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Joe Gitchell | 24 March 2014 

What drives anti e-cig sentiments? Potential Insights in to the Reasoning of Skeptics
The place of “tobacco harm reduction” in the panoply of public health responses to the cigarette smoking epidemic has a long and generally discouraging history (e.g., filters, “low-tar”, “heat not burn”), but given the substantial and increasing toll from cigarette smoking, and the apparent inability of established policies and programs to arrest these trends, the debate about harm reduction will continue.

Gerry Stimson | 29 March 2014 

New estimates double size of US e-cigarette market; increasing importance of refillable and modified devices
The fast moving world of e-cigarettes means that it is hard to track the dynamics of this changing scene. There is a lack of good information on the size of the vaping population, trends in the sales of e-cigarettes, and what devices vapers are using. Academic and survey research on the size and characteristics of the vaping population is still minimal, and a picture of what is happening needs to be pieced together from various sources of information including sales and market data.

NSP | 24 March 2014 

Update - Global Forum on Nicotine, 27-28th June 2014, Warsaw: Conference topics, speakers, and outline programme announced
Shaping the discussions at the Global Forum on Nicotine will be presentations from the world’s leading nicotine scientists, researchers and policy analysts. Conference background: The science and understanding of nicotine is rapidly changing. The arrival of new nicotine delivery systems, along with other lower risk alternatives to smoking, is forcing rapid changes in nicotine science, public understanding, and the regulatory landscape.

NSP | 5 March 2014 

Smoking, e-cigarettes and excessive regulation
Readers of NSP will be well aware that electronic cigarettes are a major disruption for the tobacco industry, governments and regulators, public health and tobacco control organisations, consumers, and the public view of nicotine. Writing in The Times Matt Ridley outlines the risks to individual and public health from excessive regulation that threatens to ‘throttle’ the electronic cigarette industry. Viscount Matt Ridley is one of the few people to have spoken on electronic cigarettes in the UK House of Lords, which we published here.

  • With the release of its deeming regulations, the FDA is poised to give a huge gift to combustible tobacco and to the diseases and death caused by cigarettes. If promulgated as is, the regulations will be devastating to the public's health by protecting the combustible cigarette market at the expense of the introduction and promotion of much safer alternative products that would otherwise have the potential to substantially reduce lung disease, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
    2014-04-25 | tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com

  • [...] the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today proposed a new rule that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to cover additional tobacco products. Products that would be “deemed” to be subject to FDA regulation are those that meet the statutory definition of a tobacco product, including currently unregulated marketed products, such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels [...]
    2014-04-25 | fda.gov

  • Twitter never sleeps. So when the news broke in the dead of night that the Food and Drug Administration wants to regulate e-cigarettes, the response was swift. [...] Some claim they are safer than regular cigarettes; others say they are dangerous for different reasons and a gateway to smoking the real thing. For the first time since e-cigarettes appeared in the U.S. in 2006, the FDA said Thursday that it will impose restrictions.
    2014-04-24 | washingtonpost.com

  • The Health Services Executive is to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in all health service facilities from next month. The decision was made after a detailed review of their safety and the impact of e- cigarettes on the HSE’s smoke-free campus policy. While their benefits remain controversial, they remain unregulated in Ireland and their use is not covered by the workplace ban on smoking.
    2014-04-24 | irishtimes.com

  • WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will propose sweeping new rules on Thursday that for the first time would extend its regulatory authority from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar business with virtually no federal oversight or protections for American consumers.
    2014-04-24 | nytimes.com

  • Municipal counsellors in the southern city of Krakow passed a motion, Wednesday, which bans the use of e-cigarettes in the city’s public transport. The new by-law is to become effective in May, and follows on from the cities of Warsaw, Poznan and Lodz, where similar regulations have been enforced. [...] Marcin Korusiewicz told journalists, Wednesday, that the motion came after complaints from passengers over the use of e-cigarettes in the city’stransport.
    2014-04-24 | thenews.pl

  • [...] He spoke with us about his recent study examining why e-cigarette users have had such incredible success when compared with other smoking cessation methods.
    2014-04-22 | youtube.com

  • The UK's first electronic cigarette coffee shop allows "vapers" to drink a coffee, buy an e-cigarette and smoke it. It's the latest business in an industry which has grown to $2 billion globally in the last decade, and big tobacco firms are also getting involved. But as Joanna Partridge, regulation may be on the way.
    2014-04-21 | theglobeandmail.com

  • SAN DIEGO - The number of problems involving e-cigarettes is rising, and nearly half of the reports involve children, according to state officials. The popularity of e-cigarettes has exploded, and experts say the number of flavors is endless and very enticing to children.
    2014-04-17 | 10news.com

  • Dr Pat Doorley, Chair of the RCPI Tobacco Policy Group, talks about the impact of policy development in controlling the tobacco epedemic, including tobacco taxation, plain packaging and prohibiting smoking in cars in the company of people under the age of 18. 
    2014-04-15 | youtube.com

  • In February 2014, the European Parliament approved a new set of rules regulating electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). These new rules, slated to take effect in 2016, would ban the advertising of e-cigarettes, limit the nicotine concentration in e-cigarettes, require e-cigarettes to be childproof, [...]
    2014-04-12 | youtube.com

  • CNNi talks to Andries Verleur, ceo of V-2 Cigs about e-cigarettes.
    2014-04-11 | youtube.com

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