Erik Befrits – Nicotine Science and Policy update November 14th 2014

A new government study indicates a sharp rise in the use of electronic cigarettes by adolescents, a trend officials at the Centers for Disease Control said they found alarming due to the possible adverse effects of nicotine on the developing brain. The percentage of high-school students who said they had used an e-cigarette within the last 30 days jumped to 4.5% in a 2013 CDC survey, up from 2.8% in 2012.


The target date for the services to recommend any changes in tobacco policies on military installations to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been pushed back to mid-December, a defense official said. […] In March, the Navy reportedly was on track to eliminate tobacco sales on Navy and Marine Corps bases by mid-April. But that was put on hold after defense officials ordered a comprehensive department-wide review of tobacco policies.


America and tobacco are and always have been inextricably linked. America’s cultural icons – from Texas cowboys to New York gangsters – have long been associated with smoking. The American South provided the lion’s share of the world’s tobacco for centuries, and the US continues to be one of the world’s largest producers. However in more recent times America has been in the headlines not for growing tobacco, but for banning it.


A controversial device that can be used to inhale liquid nicotine was approved and left on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods for two months before the mistake was realised. In an embarrassing slip-up the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) allowed three electronic cigarette – or e-cigarette – products to be listed as “medical devices”, with one application stating the intended purpose of the device is to “be used as a quit smoking aid”.


Alberta has exempted menthol from its flavoured tobacco ban law that health groups once held up as an example for other governments to follow. Health Minister Stephen Mandel said Thursday the legislation — to be phased in — will still protect young people from the dangers of other flavoured tobacco. […] the government decided that banning the popular minty weed wouldn’t be cool with adults who enjoy menthol, Mandel said.


E-cigarettes are one of the fastest-growing alternatives to cigarettes in the United States, filling the void for smokers who want to kick the habit of a traditional Marlboro. But when it comes to the workplace, Houston employers are up in the air as to how e-cigarettes should be handled.  E-cigarettes present a challenge for employers because of how much is unknown.



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