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  • Why Academics Should Resist Pressure to Disengage with the Tobacco Industry

    Neil McKeganey, Christopher Russell | 27 September 2016

    In the past few days, several pro-tobacco harm reduction academics and scientists who are registered to attend the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTNF) in Brussels, Belgium this week (27-29 September), received a letter signed by two major anti-smoking organisations – the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) and the U.S.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). This letter expressed to the recipients, including one of the authors of this blog (CR), the signatories’ ‘strong concern over the participation of renowned academics’ at a conference that is largely funded by the tobacco industry.

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

    Nicotine Science & Policy | updated 31 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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  • The Enjoyment of Smoking

    Neil McKeganey | 6 September 2016

    When it comes to policies aimed at reducing the harm of smoking there is a truth that daren’t be spoken, namely that many smokers actually enjoy smoking. In the current climate of tobacco control policies aiming for a tobacco free world, the realization that many people want to continue to engage in a behaviour that they know to be harmful is hard to acknowledge.

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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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  • Businesses selling e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine and other vapor products in Washington are navigating new sets of state and federal rules, a major switch for the industry that was largely unregulated until this year. The state requirements that kick in this weekend are welcome, according to some owners of vapor businesses. It’s the federal regulations that began taking effect in August that worry some business owners.
    2016-09-29 | thenewstribune.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Regulation
  • A Massey University public health researcher is welcoming trial results with a new nicotine inhaler, despite the fact it has been developed by tobacco company Philip Morris. All the tobacco firms are developing “harm reduced” products and the independent vaporiser market is also innovating and improving technology, associate professor Marewa Glover says.
    2016-09-29 | nzdoctor.co.nz

    • Nicotine
    • Tobacco
  • The White House is reviewing a final rule from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on tobacco products. The rule aims to clarify when the FDA can regulate a product like nicotine gum as a drug or device versus a tobacco product like electronic cigarettes. For the agency it all comes down to the product’s intended use.
    2016-09-29 | origin-nyi.thehill.com

    • FDA
    • Regulation
    • Tobacco
  • The Canadian Institute of Health Research has granted a researcher with the Health Sciences North Research Institute $688,051 over a three-year term to develop a tobacco smoking vaccine. Dr. Hoang-Thanh Le and his team are proposing to develop a new vaccination strategy targeting the lungs, which offers an effective treatment that can sequester nicotine in the airways and limit its entry into the brain.
    2016-09-29 | baytoday.ca

    • Nicotine
    • Study
  • Business remains steady in the tobacco accessories category, with much of the industry buzz focusing on accessories for a pair of unrelated product lines—electronic cigarettes and legalized marijuana. In states where medical or recreational marijuana is legal—it remains illegal according to federal law—convenience stores have the opportunity to add items like pipes, lighters and rolling papers.
    2016-09-29 | cstoredecisions.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Marijuana
  • The Liberal government says it plans to introduce legislation later this fall to regulate vaping. [...] “Smoking tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada, affecting the well-being of all Canadians, including youth.,” said Philpott. “The government of Canada is continuing to explore new and better ways to address smoking in Canada, and its impact on the health of Canadians.”
    2016-09-29 | news.nationalpost.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • During the long buildup to the FDA announcement in May, sales of e-cigarettes and vapors/tanks/mods as well as e-liquids posted soft numbers in the convenience store channel. However, this August registered some of the most impressive numbers in a long time. [...] “Companies that know they’re not going to comply with the deeming dumped their current products into the marketplace,” said Ray Story, [...]
    2016-09-28 | cstoredecisions.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Industry
  • An estimated 87,000 Canadians will become daily smokers this year, many of them youth, putting them and others at risk of developing a variety of diseases and illnesses. That is why the Government of Canada is continuing to take action to lower smoking rates and shift public attitudes about tobacco. Canada has historically been at the forefront of tobacco control [...]
    2016-09-28 | news.gc.ca

    • Canada
    • E Cigarettes
    • Tobacco
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