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Gerry Stimson | 29 March 2014 

New estimates double size of US e-cigarette market; increasing importance of refillable and modified devices
The fast moving world of e-cigarettes means that it is hard to track the dynamics of this changing scene. There is a lack of good information on the size of the vaping population, trends in the sales of e-cigarettes, and what devices vapers are using. Academic and survey research on the size and characteristics of the vaping population is still minimal, and a picture of what is happening needs to be pieced together from various sources of information including sales and market data.

NSP | 24 March 2014 

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

NSP | 5 March 2014 

Smoking, e-cigarettes and excessive regulation
Readers of NSP will be well aware that electronic cigarettes are a major disruption for the tobacco industry, governments and regulators, public health and tobacco control organisations, consumers, and the public view of nicotine. Writing in The Times Matt Ridley outlines the risks to individual and public health from excessive regulation that threatens to ‘throttle’ the electronic cigarette industry. Viscount Matt Ridley is one of the few people to have spoken on electronic cigarettes in the UK House of Lords, which we published here.

Lars M. Ramström | 17 February 2014 

Low mortality attributable to tobacco among men in Sweden compared with other European countries: an analysis of WHO data
The ‘WHO Global Report: Mortality Attributable to Tobacco’ has provided estimates of death rates specifically attributable to tobacco. These estimates directly represent the size of each country’s health burden of tobacco, overall and with respect to the different diseases. The current study has extracted data for all European Union Member States and made inter-country comparisons for different age groups and diseases.

  • New jobs will be created in Poland after the closure of Imperial Tobacco factories in France and the UK, the company has claimed. The group, which is the fourth biggest cigarette producer on the international market, with brands such as Gauloises Blondes and Lambert and Butler, has outlined plans to close factories in Nottingham, UK and Nantes, France.
    2014-04-18 | thenews.pl

  • [...] I thought of Francine while reading “Gateway to Addiction,” a new report that claims e-cigarette companies “market their products to youth” by offering flavors “that could appeal to children and teens.” The report, prepared by the offices of Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and 10 other Democratic legislators, also takes a dim view of e-cigarette advertising that might be seen by minors. [...]
    2014-04-18 | forbes.com

  • Minister for Health James Reilly has defended the delay in the passage of legislation to prevent smoking in vehicles when children are present. Dr Reilly said care had to be taken with the legislation because of the power of the smoking lobby and its potential to delay proceedings through the courts. “It looks so simple from the outside but can get very complicated when so many departments were involved,” he added.
    2014-04-18 | irishtimes.com

  • Patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or depression have a significantly increased risk of tobacco-related mortality. Among more than 591,000 such patients, tobacco-related deaths were about doubled, compared with the general population, Russell C. Callaghan, Ph.D., and his colleagues reported (J. Psych. Res. 2014;48:102-10). In the study, the researchers analyzed the death records of patients who had been hospitalized [...] between 1990 and 2005.
    2014-04-18 | clinicalpsychiatrynews.com

  • Dubai-based Japanese restaurant Zuma has confirmed that guests will be banned from smoking cigars in its bar and lounge areas in the evenings, effective immediately. The restaurant, located at the Dubai International Financial Centre, already prohibits cigar smoking in the bar and lounge areas during lunch service – a ban introduced in April 2013. The new move follows the UAE government’s anti-tobacco law that came into effect on January 21, 2014, a statement said.
    2014-04-18 | gulfbusiness.com

  • The Forest Grove Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to recommend a ban on smoking and tobacco use on all city properties. The far-reaching policy covers city-owned and leased property, city-sponsored events, parks and recreation areas, parking lots, trails and pathways, open space and natural areas. That would include the Forest Grove Farmers Market.
    2014-04-18 | oregonlive.com

  • SAN DIEGO - The number of problems involving e-cigarettes is rising, and nearly half of the reports involve children, according to state officials. The popularity of e-cigarettes has exploded, and experts say the number of flavors is endless and very enticing to children.
    2014-04-17 | 10news.com

  • Dr Pat Doorley, Chair of the RCPI Tobacco Policy Group, talks about the impact of policy development in controlling the tobacco epedemic, including tobacco taxation, plain packaging and prohibiting smoking in cars in the company of people under the age of 18. 
    2014-04-15 | youtube.com

  • In February 2014, the European Parliament approved a new set of rules regulating electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). These new rules, slated to take effect in 2016, would ban the advertising of e-cigarettes, limit the nicotine concentration in e-cigarettes, require e-cigarettes to be childproof, [...]
    2014-04-12 | youtube.com

  • CNNi talks to Andries Verleur, ceo of V-2 Cigs about e-cigarettes.
    2014-04-11 | youtube.com

  • From San Marcos to Georgetown, electronic cigarettes are gaining in popularity. They're also being banned. Tuesday night the Georgetown city council voted to do just that -- a ban in all public places, just as traditional cigarettes are, and more bans could be on the way.
    2014-04-11 | youtube.com

  • Nik Modi, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets tells BNN e-cigarettes are set to impact the likes of Lorillard & Philip Morris' bottom lines.
    2014-04-10 | theglobeandmail.com

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