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Scott D. Ballin | 27 October 2015  Read more

Is it time for the WHO to Upgrade and Redefine its MPOWER Program?
With an estimated one billion smokers in the world and with over 5 million people dying each year from the deadly cigarette, isn’t it time for all stakeholders to reevaluate the strategies that are being used? Isn’t time to take advantage of and incorporate harm reduction as an appropriate global strategy for reducing disease and death caused by cigarette smoking?

Christopher Russell | 4 October 2015  Read more

Restricting the Advertising of Electronic Cigarettes Would be a Major Own Goal for Public Health
The finding of a recent survey commissioned by the UK charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) [1] that the proportion of 11-18 year olds in the UK who have tried using an electronic cigarette at least once rose from 5% in 2013 to 13% in 2015 will almost certainly lead to calls for greater restrictions to be placed on the ability of manufacturers and vendors to advertise nicotine vapour products. Perhaps there will even be calls, in time, for nicotine vapour products to be sold only in plain packaging [...]


Neil McKeganey | 9 September 2015  Read more

Tobacco Control Research: A Tale of Two Delphi Groups
Tobacco control researchers are nothing if not inconsistent. Take, for example, the recent case of Professor David Nutt who convened a group of experts to assess the relative harm of different nicotine delivery products (Nutt et al 2015). The paper Nutt and colleagues published on the basis of their assessment formed part of Public Health England’s recent conclusion that electronic cigarettes were 95% less harmful than combustible tobacco.

Ian Dunt | 26 August 2015  Read more

Anti-vaping campaigners are a threat to public health
If Public Health England's report on vaping shows anything, it's that those who oppose it are a threat to public health. The report found that "e-cigarette use is around 95% less harmful to health than smoking". They pose "no risk of nicotine poisoning to user". Most of the chemicals causing smoking-related disease are absent and "the chemicals present pose limited danger".

  • Tobacco is the only consumer product that kills when used exactly as the manufacturer intends. It does so at an alarming rate – one in two long-term users will eventually be killed by their habit. While the use of tobacco is declining in higher income countries, elsewhere it continues to increase. Nearly 80% of the world’s one billion smokers now live in low- and middle-income countries, [...]
    2015-12-01 | theguardian.com

    • Tobacco
  • Higher taxes and prices for cigarettes are strongly associated with lower infant mortality rates in the United States, according to a new study [...] released Dec. 1 in the journal Pediatrics. The association was stronger for African American infants than for non-Hispanic white infants, which has implications for trying to reduce disparities in infant mortality between the two groups.
    2015-12-01 | eurekalert.org

    • Cigarettes
    • Study
    • Tax
  • A paper by Stanford Research accusing e-cigarette advocates of manipulating advertising and having close ties to the vaping industry is coming under fire for “factual inaccuracies” and “raises serious questions about the university’s use of research funds.” The paper, which was published in the British Medical Journal, accuses pro-vaping group NOT Blowing Smoke of altering anti-tobacco advertisements [...]
    2015-12-01 | dailycaller.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Vaping
  • The health and social care committee report revealed a split broadly down party lines, with Labour AMs backing a ban in the face of opposition from the Welsh Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats’ Kirsty Williams. The Welsh Government wants to ban the use of e-cigarettes in enclosed public and work places under the Public Health Bill , [...]
    2015-12-01 | walesonline.co.uk

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
  • In summary, this study showed that under realistic conditions of vaping in a public place, MarkTen e-cigarettes did not produce ambient levels of propylene glycol, glycerine, nicotine, menthol, or particulate matter above detectable levels, and that while formaldehyde was detected, it was present at background levels measured without vaping occurring.
    2015-12-01 | tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com

    • Study
    • Vaping
  • Meridian Health Services has adopted a tobacco policy that it hopes other workplaces will implement: no designated smoking areas and employees not permitted to smoke while on the clock. The policy stops just short of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital's rules that prohibit employees from smoking even during breaks/lunch hours.
    2015-12-01 | thestarpress.com

    • Ban
    • Tobacco
  • A recent BMJ report advances a persuasive case - but it also misses an essential perception. Like the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the USA, the BMJ report finds that "Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death" today but they appear not to recognise that tobacco smoking is the hardest of all addictions to break.
    2015-12-01 | telegraph.co.uk

    • Smoking
  • The city of San Antonio recently extended its prohibition on smoking to Main Plaza and Travis Park [...] Adults still legally can use e-cigarettes in places like this where smoking is otherwise banned, but the city is waiting to see whether the Food and Drug Administration creates a new rule that would put e-cigarettes, vaporizers [...] into the same category as traditional cigarettes.
    2015-11-30 | houstonchronicle.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • FDA
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