The E-cigarette Debate

Exhaling smoke from an e-cigarette.The rise in the popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and non-cigarette tobacco products can be attributed to their endorsement by Big Tobacco, the lack of robust and long term research and the common perception that they are safer than traditional tobacco products. A thorough review of the current scientific literature surrounding electronic cigarettes has revealed that they cause short term harmful effects and have the potential to alter tobacco smoking, depending on model and usage patterns.

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UK Introduces Plain Packaging

Plain cigarette packet.England has placed their own restrictions on tobacco advertising by passing Plain Packaging legislation through British Parliament. It is hoped that these laws will help to avert some of the 100,000 smoking-related deaths that occur each year in the UK (Guardian). In 2012, Australia became the first country to introduce and enforce Plain Packaging laws. Since this time, many European countries have started to follow suit.

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Plain Cigarette Packaging is Working

Plain cigarette packaging Australia.Plain Packaging is having a marked impact on smoking habits in Australia. As well as a continuation of the long-term trend towards lower smoking rates, there is evidence of specific attitude effects. Smokers: believe plain-packaged cigarettes to be of lower quality; in public, they smoke less and hide cigarette packets more; and they have been seeking help to quit in larger numbers.

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