Erik Befrits – Nicotine Science and Media Update December 19th 2014

One in seven Canadian adults have tried e-cigarettes, and the vast majority have done so to help them quit smoking tobacco, a new poll shows. The national survey conducted by Forum Research to be released on Thursday found that 64 per cent of those who vape also smoke. Another 27 per cent used to smoke tobacco but quit, while 9 per cent of vapers never smoked.


HALIFAX — Nova Scotia will hold consultations next month on whether certain flavours should be exempt from a ban on flavoured tobacco and e-cigarette juice. The provincial government plans to gather input through online submissions in January and focus groups will be held to collect feedback from youth. Meetings will also be held with e-cigarette vendors and small business organizations representing tobacco vendors.


Smoking in cars carrying children is set to become illegal in England late next year in the biggest crackdown on lighting up since the ban on smoking in public places in 2007. On Wednesday the government will lay the regulations in parliament needed to pave the way for the new restriction on smoking, which is likely to come into force on 1 October 2015. The ban is subject to a vote by both MPs and peers early in the new year.


The more than 800kg of tobacco and cigarettes left at the border since 1 November is a further step towards reducing the damage caused by smoking, say Customs Minister Nicky Wagner […] The duty free allowance fell from 200 cigarettes to 50 cigarettes on 1 November. This has resulted in about 810kg of cigarettes and tobacco being left by travellers at the border and almost $259,000 in tobacco revenue being raised.


Cytisine, a smoking cessation medication available only in Eastern Europe, worked better than conventional nicotine-replacement therapy in a clinical trial. The drug yielded a 1-month continuous abstinence rate of 40% compared with 31% among quit line callers provided nicotine patches along with gum or lozenges (P<0.001), Natalie Walker, PhD, of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and colleagues found.


“Currently, there are not adequate safeguards or regulations regarding those producing electronic cigarette components including what chemicals may be used, and no clear requirements to warn consumers of potential risks and hazards of inhaling these varied emissions deeply into the lungs,” Health Commissioner […] said. “Some are also suggesting health benefits regarding these products that are not appropriate or adequately supported by evidence.”



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