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The myth of the vaping controversy

We are now used to hearing experts of all disciplines, from virologists to behavioural psychologists, interviewed in the media about COVID-19. There is general agreement on personal safety measures like social distancing and hand-washing. But even at this basic level, questions arise. As it becomes clear that the virus can be carried in airborne droplets, should the recommended distance in the UK remain at 2 metres rather than I metre plus or even 3 metres? [Read More]

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2018-12-31 , Submission deadline
IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
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Friday, February 26, 2021
The Jharkhand cabinet on Thursday approved a proposal to completely ban hookah bars in the state. As per the decision, those flouting rules may face a prison sentence or a fine of Rs 1 lakh. The cabinet has also approved a decision to make the sale and purchase of tobacco products like cigarettes at public places illegal. Anyone found breaking the rules will be fined Rs 1,000. [...] A decision to increase the minimum age for buying tobacco products in the state has also been increased from 18 to 21. It may be noted that those below the age of 21 will not be allowed to purchase any tobacco products.
Friday, February 26, 2021
United Kingdom United States
In 1942, the American political scientist Quincy Wright published a lengthy book about how to organise the world beyond endless wars. [...] He was one of the first major voices to call for what would later be known as the “war on drugs”. As early as 1924, Wright argued that the use of drugs “for purposes other than medicinal or scientific” is an “evil”. While working as an adviser to the state department, Wright advocated for the US to lead a global assault against drugs.
Friday, February 26, 2021
United States
Will the new Biden administration choose science over politics? The commandment to “believe science” has become a rallying cry , one echoed by Joe Biden during his presidential campaign when he promised to “ choose science over fiction .” If that is true, his new administration should embrace tobacco harm -reduction, a public health strategy that, instead of the abstinence-only-approach, seeks to reduce the death and disease caused by combustible cigarettes by allowing smokers access to lower-risk alternatives.
Friday, February 26, 2021
Australia
There were mixed views over the future regulation and supply of NRT products during debate in the Senate this week. While most supported the current regime of prescription-only supply e-cigarettes, One Nation called for the products to become Pharmacy-only medications, while coalition senators argued for pharmacy-only liquid nicotine. During a session of often-heated debate, Senators voted to support a cross-party motion on the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes.
Friday, February 26, 2021
United States
The Vermont Senate has revived legislation that would ban the sale of flavored vaping and tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes. The ban was floated last year as a way to prevent youth usage of nicotine products, but the proposal was sidelined after the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Sen. Ginny Lyons , D-Chittenden, chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare, said in an interview this week that she’d like the Senate to pass the bill, S.24 , “as quickly as possible.” She said use of nicotine products by young people has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Monday, 18 January

We are now used to hearing experts of all disciplines, from virologists to behavioural psychologists, interviewed in the media about COVID-19. There is general agreement on personal safety measures like social distancing and hand-washing. But even at this basic level, questions arise. As it becomes clear that the virus can be carried in airborne droplets, should the recommended distance in the UK remain at 2 metres rather than I metre plus or even 3 metres? 

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