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Gerry Stimson | 29 March 2014  Read more...

New estimates double size of US e-cigarette market; increasing importance of refillable and modified devices
The fast moving world of e-cigarettes means that it is hard to track the dynamics of this changing scene. There is a lack of good information on the size of the vaping population, trends in the sales of e-cigarettes, and what devices vapers are using. Academic and survey research on the size and characteristics of the vaping population is still minimal, and a picture of what is happening needs to be pieced together from various sources of information including sales and market data.

NSP | 24 March 2014  Read more...

Update - Global Forum on Nicotine, 27-28th June 2014, Warsaw: Conference topics, speakers, and outline programme announced
Shaping the discussions at the Global Forum on Nicotine will be presentations from the world’s leading nicotine scientists, researchers and policy analysts. Conference background: The science and understanding of nicotine is rapidly changing. The arrival of new nicotine delivery systems, along with other lower risk alternatives to smoking, is forcing rapid changes in nicotine science, public understanding, and the regulatory landscape.

NSP | 5 March 2014  Read more...

Smoking, e-cigarettes and excessive regulation
Readers of NSP will be well aware that electronic cigarettes are a major disruption for the tobacco industry, governments and regulators, public health and tobacco control organisations, consumers, and the public view of nicotine. Writing in The Times Matt Ridley outlines the risks to individual and public health from excessive regulation that threatens to ‘throttle’ the electronic cigarette industry. Viscount Matt Ridley is one of the few people to have spoken on electronic cigarettes in the UK House of Lords, which we published here.

Lars M. Ramström | 17 February 2014  Read more...

Low mortality attributable to tobacco among men in Sweden compared with other European countries: an analysis of WHO data
The ‘WHO Global Report: Mortality Attributable to Tobacco’ has provided estimates of death rates specifically attributable to tobacco. These estimates directly represent the size of each country’s health burden of tobacco, overall and with respect to the different diseases. The current study has extracted data for all European Union Member States and made inter-country comparisons for different age groups and diseases.

  • Smoking kills more Europeans than any other avoidable factor. Socioeconomic inequities in tobacco consumption in Europe are extensive, and are widening. The overall reduction in smoking in Europe has been a public health success, but the effects have mainly been seen in middle- and high-income groups, causing a substantial widening of inequities.
    2014-04-23 | euro.who.int

  • Criminal gangs are earning profits equal to almost a thousand times the fines imposed on smugglers by the courts, according to the tobacco industry. A report published by JTI Ireland — a leading manufacturer of cigarettes — called on the Government to set up an interdepartmental committee to focus on the illegal trade and to ensure adequate funding for both the gardaí and Customs officials.
    2014-04-23 | irishexaminer.com

  • In a move hailed as progressive by pot smokers everywhere, Colorado and Washington State have taken the step of legalizing marijuana. Policymakers concerned with the possible public health consequences were perhaps not as enthusiastic. A study published this month by the RAND Drug Policy Research center [...] offers some direction to policymakers looking at the potential impact of legalizing marijuana on public health.
    2014-04-23 | guardianlv.com

  • Smoking is described as one of the hardest habits for people to kick. Nicotine dependence is the most common form of chemical dependence in the United States. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine, and alcohol. Smokers often require several attempts at quitting before they are truly free. [...]
    2014-04-23 | medicaldaily.com

  • Fresh calls have been made for the introduction of a ban on smoking in cars carrying children and young people after new figures revealed a significant majority of the Welsh public would support such a move. Exclusive research has found that 81% would be in favour of legislation to ban people from lighting up in cars carrying under 18s while just 13% were opposed to it. 
    2014-04-23 | walesonline.co.uk

  • Altria Group Inc. ( MO ) is set to report first-quarter fiscal 2014 results on Apr 24. Last quarter, the company posted a negative surprise of 1.7%. [...] Accordingly, the company has been reporting soft top lines in both the smokeable and smokeless segments for the past few quarters because of the ongoing industrial headwinds discussed above. We do not expect these conditions to improve in the quarter.[...]
    2014-04-23 | nasdaq.com

  • [...] He spoke with us about his recent study examining why e-cigarette users have had such incredible success when compared with other smoking cessation methods.
    2014-04-22 | youtube.com

  • The UK's first electronic cigarette coffee shop allows "vapers" to drink a coffee, buy an e-cigarette and smoke it. It's the latest business in an industry which has grown to $2 billion globally in the last decade, and big tobacco firms are also getting involved. But as Joanna Partridge, regulation may be on the way.
    2014-04-21 | theglobeandmail.com

  • SAN DIEGO - The number of problems involving e-cigarettes is rising, and nearly half of the reports involve children, according to state officials. The popularity of e-cigarettes has exploded, and experts say the number of flavors is endless and very enticing to children.
    2014-04-17 | 10news.com

  • Dr Pat Doorley, Chair of the RCPI Tobacco Policy Group, talks about the impact of policy development in controlling the tobacco epedemic, including tobacco taxation, plain packaging and prohibiting smoking in cars in the company of people under the age of 18. 
    2014-04-15 | youtube.com

  • In February 2014, the European Parliament approved a new set of rules regulating electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). These new rules, slated to take effect in 2016, would ban the advertising of e-cigarettes, limit the nicotine concentration in e-cigarettes, require e-cigarettes to be childproof, [...]
    2014-04-12 | youtube.com

  • CNNi talks to Andries Verleur, ceo of V-2 Cigs about e-cigarettes.
    2014-04-11 | youtube.com

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