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  • AHA study: E-cig users more likely to be former smokers
    Post time: 11-17-2017

    Presented at the AHA’s Scientific Sessions 2017, a global exchange of the latest advances in cardiovascular science for researchers and clinicians, the research indicates that when compared to other tobacco users, vapers are more likely to be current or former cigarette smokers. Additionally, fo...Read more »

  • Australian experts: The sooner e-cigs are legalized, the more lives saved
    Post time: 11-16-2017

    Last Monday, health professionals gathered at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference in Melbourne. Queen Mary University professor Hayden McRobbie, gave a keynote speech in which he pointed out that the sooner Australia changes its stance on e-cigarettes, the...Read more »

  • More evidence of vaping benefits, but prohibitionists press on
    Post time: 11-14-2017

      US vapers “save $1,400 per year” An American consumer advisory group has found that smokers who switch to vaping are saving considerable amounts of money. Although this won’t come as a surprise to any but the most gadget-addicted vapers, it provides more confirmation that electronic cigar...Read more »

  • A report looking into England’s smoke-free goal
    Post time: 11-10-2017

    Compiled by Frontier Economics, this report for PMI’s subsidiary Philip Morris Ltd, forecasts that the Government goal for a smoke-free England, equating to a smoking rate of 5% of the population, should be reached by around 2040. Additionally, if smoking rates had to keep dropping at the same r...Read more »

  • Vapers Praise Vaping as their Catalyst to Becoming “Woke”
    Post time: 11-09-2017

    Lately, from conversations with the “everyday” Vaper, it has been confirmed to me by many that their own concern for being engaged as a citizen has largely improved, only since they began vaping. Considering this, I’ve written about how vaping can assist people in many other aspects to reducing ...Read more »

  • Turkey scraps plans to introduce safer tobacco alternatives
    Post time: 11-08-2017

    The decision was announced by the Minister of Finance Naci Ağbal at the Turkish Grand National Assembly Commission on Planning and Budget held in Ankara on 17 October 2017. Present at the press conference were academics and experts who also supported this decision. The WHO is amongst those in fa...Read more »

  • Japan Tobacco’s cigarette sales plummet harder than expected
    Post time: 11-07-2017

    Japan is a nation renowned for having a high regard for cleanliness and health. Hence it comes as no surprise that smoking on the island nation is on a steep decline, and alternative products keep growing in popularity. In fact last year Akari Utsunomiya, a research analyst with Euromonitor in T...Read more »

  • Bans spread further as NYC vendors fight over alleged harassment
    Post time: 11-06-2017

      Australian state considers even tougher vaping crackdown A leading Australian public health expert warned on Thursday that the health minister of New South Wales is unwise in considering a ban on vaping anywhere that smoking is already prohibited, which in New South Wales means all indoo...Read more »

  • The penalties imposed for violating vaping laws across Australia
    Post time: 11-04-2017

    In Australia e-cigarettes may be purchased normally, however nicotine-containing e-liquids are illegal. In August 2016, a number of health advocates submitted proposals to local regulator Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), to remove nicotine concentrations of below 3.6% from the Poisons Sta...Read more »

  • US study analyzing the use nicotine as a treatment for MCI
    Post time: 11-03-2017

    Over 8 million American adults are currently diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). This condition which affects memory, attention or other thinking skills is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, and is normally diagnosed when memory problems start occurring at an earlier stage tha...Read more »

  • UK Gov. urged to launch a year round vaping campaign
    Post time: 11-02-2017

    Stoptober, is organized by National Health Service (NHS) UK and is a campaign that encourages smokers to quit cigarettes for the month of October, with the hope that this will encourage them to stop smoking for good. The campaign offers a number of suggestions to smokers wishing to quit, and hig...Read more »

  • A study from Italy looking at oral health in e-cigarette users
    Post time: 10-31-2017

    This clinical observational study was carried out at the Unit of Periodontology and Oral Hygiene of Calabrodental Clinic in Crotone Italy, and published in December last year, on NCBI. The participants comprised of 110 smokers who had just switched to vaping, and had their oral health examined a...Read more »

