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Scott D. Ballin | 27 October 2015  Read more

Is it time for the WHO to Upgrade and Redefine its MPOWER Program?
With an estimated one billion smokers in the world and with over 5 million people dying each year from the deadly cigarette, isn’t it time for all stakeholders to reevaluate the strategies that are being used? Isn’t time to take advantage of and incorporate harm reduction as an appropriate global strategy for reducing disease and death caused by cigarette smoking?

Christopher Russell | 4 October 2015  Read more

Restricting the Advertising of Electronic Cigarettes Would be a Major Own Goal for Public Health
The finding of a recent survey commissioned by the UK charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) [1] that the proportion of 11-18 year olds in the UK who have tried using an electronic cigarette at least once rose from 5% in 2013 to 13% in 2015 will almost certainly lead to calls for greater restrictions to be placed on the ability of manufacturers and vendors to advertise nicotine vapour products. Perhaps there will even be calls, in time, for nicotine vapour products to be sold only in plain packaging [...]


Neil McKeganey | 9 September 2015  Read more

Tobacco Control Research: A Tale of Two Delphi Groups
Tobacco control researchers are nothing if not inconsistent. Take, for example, the recent case of Professor David Nutt who convened a group of experts to assess the relative harm of different nicotine delivery products (Nutt et al 2015). The paper Nutt and colleagues published on the basis of their assessment formed part of Public Health England’s recent conclusion that electronic cigarettes were 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco.

Ian Dunt | 26 August 2015  Read more

Anti-vaping campaigners are a threat to public health
If Public Health England's report on vaping shows anything, it's that those who oppose it are a threat to public health. The report found that "e-cigarette use is around 95% less harmful to health than smoking". They pose "no risk of nicotine poisoning to user". Most of the chemicals causing smoking-related disease are absent and "the chemicals present pose limited danger".

  • San Mateo police alerted the public on Monday that an ordinance meant to curb secondhand smoke exposure from cigarettes has been updated to include e-cigarettes and medical marijuana as well. San Mateo’s City Council established the ordinance update, which went into effect on Nov. 5, to protect the public from being exposed to “unwanted second-hand smoke in public places,” police said.
    2015-11-27 | sfexaminer.com

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
    • Marijuana
  • Britain's Imperial Tobacco (IMT.L) has been the object of intensifying takeover speculation, but hopes of a deal for the maker of Gauloises and Davidoff cigarettes could be snuffed out by the huge complications facing any bidder. [...] With the world smoking less each year due to growing health consciousness, greater regulation and economic weakness, competition in "Big Tobacco" is stronger than ever.
    2015-11-27 | uk.reuters.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • Tobacco use has not only been inducing cancer but is also leaving the environment polluted, spreading diseases and possibly contaminating food, says a body of oncologists in Kolkata. Cigarette and bidi butts, along with chewing tobacco spits littered on streets, should be classified as toxic wastes, they have claimed, pointing to a recent application filed by a doctors' organization with the National Green Tribunal.
    2015-11-27 | timesofindia.indiatimes.com

    • Tobacco
  • The electronic cigarette industry has seen huge growth in the last few years. In fact, sales of e-cigarettes have risen to more than £459million in the UK in the last year alone. And it's estimated that 2.6 million adults now use e-cig devices. Here, we look at how an e-cigarette works to help you understand the difference between a standard cigarette, [...]
    2015-11-27 | dailyrecord.co.uk

    • E Cigarettes
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) launched a social media campaign in Beijing on November 25 reminding smokers that they cannot smoke in indoor public areas, despite current sub-zero temperatures. During the launch, the WHO released 19 new posters highlighting the serious harm caused by second-hand smoke, and expressing gratitude to smokers for not smoking indoors.
    2015-11-27 | womenofchina.cn

    • China
    • Smoke Free
  • Medical marijuana users will be exempt from a Jan. 1 law that will ban the use of e-cigarettes anywhere tobacco smoking is prohibited. Ontario Associate Health Minister Dipika Damerla said those who have been authorized to use pot for treatment of a health condition will be allowed to vape in places that normally do not allow smoking.
    2015-11-27 | torontosun.com

    • Ban
    • Marijuana
  • Health Ministry is mulling to amend the Food Act 1983 to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to those aged 18 and below, the Dewan Rakyat was told. Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the definition of vape (from e-cigarette) could be included in the Act to regulate the selling of the flavours as well as to restrict the use of e-cigarettes at certain areas.
    2015-11-27 | nst.com.my

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
  • SCHOOL pupils are using e-cigarettes as a gateway to smoking, according to a new study which raises concern over the "misleading promotion" of the products. The research also found that most high school students find the fruity, sweet-like flavourings of e-cigarette liquids attractive. It was suggested that some pupils use e-cigarettes to dupe their parents, [...]
    2015-11-26 | heraldscotland.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
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