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Nicotine in the News

  • 22 January 2017

    Harry Shapiro Director DrugWise

    Having done a brief round-up of 2016 in my first column, this week's column is a catch-up on the news so far in 2017.

    Previously I mentioned the harm reduction battle cross-over between drugs and e-cigarettes: reports in the news this year highlight another connection – how scientists, clinicians and the media can mislead the general public.

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  • Electronic Cigarettes – a perspective on regulation from the E-cigarette Consumer Association (ECCA UK)

    Jon Spring | 1 December 2013

    All quotes attributed in the following piece are from the transcripts of the E-Cigarette Summit, held at the Royal Society in London, on November 12, 2013 [i] The Summit provided a vital and timely meeting for scientists, policymakers, public health professionals and e-cigarette stakeholders to come together and debate the future of e-cigarettes in context of health, efficacy and regulation.

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  • Apparently, irresponsible medical advice being given to smokers about quitting is not restricted to physicians. Nurses are getting in on the act and publicly making the most reckless medical recommendations to smokers. Two egregious examples highlight the incompetent and ill-considered information being disseminated to the public in the nursing literature.
    2017-01-23 | tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com

    • Quitting
    • Smoking
    • Vaping
  • By this point in time, everyone has heard of or knows someone who smokes e-cigarettes, or "vapes." This may seem like a healthy alternative to cigarettes, and it sure is advertised as just that. Despite what it may seem like, it is far from the truth. E-cigarettes and vaping have similar dangers to cigarettes, are falsely advertised as beneficial products and should have more regulations put upon them.
    2017-01-20 | iowastatedaily.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Vaping
  • Newer versions of e-cigarettes known as vape pens may not look much like traditional cigarettes, but seeing someone use these devices still sparks a desire to smoke, a recent study suggests.In a lab experiment, researchers randomly assigned 108 young adult smokers to interact with a person using either traditional cigarettes or vape pens. [...]
    2017-01-20 | uk.reuters.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
  • Fears that “vaping” is a gateway to tobacco smoking are unfounded, shows a comprehensive review of available evidence on the harms and benefits of electronic or e-cigarettes and vapour devices, released today by University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) in a report called “Clearing the Air.” Researchers surveyed the rapidly increasing academic literature on e-cigarettes [...]
    2017-01-20 | uvic.ca

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
  • Even as Massachusetts has relaxed laws related to marijuana, a recent study shows the commonwealth has the strictest laws in the nation when it comes to e-cigarettes, studies show. To uncover the most and least friendly e-cigarette locales in the U.S., Halo, an e-cigarette company, looked at the top 300 largest cities and created a list of all the vape shops listed on Yelp. [...]
    2017-01-20 | metro.us

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Health officials are recommending a ban on using electronic cigarettes in Louisville, Ky., arguing the devices pose a threat to the city’s “clean air standards.” City regulators are folding to persistent recommendations from groups like the American Heart Association and American Lung Association, which have been lobbying states across the country for months to crack down on vaping.
    2017-01-20 | dailycaller.com

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
  • In recent days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance documents with respect to certain prohibitions on free tobacco samples and on the application of certain tobacco regulations on Vape Shops. [...] Under FDA’s tobacco regulations, retailers are prohibited from giving out free samples of any tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, vape pens, [...]
    2017-01-20 | nacsonline.com

    • FDA
    • Tobacco
  • A coalition of health groups wants the Alberta government to raise the tobacco tax in its next budget and spend some of the money on anti-smoking programs aimed at young people. "Cigarettes are still more affordable in Alberta than in any other province and tobacco taxes are the single most effective means of reducing tobacco use -- particularly among kids," Angeline Webb of the Canadian Cancer Society said [...]
    2017-01-19 | ctvnews.ca

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
    • Youth
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