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  • Nicotine in the News - 15 August

    Harry Shapiro Director DrugWise

    The Washington Post has published a letter from the vice chair of the American Thoracic Society’s Tobacco Action Committee attacking the FDA for its more neutral position on new nicotine technologies, accusing the agency of promoting a switch from one addiction to another, underlining an ideological trope that lies at the heart of much of the response from many national and international so-called ‘health’ agencies.

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  • GFN taking the debate on vaping on the road

    In March the GFN team organised a series of three dialogues in the UK to explore ‘How safe is vaping? Media coverage, dilemmas and solutions in work and social spaces’ These, each hosted by local partners, took place in Leicester, Liverpool and Glasgow.

    The format was for a panel of leading thinkers and advocates to give short introductions, followed by a discussion involving the audience. Each event was designed to last for about 2 hours.

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  • A group of New York City legislators have pushed through a series of bills and amendments that will make life much harder for the city’s vapers. The multi-pronged attack will put further harsh restrictions on where you can use electronic cigarettes, as well as making it more difficult to buy them and penalising vendors. The first new restriction [...] makes it illegal to use e-cigs in common areas of any multiple dwelling.
    2017-08-22 | vapingpost.com

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
  • The debate on electronic cigarettes took a turn for the worse this week, when raw numbers were used to suggest that current interventions to reduce smoking may not be working — and therefore e-cigarettes need to be part of the solution. There was no scientific merit to either of these claims. To use them together to push an evidence-free barrow on e-cigarettes is not only flawed but dangerous.
    2017-08-22 | thewest.com.au

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • I have spent decades working to reduce the harm of tobacco use. [...] I can recall when the FDA’s standard response to requests that it regulate nicotine in cigarettes was to assert that cigarettes are neither a food nor a drug, but “a device of pleasure” outside of their authority. I can assure you that few smokers derive true pleasure from their addiction. [...]
    2017-08-22 | houstonchronicle.com

    • FDA
    • Tobacco
  • The chief executive of Philip Morris International said he was “extremely encouraged” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent proposal to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes and nudge smokers toward less harmful alternatives such as e-cigarettes. The FDA’s announcement was “one of the best articulated positions in many years,” Andre Calantzopoulos, PMI’s chief executive, said in an interview on Monday.
    2017-08-22 | euronews.com

    • FDA
    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • A Kentucky city has passed an expanded smoking ordinance, banning the use of e-cigarettes and hookahs from public places or worksites. News outlets report the changes go into effect Monday after the Louisville Metro Council voted in May to expand the city's smoke-free ordinance to include e-cigarettes and hookahs.
    2017-08-22 | chron.com

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
  • Few smokers hospitalized for heart attacks and other serious complications of cardiac disease get medication to help them quit smoking, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on almost 37,000 smokers hospitalized with heart disease and found only about 8,300, or 23%, received a prescription for a smoking-cessation aid during their hospital stay.
    2017-08-22 | uk.reuters.com

    • Smoking
    • Study
  • In 2016, the EU’s Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR), decided to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. This came to pass after fierce lobbying from pharmaceutical companies, who naturally do not want vaping products to be recognised as smoking cessation tools, due to the fierce competition with their own (not so effective) nicotine replacement products.
    2017-08-21 | vapingpost.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Tobacco
  • [...] A report (August 18th) on a study published in the Tobacco Control journal looked at experimentation by British young people with e-cigarettes. The study does not show, as the headline suggests, that “Vaping among young teens may increase likelihood of smoking”. The key issue is not how many non-smokers try vaping, but how many vape regularly, and how many having tried vaping, go on to smoke tobacco.
    2017-08-21 | irishtimes.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
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