  • New NHS Grampian figures show fall in number of smokers getting help to quit
    Post time: 10-30-2017

    New NHS figures on smoking show there has been a sharp fall in the number of people getting help to kick the habit. In 2011/12, 11,131 people enrolled in a quit-smoking course – and that fell to 5,751 in 2016/17, the new statistics show. Health chiefs say one of the reasons for the decrease is d...Read more »

  • New York governor signs vaping ban
    Post time: 10-27-2017

    Ex-smokers in New York state can no longer legally vape in workplaces, bars, or restaurants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Monday night that adds e-cigarettes to the Clean Indoor Air Act. According to the Albany Times Union, the law takes effect in 30 days. In addition to banning vapes in the ...Read more »

  • Certain jails in the UK are allowing inmates to vape in their cells
    Post time: 10-26-2017

    As prison personnel are struggling to control the smoking situation in UK jails, this month jails across Merseyside are encouraging their inmates to take part in Stoptober, whilst giving them advice on quitting. Stoptober, is organized by National Health Service (NHS) UK and is a campaign that e...Read more »

  • FDA says that reducing Nicotine in cigarettes could save 8 million lives
    Post time: 10-25-2017

    On Friday the 28th of July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), announced a new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation, which included lowering the amount of nicotine in cigarettes in order to minimize addiction. VLNCs (very low nicotine cigarettes), will contain nicotin...Read more »

  • The use of cigarettes and safer alternatives has been banned in Iowa parks
    Post time: 10-24-2017

    Mayor Jim Throgmorton voted against all three readings of the ordinance change. “I don’t think this is a public health issue. I look at a list that’s contained in our packet, a list of parks in which smoking is already prohibited, and it’s a pretty extensive list,” he said during the council’s f...Read more »

  • NHS campaign boosts e-cig sales, but Australia doubles down on promoting harm
    Post time: 10-23-2017

    However, Australia’s health minister made an unhelpful intervention in the nicotinedebate, refusing to even consider a move to harm reduction policies, despite apparent progress in neighbouring New Zealand. Meanwhile Singapore is reacting to the failure of its e-cig import ban by threatening to ...Read more »

  • New vaping insights based on FDA’s PATH Survey 2013-2014
    Post time: 10-21-2017

    Analyzing data from the baseline 2013-2014 Food and Drug Administration-funded Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study, my economist colleague Nantaporn Plurphanswat and I have produced a comprehensive study of e-cigarette use in the United States. The research appears in the jo...Read more »

  • Local Vaping Bans Undermining Public Health, Permits Smoking
    Post time: 10-20-2017

      Localities across the country are attempting to curtail access to electronic cigarettes in the name of protecting public health, but experts are warning such policies undermine gains made in reducing the smoking rate.   The R Street Institute, a free-market think tank based in Washi...Read more »

  • Study: Local Vaping Bans Will Prevent Cigarette Smokers From Quitting
    Post time: 10-19-2017

    According to a new public health report, bans against vaping are making it harder for Americans to quit smoking. Many health experts have noted that electronic cigarettes are an effective tool in helping smokers to quit, but that has not stopped the federal government and many local governments ...Read more »

  • NZ health ministry releases statement about e-cig use for smoking cessation
    Post time: 10-18-2017

    In March 2011, the Government of New Zealand adopted the Smokefree 2025 goal for the country. In line with this campaign, last April Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner announced that e-cigarettes would be legalized. He said that in doing so New Zealand is adopting a low risk approach, while ...Read more »

  • More official support from the UK, and California vape bans derail
    Post time: 10-17-2017

      British Psychological Society endorses vaping In another sign of the British medical establishment’s swing towards tobacco harm reduction, the British Psychological Society published a new briefing paper this week which places the organisation firmly in the pro-THR camp. Titled Changing B...Read more »

  • NHS Health Scotland: E-cigs ‘definitely’ less harmful than smoking
    Post time: 10-16-2017

      E-cigarettes are “definitely” less harmful than smoking tobacco, health bodies in Scotland have stated for the first time. NHS Health Scotland said it wanted to “clarify” confusion around the harms and benefits of vaping devices. More than 20 organisations have sig...Read more »

