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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.

Gerry Stimson | 26 August 2014  Read more...

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. WHO claims e-cigarettes are a threat to public health, but this statement has no evidence to support it, and ignores the large number of people who are using them to cut down or quit smoking completely.
Letter of 50+ scientists to Margaret Chan/WHO

NSP | 22 August 2014  Read more...

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.

NSP | 20 August 2014  Read more...

First legal challenge against EU Tobacco Products Directive
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.

  • With more price hikes coming into effect today, smokers may think twice about lighting up. Cigarette taxes have risen by a hefty 13.7 percent, the second of a series of four increases in as many years. The excise on a pack of 20 will jump $1.12, from $8.13 to $9.25 while on a pack of 40 it will climb more than two dollars from $16.26 to $18.51, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.
    2014-09-01 | dailymail.co.uk

  • Designed to simulate smoking, electronic cigarettes continue to grow in popularity but uncertainty over possible Health Canada regulations and restrictions by other regulators are raising concerns for the industry in Canada. Phillip Gorham, a tobacco analyst for the U.S. investment research [...] says further growth of the e-cigarette industry will be dampened if regulatory bodies decide to impose controls similar to those on tobacco products.
    2014-09-01 | citynews.ca

  • Inside Out returns on Monday, 1 September 2014 with a shocking report into what we found in e-cigarettes. The North East in particular has a very bad record when it comes to smoking related deaths. Many believe switching to e-cigarettes could help to turn that around. However when we put a sample of four e-liquids to the test, one of them returned a disturbing result. The butterscotch flavour sold under the VIP brand was found to contain diacetyl.
    2014-09-01 | bbc.com

  • NEW DELHI: The government is considering a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes, a vapour device that delivers a nicotine hit minus the smoke. An expert panel on e-cigarettes constituted by the health ministry has recommended a blanket ban on the product, saying its safety has not been established. Three members of the panel, who did not want to be identified, told ET that it could lead to addiction, particularly among the youth.
    2014-09-01 | articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com

  • Electronic cigarettes should be renamed “nicotine sticks” to make them less attractive to young people, say public health experts who fear that e-cigarettes are being seen as “cool or trendy” and may encourage teenagers to start smoking real ones. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) thinks that a name change would minimise their appeal. “What’s in a name? Quite a lot actually, when it comes to electronic cigarettes,” Shirley Cramer, its chief executive, said. [...]
    2014-09-01 | thetimes.co.uk

  • The sales pitch of electronic cigarette manufacturers seemed too good to be true. Could nicotine addicts around the world really get their fix whilst dodging the health risks of puffing away on cancer sticks? Sadly for smokers and “vapers”, the answer is far from clear. Over the past week, new evidence has emerged which suggests that E-Cigarettes can be dangerous too – in some cases carrying higher amounts of certain toxins than the blazing tobacco of old.
    2014-09-01 | forbes.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

  • July 14 (Bloomberg) -- Robin Koval, Chief Executive Officer at Legacy, discusses the move to ban menthol cigarettes, why menthol represents the growth of cigarette sales in the United States and how the merger of Lorillard and Reynolds plays into a potential ban of the product.
    2014-07-21 | bloomberg.com

  • Reynolds American and Lorillard are finalising a deal to bring together two of the three giants of the US tobacco industry. Lex's Oliver Ralph and Joseph Cotterill discuss how it may affect tobacco M&A elsewhere.
    2014-07-20 | youtube.com

  • Lorillard and Reynolds American have surged this year on takeover speculation. Now the deal is official. Will Marlboro Man owner Altria be the next to make a big move?
    2014-07-20 | youtube.com

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