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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.

  • In the executive summary of his 2009 paper, "Air Pollution and Public Health", the University of Hong Kong professor Anthony Hedley wrote: "There is incontrovertible evidence that pollution levels currently experienced throughout the year in Hong Kong are causing an epidemic of health problems arising from damage to lungs, heart and blood vessels. Hong Kong's pollution is a significant cause of premature death from cardiopulmonary disorders."
    2014-12-22 | scmp.com

    • Smoking
  • This is the first study designed to actually answer the question of whether electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking because it is the first one to assess whether e-cigarette use preceded or followed cigarette use. It is inexplicable why some tobacco control advocates (Stan Glantz) and public health agencies (the CDC) had already concluded that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking in the absence of a single study that actually examined this question.
    2014-12-22 | tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
  • If you’ve just discovered the vaping universe, you know it isn’t difficult to become confused by the selections of devices and accessories available. Take heart. It’s not as hard as you might imagine. The central part of the e-cigarette, the part which contains the battery, atomizer and liquid, are all pretty much the same. There are only so many ways to mix electricity and atomized nicotine.
    2014-12-22 | theepochtimes.com

    • E Cigarettes
  • LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Though marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the country, little is definitively known about its impact on the brain. A study taking place at Indiana University is designed to help change that. Clinical psychologist Brian O'Donnell and colleague Sharlene Newman are recruiting current and former marijuana users to participate in a study in which their brains will be analyzed for changes in structure and function.
    2014-12-22 | usatoday.com

    • Marijuana
    • Study
  • State-level laws banning “gutka” – a form of chewing tobacco – are having a positive impact on Indian youths, according to a study by WHO. The World Health Organization (WHO) study was conducted in Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and the national capital region. It revealed that the support for gutka ban is very high (92 percent) across the studied jurisdictions.
    2014-12-22 | india.com

    • India
    • Tobacco
  • Starting Jan. 1, 2015, the government will officially raise tobacco excise from 56 percent to 65 percent as part of moves to discourage smoking. Indonesia continually counts as among countries with the highest smoking rates worldwide, with over 62 million or one-fourth of its population being smokers. This number, combined with low levels of income and education, has resulted in wasted household income in six of every 10 families.
    2014-12-22 | thejakartapost.com

    • Indonesia
    • Tobacco
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