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Neil McKeganey | 22 June 2015  Read more

When Public Health Harm Reduction Becomes Public Health Harm Promotion
The recent announcement from health officials in Wales that the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces will be banned has been received with a mix of enthusiasm from some, puzzlement from others, and downright dismay by many -including within the "vaping" community itself.
The argument for such strident action seems to be that e-cigarettes are serving to renormalize smoking. For anybody seeking to promote evidence based public policy that anxiety, and the interventionist public policy that flows from it, must be a matter of enormous concern since one looks in vain for the evidence of renormalisation actually occurring.

Hon Lik | 5 June 2015  Read more

Welcome Address & Closing Remarks: Global Forum on Nicotine
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I’m delighted to welcome you here today at The Global Forum on Nicotine, an event that has become one of the highlights of the year for the people and organisations who are shaping the present and future of nicotine products. It’s wonderful, and still astonishing, to see so many faces at this event – especially when I think back to how the industry used to be. I may be revealing my age here, but when I first started working with nicotine products, I was a lone voice struggling to be heard.

Scott Balin | 3 June 2015  Read more

Reliving History: How the Tobacco Wars Became the Vapor Wars
Many in the e-vaping space may be wondering why they being viewed and treated like 'Big Tobacco' and why many in the tobacco control community find it so convenient to question their products and their motivations at every turn, painting them all with the same broad brush strokes. There are many reasons - some of which may be valid and many others which are not. What follows is a brief historical perspective of the ‘tobacco wars’ and provides some insights as to why many are still fighting those wars even though these are very different times.

  • Greek State Minister Panagiotis Nikoloudis presented on Thursday the government’s draft legislation to suppress the cigarette and tobacco “black market.” The law introduces production line inspection, as well as packaging, trade, distribution and retail sales, with the proposition to prevent illegal trade and tax theft, while “cleaning up” the sector for the benefit of honest traders, who will regain their competitive advantage.
    2015-07-31 | greekreporter.com

    • Greece
    • Import
    • Law
  • For cigarette smokers and tobacco growers, the sight – and sweet smell – of the Chinkhoma auction house near Kasungu in central Malawi is heaven. Tens of thousands of metre-cubed bales of golden leaf, each with enough tobacco to make more than 50,000 cigarettes, cover the floor of a warehouse the size of three football fields. Malawi, now the poorest country in the world according to the World Bank, depends on tobacco as a cash crop.
    2015-07-31 | theguardian.com

    • Malawi
    • Tobacco Farms
  • “We don’t know that very low nicotine cigarettes will not reduce nicotine dependence, but progressively reducing nicotine content of cigarettes in the way that we did, without other means of supporting smokers, did not produce the desired results,” Neal L. Benowitz, MD, a professor in the departments of medicine and bioengineering and therapeutic sciences at University of California – San Francisco, said in a press release.
    2015-07-31 | healio.com

    • Low Nicotine
    • Research
  • India is the second largest consumer of tobacco after China and 8-9 lakh deaths can be attributed to it each year, said the government. "India is the second largest consumer of tobacco after China. As per the report of Tobacco Control 2004 published by Health Ministry, each year 8-9 lakh deaths in India can be attributed to tobacco use," Minister of State for Health Shripad Naik told Rajya Sabha.
    2015-07-31 | ndtv.com

    • China
    • India
    • Tobacco
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers at the VCU Center for the Study of Tobacco Products (CSTP) have developed the first ever, evidence-based model that can predict with up to 90 percent accuracy the amount of nicotine emitted by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette). The study was published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
    2015-07-31 | news-medical.net

    • E Cigs
    • Nicotine
    • Research
  • U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and a congresswoman from Indiana want makers of liquid nicotine containers to protect children from accidental poisoning by using child-resistant packaging. Liquid nicotine containers are sold for use with electronic nicotine devices, such as e-cigarettes, and often come in colorful packaging that can be mistaken for candy, Esty said in a release.
    2015-07-31 | newstimes.com

    • Law
    • Packaging
    • USA
  • Does God really exist? Does science support climate change? Is vaping straight edge? These are some of the questions that have baffled the minds of scholars, doctors, and hardcore intellects across the country. Their minds have been plagued with the gray areas of self-evaluation and moral crossroads. Do you break edge for a puff of Cocoa Puff flavored water vapor? Is it even technically breaking edge?
    2015-07-31 | noisey.vice.com

    • Debate
    • Vaping
  • Farmers under the banner of the Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sangam on Wednesday urged the Centre, which wanted to phase out tobacco cultivation, to help them quit tobacco cultivation by offering a decent package for dismantling tobacco barns. [...] “In the present situation, farmers are ready to switch over to other crops if they are offered decent compensation for dismantling part of the tobacco barns on which they invested heavily”
    2015-07-31 | thehindu.com

    • Farming
    • India
    • Tobacco
  • BRADFORD is a hotspot for the sale of illegal cigarettes and tobacco, an expert warned last night. Statistics show West Yorkshire Trading Standards completed five prosecutions in the city in relation to illegal tobacco between April 2014 and March this year. But since April, there have already been four prosecutions, with nine further investigations ongoing.
    2015-07-30 | thetelegraphandargus.co.uk

    • Black Market
    • Tobacco
    • United Kingdom
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