Anti-vaping campaigners are a threat to public health

Ian Dunt | 26 August 2015

If Public Health England's report on vaping shows anything, it's that those who oppose it are a threat to public health. The report found that "e-cigarette use is around 95% less harmful to health than smoking". They pose "no risk of nicotine poisoning to user". Most of the chemicals causing smoking-related disease are absent and "the chemicals present pose limited danger".

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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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E-cigarette taxation threat in Italy – expected to escalate cost of e-cigarettes

Nicotine Science & Policy | 18 August 2014

The Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance is currently considering a new decree that will tax e-cigarettes and drive up their costs, making them less financially attractive for users, and damaging the e-cigarette market. 

 

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European vapers speak up against WHO

Nicotine Science & Policy | 22 August 2014

The European vaper organisation – European Vapers United Network – has added its voice to the growing concern about the possible WHO position on electronic cigarettes.

 

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Further exchanges between the European Commission and Scientists

Nicotine Science & Policy | 3 February 2013

On January 16, 2014, a group of eminent scientists in the field of tobacco and e-cigarettes sent a letter to the EU Commission, directing their attention to a number of scientific errors in the proposed Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). We publish here further correspondence between the Commission and the signatories to the letter. The Deputy Director General for Consumers and Health responded to the criticisms with the following letter on January 27th 2014:

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Glantz letter to WHO – the importance of dispassionate presentation and interpretation of evidence

Nicotine Science & Policy | 29 June 2014

On 26 May 2014, fifty three specialists in nicotine science and public health policy wrote to Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO to argue that tobacco harm reduction is part of the solution to the burden of smoking related disease and requires a careful and evidence based approach to its regulation. This letter received global media coverage.
full details letter PDF press coverage

In response, Professor Stanton Glantz of the University of California at San Francisco organized an alternative letter making a number of criticisms of the first letter and attempting a scientific critique of e-cigarettes.

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Global Forum on Nicotine – the first conference to focus on the science, policy and regulation of nicotine

Nicotine Science & Policy | 23 February 2013

The last few years has seen rapid transformations in the science and understanding of nicotine. The arrival of new nicotine delivery systems, along with other lower risk alternatives to smoking such as snus, is leading to changes in nicotine science, public understanding, and the regulatory landscape. This impacts upon on a wide range of stakeholders. 

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Guide to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control meeting (Moscow 13-18 October 2014)

Nicotine Science & Policy | 10 October 2014

This meeting is the Sixth Conference of the Parties (COP-6) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This convention is WHO’s primary instrument for addressing the health impact of tobacco use internationally. This briefing provides information on discussions about electronic cigarettes and background documentation.

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Hopes and Aspirations for the New Year

Nicotine Science & Policy | 28 December 2013

In the wake of all the debates about new nicotine products and regulation in 2013, NSP asked leading commentators to let us have short statements on their hopes and aspirations for policy and practice in the coming year. Below are some of the responses we received.

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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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Is New Zealand ready for consumer-driven quit smoking programmes?

Marewa Glover | 17 July 2015

Trying to get people to stop smoking has been a public health priority in New Zealand for 30 years. We’ve harangued, shamed, stigmatised, pleaded with and incentivised smokers to quit. We’ve used taxes, banned smoking in most public indoor places, canned advertising and printed enough smokefree branded clothing to dress everyone on Tuvalu.

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Legal challenge against EU Tobacco Products Directive

Nicotine Science & Policy | 20 August 2014

A legal challenge against the EU Tobacco Products Directive has been launched by UK e-cigarette manufacturer Totally Wicked. The first step will be to ask for the British court to rule whether a case can be taken to the European court.

 

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Letter from 53 scientists to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan generates biggest ever global media coverage on e-cigarettes

Nicotine Science & Policy | 9 June 2014

The letter from 53 scientists sent to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on May 26 urging the organisation to refrain from classifying e-cigarettes as regular tobacco products received wide media coverage across the world. The letter was sent ahead of the upcoming WHO sponsored Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) meeting in Moscow this October.

