'Vaping' a healthier way for NZ

For example, the current annual tobacco excise increases are expected to only half achieve the Government's 2025 smokefree nation goal (of under 5 per cent of adults smoking). On the other hand, the Government can legalise a product that mimics the act and pleasure of smoking, to compete against deadly tobacco cigarette. For good measure, add multiparty parliamentary support for increasing tobacco taxes. Legalisation of margarine sales in 1972 ended the butterfat monopoly of the yellow-spreads market and heart disease mortality fell steeply thereafter. Similarly legalisation of nicotine e-cigarettes would end the tobacco monopoly of the inhaled nicotine market, and providing choice would enable addicted smokers to safely enjoy nicotine into old age. The first minister of health who legalises nicotine e-cigarettes for sale will gain enormous backing from the thousands who choose nicotine over tobacco, will achieve the 2025 goal, and reduce smoking more rapidly than any country in the world. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/8904251/Vaping-a-healthier-way-for-NZ





No smoke, but lots of fuming





Michael Siegel, a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health. "Unlike tobacco smoke, the vapor dissipates very quickly," he says. "It looks like it's probably very minor risk." However, there is a social risk, Bialous points out, in that vapers drawing on stick-like objects and puffing out a smoke-like substance looks a lot like smokers, and may serve to normalize the habit again. Might kids be attracted to a product enjoyed by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio? "So far, there is no evidence that kids find this particularly cool," Siegel says, though that "could change." Even when it's technically allowed, discount coupons some e-cigarette users avoid vaping in social situations. "I just don't feel comfortable going into public places and vaping, because it looks like you're smoking," says Brian Worthy, owner of the Vapor-Mart in Los Angeles. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jul/06/health/la-he-ecigs-20130706





Insight: No smoke, plenty of fire fuels e-cigarettes





"Tobacco companies seem to be playing both sides of the game by selling cigarettes that cause thousands of deaths a year but also selling products designed to reduce the harm," says Martin Dockrell of British campaign group Action on Smoking and Health. "There are some real risks here that need to be managed." NO-BRAINER FOR TOBACCO FIRMS For tobacco companies seeking to offset the decline in traditional smoking, judicious investment in e-cigarettes has become a no-brainer. Altria, owner of Philip Morris, maker Beginners Overview of E cigarette s. Let The Vaping Begin! The First Models Of E cigarettes On The marketplace of the world's top-selling cigarette brand Marlboro, became the last of the major tobacco companies to jump on the bandwagon this week. It is following in the steps of U.S. rivals Reynolds American, maker of Camel, and Lorillard, which paid $135 million to acquire Blu Ecigs in 2012. British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco are investing too. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/13/us-ecigarettes-insight-idUSBRE95C0F920130613