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GFN-horiz-short-2015Following the success of the first Global Forum on Nicotine, in Warsaw, Poland, Knowledge•Action•Change is delighted to announce the dates for next year’s conference. The 2nd Global Forum on Nicotine will take place at the Marriott Hotel, Warsaw, on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2015. Presentations, videos and other materials from this year’s conference are now available on-line at http://gfn.net.co/2014

Blog Highlights

NSP | 20 August 2014 

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.

NSP | 18 August 2014 

E-cigarette taxation threat in Italy – expected to escalate cost of e-cigarettes
The Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance is currently considering a new decree that will tax e-cigarettes and drive up their costs, making them less financially attractive for users, and damaging the e-cigarette market.

Michael R. Hufford & Gilbert Ross | 3 August 2014  Read more...

Extinguishing the last combustible cigarette
Today approximately 14,000 people will die of tobacco-related diseases around the world. The same thing will happen tomorrow and the day after that, leaving nearly 6 million dead in the coming year.

NSP | 29 June 2014 

Glantz letter to WHO – the importance of dispassionate presentation and interpretation of evidence
On 26 May 2014, fifty three specialists in nicotine science and public health policy wrote to Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO to argue that tobacco harm reduction is part of the solution to the burden of smoking related disease and requires a careful and evidence based approach to its regulation.
full details   letter PDF  

  • The rise of Islamic extremism in the Middle East has disrupted sales growth at Imperial Tobacco, which has blamed the “turbulent situation” for falling cigarette and tobacco sales in Iraq, one of its key growth markets. “In several Middle Eastern markets, sales have been disrupted by the deteriorating security situation,” the company said in an otherwise positive third-quarter trading statement on Tuesday.
    2014-08-20 | ft.com

  • A historic 1998 legal settlement with Big Tobacco required tobacco companies to pay billions in perpetuity to reimburse states for the health care costs of smoking. Rather than wait and collect over time, many states used tobacco bonds to get their money in a lump sum, kind of like cashing in lottery winnings for a one-time payment. But in doing so, some issued what are called capital appreciation bonds, or CABs. These special securities are costlier.
    2014-08-20 | propublica.org

  • Much of Bristol’s wealth has been built on tobacco and the city is still home to one of the richest firms in the world. But Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth largest tobacco company and the wealthiest firm in the South West, is starting to look for alternatives to the traditional cigarette. Changing habits, the cost of tobacco and the smoking ban are all combining to see a fall in the number of smokers, not just in the UK and Europe.
    2014-08-20 | southwestbusiness.co.uk

  • Industry lobbying saw EU institutions water down a landmark tobacco law between 2009 and 2014, a new study by British scientists has found. The analysis, published by the British Medical Journal last week, is the first to use “quantitative text analysis” - a method which counts the evolution of vocabulary in EU legal texts - to “prove” the impact of industry efforts. 
    2014-08-20 | euobserver.com

  • The number of people turning to the NHS for help to stop smoking has fallen for the second year in a row, according to a new report. According to the figures, more than 740,000 smokers used NHS Stop Smoking Services in 2012/2013, but by last year that figure had fallen to 586,000. Anti-smoking campaigners suggested that this may be because more smokers are turning to electronic cigarettes to help them quit.
    2014-08-20 | independent.co.uk

  • Sometimes politicians pass a law just because they can. Whether the law is needed or of any demonstrable use is irrelevant to them. Power obtained is power used. Consider the case of e-cigarettes and elected officials and health advocates who are stampeding toward a ban despite a lack of scientific evidence. None of that ambiguity stops city councils and boards of health from moving toward a ban in the cities of Toronto and Aurora.
    2014-08-20 | sunnewsnetwork.ca

  • 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

  • July 11 (Bloomberg) -- Imperial Tobacco confirms it is in discussions with Reynolds, Lorillard to evaluate a possible acquisition of certain assets and brands owned by Reynolds and Lorillard.
    2014-07-11 | bloomberg.com

  • E-Cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular in adults and teens, but are they safe? Watch Scot Ackerman, M.D. on First Coast Living discussing the pros, cons and health risks of this new cigarette trend.
    2014-06-20 | youtube.com

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