  • UK study recommends e-cigs as smoking cessation tools
    Post time: 10-13-2017

    The report ‘Changing behaviour: Electronic cigarettes‘ published this week, aims to raise awareness and makes a number of recommendations pertaining to how e-cigarettes should be included in smoking cessation programs. “For smokers trying to quit, e-cigarettes are more attractive than traditiona...Read more »

  • Australian health expert calls for a switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes
    Post time: 10-12-2017

    The latest research from Georgetown University Medical Center in the United States, indicates that up to 6.6 million early deaths could be avoided across the country, if smokers had to switch to e-cigarettes. In Australia e-cigarettes may be purchased normally, however nicotine-containing e-liqu...Read more »

  • NY lawmaker wants to ban flavoured e-liquids in the state
    Post time: 10-10-2017

    Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), introduced a bill to ban the sale and distribution of flavoured e-cigarette liquids in New York, last week. “That kind of product is meant to appeal to kids,” she said whilst echoing the unsound arguments made by the previous Surgeon General. “I don’t...Read more »

  • Mixed news from the USA
    Post time: 10-09-2017

      Fake FDA “Vaping memo” causes confusion There was widespread confusion among US vaping advocates and the industry last week, after what appeared to be a leaked memo from FDA director Scott Gottlieb started circulating. There are rumours that the memo has been used by at least one vaping ...Read more »

  • More bad formaldehyde research, and more bad laws
    Post time: 09-30-2017

    Meanwhile the FDA was forced into another climbdown over its Deeming Regulations deadlines, as a key computer system collapsed under the load. Manufacturers have been given an extra twelve days to register their products after a chorus of complaints was acknowledged by director Gottlieb.   ...Read more »

  • Big Tobacco vs Small Vaping: Why Big Players Want a Slice of the Pie
    Post time: 09-29-2017

    Whenever a new technology comes along, its marketers proclaim it is better than the previously existing technology. If the original product had associated health concerns, then the new product is also said to be safer. So it was with Big Pharma’s new opioids, which it said were less or not-at-al...Read more »

  • The danger of keeping the public in the dark about tobacco alternatives
    Post time: 09-28-2017

    A critique by public health experts Dr. Lynn Kozlowski of the School of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Buffalo, and David Sweanor of the Center for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa, pointed out that many smokers are still unaware about the ris...Read more »

  • Vape lord Sean Hannity puffs e-cig on set
    Post time: 09-27-2017

    Reader, some days this job is a depressing trudge through banal evil, and some days it’s the highest honor. Today is the latter because I find the video of Fox News host Sean Hannity puffing an e-cig in the middle of his show. “Watch this,” Hannity says before whipping out the vape and puffing —...Read more »

  • Vaping technology could improve health, cut costs
    Post time: 09-26-2017

    When it comes to the percentage of its population on Medicaid, New Mexico is at the top of the heap. An astonishing 44 percent of our state’s population is on Medicaid. This is a costly situation for taxpayers in the other 49 states who pick up nearly $5 billion of the program’s annual $6 billio...Read more »

  • NHS Scotland says vaping is ‘definitely’ safer than smoking
    Post time: 09-25-2017

    Over 20 organisations have signed up to the consensus statement released by the NHS, amongst which the British Lung Foundation and Cancer Research UK. Following the report released last year by Public Health England (PHE), famously saying that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking, the UK ha...Read more »

  • UK Health Institute ignores PHE report in favour of e-cigs
    Post time: 09-23-2017

    After last year the PHE famously announced that it was endorsing e-cigarettes for smoking cessation, smoking rates in the UK have been on a steep decline. Infact according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the amount of smokers in 2016 went down to 15.8%, from 17.2% in 2015, which equ...Read more »

  • Vaping debate: Are health officials deceiving us for our own good?
    Post time: 09-22-2017

    Even with new federal rules meant to discourage “vaping” taking effect last month, the battle over “e-cigarettes” in the United States just keeps building. More than 9 million Americans regularly use vaping devices in which they apply heat to a liquid — sometimes but not always including nicoti...Read more »

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