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  • Why Academics Should Resist Pressure to Disengage with the Tobacco Industry

    Neil McKeganey, Christopher Russell | 27 September 2016

    In the past few days, several pro-tobacco harm reduction academics and scientists who are registered to attend the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTNF) in Brussels, Belgium this week (27-29 September), received a letter signed by two major anti-smoking organisations – the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) and the U.S.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). This letter expressed to the recipients, including one of the authors of this blog (CR), the signatories’ ‘strong concern over the participation of renowned academics’ at a conference that is largely funded by the tobacco industry.

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  • Important consultations on nicotine and e-cigarettes in Australia and New Zealand

    Nicotine Science & Policy | updated 31 August 2016

    Both Australia and New Zealand have legislation that was introduced before the introduction of e-cigarettes and which effectively makes possession of nicotine (Australia) or nicotine-containing e-cigarettes (NZ) illegal. In Australia there is a proposal to amend the scheduling of nicotine to make sale, possession and use of nicotine legal; in New Zealand the Ministry of Health proposes making nicotine e-cigarettes legal consumer products. Comments on both proposals are invited.

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  • The Enjoyment of Smoking

    Neil McKeganey | 6 September 2016

    When it comes to policies aimed at reducing the harm of smoking there is a truth that daren’t be spoken, namely that many smokers actually enjoy smoking. In the current climate of tobacco control policies aiming for a tobacco free world, the realization that many people want to continue to engage in a behaviour that they know to be harmful is hard to acknowledge.

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  • Confusing smoke signals from Turkey

    Nicotine Science & Policy | 17 August 2016

    Turkey has for many years implemented stringent efforts to reduce smoking rates. Smoke-free policies, a two hundred per cent price increase on cigarettes and comprehensive stop-smoking services have all been introduced in the last decade; all significant actions from a country known for the saying ”Smoking like a Turk”.

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  • TPD implementation in Poland – the end of vaping as we know it?

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 20 July 2016

    On July 8th the Polish Parliament passed an act transposing the EU Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) into national law, some weeks after the mandated date of May 20th. This marks the end of a legislative process that started two years ago.

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  • Why you/doctors/vapers should join IDHDP

    Chris Ford | 15 July 2016

    Dr Chris Ford, the Clinical Director of International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies, recently attended the Global Forum on Nicotine. Here are some thoughts from her and her colleagues afterwards.

    The dogma that has pervaded global drug policy over the last fifty years is hard to comprehend. People have been using substances to alter the way they feel for thousands of years and there is no indication that this will ever stop. Like we do for all other potentially hazardous activities, provision of information and tools to reduce potential harms would be the action of a responsible and caring society.

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  • A few months after being suspended, a Royal Decree published on 28th October 2016 has finally transposed the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) – but with a very important change in the classification of vaping products in Belgium. From 17th January 2017, when the law comes into force, e-cigarettes and e-liquids containing nicotine will be considered consumer products, [...]
    2016-12-09 | ecigintelligence.com

    • Belgium
    • E Cigarettes
  • "These products are now the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States, surpassing conventional tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and hookahs," wrote Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, [...] "Compared with older adults, the brain of youth and young adults is more vulnerable to the negative consequences of nicotine exposure," noted Murthy.
    2016-12-09 | edition.cnn.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
    • Tobacco
  • Vaping robots are testing British American Tobacco’s electronic cigarettes to find out how nicotine and vapour delivery to lung cells compare to traditional cigarettes. Dr James Murphy, head of risk substantiation at BAT, said the company had to be sure that other tests weren’t just saying e-cigarette vapour had a reduced impact because it was lost in the air.
    2016-12-09 | cityam.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Industry
  • Smoking contributes to the deaths of nearly a half-million Americans annually, yet 17% of adults persist in puffing away. Faced with similar problems, medical practitioners in England recently took the unique step of urging traditional smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the negative effects of tar and carcinogens. [...]
    2016-12-09 | rstreet.org

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Anti-tobacco advocates [...] touted Dr. Vivek Murthy’s report as a catalyst for raising public awareness of the potential harm caused by e-cigs and vaporizers. Meanwhile, anti-smoking advocates said the report is too dismissive of the pivotal role that reduced-risk tobacco and nicotine products can play in decreasing the number of youth and adult traditional cigarette users.
    2016-12-09 | journalnow.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • The shadow of past deceptions looms large over the funding landscape. The journal Tobacco Control, said in 2012, that it refuses to publish studies funded by tobacco companies because “when peer-reviewed health journals publish industry-funded work, they are putting their journals in service to tobacco industry public relations goals.”
    2016-12-09 | forbes.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • Support for medical cannabis has skyrocketed across the globe in recent years as poll after poll has revealed a supermajority of voters favoring medical marijuana. In yet another sign of the mainstream support of medical use, the European Parliament recently hosted the International Conference on Medical Cannabis in Brussels, Belgium.
    2016-12-08 | marijuanapolitics.com

    • Medical Marijuana
    • Regulation
  • The nation’s top health officials warned growing e-cigarette use among young people threatens decades of progress in shrinking tobacco use, in a report released on Thursday. “Preventing tobacco use in any form among youth and young adults is critical to ending the tobacco epidemic in the United States,” said US surgeon general, Vivek Murthy.
    2016-12-08 | theguardian.com

    • Report
    • Tobacco
    • Youth
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