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>> Concern has been raised about the recent surge in sales of “electronic cigarettes.” UK sales have rocketed because these devices fall outside of the smoking ban. The cigarettes contain replaceable cartridges of nicotine, which are vaporised by a rechargeable battery. The Electronic Cigarette Company website claims that they “simulate the functions of a cigarette without the harmful chemicals.” However, Douglas Bettcher of the World Health Organization is worried that not enough is known about the effects of smoking electronic cigarettes and that they fall into a “regulatory blackhole” (http://news.bbc.co.uk, 8 Oct, “Fears over electronic cigarettes”).
>> People who stalk royalty are more likely to have a psychotic disorder than people who stalk non-royal people (New Scientist, 11 Oct, “Stalkers stymied”). Researchers examined the police records of 250 people who had been found guilty of stalking the royal