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  • Important consultations on nicotine and e-cigarettes in Australia and New Zealand – submissions invited

    Nicotine Science & Policy | updated 16 August 2016

    Both Australia and New Zealand have legislation that was introduced before the introduction of e-cigarettes and which effectively makes possession of nicotine (Australia) or nicotine-containing e-cigarettes (NZ) illegal. In Australia there is a proposal to amend the scheduling of nicotine to make sale, possession and use of nicotine legal; in New Zealand the Ministry of Health proposes making nicotine e-cigarettes legal consumer products. Comments on both proposals are invited.

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  • Confusing smoke signals from Turkey

    Nicotine Science & Policy | 17 August 2016

    Turkey has for many years implemented stringent efforts to reduce smoking rates. Smoke-free policies, a two hundred per cent price increase on cigarettes and comprehensive stop-smoking services have all been introduced in the last decade; all significant actions from a country known for the saying ”Smoking like a Turk”.

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  • TPD implementation in Poland – the end of vaping as we know it?

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 20 July 2016

    On July 8th the Polish Parliament passed an act transposing the EU Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) into national law, some weeks after the mandated date of May 20th. This marks the end of a legislative process that started two years ago.

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  • Why you/doctors/vapers should join IDHDP

    Chris Ford | 15 July 2016

    Dr Chris Ford, the Clinical Director of International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies, recently attended the Global Forum on Nicotine. Here are some thoughts from her and her colleagues afterwards.

    The dogma that has pervaded global drug policy over the last fifty years is hard to comprehend. People have been using substances to alter the way they feel for thousands of years and there is no indication that this will ever stop. Like we do for all other potentially hazardous activities, provision of information and tools to reduce potential harms would be the action of a responsible and caring society.

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  • Evidence, Accountability, and Transparency: impressions from the Third Global Forum on Nicotine Conference in Warsaw 16th - 18th June 2016

    Harry Sharpio | 13 July 2016

    Having spent over 35 years working in the field of illegal drugs, this was my first foray into the world of tobacco or more specifically the current worldwide controversy over e-cigarettes. What I learnt from my two days at the conference was both fascinating and appalling.

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  • Glycerine in e-liquid

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 01 June 2016

    Glycerine (glycerol, 1,2,3-propanetriol) is one of the main ingredients of e-cigarette liquid. Most people are familiar with glycerine, as it is widely used in food and pharmaceuticals. It acts as a solvent, humectant and sometimes as a sweetener. Here is a chemical model of glycerine.

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  • The Health Ministry will gazette all national parks nationwide to be smoke-free zones by year-end. Health Deputy Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya said currently, 22 areas had been gazetted as smoke-free, including religious places, rest areas on the highways [...] The smoke-free zones will not only refer to cigarette smoke but also items that contain nicotine such as e-cigarettes, vape and shisha.
    2016-08-29 | malaysiakini.com

    • Smoke Free
    • Tobacco
  • Australia is facing an uphill climb in its battle against a flood of illegal cigarettes (known as “chop-chop”), and recent news suggests organized crime groups have decided to up the ante. [...] The roots of Australia’s problem with the black market stem at least in part from recent public health policies as successive governments have tried to drive down smoking rates.
    2016-08-29 | intpolicydigest.org

    • Australia
    • Cigarettes
  • Philip Morris International Inc. and Japan Tobacco Inc. have rolled out products that are heated -- not burned -- in battery-charged devices, seeking to appeal to smokers who want their nicotine fix without the usual smell and smoke. The move, part of the rapidly growing global vaping trend, has created a bright spot on Japan’s otherwise bleak tobacco market.
    2016-08-29 | bloomberg.com

    • Industry
    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • You recently saw how a build-up of microbes in bagpipes recently doomed a Scottish man. That could apply to all wind instruments, and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration microbiologist warns that several species of bacteria found in smokeless tobacco products have been associated with opportunistic infections. Obviously that doesn't mean they caused them but associations are important in making health policy, [...]
    2016-08-29 | science20.com

    • FDA
    • Vaping
  • Nevada Vaping Association Co-chairman Alex Mazzola owns Las Vegas-based Flavor Vapor. [...] “The FDA is portraying this as unsafe for kids, but we don’t want to sell to kids,” Mazzola says. “Two years ago, Gov. (Brian) Sandoval signed a law making it illegal to sell to anyone under 18. So, the FDA can act like they are doing the healthy thing, but they are just putting us out of the game.”
    2016-08-29 | lasvegassun.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • FDA
    • Vaping
  • According to a new study [...] the answer to that question largely depends on who you ask. A team of researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine examined 500 medical questions about vaping that had been posted over a four year period on HealthTap, a popular online medical forum which allows users to ask medical questions anonymously which are then fielded by a pool of 72,000 licensed physicians.
    2016-08-29 | motherboard.vice.com

    • Study
    • Vaping
  • A new study published this week in the journal Tobacco Control provides some clarity as to what, exactly, your teen is smoking when they puff away on Saturday Morning Cereal Vape Juice. [...] the overwhelming majority of teens who experiment with vaping — about two-thirds of them — use only the flavored vaping juices that contain absolutely no nicotine, marijuana or other drugs. [...]
    2016-08-26 | washingtonpost.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
    • Study
  • Cigarettes are often cheaper at the very place that people shop for health supplies and fill medicine prescriptions, according to a new study in California. "Compared to other types of stores, pharmacies charged customers less for cigarettes, more for bottled water," said lead author Lisa Henriksen [...] "It's surprising that stores that are supposed to promote health sell the world's deadliest product of all, [...]
    2016-08-26 | foxnews.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
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