Erik Befrits – Nicotine and Science Media update December 9th 2014

The government is under fire from politicians on all sides amid fears that legislation forcing tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packs will not be introduced before the general election. MPs from all three main parties, including the Tory chair of the health select committee, have warned time is running out to introduce a law that would see cigarettes sold in unbranded packs, a measure experts claim would deter young people from smoking.


Municipal corporations cannot prohibit a restaurant from selling cigarettes as such a rule would violate the law that regulates sale, production, advertisement and distribution of tobacco products. A bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and RF Nariman also held that restaurants can provide for hookahs in designated areas where guests are allowed to smoke while dining out.


The commentaries, by two experts, differ in their views on the topic but are united in their call for a rational discussion based on evidence. In one of the commentaries, Peter Hajek, […] says: “There are currently two main products competing for smokers’ custom. One, the conventional cigarette, is responsible for disease and premature death in a substantial proportion of its users. […]


National Post letter writers answer the question: “Should e-cigarettes be subject to the same restrictions as tobacco cigarettes?” Since the output of e-cigarettes contains fewer toxins but still contains some, the same restrictions should apply. I expect the government tax on e-cigarettes to be just as high as the ones on tobacco so it’s off to the reservation for cheap e-smokes. […]


Federal officials say the technology race could make creating standards the devices, which heat a liquid to create vapour rather than burning tobacco, more difficult in the future. Unlike traditional smokes that are simply chopped tobacco rolled in paper with a filter, e-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes and the technological changes only make regulating them more of a headache.


A study found menthol causes more nicotinic receptors – the parts of the brain sensitive to nicotine – to develop. Experts says this suggests that menthol might enhance the addictive properties of nicotine, New Scientists reports. […] Dr Brandon Henderson, of the California Institute of Technology, U.S., said: ‘This data shows that menthol is not merely a flavour additive as many of us have believed in the past.’



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