Erik Befrits – Nicotine Science and Policy update November 11th 2014

Despite concerns expressed by many in the public health community, e-cigarette makers have for the first time been allowed to show them being used in television adverts in the UK. […] The US organisation Tobacco Free Kids has identified seven ways that manufacturers are replicating the tactics that were so successful in recruiting generations of young smokers, such as the use of sex, rugged men and glamorous women.


CHENNAI: The World Health Organization has reiterated the need to regulate the sale of electronic cigarettes. Noting that “remarkable progress” had been made in tobacco control, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO regional director for South-East Asia, cautioned that the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) could undermine “years of hard work”.


Taking inexpensive omega-3 supplements lowers craving for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke in a day, a new study has found. “The findings of this study indicated that omega-3, an inexpensive and easily available dietary supplement with almost no side effects, reduces smoking significantly,” said Dr Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar, head of the addictions programme at the University of Haifa’s school of criminology department.


A spokesman for RTE said that “broadcasting codes normally refer to tobacco products or smoking cures. The advertising of tobacco products is prohibited on a European-wide basis for television and on-demand services. “Irish broadcast codes prohibit the advertising on both radio and television of tobacco products and apply restrictions on the advertising of smoking cures.”


The sleepy central Massachusetts town of Westminster, population 7,700, has become an improbable battleground in America’s tobacco wars. On Wednesday, the board of health will hear public comment on a proposed regulation that could make Westminster the first municipality in the US to ban sales of all tobacco products within town lines. “To my knowledge, it would be the first in the nation to enact a total ban,” said Thomas Carr, […]


Smoking will be banned on bar and restaurant patios starting January 1 as part of changes announced Friday to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. The ban will extend to children’s playgrounds and public sports fields and ice rinks as well, along with an additional prohibition on smoking within 20 metres of them, said Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla. She also served notice that tobacco sales will be banned on college and university campuses […]



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