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Jim McManus | 26 January 2016  Read more

Ecigarettes and the gateway to smoking for young people, still no convincing evidence
This morning saw a further paper, this time a longitudinal study, looking at young people in Hawai. The paper concludes that "adolescents who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start smoking cigarettes. This result together with other findings suggests that policies restricting adolescents’ access to e-cigarettes may have a rationale from a public health standpoint. " Except, unfortunately, its methods don't justify those conclusions.

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Paul Barnes | 18 January 2016  Read more

E-Cigarettes, Prescriptions and the UK National Health Service
The UK’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has released a public assessment report (PAR) on what could be the very first medically approved e-cigarette – e-Voke –which was developed by British American Tobacco. Medicines approval means that the product can be prescribed by medical practitioners, and ensures that the medicinal device meets applicable standards of safety, quality and efficacy. Coupled with the press releases surrounding the landmark report from Public Health England, the media and policy makers are keeping a very close eye on this.


Scott D. Ballin | 27 October 2015  Read more

Is it time for the WHO to Upgrade and Redefine its MPOWER Program?
With an estimated one billion smokers in the world and with over 5 million people dying each year from the deadly cigarette, isn’t it time for all stakeholders to reevaluate the strategies that are being used? Isn’t time to take advantage of and incorporate harm reduction as an appropriate global strategy for reducing disease and death caused by cigarette smoking?

Christopher Russell | 4 October 2015  Read more

Restricting the Advertising of Electronic Cigarettes Would be a Major Own Goal for Public Health
The finding of a recent survey commissioned by the UK charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) [1] that the proportion of 11-18 year olds in the UK who have tried using an electronic cigarette at least once rose from 5% in 2013 to 13% in 2015 will almost certainly lead to calls for greater restrictions to be placed on the ability of manufacturers and vendors to advertise nicotine vapour products. Perhaps there will even be calls, in time, for nicotine vapour products to be sold only in plain packaging [...]

  • Results of the latest government survey have shown that smoking has become less and less prevalent in Hong Kong over the years. However, the government said that there is a need for e-cigarette regulation, after it was found that the product was growing increasingly popular and is used by students. In 2015, there were 641,300 daily cigarette smokers, [...]
    2016-02-05 | hongkongfp.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • When Sean West decided to open a vaping store, he first considered Chicago but nixed the idea because the city and Cook County both impose taxes on liquid containing nicotine. He then turned to Highland Park, but that didn’t work because City Council passed a Smoking Regulations Ordinance that forbids smoking areas in new businesses. But Highwood has no regulations on e-cigarettes, [...]
    2016-02-05 | dailynorthshore.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Regulation
  • Saskatchewan Health Minister Dustin Duncan says there are no imminent plans to change provincial smoking laws to cover electronic cigarettes despite a request from municipal leaders. A resolution passed at the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association convention calls on the government to issue a provincewide ban on smoking and vaping in public places. [...]
    2016-02-05 | saskatoon.ctvnews.ca

    • Ban
    • Smoking
  • SMOKING among under 16s has dropped dramatically in the last decade according to the latest research. The Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS), found that the rate of 15 year-olds smoking has now dropped from 29% in 1996 to 9% in 2013. The higher rate of smoking among teenage girls has now reduced to the same level as boys [...]
    2016-02-05 | eveningtimes.co.uk

    • Smoking
    • Youth
  • Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, has delayed its plan to ban tobacco campus-wide. The new date for the ban is Feb. 15. The move is in step with a broader Pentagon effort to stamp out tobacco from medical facilities by May and curb use of nicotine in general. Landstuhl's ban will apply to all military, civilian and contractor personnel as well as local national employees and patients.
    2016-02-05 | armytimes.com

    • Ban
    • Tobacco
  • The modern cigarette is not designed to be recreational, social or even ceremonial. It has evolved into what it is today: a vehicle for addiction, disease and death. As of 2015, the number of people dying daily from cigarettes in the U.S is around 1500. This is about 15 times greater than the number lost in motor vehicle accidents each day. [...]
    2016-02-05 | huffingtonpost.com

    • Ban
    • Smoking
  • For many college students, a 21st birthday signifies the liberating privilege of ordering an alcoholic beverage without the ever-risky fake ID. However, an additional product may soon be added to the list of items reserved for 21-and-ups: cigarettes. According to the National College Health Assessment, in 2011, 3.5 percent of Seattle U undergraduate students smoked cigarettes daily. [...]
    2016-02-05 | seattlespectator.com

    • Age
    • Smoking
  • Philip Morris International’s (NYSE:PM) fourth quarter and full year results will be announced before the market opens on February 4, 2016. The consensus estimate for the adjusted diluted earnings per share in the fourth quarter is $0.81, representing a 23.6% fall compared to an EPS of $1.06 in Q4 2014. However, the adverse impact of foreign currencies is primarily responsible for this decline, [...]
    2016-02-04 | trefis.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
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