Erik Befrits – Nicotine and Science update November 19th 2014

More than a tenth of smokers say they smoke less since the new ban on smoking in Luxembourg bars and cafés came into effect on January 1, 2014, a survey has suggested. The TNS-ILReS survey polled 509 Luxembourg residents aged 16 […] Publishing the findings on Monday, Luxembourg’s Health Ministry found that 12 percent of smokers who participated said their consumption had fallen because of the new law.

2014-11-19
wort.lu

Campaigners have expressed concerns about the use of ­e-cigarettes – which allow smokers to inhale nicotine through a vapour – among children, and the lack of studies into their ­effect on the human body. The Scottish Government is now consulting on whether to ban sales to under-18s, making it illegal for adults to buy ­e-cigarettes for those under age, as well as restrictions on advertising, including billboards, point of sale and events sponsorship.

2014-11-19
scotsman.com

Experts met to discuss the merits of cannabis legalization at Frankfurt’s city hall on Monday, marking the first time that a German city has officially discussed a change to marijuana laws. Various specialists – including police officers, economists, doctors, and drug counselors – testified during the debate. Rosemarie Heilig, […] proposed a new drug policy, dubbed the “Frankfurter Path,” which stresses counseling and therapy instead of punishment.

2014-11-19
rt.com

The University of Alberta’s Student Advocates for Public Health (SAPH) — a student body made up of 11 graduate students — is asking Edmonton city council to amend the current smoking bylaw to include a public ban on smoking e-cigarettes, citing the devices “mimic” smoking behaviours which can influence young children to take up smoking. “Observing this modelling re-normalizes and renews the social acceptability associated with smoking behaviours. […]

2014-11-18
edmontonsun.com

Big Tobacco has jumped into the e-cigarette business with gusto. By the end of 2013, British American Tobacco, Lorillard, Philip Morris International and Reynolds—key players in the multinational tobacco business—had each bought e-cigarettes companies. While e-cigarettes still constitute a fraction of the tobacco business, their market share has grown rapidly. […] Wells Fargo estimates sales will top $10 billion by 2017.

2014-11-19
blog.oup.com

A new study released today by the CDC reports that although electronic cigarette use has doubled among middle-school students and tripled among high school students […] The finding that despite a tripling of current e-cigarette use among high school students, the smoking prevalence among this group dropped substantially suggests that electronic cigarettes are not serving as a major gateway to cigarette smoking among youth.

2014-11-18
tobaccoanalysis.
blogspot.com

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