Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Legislation To Raise Tobacco (And E-Cigarette) Age Is Unnecessary, Risky ~ Does e-cigarette use predict cigarette escalation? A longitudinal study of young adult non-daily smokers ~Snus Appeal Letter ~ Harm reduction is about making better choices, not perfect ones ~ Running The Numbers (Tobacco 21)
The University of Michigan’s “Monitoring the Future” survey indicates that teen smoking rates are continuing a steady decline and are lower now than any time in the 42 years since the National Institute of Drug Abuse began sponsoring the survey.
The trend didn’t skip Texas. Still, for the sixth time in recent history, the 2017 Texas legislature considered legislation that would raise the age of purchase for cigarettes (and smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes) to 21 – making instant criminals out of hundreds of thousands of Texans who now legally smoke, dip or vape.
Does e-cigarette use predict cigarette escalation? A longitudinal study of young adult non-daily smokers
- • In young adults, e-cigarettes fostered continued or increased smoking over time.
- • Past and concurrent e-cigarette use was similarly predictive of smoking.
- • E-cigarettes may increase risk of chronic smoking and dependence.
Planet Of The Vapes, Mawsley
While vapers might feel aggrieved at the restrictions placed on vaping by the Tobacco Products Directive, the treatment of vape products is almost lenient when compared to the draconian banning of snus. A group of respected harm reduction experts has written to Mr. Frans Timmerman, the EU’s Commissioner for Better Regulation.
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Dr. Mark Boom, president and CEO of the Houston Methodist hospital system in Texas, suggests in a recent piece in The Hill that proponents of vaping are simply ignoring evidence that vapor products are not 100 percent safe.
Of course, people in the vaping community do not think that e-cigarettes are 100 percent safe. And if these products were found to increase the incidence of teen smoking of combustible cigarettes, we don’t want that either.
I'll live tweet my experience smuggling smokeless tobacco into Busch stadium. City has "knocked tobacco out of park" or have they? #snus
— A.J. BRAVE (@BRAVEmediaMO) June 14, 2017
Ohio State University
For the reasons discussed below, increasing the minimum sales age to 21 is one of the most powerful measures a community can take to protect its youth from lifelong addiction to tobacco.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Is a fear of lung cancer substantiated? – Jérôme Harlay, Vaping Post
Many regulations in Europe have banned e-cigarette use in public places because of the precautionary principle of secondhand vaping. Yet, secondhand exposure to tobacco smoke is thought to be much more harmful than e-vapor and at the origin of heart and lung diseases. Lung cancers are one of the most documented risks to which smokers are exposed and are also associated to secondhand exposure.
Joshua Krane – The Sacramento Bee
With a glut of statewide initiatives headed to the ballot in November, it is vital that the public have a clear explanation of the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016, a ballot measure that seeks to increase the cigarette tax by $2 per pack and put an equivalent increase on vapor products.
While the cigarette tax may be clear, its extension to electronic cigarettes and the ramifications for public health are not….
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