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New research shows electronic cigarettes better for quitting, than no aid; over the counter NRT worse than no aid

Grzegorz Krol | 7 February 2014

New research presented by Jamie Brown and colleagues at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco conference, 20th Annual Meeting, held in Seattle on Saturday, February 8, 2014 shows that smokers wishing to quit who used electronic-cigarettes had best outcomes.

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NSP Website in 2014 - 12 months in numbers

Nicotine Science & Policy | 24 December 2014

Year 2014 was a second year of life for „Nicotine Science and Policy” website, which first went live in September 2013. End of the year is a good time to summarise and to look back at what has been happening during the last twelve months.

 

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Remarkable rise in e-cigarette use in Britain

Nicotine Science & Policy | 28 April 2014

Data released today (28th April) show over 2 million people in Britain now regularly use electronic cigarettes. This is a threefold rise in just two years: from an estimated 700,000 users in 2012 to around 2.1 million in 2014.

Figures come from a survey commissioned by ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) England’s anti-smoking charity.

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Scientific Errors in Proposed EU Tobacco Products Directive

Nicotine Science & Policy | 17 January 2014

On January 16, 2014, a group of eminent scientists in the field of tobacco and e-cigarettes sent the following letter to the EU Commission, directing their attention to a number of scientific errors in the proposed Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). Their concerns also extend to the misinterpretations and misuse of some data from individual pieces of research.

 

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Statement from specialists in nicotine science and public health policy

Nicotine Science & Policy | 27 April 2014

To: Dr Margaret Chan, Director General World Health Organisation

Reducing the toll of death and disease from tobacco – tobacco harm reduction and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) We are writing in advance of important negotiations on tobacco policy later in the year at the FCTC Sixth Conference of the Parties. The work of WHO and the FCTC remains vital in reducing the intolerable toll of cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory illnesses caused by tobacco use. As WHO has stated, up to one billion preventable tobacco­‐related premature deaths are possible in the 21st Century.[...]

Click here to view the full letter [PDF]

Update - Global Forum on Nicotine, 27-28th June 2014, Warsaw: Conference topics, speakers, and outline programme announced

Nicotine Science & Policy | 24 March 2013

Shaping the discussions at the Global Forum on Nicotine will be presentations from the world’s leading nicotine scientists, researchers and policy analysts.

Conference background

The science and understanding of nicotine is rapidly changing. The arrival of new nicotine delivery systems, along with other lower risk alternatives to smoking, is forcing rapid changes in nicotine science, public understanding, and the regulatory landscape.

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US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes proposed deeming regulations for e-cigarettes

Nicotine Science & Policy | 28 April 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration has published the long awaited proposed ‘deeming’ regulations for e-cigarettes. The major points are that products will need to be registered with the FDA and report product and ingredient listings; that new products can only be marketed after review by the FDA, that companies can only make a claim for reduced risk if the FDA confirms this on the basis of scientific evidence and that the sale of the product will benefit public health. There will be minimum age requirements and restrictions on sales to youth, and a health warning requirement. The FDA has launched a consultation process, with a deadline of July 9th.

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World Health Organization needs to see e-cigarettes as part of the solution, not the problem, say leading specialists in nicotine science and public health

Nicotine Science & Policy | 29 May 2014

Over 50 leading scientists from 15 countries have written to Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization to ask WHO reconsider its intention to classify e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes, warning that they risk missing an opportunity to drastically reduce smoking and the illness and death associated with it.

Ahead of the WHO sponsored Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) meeting in Moscow this October, the scientists have reacted to a leaked document from a FCTC preparatory meeting indicating that the WHO considers e-cigarettes a “threat” to public health and intends to sideline their use as an accessible alternative to regular tobacco and cigarettes. Snus is already included in the FCTC.

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