettes would be helpful as stop smoking aids, said the authors of a study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today. Led by Trish Fraser of End Smoking NZ, the study interviewed a small number of general practitioners, nurses and stop smoking service, providers. Sixteen smokers, half of whom were Māori were also interviewed.


15.6 million Vietnamese spend $1.4bn on smoking: survey

About 15.6 million adults in Vietnam consumed tobacco last year, the Ministry of Health announced Tuesday, citing findings of a global survey. Vietnamese smokers spent VND31 trillion (US$1.39 billion) on cigarettes, or VND2.7 million ($121) per person per year, according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2015. The survey found that besides traditional cigarettes, there is an increase in using e-cigarettes, [...]


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