Erik Befrits – NIcotine and Science Update November 21st 2014

The increase in Scandinavian snus consumption in Norway is highest among young people, according to a new report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. “The sharp increase in snus use among adolescents and young adults could almost be described as an epidemic. There is nothing to suggest that the increase will stop,” says Professor Jan Alexander, Deputy Director-General at the institute.


The Elm City may be smoke-free by June 2015. Mayor Toni Harp gathered with city officials and community leaders yesterday evening to launch New Haven Smokeout — her plan to eliminate smoking from the city by the end of this fiscal year next June. The effort is part of the annual Great American Smokeout, an American Cancer Society campaign that encourages smokers to quit, even just for a day, on the third Thursday of November.


“Vape” may be the word of the year, but the days of smoking being in vogue have long passed. The habit, which can cause cancer, stroke and heart disease (not to mention it’s expensive), may not be easy to kick but it’s essential. Once you do, your health drastically begins to improve. Just in the first 24 hours without cigarettes, your chance for heart attack decreases. So how do we wave goodbye to the habit for good?


BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court has ruled that the liquids contained in e-cigarettes aren’t medicinal products and can be sold freely. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that produce an odorless vapor which typically contains nicotine, and sometimes flavorings. The Federal Administrative Court delivered its verdict Thursday in a case involving a woman who ran an e-cigarette shop in the western city of Wuppertal.


Each year, the third Thursday of November welcomes the Great American Smokeout to the calendar – a nationwide opportunity for those of us who want to give up smoking […] “By quitting, even for 1 day,” the American Cancer Society claim, “smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.” The Smokeout also attempts to raise awareness on the role smoking plays in death and chronic disease.


A bill prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere smoking traditional cigarettes is banned moved ahead Wednesday to its final vote, after attempts to first amend, then delay, the measure were batted away by a County Council majority. The council voted 6-2 to approve Bill 302 on first reading. Voting no were Hilo Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi and Puna Councilman Greggor Ilagan. The bill goes to second reading sometime next month.



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