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Blog Highlights

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.

  • Trade-Ideas LLC identified Reynolds American ( RAI) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Reynolds American as such a stock due to the following factors: RAI has 10x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 7.39 mentions/day. RAI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $236.0 million.
    2014-07-31 | thestreet.com

  • WASHINGTON, July 29 -- The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee issued the following statement: Today the Finance Committee will examine a classic case of tax evasion: How dozens of companies making tobacco products dodge taxes owed under current law by changing only a few words on packaging labels. This evasion fleeces taxpayers out of billions of dollars, and it means children and teens are more easily hooked on tobacco.
    2014-07-31 | insurancenewsnet.com

  • As you inhale cigarette smoke, the 7,000 or so carcinogens begin to swirl through the caverns of your body, beginning in your esophagus and winding up in distant locations you wouldn’t give second thought to. The truth is, for all its declining popularity, smoking still emerges as the single greatest preventable cause of death in the United States. Each year, some 480,000 people die from smoking-related causes.
    2014-07-31 | medicaldaily.com

  • The Affordable Care Act's architects may have found a way to make Iowa's smoking-rate statistics drop by more than half: Tell people that if they admit to tobacco use, they'll have to pay substantially more for health insurance. In anonymous national surveys, 18 percent of Iowa adults say they smoke regularly. But when the state's dominant health insurance company used new federally required language to ask applicants [...]
    2014-07-30 | desmoinesregister.com

  • Uninsured smokers who used nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches in combination with NRT lozenges nearly doubled their quit rates when using the support of a quitline, according to a study published online ahead of print in the Journal of Smoking Cessation. A team of scientists [...] evaluated the smoking quit rates of more than 3,000 daily tobacco users who contacted the New York State Smokers' Quitline.
    2014-07-30 | medicalxpress.com

  • More and more smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) to get their nicotine fix. In fact 'vaping', as the pastime is affectionately known, has become something of a trend. While smoking has long been socially unacceptable, vape cafes are cropping up all over the country - from The Vape Lab in London's Shoreditch to The Vaping Cafe in Royal Tunbridge Wells - and everyone from Cara Delevingne to Johnny Depp are doing it.
    2014-07-30 | huffingtonpost.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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