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NSP | 29 June 2014 

Glantz letter to WHO – the importance of dispassionate presentation and interpretation of evidence
On 26 May 2014, fifty three specialists in nicotine science and public health policy wrote to Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO to argue that tobacco harm reduction is part of the solution to the burden of smoking related disease and requires a careful and evidence based approach to its regulation.
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In response, Professor Stanton Glantz of the University of California at San Francisco organized an alternative letter making a number of criticisms of the first letter and attempting a scientific critique of e-cigarettes.

As a respected authority, it is important that WHO as an organisation and its individual staff take a dispassionate view of scientific evidence presented from any source.

On 26 June, the authors of the original letter wrote back to WHO indicating that many points in the Glantz letter are without scientific foundation and may be misleading to policy-makers or non-specialists if read uncritically. Their commentary identifies the more concerning errors of fact and interpretation in Professor Glantz’s letter, and explain why the citations and arguments used do not support the conclusions drawn.

NSP | 9 June 2014 

Letter from 53 scientists to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan generates biggest ever global media coverage on e-cigarettes
The letter from 53 scientists sent to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on May 26 urging the organisation to refrain from classifying e-cigarettes as regular tobacco products received wide media coverage across the world. The letter was sent ahead of the upcoming WHO sponsored Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) meeting in Moscow this October.

NSP | 29 May 2014 

World Health Organization needs to see e-cigarettes as part of the solution, not the problem, say leading specialists in nicotine science and public health
Over 50 leading scientists from 15 countries have written to Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization to ask WHO reconsider its intention to classify e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes, warning that they risk missing an opportunity to drastically reduce smoking and the illness and death associated with it.

  • In her article on CDC's "Tips from Former Smokers" anti-smoking campaign, Nancy Wride of Elements Behavioral Health made an interesting observation. On its web site describing a variety of possible strategies to quit smoking, the CDC does not list electronic cigarettes. Wride therefore asked the CDC why electronic cigarettes are not included on its web site as a potential smoking cessation aid.
    2014-07-22 | tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com

  • Ireland could have to pay hundreds of millions in compensation to tobacco giants if plain packaging is introduced, according to Exane BNP Paribas. The international research and equities firm, which is backed by France’s biggest bank BNP Paribas, said it believed the tobacco industry had a “robust case against plain packaging which would allow it to claim compensation” in the billions in Europe.
    2014-07-22 | irishtimes.com

  • MOSCOW, July 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Speaker of the Moscow city legislature says Russia’s federal anti-tobacco law is too harsh. “The law’s goal is not to catch and punish smokers but to demonstrate that smoking is a bad habit,” Vladimir Platonov of the Moscow City Duma told a news conference on Monday. He noted that it was not an easy thing to observe this law. The anti-tobacco law in Russia came into effect on June 1, 2013, immediately after the World No Tobacco Day.
    2014-07-22 | en.itar-tass.com

  • (Reuters) - Poland will appeal to Europe's top court over a European Union ban on flavoured tobacco products, saying it will be unfairly affected as one of the region's biggest consumers and producers of menthol cigarettes. The ban is a part of EU-wide anti-smoking legislation, due to be implemented in 2016, which also includes tougher rules on packaging and marketing.
    2014-07-22 | uk.reuters.com

  • [...] "The deal strengthens Reynolds position in the US, supplying them with Newport’s excellent brand equity and establishes Imperial as a viable third force in the world’s third largest cigarette market by volume," Shane MacGuill, Tobacco analyst at Euromonitor International, said in an interview. The shuffle atop American tobacco is a sign that consolidation might be the industry's best way to cope with the country's growing disinterest in cigarettes.
    2014-07-22 | washingtonpost.com

  • Children whose parents do not smoke are still at risk of cancer from 'third hand' tobacco smoke lurking in house dust, a study has claimed. The deadly poisons can also be brought into the home on people's clothes or picked up from surfaces even in 'smoke free' homes, say the researchers. Cigarette smoke blowing into the house could also pose a risk - with non-smoking adults being exposed as well as younger family members.
    2014-07-22 | dailymail.co.uk

  • The sale of electronic cigarettes is on the rise but how safe are they? Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander joins our host Dr. David Grant to discuss the potential health risks of vaping including the potential for MRSA infections.
    2014-07-21 | youtube.com

  • July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Robin Koval, Chief Executive Officer at Legacy, discusses the move to ban menthol cigarettes, why menthol represents the growth of cigarette sales in the United States and how the merger of Lorillard and Reynolds plays into a potential ban of the product.
    2014-07-21 | bloomberg.com

  • Reynolds American and Lorillard are finalising a deal to bring together two of the three giants of the US tobacco industry. Lex's Oliver Ralph and Joseph Cotterill discuss how it may affect tobacco M&A elsewhere.
    2014-07-20 | youtube.com

  • Lorillard and Reynolds American have surged this year on takeover speculation. Now the deal is official. Will Marlboro Man owner Altria be the next to make a big move?
    2014-07-20 | youtube.com

  • July 11 (Bloomberg) -- Imperial Tobacco confirms it is in discussions with Reynolds, Lorillard to evaluate a possible acquisition of certain assets and brands owned by Reynolds and Lorillard.
    2014-07-11 | bloomberg.com

  • E-Cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular in adults and teens, but are they safe? Watch Scot Ackerman, M.D. on First Coast Living discussing the pros, cons and health risks of this new cigarette trend.
    2014-06-20 | youtube.com

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