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Clive Bates | 14 September 2014 

WHO position on ENDS - a critique of the use of science and communication of risk
A new paper is published today: WHO position on ENDS: a critique of the use of science and communication of risk (PDF) written and researched by Clive Bates at Counterfactual.
We have grown accustomed to WHO and the FCTC Secretariat taking a negative approach to tobacco harm reduction - seeing only risks and threats, and little of the real world potential, while covertly planning an offensive against e-cigarettes through the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Neil McKeganey | 28 August 2014 

Scary Monsters. Have health professionals started a new moral panic over e-cigarettes?
There are few things more powerful than the narrative of fear. The concern that something may be harming us in ways that we might have been unaware, and that action should be taken to limit its occurrence, is a foundational tablet of interventionist public policy. The narrative of fear can be equally strong when it comes to new items that emerge in our social world and about which we know relatively little.

Gerry Stimson | 26 August 2014 

Statement on Tuesday´s publication of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Report on e-cigarettes
WHO’s mission is to save lives and prevent disease but once again it is exaggerating the risks of e-cigarettes, while downplaying the huge potential of these non-combustible low risk nicotine products to end the epidemic of tobacco related disease.

NSP | 22 August 2014 

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

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have joined the chorus of groups calling for tighter regulation of e-cigarettes, which have grown into a $3 billion global industry. The use of e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular. In a report released in July, the WHO noted that in 2012 an estimated 7% of individuals older than 15 years in the European Union had tried these products, and about 1% were regular users.
    2014-10-01 | jama.jamanetwork.com

  • Russia is an important market for cigarette companies. The cigarette market in Russia is estimated to be worth $20 billion. [...] Last year, Philip Morris’ sales volume in Russia declined by almost 7% as a result of the implementation of excise tax hikes and other anti-tobacco measures. Specific excise tax on cigarettes was increased by more than 40% y-o-y last year.
    2014-10-01 | trefis.com

  • Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced Monday her intentions to close “loopholes” that have allowed certain types of flavoured tobacco to remain in stores despite earlier attempts to ban them. In 2010, Canada banned the use of certain chemical and flavours that appeal to young people — think blueberry and bubblegum — from tobacco products that weigh less than 1.4 grams (a normal king-size cigarette is a gram).
    2014-10-01 | o.canada.com

  • Serbian Minister of Health Zlatibor Loncar pointed out that tobacco control is an obligation of the Ministry towards the citizens, having in mind that tobacco use is the main risk factor for the onset of countless chronic diseases, [...] “Tobacco control is an obligation which our country assumed with the ratification of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control,” said Loncar.
    2014-10-01 | inserbia.info

  • GREENVILLE — A Charlotte e-cigarette company has begun manufacturing its product entirely in the U.S. after opening operations last month among this town’s golden tobacco fields. Mistic Electronic Cigarettes, which distributes its product to 60,000 retail stores in the U.S., claims to be the first national, independent e-cigarette company to fill, produce and assemble its entire product domestically. 
    2014-10-01 | newsobserver.com

  • Northlands recently revamped its smoking policies, and is now banning e-cigarette use from all its facilities. “We were looking at the overall guest experience,” said Jennifer Sheehan, a spokesperson for Northlands. “From a guest perspective, smoke is smoke.” “As an NHL venue – all of the NHL venues are now prohibiting e-cigarettes, across the board – so, we’re fitting that in at Rexall Place and then doing it across the entire Northlands campus.”
    2014-10-01 | globalnews.ca

  • Spending of tobacco tax revenue is a filthier habit than smoking says self described libertarian Senator David Leyonhjelm.
    2014-10-01 | media.theage.com.au

  • Did big tobacco grow a big heart, or is its latest warnings to consumers about e-cigarettes merely a cynical way to inoculate tobacco companies from further lawsuits?
    2014-09-30 | finance.yahoo.com

  • As new research shows most young people do not plan to smoke e-cigarettes, experts are divided over the safety of "vaping".
    2014-09-18 | boston.com

  • Inside Out goes to the lab to investigate what is in e-cigarettes while unwrapping the arguments surrounding them. Are they beneficial in areas like the north-east of England, where smoking rates are higher than anywhere else in the country, or are they harmful? They divide opinion but neither doctors nor "vapers" know exactly what is in them.
    2014-09-01 | bbc.com

  • Does cannibalising your own industry ever work? We take a look at the tobacco industry which is turning to vaping as consumers give up real cigarettes.
    2014-08-22 | citywire.co.uk

  • The sale of electronic cigarettes is on the rise but how safe are they? Dr. Laura Crotty Alexander joins our host Dr. David Grant to discuss the potential health risks of vaping including the potential for MRSA infections.
    2014-07-21 | youtube.com

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