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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.

  • MANILA/LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Filipino-owned tobacco company Mighty Corp is in very preliminary talks with British American Tobacco (BAT) about a possible distribution partnership, a Mighty executive said on Thursday, as BAT seeks to expand in Asia. "We are still in the courtship stage, preliminary stage," Oscar Barrientos, executive vice president of Mighty, said when asked if the company was in talks with BAT. 
    2014-09-19 | reuters.com

  • Leading medical experts and social advocates who have come together under the umbrella of "Tobacco Free Kerala" today welcomed the Kerala Government decision to raise taxes of cigarettes by 50 per cent during the fiscal year 2014-15. Lauding the Oommen Chandy government for this frontline public health measure that will save precious lives by reducing consumption, this eminent section of the society feels that this is a well-intentioned move made at the right time.
    2014-09-19 | business-standard.com

  • Italy has objected to Ireland’s plain tobacco packaging proposals on the day of the deadline yesterday for European Union countries to lodge their concerns. It is the ninth European Union country to object, joining Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. The nine countries voicing their concerns have a total population of 201.7million or 40 per cent of the total European Union population.
    2014-09-19 | irishtimes.com

  • Smoking kills more than 23,000 smokers in the Kingdom every year, said Ahmed Albualli, chairman of the supervisory board at the Anti-Smoking Society (Naqaa), [...] Albualli said that the society had succeeded in helping more than 61,000 smokers quit smoking, which is about 70 percent of the total number of patients who visited the society for help in quitting during the past year.
    2014-09-19 | arabnews.com

  • VENTURES AFRICA – The Malawi’s Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) says its tobacco industry is set for a major boost following the visit of a group of 16 Egyptian tobacco investors who where on ground recently to explore local opportunities. “The delegation will hold discussions with the private sector as well as government officials and other sector stakeholders. 
    2014-09-19 | ventures-africa.com

  • OHSWEKEN Driving through Six Nations, it seems there is a tobacco shop on nearly every corner. It's an industry Chief Ava Hill says generates 2,000 jobs in her community, which has a membership of nearly 26,000, making it Canada's largest reserve. "Tobacco has always been a sacred thing to us and it's our inherent right to trade." Now it's an industry Hill and other First Nations leaders say is under threat by the federal government's omnibus crime bill. 
    2014-09-19 | cambridgetimes.ca

  • 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

  • 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

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