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Atakan Befrits | 16 March 2015  Read more

On the threat to vapers and vaping in Sweden
Vaping with nicotine in Sweden is now de jure banned following a recent court ruling. Import, distribution and sales of nicotine containing e-cig and nicotine containing refills are banned by the Medical Products Agency (MPA) in Sweden, unless they are registered as medical products. This is prior to the implementation of the TPD, which provides for some flexibility on distribution and sales, which will continue for the time being, pending an appeal against the judgement.

Saul Shiffman et al. | 9 March 2015  Read more

Impact of Flavor Descriptors on Youth Interest in Electronic Cigarettes II
Subsequent to publication of our paper, Stan Glantz published a critique of our study on the University of California, San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education website. The critique was familiar – it was, in fact, the critique offered by one of the four anonymous expert referees who reviewed our paper for the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. In the end, the journal, in deciding to publish the paper, decided that we had overcome these concerns and that the paper was a valuable addition to the literature.

  • Chris Christie said that marijuana is a “gateway drug” while arguing for enforcement of its federal status as an illegal substance. Though there are correlations between marijuana use and other drugs, there is no conclusive evidence that one actually causes the other. The science on this topic is far from settled.
    2015-04-24 | huffingtonpost.com

    • Marijuana
  • E-cigarettes, without nicotine, are easily accessible in Hong Kong. COSH claims some products “target youngsters”, and “normalise smoking behaviour”, potentially creating a (supposedly new) “tobacco epidemic”. COSH Chairman Antonio Kwong says, “COSH has serious concern on the spread of e-cigarettes. 
    2015-04-24 | harbourtimes.com

    • E Cigarettes
  • Proposed restrictions on free samples of e-cigarettes for adults would harm retailers ability help smokers quit, "vaping" advocates argued Thursday to the attorney general's office. Under Healey's proposed regulations, electronic devices used to deliver hits of nicotine would be treated like cigarettes. Free samples of nicotine vapor products would be banned, [...]
    2015-04-24 | masslive.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Regulation
  • The makers of smokeless tobacco products like to claim that their products are safer than cigarettes because users don’t inhale the tars and toxic chemicals from burning tobacco. Of course, they play down other harms and risks, which are also potentially dangerous. For federal regulators, protecting public health will require looking beyond the smoke to other hazards.
    2015-04-24 | nytimes.com

    • Tobacco
  • E-cigarettes, sometimes flavored to tempt the immature (“Unicorn Puke,” “Stoned Smurf,” “German Chocolate Beefcake”), might be “gateway drugs,” leading to tobacco cigarettes. Currently, however, e-cigarettes often are substitutes for them. So, prepare for regulations combining high-mindedness and low cunning.
    2015-04-24 | washingtonpost.com

    • E Cigarettes
  • More and more people are vaping instead of smoking, although the hype surrounding the e-cigarette has just begun. [...] is the e-cigarette a suitable aid to help smokers quit? Dr. Loddenkemper: There are claims that it is, but in Germany a court has ruled that it can't be used as a treatment because there's no proof that e-cigarettes wean people off tobacco.
    2015-04-24 | dw.de

    • E Cigarettes
  • For years anti-smoking activists and public health officials have tried to justify their irrational hatred of electronic cigarettes by arguing that vaping leads to smoking, especially among impressionable young people who otherwise would never touch tobacco. But that is not happening. To the contrary, vaping and smoking rates among teenagers are moving in opposite directions.
    2015-04-24 | forbes.com

    • E Cigarettes
  • Altria Group Inc., the largest seller of tobacco in the U.S., reported an increase in first-quarter profit after it raised prices and sold more cigarettes. Chief Executive Officer Martin J. Barrington has been boosting prices for traditional smokes as he works to develop smokeless products like e-cigarettes, which are on the rise. 
    2015-04-24 | bloomberg.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • At least seven states (including Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Alabama) now permit the sale of e-cigarettes in jails, and, as one recent report noted, e-cigs “have quickly become one of the most sought-after items in jail commissaries.” Perhaps that’s not too surprising: Real cigarettes are banned in federal prisons, [...]
    2015-04-24 | ibtimes.com

    • E Cigarettes
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