IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
The rise of a vibrant market for e-cigarettes has been a blessing for many smokers. After many failed attempts to quit, e-cigarettes provide an exciting new means for smokers to reduce their exposure to the harmful aspects of combustible cigarettes or even break their life-threatening smoking habit entirely. Although research on e-cigarettes has yet to definitively calculate the precise long-term risk associated with vaping, reputable scientific institutions are increasingly coming to the same conclusion—e-cigarettes are vastly safer than smoking, [...]
At a conference on e-cigarettes use among teens recently in Louisville, officials from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates recommended four main policy changes that could be addressed by legislation in the 2019 General Assembly. - Including e-cigarettes in all local smoke-free ordinances and tobacco-free school policies. Only 52 Kentucky school districts—less than half—include e-cigarettes in their tobacco-free policies.
The likelihood of New Zealand becoming smokefree by 2025 appears to be lessening as the deadline creeps closer. As part of an ongoing study, a team of University of Otago researchers have found that to achieve the Government's Smokefree 2025 goal – to see fewer than 5 per cent of the population smoke in 2025 – there would need to be five times as many Māori quitting per year and twice as many non-Māori.
The owner of two Portland vaping stores is asking a judge to throw out a state list of banned words and pictures on vaping liquid packages, saying the state’s “ridiculous” rules defy logic. For instance, Paul Bates says in his lawsuit, the packages can’t use the words “apple” or “strawberry” even to describe the apple- or strawberry-infused products he sells for e-cigarettes. The same goes for pictures of apples or strawberries. [...]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is urging men who use e-cigarettes to avoid vaping liquids containing prescription drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction. The watchdog agency in October sent a warning letter to China-based e-cigarette company HelloCig to stop selling the illegal products, saying there would be stiff consequences if the company did not comply, including “seizure or injunction.”
Recently in The Korea Times, there was an article titled "Smoking e-cigarettes as harmful as conventional ones" which was very misleading on many fronts. I would like to clear the "air" on this topic as many people are still in a fog when it comes to this new disruptive technology. First a little background. I am in my third year of vaping (using e-cigarettes) after quitting smoking for more than 30 years. It has been amazing how effective and seamless it has been for me to adopt this new technology to break a nasty habit. [...]
The Federal Drug Administration is cracking down on flavored e-cigarettes products in an effort to head off a new teen tobacco use epidemic but the department may hinder some adults trying to quit smoking. Eric Pinnell, the owner of Oregon Vape Society in Springfield doesn’t object to the idea of restricting sales of flavored e-liquids, but he does have some concerns that the federal government will take it one step further and ban flavored e-liquids all together.
As I see it, currently the Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) and e-cigarette policy scene continues to evolve in a direction that will result in substantially more tobacco-related addiction, illness and death, than what would likely occur with the skilled addition of a THR component to tobacco control programming. A THR component could highlight e-cigarettes and related vapor devices as harm reduction modalities, recognizing the evidence to date as to their efficacy for smoking cessation and for