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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.
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In response, Professor Stanton Glantz of the University of California at San Francisco organized an alternative letter making a number of criticisms of the first letter and attempting a scientific critique of e-cigarettes.

As a respected authority, it is important that WHO as an organisation and its individual staff take a dispassionate view of scientific evidence presented from any source.

On 26 June, the authors of the original letter wrote back to WHO indicating that many points in the Glantz letter are without scientific foundation and may be misleading to policy-makers or non-specialists if read uncritically. Their commentary identifies the more concerning errors of fact and interpretation in Professor Glantz’s letter, and explain why the citations and arguments used do not support the conclusions drawn.

NSP | 9 June 2014 

Letter from 53 scientists to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan generates biggest ever global media coverage on e-cigarettes
The letter from 53 scientists sent to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on May 26 urging the organisation to refrain from classifying e-cigarettes as regular tobacco products received wide media coverage across the world. The letter was sent ahead of the upcoming WHO sponsored Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) meeting in Moscow this October.

NSP | 29 May 2014 

World Health Organization needs to see e-cigarettes as part of the solution, not the problem, say leading specialists in nicotine science and public health
Over 50 leading scientists from 15 countries have written to Margaret Chan Director-General of the World Health Organization to ask WHO reconsider its intention to classify e-cigarettes the same as regular cigarettes, warning that they risk missing an opportunity to drastically reduce smoking and the illness and death associated with it.

  • There’s a lot we don’t know about electronic cigarettes. There’s even a lot the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t know about them. The FDA has proposed regulations that would set an age limit for buying them [...] Here in Wisconsin, we have a ban on selling them to minors, enacted in 2012. The state also has an indoor workplace ban on tobacco cigarettes — and a question about whether it should include e-cigarettes.
    2014-07-25 | postcrescent.com

  • Without a doubt, tobacco use continues to be a menace to society that affects nearly every organ in the body and is linked to heart disease, chronic lung disease and 11 types of cancer. In fact, tobacco is the leading cause of lung cancer - the world's deadliest cancer. Yet, with 90 percent of cases tied to smoking, it's almost entirely preventable. It's estimated that 480,000 deaths in the United States this year, and 20,000 in Texas alone, will be linked to tobacco use. 
    2014-07-25 | 

  • France is set to ban electronic cigarettes from public places and subject them to he same tight controls as tobacco, the government has announced. The move has sparked outrage among sellers and users of the battery-powered devices which contain liquid nicotine that is turned into a vapor when inhaled. Health Minister Marisol Touraine confirmed reports that a ban would go ahead on France’s Europe 1 radio today.
    2014-07-25 | worldobserveronline.com

  • An influential member of the U.S. Congress has urged [...] (FDA) to mandate child-proofing for e-liquid containers, as the wrangling over whether e-cigarettes pose a threat to young people rumbles on. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat in the House of Representatives known for her liberal views, interest in health policy and criticism of the FDA, has written to the agency’s commissioner Margaret Hamburg raising the issue of nicotine poisoning from e-liquid.
    2014-07-25 | ecigintelligence.com

  • The number of children trying cigarettes has dipped to the lowest level on record, new figures suggest. One in five pupils aged 11 to 15 said they had tried smoking, [...] (HSCIC) found. The NHS statistics authority said this was the lowest level recorded since the school pupil survey began in 1982. The research also suggested that children's attitudes towards smoking, drinking and taking drugs were "considerably" healthier than a decade ago.
    2014-07-25 | theguardian.com

  • Electronic cigarettes are picking up ubiquity as they have come as an aid to smokers looking to stop smoking. The gadget, E-Cig, was first presented by a Chinese pharmacist named Hon Lik in 1984. Following the time when the commencement of this gadget, another business was made by tobacco companies occupied with the assembling of cigarettes. [...] Lorillard (LO) and Philip Morris International (PM) are grasping this gadget to power their development.
    2014-07-25 | gurufocus.com

  • 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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