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U.S. proposes cigarette nicotine cut, shift toward e-cigarettes

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government proposed cutting nicotine in cigarettes to “non-addictive” levels on Friday in a major regulatory shift designed to move smokers toward potentially less harmful e-cigarettes.....

“Nicotine itself is not responsible for the cancer, the lung disease and heart disease that kill hundreds of thousands of Americans each year,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.

“It’s the other chemical compounds in tobacco and in the smoke created by setting tobacco on fire that directly cause illness and death.”

New vape shop opens in Tavernier Towne

Pelican Vapor set up its Tavernier shop after starting four years ago in Naples. The store is right next door to the B & B Tavernier Cinema 5 movie theater at the northern end of the mile marker 91.2 shopping plaza.“We are proud and excited to be able to provide our local community an affordable, [...]

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FDA Is Scrapping the Obama-Era Approach to E-Cig Regulations

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced that the agency would be taking a new approach to tobacco regulation—including an initiative to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes to “non-addictive” levels. This came as a shock to the industry. Stocks of major tobacco companies plunged after the announcement, apparently dashing expectations that the agency would [...]

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Officials report biggest fall in adult smoking in decades

The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year thanks to the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years, according to a new government report....The increased marketing of electronic cigarettes and their growing popularity has also likely played a role.....E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine into a vapor, delivering the [...]

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CDC finds 8.3M fewer US smokers since 2010, Reuters finds 7.35M US vapers no longer smoke

Two surveys issued on Wednesday confirmed that vaping has sharply reduced the US smoking rateNew CDC NHIS data found US adult cigarette smoking rate declined from 19.3% in 2010 (i.e. 45.3 million) to a new record low 15.1% in 2015 (i.e. 37.0 million), a decline of 8.3 million smokers.http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/earlyrelease201605.pdf (see page 55)Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking [...]

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Anti-Vaping Crusaders On The Run After Historic E-Cigarette Report

E-cigarette critics have been left reeling after a 200-page report from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) endorsed vaping as a tool for tobacco harm reduction.As one of the world’s leading medical institutions, representing 32,000 doctors and famed for its work in tobacco control, the RCP’s intervention carries weight.Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/05/02/anti-vaping-crusaders-on-the-run-after-historic-e-cigarette-report/#ixzz47rtieqGp

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Promote e-cigarettes widely as substitute for smoking says new RCP report

This new 200-page report examines the science, public policy, regulation and ethics surrounding e-cigarettes and other non-tobacco sources of nicotine, and addresses these controversies and misunderstandings with conclusions based on the latest available evidence: E-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking – in the UK, use of e-cigarettes is limited almost entirely to those who are [...]

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Gerry Stimson Lecture on Vaping at London's Guildhall

Why did Public Health get behind harm reduction for drug abuse but does not get behind harm reduction for tobacco?

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E-cigarettes now the most popular form of support to stop smoking

"E-cigarettes have overtaken more traditional methods as the most widely used support for smokers wanting to quit," said Robert West, professor of health psychology at UCL."Their impact on public health at present comes from attracting people who would otherwise have tried to stop without any useful form of support."We estimate that e-cigarettes have probably helped [...]

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E-cigarette myths busted by Bristol council as they encourage smokers to turn to vaping

E-cig myths: BustedEncouraging the use of e-cigs may normalise smoking again:Smoking tobacco in enclosed public spaces is illegal, and using e-cigarettes will not change this law. Also, most of the popular e-cigarettes don't look a lot like tobacco products so the risk of people confusing them is likely to be low. Smoking rates across England [...]

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