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Daily Digest - Wednedsay, 8 March 2017

Smoking numbers hit new low as Britons turn to vaping to help quit cigarettes

The number of smokers in Britain has reached its lowest point since records began in 1974, according to new data, while more than a million people say they are using e-cigarettes to help them quit smoking. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 17.2% of adults in the UK smoked in 2015, down from 20.1% in 2010.


No doubt about it: smokefree laws cut heart attacks in big way

There is strong and consistent evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke causes heart attacks and that smokefree workplace and public place laws cut heart attacks (and other diseases). The most recent evidence comes from a large study in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where heart attack deaths dropped by 12 percent following implementation of its smokefree law.


Big Tobacco Has Caught Startup Fever

In January, Philip Morris International Inc., the largest publicly traded tobacco company in the world, relaunched its website. Front and center on the home page, a freshly fashioned statement of purpose now greets visitors: “Designing a smoke-free future.” It’s a curious ambition to claim for a company that last year sold more than $26 billion in tobacco products. [...]


Young people do not associate e-cigarettes with increased likelihood of smoking

New peer-reviewed research published today in Drugs Education Prevention and Policy shows that e-cigarettes are not increasing the likelihood of tobacco consumption and may in fact be contributing to negative perceptions about smoking among young people. The study, based on semi-structured interviews with 50 vapers between the ages of 16 and 26 - including 28 current smokers, 19 former smokers and 3 never smokers [...]


Why Do People Vape? [...]

Someone who uses e-cigarettes had been branded as to be someone who just wants to be “cool.” Yet some vapers or e-cigarette users have other reasons behind their usage of the device. A new study had just analyzed and discovered the usual and unusual reasons on why do people use e-cigarettes. According to Inverse, a study published in PLOS One had San Diego State University analyze 3 million tweets [...]


My experience as a heavy smoker

On Feb 21, the Health Ministry’s Institute for Public Health posted “Tobacco and E-cigarette Survey among Malaysian Adolescents” (Tecma) on its website. It was the first national study on tobacco, e-cigarettes and vape usage among Malaysians aged between 10 and 19. The survey found that more than one in five male adolescents are smoking cigarettes, with 36.8 percent smoked two to five sticks per day.


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