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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Tue, 6 October 2015

Prospects burn bright for self-igniting cigarettes

Self-igniting cigarettes made by a fireworks manufacturer may sound like a perilous idea. But after eight years of tests, Cigamatic, a Marseille company set up by entrepreneur Charli Abisdid, says it has come up with a device that is safe and more effective than previous self-lighting cigarette inventions. “This is a simple solution to solve a common problem,” said Mr Abisdid, [...]

2015-10-06
ft.com

E-cigarettes should be banned — Mary Assunta

I have been following the reports on e-cigarettes and vaping in the media and wish to raise several important points. Firstly, according to authoritative reports on e-cigarettes, its safety and efficacy in cessation have not been established. The official report by the World Health Organisation clearly states e-cigarettes are not free from toxicants and they have been approved as “safe” for use.

2015-10-06
themalaymailonline.com

Aggressive Online Marketing of E-cigarettes May Target Teens

Use of electronic cigarettes is on the upswing because they are considered safer and more socially acceptable than regular cigarettes, and because there are fewer restrictions on their purchase and use. A study by University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers, suggests aggressive online marketing tactics also make purchasing e-cigarettes easy for all ages.

2015-10-06
psychcentral.com

Is Philip Morris International Facing an Industry Civil War?

For decades, tobacco companies have relied almost entirely on cigarette sales for their massive revenues, [...] However, as health concerns about tobacco have increased around the world, Philip Morris and its competitors have all looked toward alternatives to conventional cigarettes as a potential next step in the evolution of smoking.

2015-10-06
fool.com

Abu Dhabi child smoking statistics are double the global average: study

A study of expatriate schoolchildren in Abu Dhabi revealed 62 per cent had tried smoking tobacco. The figure was almost double that of the global average in a study by the World Health Organisation. Doctors said the UAE results, from five private high schools, showed a worrying trend which could also increase the risk of youngsters trying other drugs.

2015-10-06
thenational.ae

Fact check: Is marijuana 'infinitely worse' than tobacco?

"Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage. Marijuana is infinitely worse and it's something that we do not want to encourage." -- Conservative Leader Stephen Harper."There's just overwhelming and growing scientific and medical evidence about the bad, long-term effects of marijuana. We've spent a couple of generations trying to reduce the usage of tobacco in Canada with a lot of success," Harper said.

2015-10-06
ctvnews.ca

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