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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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  • Dissecting the Oral Oncology Cell Study

    NSP Correspondent - Paul Barnes | 25 February 2016

    A study in Oral Oncology, performed by researchers from the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs investigated the potential effects of e-cigarette vapour on human epithelial cells, prompted widespread media coverage both on the on-line sites, and in print from The Mirror, Daily Mail , The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian that did not present all the relevant facts from the study itself. The claims derived from the study, as referenced in the media coverage based on the press release state that the researchers concluded - "Based on the evidence to date," she says, "I believe they are no better than smoking regular cigarettes." - a startling claim that isn't substantiated by the study itself.

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  • The U.S. government on Thursday took wide-ranging steps to crack down for the first time on e-cigarettes and cigars, growing in popularity among teens, and banned sales to anyone under age 18 in hopes of sparing a new generation from nicotine addiction. The Food and Drug Administration's action brought regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco [...]
    2016-05-06 | reuters.com

    • FDA
    • Regulation
    • Tobacco
  • I REFER to the article “British report gives e-cigs the thumbs-up” [...] This decision taken by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) [...] will have a tremendous impact here in Malaysia. There is no doubt that switching from tobacco-smoking to e-cigarettes will reduce the incidence of lung cancer. But the leading cause of death in almost all countries is coronary heart disease and stroke, not lung cancer. 
    2016-05-05 | thestar.com.my

    • E Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • Despite a ban on selling e-cigarettes in the UAE, several retailers at the Chinese-themed Dragon Mart told The National that they could get the devices for paying customers. Two years ago The National reported that retailers at the mall were flouting the ban by selling the devices in their shops, many of them unaware that a ban was even in place.
    2016-05-05 | thenational.ae

    • Ban
    • E Cigarettes
  • Dr Chung Shan-shan (鍾姍姍), Assistant Professor of the Baptist University’s Department of Biology, has been oft cited in Hong Kong for her research on vaping (aka e-cigarettes). Dr Chung [...] lead a studies on the potential harm brought about by vaping. She found in favour of stricter regulation, or perhaps a total ban of the product, but is keen to clear up misconceptions [...] 
    2016-05-05 | harbourtimes.com

    • Study
    • Vaping
  • Substantial differences have been observed in the way human heart cells respond to e-cigarette smoke and conventional cigarette smoke. Researchers have investigated how the same type of cells as those found in the arteries of the heart, known as human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAEC), responded when they were exposed to both e-cigarette aerosol and conventional cigarette smoke.
    2016-05-05 | sciencedaily.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
  • Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It’s a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products. Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes for the first time.
    2016-05-05 | seattletimes.com

    • Cigar
    • E Cigarettes
    • Regulation
  • California has passed legislation raising its smoking age from 18 to 21 for most of its citizens. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a series of bills Wednesday, which also place new restrictions on where people can smoke and the sale of electronic cigarettes. "[These laws] will save countless lives, reduce astronomical costs to the health care system, and cost very little [...] said Senator Ed Hernandez
    2016-05-05 | edition.cnn.com

    • Smoking Age
    • Tobacco
  • The Trudeau government’s plan to force tobacco companies to use plain packaging on their products is a paternalistic, nanny-state policy that will fail to reduce smoking rates. Introduced by Julia Gillard’s Labor government in Australia, plain packaging is the public health lobby’s latest attempt to reduce smoking rates by stigmatizing tobacco products.
    2016-05-04 | news.nationalpost.com

    • Plain Packaging
    • Smoking
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