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

    Nicotine Science & Policy | updated 16 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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  • 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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  • Evidence, Accountability, and Transparency: impressions from the Third Global Forum on Nicotine Conference in Warsaw 16th - 18th June 2016

    Harry Sharpio | 13 July 2016

    Having spent over 35 years working in the field of illegal drugs, this was my first foray into the world of tobacco or more specifically the current worldwide controversy over e-cigarettes. What I learnt from my two days at the conference was both fascinating and appalling.

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  • Glycerine in e-liquid

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 01 June 2016

    Glycerine (glycerol, 1,2,3-propanetriol) is one of the main ingredients of e-cigarette liquid. Most people are familiar with glycerine, as it is widely used in food and pharmaceuticals. It acts as a solvent, humectant and sometimes as a sweetener. Here is a chemical model of glycerine.

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  • Smoking, which can cause several ailments including cancer, can soon become a thing of the past if quality and diversity of vaping products continue to increase, and costs continue to fall, economists have estimated. “If product quality and diversity continue to increase, and costs continue to fall, within 20 years vaping could cut smoking rates by 50 percent or more. [...]
    2016-08-24 | indianexpress.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
    • Vaping
  • The petition was started by Heidi Handford, whose husband has been a medical marijuana user since the 1970s. She says she feels betrayed. “The money I was spending on groceries was being used to take down the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative,” Handford writes in the petition. “I feel betrayed by a corporation I used to patronize.”
    2016-08-24 | dailycaller.com

    • Medical Marijuana
  • Smoking and other tobacco use is not a disease, it is a consumption decision. So attempts to understand it through the lens of medicine, rather than that of welfare economics [...] create confusion, absurd claims, and bad public policy. These errors are particularly harmful in discussions about low risk alternatives to smoking, part of what is known as “tobacco harm reduction”.
    2016-08-24 | cityam.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Tobacco
  • The Food and Drug Administration’s recent decision to impose regulations on e-cigarettes is a welcome move, and it is an important signal the government intends to stem what has become a threat to the health of the nation’s youth. The FDA’s tight regulation of traditional tobacco cigarettes over nearly 50 years has shown that science and reasonable restrictions can turn public opinion against harmful practices, [...]
    2016-08-24 | deseretnews.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • FDA
  • Colorado voters will decide in November whether to triple cigarette taxes after tobacco sales rose for the first time since the last state tax increase in 2004. An initiative certified Monday for the November ballot would raise the state tax from 84 cents to $2.59 per pack starting Jan. 1. That’s nearly a dollar more than the $1.63 national average, according to the state health department.
    2016-08-24 | coloradoan.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Taxes
  • Canada's public consultation on plain packaging for tobacco requires strict guidelines to protect against interference by the tobacco industry, and media must also be wary, according to a commentary in CMAJ. The Canadian government's public consultation on plain packaging of tobacco products, as a public health measure, will close Aug. 31, 2016.
    2016-08-24 | medicalxpress.com

    • Plain Packaging
    • Tobacco
  • A new experimental study—the first of its kind, according to the authors—confirms that smokers can dramatically reduce their exposure to toxins and carcinogens by switching to e-cigarettes. [...] "It's the first time we have very strong evidence that we will be able now to give [smokers] that the answer is, yes, this you should consider a transition, a substitute for your tobacco cigarette that will save your life."
    2016-08-23 | reason.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
  • In another note of progress in the war against tobacco-related disease, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service announced yesterday it has approved an e-cigarette to help people quit smoking. This product, called Evoke, can now be dispensed by NHS physicians and clinics to help people quit smoking or cut down the amount of cigarettes smoked. The NHS has been promoting use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation [...]
    2016-08-23 | rstreet.org

    • E Cigarettes
    • Tobacco
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