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• GUEST BLOG • Lou Ritter | 31 October 2014  Read more...

Launch of the E-Research Foundation
The E-Research Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit foundation designed to be a collective funding portal. As such, ERF will provide financial assistance to researchers seeking to advance independent peer-reviewed and published scientific research focused on electronic vapor products (electronic cigarettes) and their use.

NSP | 10 October 2014  Read more...

Guide to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control meeting (Moscow, 13-18 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.

Clive Bates | 14 September 2014  Read more...

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  Read more...

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.

  • Each year, the third Thursday of November welcomes the Great American Smokeout to the calendar - a nationwide opportunity for those of us who want to give up smoking [...] "By quitting, even for 1 day," the American Cancer Society claim, "smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life - one that can lead to reducing cancer risk." The Smokeout also attempts to raise awareness on the role smoking plays in death and chronic disease.
    2014-11-21 | medicalnewstoday.com

    • Smoking
    • USA
  • The increase in Scandinavian snus consumption in Norway is highest among young people, according to a new report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. "The sharp increase in snus use among adolescents and young adults could almost be described as an epidemic. There is nothing to suggest that the increase will stop," says Professor Jan Alexander, Deputy Director-General at the institute.
    2014-11-21 | medicalxpress.com

    • Norway
    • Snus
  • "Vape" may be the word of the year, but the days of smoking being in vogue have long passed. The habit, which can cause cancer, stroke and heart disease (not to mention it's expensive), may not be easy to kick but it's essential. Once you do, your health drastically begins to improve. Just in the first 24 hours without cigarettes, your chance for heart attack decreases. So how do we wave goodbye to the habit for good?
    2014-11-21 | huffingtonpost.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • A bill prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes anywhere smoking traditional cigarettes is banned moved ahead Wednesday to its final vote, after attempts to first amend, then delay, the measure were batted away by a County Council majority. The council voted 6-2 to approve Bill 302 on first reading. Voting no were Hilo Councilman Dennis “Fresh” Onishi and Puna Councilman Greggor Ilagan. The bill goes to second reading sometime next month.
    2014-11-21 | westhawaiitoday.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Hawaii
  • The Gainesville City Commission officially approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in places where smoking is already forbidden on Thursday, joining Alachua County and other local municipalities in enacting such restrictions. E-cigarettes convert liquid nicotine into vapor through a process referred to as vaping. The commission gave the second of two required approvals to the ordinance Thursday.
    2014-11-21 | gainesville.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • USA
  • BERLIN (AP) — A German federal court has ruled that the liquids contained in e-cigarettes aren't medicinal products and can be sold freely. E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that produce an odorless vapor which typically contains nicotine, and sometimes flavorings. The Federal Administrative Court delivered its verdict Thursday in a case involving a woman who ran an e-cigarette shop in the western city of Wuppertal.
    2014-11-21 | news.yahoo.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Germany
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