In the 1955 western Bad Day at Black Rock, Spencer Tracy tells Ernest Borgnine, “You’re not only wrong. You’re wrong at the top of your voice”. And so it is with the anti-vaping lobby (or the Faith Militant (FM) as I like to call them – for all you Game of Thrones aficionados) who bellow confusing and misleading information at the top of their lungs in so-called peer reviewed journals and across the global media landscape, adding-in vicious and vile ad hominem attacks on those trying to reduce the death and disease toll from smoking where all else has failed – and where the FM take-down of harm reduction evidence has also failed. Read More
IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
New Zealand smokers overwhelmingly support removing the nicotine from cigarettes to make them less addictive, a national survey has found. Eighty per cent of smokers and recent quitters questioned as part of an International Tobacco Control (ITC) study say they would support reducing the level of nicotine in cigarettes and tobacco - as long as nicotine is available in alternative products. The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to minimal levels to make them less addictive.
The government agency charged with protecting the nation’s health is under fire for defending e-cigarette flavours. A leading European expert on tobacco control said that flavours were responsible for luring children into vaping, amid mounting concern over its effects on human health. On Saturday, England’s chief medical officer, Prof Dame Sally Davies, also expressed concern about children using e-cigarettes. In an interview with Civil Service World, she asked: “Is this a ticking time bomb? Will they turn out to have long-term consequences?”
A teenager who says vaping gave him lungs “like a 70-year-old” is suing a leading e-cigarettes company. [...] In a statement on Friday, Juul said it had “never marketed to youth” and argued its products were meant to help adult smokers quit traditional cigarettes. The Illionis lawsuit claims the company used advertisements and social media campaigns to encourage young people to use e-cigarettes but never full disclosed that their products contained dangerous chemicals.
The Trump administration is cracking down hard on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Health concerns and teen addiction have given regulators pause. That could be bad news for Altria, the US owner of the Marlboro brand and a top investor in vaping giant Juul Labs. Shares of Altria ( MO ) fell slightly Thursday. So did the stock of Philip Morris ( PM ), the tobacco company that owns the rights to sell Marlboro and other cigarette brands overseas. Altria disclosed last month that it was in talks to reunite with Philip Morris . The two companies split apart in 2007.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced an “emergency executive action” to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette products, amid a surge in both youth vaping and concern over its health effects. “Manufacturers of fruit and candy-flavored e-cigarettes are intentionally and recklessly targeting young people, and today we’re taking action to put an end to it,” said Cuomo. The governor said New York’s top health official would convene an emergency meeting with the state’s public health council this week, to ban the products.
Responding to US President Donald Trump’s plan to axe flavourings due to concerns about youths taking up e-cigarettes, PHE said the flavours helped smokers switch from more dangerous tobacco. Martin Dockrell, head of tobacco control at PHE, said it plans to publish a comprehensive evidence review on the safety of e-cigarettes early next year. In a statement to the PA news agency, he said: “E-cigarette flavours are an important advantage that vapes have over smoking and play an important part in encouraging smokers to switch.
A ban on flavored e-cigarettes would not only severely dent sales of Juul Labs’ popular vaping products, but also have a chilling effect on the little regulated $2.6 billion industry of roughly 20,000 vape and smoke shops that sprung up across the country in the past few years. But a day after Alex M. Azar II [...] said the Food and Drug Administration [...] would remove flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine pods from the market, there were already signs that some companies were considering legal challenges or lobbying efforts to keep two flavors safe — mint and menthol.
With over 100 million smokers in India, regulations and education can be the key to provide safer alternative to tobacco smoking. Though Indian government has been planning to ban E-cigarettes in India, experts and the traders have been demanding that instead of banning these products, regulation can be the key which could help Indian get over traditional smoking which many believe is way more dangerous than E-cigarettes.
In the 1955 western Bad Day at Black Rock,Spencer Tracy tells Ernest Borgnine, “You’re not only wrong. You’re wrong at the top of your voice”. And so it is with the anti-vaping lobby (or the Faith Militant (FM) as I like to call them – for all you Game of Thrones aficionados) who bellow confusing and misleading information at the top of their lungs in so-called peer reviewed journals and across the global media landscape, adding-in vicious and vile ad hominemattacks on those trying to reduce the death and disease toll from smoking where all else has failed – and where the FM take-down of harm reduction evidence has also failed.
Last week was hot in Seoul. Not just with the outdoor temperatures exceeding 30oC, but also with clear voices of over 100 experts from 18 countries gathered at the 3rd Asia Harm Reduction Forum (AHRF), calling to use the opportunity we have to save 20,000 people dying each day from smoking.
Asia-Pacific is home to the largest population of smokers in the world, and at the same time it is home to many innovative enterprises. According to one of the keynote