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  • New Study on Asthma and Vaping: Long-term benefits

    "Persisting long term benefits of smoking abstinence and reduction in asthmatic smokers who have switched to electronic cigarettes" - is the title of a study conducted by the research group led by Prof Riccardo Polosa at the University of Catania, and recently published in Discovery Medicine.

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  • The Pleasure of E-cigarettes

    Neil McKeganey, Christopher Russell | 28 April 2016

    The publication by the Royal College of Physicians of a report “Nicotine without Smoke: Tobacco Harm Reduction” approbating the use of e-cigarettes as a route out of smoking conventional cigarettes affirms a finding that has been highlighted by researchers for a number of years now. This report is welcome nevertheless as an objective contribution to a debate that has become increasingly personalised and divisive with tobacco control advocates repeatedly advising that e-cigarettes should be regulated as least as tightly as conventional cigarettes.

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  • Carbonyls – friend or foe?

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 18 April 2016

    Quite frequently the media try to „enlighten” people using information extracted from various scientific publications about chemicals found in the vapour from e-cigarettes. Some of these chemicals belong to the class of volatile organic compounds which are contained in the carbonyl group. Let me shed some light on this subject.

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  • Propylene glycol classified as toxic? There's no scientific proof for that!

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 21 March 2016

    Something really awful is happening now. In October 2015 German Federal Office for Chemicals, a part of Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health submitted a proposal to the European Chemicals Agency for a new toxicological classification of propylene glycol. 

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  • E-cigarette coils from a chemist's point of view

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 7 March 2016

    When vapers discuss safety issues, they usually take into account the components of e-liquid and the composition of the aerosol inhaled. Of course this is the most important subject, but we should also be aware of metals of which the coils are made.

     

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  • Tobacco Industry Funded E-Cigarette Research and the Rise of Academic McCarthyism

    Neil McKeganey, Christopher Russell | 27 February 2016

    In a commentary piece published in the journal Addiction, Professor Jim McCambridge from the University of York sets out why, in his view, academic journals should not publish any e-cigarette research funded by the tobacco industry. The basis for McCambridge’s view is, not as it turns out, evidence of current misconduct on the part of the tobacco industry with regard to the research which it funds on e-cigarette, but evidence of decades old misconduct revealed in analysis of internal tobacco industry documents analysed as part of the Legacy Foundation (now Truth Initiative).

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  • Ontario’s Liberal government quashed on Monday an opposition motion to exempt vapour lounges and compassion clubs from new rules that would bar medical marijuana use anywhere cigarettes are already banned. Bill 178 seeks to amend the Smoke Free Ontario Act to treat medical marijuana smoke the same way it does tobacco. It was sent back to the house for a final vote from committee on Monday [...]
    2016-05-31 | news.nationalpost.com

    • Marijuana
    • Regulation
  • Cigarette Smoking and tobacco use are major causes for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer. Cigarettes generate more than 7,000 chemicals and many of these chemicals are harmful. Once these chemicals enter our body, they affect a number of vital organs of central nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular system. [...]
    2016-05-30 | timesofindia.indiatimes.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • What the American Lung Association is telling smokers is not merely that they should quit, but that they must quit in the way that the ALA tells them to or they might as well continue smoking. Thus, this message insinuates that the ALA would rather these smokers die than quit the wrong way. Let me set the record straight and try to undo some of the damage [...]
    2016-05-30 | tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.com

    • Quitting
    • Smoking
  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, is World Smokefree Day and the Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to stub out its addiction to excise tax revenue and legalise e-cigarettes so that more New Zealanders can kick the habit. According to UK Government research, e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than traditional fags [...] E-cigarettes containing nicotine are prohibited for sale in New Zealand.
    2016-05-30 | scoop.co.nz

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
  • The Japanese Ministry of Health has carried out research which claims that e-cigarettes contain 10 times the level of carcinogens than traditional tobacco products. Both formaldehyde and acetaldehyde carcinogens were found in the liquid produced by a number of e-cigarettes. These two chemicals have also been found in experimentation by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH).
    2016-05-30 | news-medical.net

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
  • NZ First leader Winston Peters is blaming "fat people" for the hike in tobacco taxes. Parliament sat under urgency to rush through legislation raising tobacco taxes by 10 per cent a year for the next four years, a move voted for by every party except NZ First. Associate Health Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said it would save lives and prevent young people taking up a deadly smoking habit.
    2016-05-27 | stuff.co.nz

    • Smoking
    • Taxes
  • Marewa Glover share her opinion with Liam Butler on the evidence surrounding e-cigarettes and consumers trying to quit who manage memory loss? [...] Nicotine has been shown to have some beneficial preventative, and I think current, effects on Alzheimers, Parkinson's and some dementia-type disabilities. Some people, for example, with a family history of these, use nicotine gum as a preventative.
    2016-05-27 | scoop.co.nz

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • On May 4, the day before the Food and Drug Administration officially classified e-cigarettes as “tobacco products,” California did the same thing. Gov. Jerry Brown signed SBX2 5, which expands the definition of tobacco product under several statutes to include “an electronic device that delivers nicotine or other vaporized liquids to the person inhaling from the device.”
    2016-05-27 | forbes.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Tobacco
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