Suzi Gage | 02 November 2013
The tobacco industry has been shown to mislead with its research, but is forcing it to become more hidden a better option? Last week, the BMJ announced that it was finally implementing a practice that it had been discussing since the mid 1990s. Research partly or fully funded by the tobacco industry will no longer be published in BMJ, BMJ Open, Thorax and Heart.
Clive Bates | 16 October 2013
On 8th October in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted on a raft of measures to regulate tobacco and nicotine products. The headlines were the following [also see Telegraph summary]:
Gerry Stimson | 13 October 2013
As the Telegraph put it, ‘The decision by MEPs to reject a European Commission proposal to treat electronic cigarettes as medicinal products was as sensible as it was unexpected’.
Konstantinos Farsalinos | 04 October 2013
I am sure everyone has heard the “magic number”: 60mg is the nicotine lethal dose in adults. Τhis is a very low level, which would categorize nicotine as one of the most toxic substances available. It is a very common and strong argument of the regulatory authorities and of several anti-smokers activists who support very strict regulation on e-cigarettes and criticize the high levels of nicotine present mostly in refillable liquid bottles.
Clive Bates | 03 October 2013
The amendment number 170 on e-cigarettes [ here] is now published and ready for consideration by the European Parliament on 8 October. As this was circulating on Monday 30th Sept, I wrote with comments and advice to the MEPs negotiating the amendment. Given they ignored most of it (!) that, these comments and the advice can now be read as concerns and criticisms.
Gerry Stimson | 29 September 2013
What were they thinking of at the European Commission when they proposed continuing with the ban on snus? The ban, and the proposal to control e-cigarettes as medicines, ranks as public health folly of the highest order.
Karl Lund | 24 September 2013
The extent and nature of the impact on public health of making snus available in new markets will depend on the relative risk of snus and smoking, and the relative uptake and use by smokers and non-smokers. Given a medical consensus that snus is approximately 90-99% less harmful than smoking, the overall effect from snus on public health will come down to the balance between its beneficial effect on smoking prevalence and its adverse effects on overall prevalence of tobacco use.
Gerry Stimson | 21 September 2013
New report by Clive Bates and Gerry Stimson on the Costs and burdens of medicines regulation for e-cigarettes.
What were the MHRA, the Department of Health, and their health advisers thinking when they embarked on the e-cigarettes as medicines route? The more you analyse it, the more medicines regulation appears to lead to a monstrous perversion of public health objectives.
Konstantinos Farsalinos | 18 September 2013
As I recently mentioned in a letter to the editor of Journal of Chromatography A, the way results of research are presented is crucial for the message obtained by the public and can have important implications on decisions implemented by authorities.
This is especially important in the case of e-cigarettes, mostly for 2 reasons:
Michael Siegel | 15 September 2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported last week that the prevalence of youth in grades 6-12 who have experimented with electronic cigarettes in the past month increased from 1.1% in 2011 to 2.1% in 2012. Among middle school students, the prevalence of past month use increased from 0.6% to 1.1%. Among high school students, past-month use increased from 1.5% to 2.8%.
Based on these results, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden proclaimed: "The increased use of e-cigarettes by teens is deeply troubling....Nicotine is a highly addictive drug. Many teens who start with e-cigarettes may be condemned to struggling with a lifelong addiction to nicotine and conventional cigarettes."