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Neil McKeganey | 22 June 2015  Read more

When Public Health Harm Reduction Becomes Public Health Harm Promotion
The recent announcement from health officials in Wales that the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces will be banned has been received with a mix of enthusiasm from some, puzzlement from others, and downright dismay by many -including within the "vaping" community itself.
The argument for such strident action seems to be that e-cigarettes are serving to renormalize smoking. For anybody seeking to promote evidence based public policy that anxiety, and the interventionist public policy that flows from it, must be a matter of enormous concern since one looks in vain for the evidence of renormalisation actually occurring.

Hon Lik | 5 June 2015  Read more

Welcome Address & Closing Remarks: Global Forum on Nicotine
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I’m delighted to welcome you here today at The Global Forum on Nicotine, an event that has become one of the highlights of the year for the people and organisations who are shaping the present and future of nicotine products. It’s wonderful, and still astonishing, to see so many faces at this event – especially when I think back to how the industry used to be. I may be revealing my age here, but when I first started working with nicotine products, I was a lone voice struggling to be heard.

Scott Balin | 3 June 2015  Read more

Reliving History: How the Tobacco Wars Became the Vapor Wars
Many in the e-vaping space may be wondering why they being viewed and treated like 'Big Tobacco' and why many in the tobacco control community find it so convenient to question their products and their motivations at every turn, painting them all with the same broad brush strokes. There are many reasons - some of which may be valid and many others which are not. What follows is a brief historical perspective of the ‘tobacco wars’ and provides some insights as to why many are still fighting those wars even though these are very different times.

  • Pete Hanson proposed a simple test to judge the success of the statewide workplace smoking ban that took effect five years ago today: Ask restaurant operators if they’d go back to allowing smoking if they could. “I haven’t heard from a single one who would go back,” Hanson said. “Ask the same thing of customers — even the smokers. They don’t want to go back either.
    2015-07-07 | leadertelegram.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Smoking among women in the developed world is decreasing while it is increasing in the developing countries. The number of smokers among ladies in Dhaka is rising and we need to be alert against it. Even in the heart of the capital, we see young girls buying cigarettes from vendors and smoking openly.
    2015-07-07 | thefinancialexpress-bd.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will yet again be voting on a tobacco tax. The Ketchikan Daily News reports the Assembly is set to vote Monday on a $3-per-pack tax on cigarettes and a 75-percent wholesale tax on other tobacco products including e-cigarettes. At the Assembly's last meeting in June, the tax failed to pass when two Assembly members were absent.
    2015-07-07 | adn.com

    • Tax
    • Tobacco
  • Smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products in Seattle's parks became illegal on Monday, as the U.S. Pacific Northwest's largest city joined other American metropolises in restricting puffing in public. Seattle's Parks and Recreation officials voted in May to ban smoking in all of its 465 parks. It had previously required smokers to maintain 25-feet minimum distances from other visitors [...]
    2015-07-07 | reuters.com

    • Ban
    • Smoke Free
  • Hopefully there won't be a repeat of last week's prison riot in Melbourne, but there will be many disgruntled smokers in the pubs and cafes of NSW on Monday as smoking bans are broadened to include all dining and most outdoor areas. It is already illegal to smoke indoors in a public house, but from Monday, it will also be against the law to smoke in any outdoor area where food is served [...]
    2015-07-07 | theage.com.au

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (“COSH”) has serious concern on the spread of e-cigarettes. [...] E-cigarette use in Hong Kong is now not common. But the overseas experience had showed that its growth is rapid, especially among the youngsters. In Korea, only 0.5% of youngsters had used e-cigarettes in 2008 but drastically increased to 9.4% in 2011.
    2015-07-07 | cosh.org.hk

    • E Cigarettes
    • Tobacco
  • Dividend investors have often looked to the tobacco industry for high dividend yields, as the companies involved have historically traded at low valuations because of fears of legal and regulatory disruptions to their business models. In less than a decade, international tobacco specialist Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM ) has established itself as a solid dividend player, [...]
    2015-07-07 | fool.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • Actually, it's not so clear that the tobacco companies are peddling electronic cigarettes to children. If they were, how does Senator Brown explain why both of the U.S. tobacco companies that sell electronic cigarettes have employed age verification on the web sites for their products which prevents minors from gaining access to these sites?
    2015-07-07 | tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com

    • Industry
    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • According to the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, most of Guam's smokers are below the age of 45. Results from the Guam Global Youth Tobacco Survey show that more than half of all youth have tried a cigarette, and about a quarter of them currently smoke. The survey also showed that smoking in young males is more prevalent than in young females, [...]
    2015-07-06 | guampdn.com

    • Smoking
    • Study
    • Tobacco
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