Gerry Stimson

Statement on today´s publication of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Report on e-cigarettes

Aug. 26, 2014

The WHO recommendations will do more harm than good, ironically protect cigarette sales, and do little to decrease the avoidable burden of non-communicable diseases. What is needed is light touch ...

New estimates double size of US e-cigarette market; increasing importance of refillable and modified devices.

March 29, 2014

Sales data from the US indicate that the value of sales of electronic cigarettes is roughly doubling each year: from $20m in 2008 to $750- $1b in 2013. But this is based on limited monitoring of m...

UK Public Health Doctors and e-cigarettes – why this matters

Jan. 18, 2014

  Many public health experts have in the past been strong supporters of harm reduction for illicit drugs. Indeed it was brave public health experts in a number of UK cities who took the reputation...

European Tobacco Products Directive – Last minute attempt by the European Commission to introduce medicines regulation in all but name

Nov. 25, 2013

For all other products Amd 170 proposed:a maximum limit of nicotine density at 30mg/ml.a health warning that nicotine is addictivethat flavourings are allowedapplication of the directives on tobac...

European Parliament votes against proposal to regulate e-cigarettes as medicines

Oct. 13, 2013

After months of politicking among MEPs in Brussels, the proposal in the Tobacco Products Directive to treat nicotine containing products (electronic cigarettes) under medicine regulations was thro...

Public health call for European ban on snus to be lifted

Sept. 29, 2013

  What is so dismal about the Tobacco Products Directive is that it is so unambitious. The European Commission’s own impact assessment is that the total TPD package will only reduce tobacco consum...

Costs and burdens of medicines regulation for e-cigarettes

Sept. 22, 2013

E-cigarettes are the big consumer led public health revolution. E-cigarettes have been widely adopted despite neglect – and indeed antipathy – from public health leaders. The government mindset sh...

Letter to MEPs on the EU Parliament ENVI Committee

May 23, 2013

  Declaration of interest I am a public health social scientist formerly of Imperial College London where I ran a major research centre on social and epidemiological aspects of addiction; I am a v...