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• GUEST BLOG • Lou Ritter | 31 October 2014  Read more

Launch of the E-Research Foundation
The E-Research Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit foundation designed to be a collective funding portal. As such, ERF will provide financial assistance to researchers seeking to advance independent peer-reviewed and published scientific research focused on electronic vapor products (electronic cigarettes) and their use.

NSP | 10 October 2014  Read more

Guide to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control meeting (Moscow, 13-18 October 2014)
This meeting is the Sixth Conference of the Parties (COP-6) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This convention is WHO’s primary instrument for addressing the health impact of tobacco use internationally. This briefing provides information on discussions about electronic cigarettes and background documentation.

Clive Bates | 14 September 2014  Read more

WHO position on ENDS - a critique of the use of science and communication of risk
A new paper is published today: WHO position on ENDS: a critique of the use of science and communication of risk (PDF) written and researched by Clive Bates at Counterfactual.
We have grown accustomed to WHO and the FCTC Secretariat taking a negative approach to tobacco harm reduction - seeing only risks and threats, and little of the real world potential, while covertly planning an offensive against e-cigarettes through the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Neil McKeganey | 28 August 2014  Read more

Scary Monsters. Have health professionals started a new moral panic over e-cigarettes?
There are few things more powerful than the narrative of fear. The concern that something may be harming us in ways that we might have been unaware, and that action should be taken to limit its occurrence, is a foundational tablet of interventionist public policy. The narrative of fear can be equally strong when it comes to new items that emerge in our social world and about which we know relatively little.

  • Classrooms and study wings are no place for the use of popular e-cigarettes, according to new rules implemented on Calgary’s largest post-secondary campus. The University of Calgary introduced new regulations in November requiring the electronic devices to only be switched on outdoors and at least 7.5 metres away from any doorway or air vent – the same rules apply for those smoking traditional cigarettes.
    2014-12-19 | metronews.ca

    • Canada
    • Smoke Free
  • The more than 800kg of tobacco and cigarettes left at the border since 1 November is a further step towards reducing the damage caused by smoking, say Customs Minister Nicky Wagner [...] The duty free allowance fell from 200 cigarettes to 50 cigarettes on 1 November. This has resulted in about 810kg of cigarettes and tobacco being left by travellers at the border and almost $259,000 in tobacco revenue being raised.
    2014-12-19 | nzdoctor.co.nz

    • New Zeland
    • Tobacco
  • “Currently, there are not adequate safeguards or regulations regarding those producing electronic cigarette components including what chemicals may be used, and no clear requirements to warn consumers of potential risks and hazards of inhaling these varied emissions deeply into the lungs,” Health Commissioner [...] said. “Some are also suggesting health benefits regarding these products that are not appropriate or adequately supported by evidence.”
    2014-12-19 | tennessean.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • USA
  • HALIFAX -- Nova Scotia will hold consultations next month on whether certain flavours should be exempt from a ban on flavoured tobacco and e-cigarette juice. The provincial government plans to gather input through online submissions in January and focus groups will be held to collect feedback from youth. Meetings will also be held with e-cigarette vendors and small business organizations representing tobacco vendors.
    2014-12-19 | atlantic.ctvnews.ca

    • E Cigarettes
  • Cytisine, a smoking cessation medication available only in Eastern Europe, worked better than conventional nicotine-replacement therapy in a clinical trial. The drug yielded a 1-month continuous abstinence rate of 40% compared with 31% among quit line callers provided nicotine patches along with gum or lozenges (P<0.001), Natalie Walker, PhD, of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and colleagues found.
    2014-12-19 | medpagetoday.com

    • Research
    • Smoking
  • Electronic cigarettes, or vaporizers, are an exploding industry in the United States, and they are taking off in Fremont County as well. Few other new industries have a similar mix of dynamics that both propel them forward and slow their growth. As elsewhere, vaporizer stores in the county face uncertain future regulations and competition from national brands while promoting a message of assistance and reaching out to an existing base of customers.
    2014-12-19 | dailyranger.com

    • E Cigarettes
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