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.


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.


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.


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. […]


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.


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.



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