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  • Nicotine in the News - 17 July

    Harry Shapiro Director DrugWise

    This week some further reflections on the links between drug and tobacco harm reduction.

    There are many interventions from a public health or health and safety perspective that could be called harm reduction – seat belts, crash helmets, speed limits, safer drinking levels, smoking bans. But as Ethan Nadelmann was at pains to point out at the GFN conference, harm reduction is not just another name for public health or health and safety. It sits at the intersection between public health on the one hand – and human rights and civil liberties on the other.

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  • GFN taking the debate on vaping on the road

    In March the GFN team organised a series of three dialogues in the UK to explore ‘How safe is vaping? Media coverage, dilemmas and solutions in work and social spaces’ These, each hosted by local partners, took place in Leicester, Liverpool and Glasgow.

    The format was for a panel of leading thinkers and advocates to give short introductions, followed by a discussion involving the audience. Each event was designed to last for about 2 hours.

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  • The Senate received a petition against the smoking ban, signed by more than 23,000 people. The upper house is obligated to address the petition in its future meetings. Jiří Oberfalzer, Chairman of the Mandate and Immunity Board, took over the petition on Wednesday. According to the organizers, the petition’s goal is to repeal the absolute smoking ban in all pubs and restaurants, [...]
    2017-07-21 | praguemorning.cz

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • In the recent months, the FDA has been inundated by pleas from public health experts, asking for more sensible regulations that differentiate between deadly cigarettes and their safer alternatives such as e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. In a blog last week, Public Health Expert Clive Bates pointed out that in the last month, the recently-appointed FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb received two letters, [...]
    2017-07-21 | vapingpost.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • FDA
  • Australia's psychiatrists are urging the government to lift the ban on nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes, saying their mentally ill patients, many of whom are heavy smokers, could "significantly benefit" from the devices. [...] the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) said the mentally ill were more likely to smoke and be heavy smokers, [...]
    2017-07-21 | smh.com.au

    • Nicotine
    • Smoking
  • Seven people are dead after using synthetic cannabis this month in Auckland, with ambulance staff saying they also see 20 users a day suffering "life-threatening effects" from the illegal drug. The deaths have prompted the Chief Coroner and police to issue a public warning about synthetic cannabis.
    2017-07-21 | nzherald.co.nz

    • Cannabis
  • Wherever we go, we hear about how dangerous smoking is and countless advertisements urging us to quit smoking and turn to a healthier lifestyle. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, each day, more than 3,200 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette while 2,100 young adults become daily smokers. [...]
    2017-07-21 | insidermonkey.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Smoking
  • British American Tobacco (BAT) has come under fire from health campaigners after shareholders approved its buyout of American firm Reynolds on Wednesday, which will create the world’s biggest tobacco company. Shareholders of both companies approved the deal, which will take BAT back into the US market after a 12-year absence.  [...]
    2017-07-21 | theguardian.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • The price of Phillip Morris's IQOS HEETS may rise here, following the government's decision to impose a higher tax on heat-not-burn (HNB) cigarettes. This move will also weigh on British American Tobacco (BAT), given the firm also plans to launch its HNB glo cigarettes Aug. 10. [...] the government and the National Assembly have agreed to raise the tax rate levied on HNB cigarettes to the level imposed on ordinary ones.
    2017-07-21 | koreatimes.co.kr

    • E Cigarettes
    • Taxes
    • Tobacco
  • Tobacco companies claim to be developing and selling merchandise to help cigarette smokers quit, but health researchers accuse the industry of trying to hook consumers on different – still dangerous – nicotine products. Writing in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) call the industry’s push into the smoking-cessation market “the pharmaceuticalization of the tobacco industry.”
    2017-07-20 | reuters.com

    • Industry
    • Smoking
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