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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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  • 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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  • Costly new federal rules for cigars, electronic cigarettes and other smoking products that had been relatively unregulated could snuff out small cigar makers such as Córdoba & Morales, a Casselberry operation owned by Mustafa and her Cuban-born husband, Azarias Mustafa Córdoba. If the rules go into effect, "it would put us out of business," she said of their company, launched five years ago.
    2016-07-22 | orlandosentinel.com

    • Cigar
    • FDA
  • The tobacco industry’s desperation to recruit African smokers has only intensified since. In most countries the percentage of the population that smokes cigarettes has shrunk since 2000. [...] “Tobacco companies are very good at finding market opportunities where there are not only potential smokers, but also weak regulations. Africa is in that sweet spot,” says Michael Eriksen, of Georgia State University.
    2016-07-22 | economist.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • I smoke. I've smoked for 50-plus years. [...] I don't mind paying tax on my cigarettes. But why should I, and other smokers, provide nearly two-fifths of the new revenue that will balance the state's new budget? I'll tell you why: because smokers suffer discrimination. We've been chased from public places, including bars, restaurants and even parks. When they kicked us out, we rolled over and said, "OK."
    2016-07-22 | pennlive.com

    • Smoking
    • Tax
  • A consumer-fraud complaint targeting the Hollywood film industry is pitting anti-smoking activist fears against free speech concerns. The defendants in the case are the Motion Picture Association of America, its studio members and theater owners who in court papers say they’re defending against a dangerous assault on the First Amendment.
    2016-07-22 | blogs.wsj.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • E-cigarette activity on Twitter has grown less positive over time and is heavily dominated by automated content, according to new academic research. The study, from scholars at the University of Vermont led by Eric M. Clark, used statistical models and machine-learning programs to analyse around 850,000 e-cigarette-related tweets posted between January 2012 and December 2014.
    2016-07-22 | ecigintelligence.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
  • When you’re traveling around Montana this summer, pay attention when you stop for snacks. Inside most convenience stores, you’ll see the usual items: chips, candy, pop, gum – and tobacco. In Montana, 13 percent of Montana high school students currently smoke and more than 50 percent have tried e-cigarettes. The Montana Youth Behavioral Survey shows that 30 percent of high schoolers currently use e-cigarettes.
    2016-07-22 | missoulian.com

    • Advertising
    • Tobacco
  • Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have become so popular that they surpassed conventional cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product among youth in 2014, [...] An adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to addiction because it is still developing, said Dr. Judy Schaechter, chair of the department of pediatrics [...] Nicotine addiction can then become more severe and difficult to break.
    2016-07-22 | miamiherald.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Against a backdrop of a growing number of e-cigarette users globally, British American Tobacco (BAT) is leading efforts to develop and harmonise standards around vaping products to further reassure consumers of these products potential in reducing the harm from smoking. [...] British American Tobacco was the first tobacco company to launch an e-cigarette in 2013 [...]
    2016-07-22 | eurekalert.org

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
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