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  • The Pleasure of E-cigarettes

    Neil McKeganey, Christopher Russell | 28 April 2016

    The publication by the Royal College of Physicians of a report “Nicotine without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction” approbating the use of e-cigarettes as a route out of smoking conventional cigarettes affirms a finding that has been highlighted by researchers for a number of years now. This report is welcome nevertheless as an objective contribution to a debate that has become increasingly personalised and divisive with tobacco control advocates repeatedly advising that e-cigarettes should be regulated as least as tightly as conventional cigarettes.

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  • Carbonyls – friend or foe?

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 18 April 2016

    Quite frequently the media try to „enlighten” people using information extracted from various scientific publications about chemicals found in the vapour from e-cigarettes. Some of these chemicals belong to the class of volatile organic compounds which are contained in the carbonyl group. Let me shed some light on this subject.

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  • Propylene glycol classified as toxic? There's no scientific proof for that!

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 21 March 2016

    Something really awful is happening now. In October 2015 German Federal Office for Chemicals, a part of Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health submitted a proposal to the European Chemicals Agency for a new toxicological classification of propylene glycol. 

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  • E-cigarette coils from a chemist's point of view

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 7 March 2016

    When vapers discuss safety issues, they usually take into account the components of e-liquid and the composition of the aerosol inhaled. Of course this is the most important subject, but we should also be aware of metals of which the coils are made.

     

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  • Tobacco Industry Funded E-Cigarette Research and the Rise of Academic McCarthyism

    Neil McKeganey, Christopher Russell | 27 February 2016

    In a commentary piece published in the journal Addiction, Professor Jim McCambridge from the University of York sets out why, in his view, academic journals should not publish any e-cigarette research funded by the tobacco industry. The basis for McCambridge’s view is, not as it turns out, evidence of current misconduct on the part of the tobacco industry with regard to the research which it funds on e-cigarette, but evidence of decades old misconduct revealed in analysis of internal tobacco industry documents analysed as part of the Legacy Foundation (now Truth Initiative).

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  • Dissecting the Oral Oncology Cell Study

    NSP Correspondent - Paul Barnes | 25 February 2016

    A study in Oral Oncology, performed by researchers from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs investigated the potential effects of e-cigarette vapour on human epithelial cells, prompted widespread media coverage both on the on-line sites, and in print from The Mirror, Daily Mail , The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian that did not present all the relevant facts from the study itself. The claims derived from the study, as referenced in the media coverage based on the press release state that the researchers concluded - "Based on the evidence to date," she says, "I believe they are no better than smoking regular cigarettes." - a startling claim that isn't substantiated by the study itself.

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  • A Dutch lawyer and lung cancer patient are planning to take tobacco companies to court for for producing cigarettes designed to turn people into addicts as quickly as possible. Lawyer Benedicte Ficq and cancer victim Anne Marie van Veen are putting together a criminal case against cigarette producers, arguing that out of court settlements do not go far enough.
    2016-04-29 | dutchnews.nl

    • Cigarettes
    • Tobacco
  • A U.S. House of Representatives committee recently approved an amendment to an agricultural funding bill making it easier for e-cigarettes to win regulatory clearance than current proposals from the Food and Drug Administration would allow. The FDA previously proposed that all tobacco products introduced after Feb. 15, 2007, [...] would need to adhere to new regulatory standards [...]
    2016-04-29 | fool.com

    • FDA
    • Regulation
    • Tobacco
  • Nova Scotia's top doctor, Robert Strang, agreed with that finding — to a point. "If you're smoking something, is it safer to use an e-cigarette than a regular cigarette?" he asked. "I think for any individual, the answer would be, everything we know is much likely to be safer, but that doesn't mean that it may not come with some risks."
    2016-04-29 | cbc.ca

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Big-four cigarette maker Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has launched its first tank e-cigarette nationwide. JTI's New Logic PRO tank e-cigarettes have been available at Sainsbury's stores since January, but were launched nationwide this month and will be boosted with a TV and outdoor media campaign from 1 May.
    2016-04-29 | cityam.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Industry
  • The tobacco industry has defied countless calls over the years for its imminent demise, and Altria Group (NYSE:MO) has managed to retain its leadership over the industry even after giving up a big part of its empire. Many investors believed that when Altria spun off Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM), what was left would be worth less than what it gave up.
    2016-04-29 | fool.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • The Department of Health says new controls on e-cigarettes to be introduced next month could make consumers turn to potentially dangerous black market products. Its impact assessment (pdf) on EU rules to be enshrined in UK law also acknowledges that higher costs for e-cigarette manufactures could lead to price increases and reduction of choice for consumers, [...]
    2016-04-29 | theguardian.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Industry
  • The group’s recommendations apply to the British public, not those in the U.S., but in the past, public health officials and physician groups in the U.S. have frequently followed suit in issuing similar public health recommendations to those issued by the Royal College of Physicians. Scientists researching tobacco, nicotine, smoking and vaping have debated, often vehemently, over the relative risks [...]
    2016-04-29 | forbes.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • British American Tobacco PLC welcomed the report [...] “We are explicit in our vapor-product marketing principles that the marketing of our e-cigarettes [...] should not promote our combustible tobacco products or smoking generally,” a BAT spokeswoman said. “If the industry is so keen on harm reduction, why is it spending millions fighting plain packaging?” said Deborah Arnott, [...]
    2016-04-28 | wsj.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Report
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