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NSP | 10 October 2014 

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 

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 

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.

Gerry Stimson | 26 August 2014 

Statement on Tuesday´s publication of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Report on e-cigarettes
WHO’s mission is to save lives and prevent disease but once again it is exaggerating the risks of e-cigarettes, while downplaying the huge potential of these non-combustible low risk nicotine products to end the epidemic of tobacco related disease.

  • Luxembourg's Cancer Foundation has condemned a government decision to compensate for the 2 percent VAT increase on tobacco products by reducing excise duty from January 1, 2015. [...] Dr Lucienne Thommes said in a press release that he was “shocked” by the decision, adding it had hoped that Luxembourg would “finally advance its anti-smoking policy” after smoking in public places was banned from 2014.
    2014-10-30 | wort.lu

    • Luxembourg
    • Smoking
    • Tax
  • HONG KONG—The bank owned by Citic Ltd , the state-controlled conglomerate that this year became the poster-child for state-owned enterprise reform, said Wednesday it is planning to sell up to $2 billion in shares to a state-owned tobacco maker. China Citic Bank Corp, the country’s seventh largest lender by assets, said it plans to raise up to 11.9 billion yuan from placing up to 2.46 billion shares to China National Tobacco Corp, [...]
    2014-10-30 | online.wsj.com

    • China
    • Tobacco
  • Tobacco profit growth in Europe will be more subdued than predicted as smokers switch to cheaper brands and tighter regulations turn people away from lighting up, according to Moody's Investors Service. The push by lawmakers to introduce plain packaging in Ireland, the UK and France may eventually deprive companies of the "brand value" of their flagship products, according to the report.
    2014-10-30 | independent.ie

    • Europe
    • Plain Packaging
  • SYRACUSE -- After more than ten years talking about it, Syracuse University may soon be ready to tell you to put out your cigarette on campus. Public health professor Tom Dennison has been helping the university craft the policy, which would ban tobacco use on campus by next summer. " We're behind in becoming a tobacco free campus in many respects. There are nationally over 1100 campuses that have gone smoke free. [...]
    2014-10-30 | cnycentral.com

    • Smoke Free
    • USA
  • A prominent health expert has warned against the dangers of smoking shisha (water pipe), which has reached alarming proportions in the Gulf states.  “Shisha smoking is on the rise, especially among the youth who falsely believe it is less harmful than cigarette smoking,” said Dr. Khoja, criticizing the aggressive promotion campaigns of the risky habit.
    2014-10-30 | arabnews.com

    • Shisha
    • Smoking
  • Tobacco profit growth in Europe will be more subdued than previously predicted as smokers switch to cheaper brands and tighter regulations turn people away from lighting up, [...] “Sluggish economic growth and subdued consumer confidence have resulted in a trading down to cheaper brands, while tighter regulation and growing awareness of the effects of smoking on health mean fewer consumers are taking up the habit,” [...]
    2014-10-30 | bloomberg.com

    • Europe
    • Tobacco
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