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Paddy Costall | 5 January 2015  Read more

Over the festive period public health soured the mood somewhat with yet another scare campaign about the dangers of smoking (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30591236) and it made me compelled to pen this short memo. In it I would like to start by looking beyond the content, intention or potential impact of this particular campaign - or any others for that matter - and concentrate on some fundamental principles that go towards understanding the human condition and behaviour.

NSP | 24 December 2014  Read more

NSP Website in 2014 - twelve months in numbers
Year 2014 was a second year of life for „Nicotine Science and Policy” website, which first went live in September 2013. End of the year is a good time to summarise and to look back at what has been happening during the last twelve months. Since the beginning of the NSP online presence, over three thousand one hundred news items were posted on the website.

  • Altria Group Inc. posted higher revenue in the most recent quarter as higher prices offset a decline in cigarette volume. The company’s earnings matched analysts’ projections, while its top line exceeded them. The tobacco industry has been plagued by a decline in demand as consumers opt to avoid smoking altogether or use smokeless e-cigarettes, prompting cigarette makers to seek deals and boost prices.
    2015-01-30 | wsj.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • A Senate committee Thursday narrowly approved a bill regulating manufacturers of e-liquids, which are used in vaping pens and e-cigarettes. The production of e-liquids, also known as vaping liquids or e-juices, is essentially unregulated in Indiana. Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys President Aaron Negangard says he’s concerned about the practice of including illegal drugs such as marijuana and bath salts in e-liquids.
    2015-01-30 | indianapublicmedia.org

    • E Cigarettes
    • Regulation
  • Researchers have discovered yet another reason why it is so difficult to quit smoking: just 12 hours after a person’s last cigarette, the oxygen uptake and blood flow in the quitter’s brain decreases significantly compared to those who have never smoked. Because of this, the researchers suggest that a gradual cutting back on smoking may be the best choice to avoid the severe effects of withdrawal.
    2015-01-30 | psychcentral.com

    • Smoking
    • Study
  • For decades, lawmakers have used the negative health consequences associated with tobacco use as a justification to raise tobacco taxes. In fact, over just the last thirteen years, federal and state governments have raised tobacco excise taxes more than 120 times. The argument has always been that smoking is bad for you, so the government should discourage it by raising costs.
    2015-01-30 | forbes.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Tax
  • Two senators are proposing legislation to tighten the regulation around the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes in Ireland. Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power and Senator and Professor John Crown are launching a bill this morning, which would see e-cigarettes treated the same as tobacco-based products. E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular in recent years, marketed as a cheap and less harmful alternative to regular cigarettes.
    2015-01-30 | rte.ie

    • E Cigarettes
    • Ireland
  • In a recent study conducted by health psychologist Edwin Boudreaux, PhD, and colleagues from the National Alliance of Research Associates Programs, more than one-third of current tobacco users approached about their tobacco use by undergraduate pre-health student volunteers while in an emergency department left with a referral to their state's free Quitline tobacco cessation treatment programs.
    2015-01-29 | medicalxpress.com

    • Study
    • Tobacco
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