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  • 18 February 2017

    Harry Shapiro Director DrugWise

    Forget La La Land (you know, that place where WHO and CDC views on vaping live) – instead grab your popcorn for some much more rewarding screen time.

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  • Momentum building to legalise nicotine for vaping in Australia.

    Attila Danko | 16 February 2017

    I wrote earlier this month about the TGA’s rejection of our application to legalise low-strength nicotine for vaping. Since then we have taken our campaign forwards. 

    A team of three consumer vaping advocates from the NNA AU, myself, Donna Darvill and Andrew Thompson, along with two specialists in harm reduction, Dr Colin Mendelsohn and Dr Alex Wodak, spent a day in Parliament House Canberra.   We had multiple meetings with Members of Parliament, Senators and staffers from across the political spectrum.

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  • Coupons and other discounts for tobacco products would be banned under a proposal from a pair of state lawmakers from the Lower Hudson Valley. The bill, which was re-introduced in the state Senate last week, would prohibit retailers from accepting any coupons or offering discounts on cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes or most other types of tobacco.
    2017-02-21 | democratandchronicle.com

    • Ban
    • Cigarettes
    • Tobacco
  • The analysis, published in the American Journal of Public Health, comes less than three years after the company in fall of 2014 stopped selling all tobacco products in an unprecedented move that gained national attention from public health advocates, doctors and the White House. “After CVS’s tobacco removal, household- and population-level cigarette purchasing declined significantly,” the study concluded.
    2017-02-21 | forbes.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • “We are increasingly concerned that cuts in council spending, NHS cost pressures and a lack of joined-up thinking by central government are combining to block progress on cutting smoking, still the No 1 public health challenge facing the country,” said Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health (Ash).
    2017-02-21 | onmedica.com

    • Quitting
    • Smoking
  • First of all, to answer the title question: Is Vaping Healthy? The short answer is yes, if you are a smoker. But if you never smoked before, then it is probably not so healthy. The next question I constantly get is “Isn’t nicotine bad for you?” Well, nicotine in itself at certain levels is not bad for you but since it is highly addictive, and it’s in cigarettes, you ingest tar with it, therein lies the problem. [...]
    2017-02-21 | m.koreatimes.co.kr

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. House could serve as the legislative path for peeling back tightened regulations on electronic cigarettes and other innovative tobacco products. The U.S. House bill is named the “FDA Deeming Authority Clarification Act of 2017.” A co-sponsor, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., has pursued for several years a new grandfather date for marketplace introduction of those products.
    2017-02-21 | journalnow.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Regulation
  • Policymakers should be mindful of the extensive research that supports tobacco harm reduction and understand that bans, excessive regulations, or high taxes on e-cigarettes could encourage smokers to stay with more-harmful traditional cigarettes. For decades, lawmakers and regulators have used taxes, bans, and strong regulations in an attempt to reduce the negative health effects of smoking. [...]
    2017-02-21 | heartland.org

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • While debate over rising usage of vaping devices or vapes continues, experts and proponents alike nevertheless agree on a key point – the entry point to vapes will always be more expensive than cigarettes, because of the extra electronics pricing. This premium pricing factor could be a major educational and awareness that regulatory authorities can take advantage of, said Julian Morris [...]
    2017-02-20 | therakyatpost.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • When Dr. Ralph Alvarado was elected to the Kentucky state Senate in 2014, he found his new colleagues had something in common with most of his patients: They knew smoking was bad, they just couldn't quit. For more than two years, Alvarado has led the effort to restrict smoking in a state with the highest smoking rate in the country. [...]
    2017-02-20 | medicalxpress.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
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