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Blog Highlights

  • Why Academics Should Resist Pressure to Disengage with the Tobacco Industry

    Neil McKeganey, Christopher Russell | 27 September 2016

    In the past few days, several pro-tobacco harm reduction academics and scientists who are registered to attend the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTNF) in Brussels, Belgium this week (27-29 September), received a letter signed by two major anti-smoking organisations – the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) and the U.S.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). This letter expressed to the recipients, including one of the authors of this blog (CR), the signatories’ ‘strong concern over the participation of renowned academics’ at a conference that is largely funded by the tobacco industry.

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  • Important consultations on nicotine and e-cigarettes in Australia and New Zealand

    Nicotine Science & Policy | updated 31 August 2016

    Both Australia and New Zealand have legislation that was introduced before the introduction of e-cigarettes and which effectively makes possession of nicotine (Australia) or nicotine-containing e-cigarettes (NZ) illegal. In Australia there is a proposal to amend the scheduling of nicotine to make sale, possession and use of nicotine legal; in New Zealand the Ministry of Health proposes making nicotine e-cigarettes legal consumer products. Comments on both proposals are invited.

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  • The Enjoyment of Smoking

    Neil McKeganey | 6 September 2016

    When it comes to policies aimed at reducing the harm of smoking there is a truth that daren’t be spoken, namely that many smokers actually enjoy smoking. In the current climate of tobacco control policies aiming for a tobacco free world, the realization that many people want to continue to engage in a behaviour that they know to be harmful is hard to acknowledge.

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  • Confusing smoke signals from Turkey

    Nicotine Science & Policy | 17 August 2016

    Turkey has for many years implemented stringent efforts to reduce smoking rates. Smoke-free policies, a two hundred per cent price increase on cigarettes and comprehensive stop-smoking services have all been introduced in the last decade; all significant actions from a country known for the saying ”Smoking like a Turk”.

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  • TPD implementation in Poland – the end of vaping as we know it?

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 20 July 2016

    On July 8th the Polish Parliament passed an act transposing the EU Tobacco Product Directive (TPD) into national law, some weeks after the mandated date of May 20th. This marks the end of a legislative process that started two years ago.

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  • Why you/doctors/vapers should join IDHDP

    Chris Ford | 15 July 2016

    Dr Chris Ford, the Clinical Director of International Doctors for Healthier Drug Policies, recently attended the Global Forum on Nicotine. Here are some thoughts from her and her colleagues afterwards.

    The dogma that has pervaded global drug policy over the last fifty years is hard to comprehend. People have been using substances to alter the way they feel for thousands of years and there is no indication that this will ever stop. Like we do for all other potentially hazardous activities, provision of information and tools to reduce potential harms would be the action of a responsible and caring society.

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  • Philip Morris [...] stock is paying a remarkably attractive dividend yield of 4.3%, this is substantially above average, and it can be a considerable temptation for investors, especially since it comes from a company which has consistently increased dividends over the past several years. Nevertheless, tobacco is a very particular industry, and dividend payments from Philip Morris are riskier than they seem to be at first sight.
    2016-10-28 | fool.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • BIG Tobacco is about to get even bigger. On October 21st British American Tobacco (BAT) announced that it had bid $47bn for the 58% of Reynolds American that it does not already own. Though Brexit has weighed on some British companies, BAT is unencumbered, with most of its revenue earned overseas. Many investors expect the deal to go ahead, although BAT might need to puff up its offer. [...]
    2016-10-28 | economist.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • Electronic cigarettes face the prospect of a first time tax in California that could hit consumers with a 67 percent penalty on the purchase of liquid nicotine, depending on how election day goes. “For us to be taxed as an equivalent to tobacco or cigarettes doesn’t make sense,” Kari Hess, a vape shop owner and an activist for smoking alternatives, told the Los Angeles Times. “It would essentially put me out of business.”
    2016-10-28 | dailycaller.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Taxes
  • India's $11 billion tobacco industry has urged the government to take a softer line on tobacco control efforts when it hosts a World Health Organization conference in New Delhi next month, but officials say the government will not bow to "pressure tactics". Delegates from about 180 countries will attend the Nov. 7-12 WHO conference on the sole global anti-tobacco treaty: [...] (FCTC).
    2016-10-28 | uk.reuters.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • The Senate Standing Committee on Interior may have been shocked by the findings placed before it, primarily from an NGO, which state that over 50 percent of private school students in Islamabad were using drugs, but many others will not be quite so startled. These dramatic figures put out by the group need to be much more scientifically assessed, [...]
    2016-10-28 | thenews.com.pk

    • Drugs
    • Smoking
  • Since September 8, 2016 European Union Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) has been a binding law in Poland. [...] According to the new law regulating the tobacco market in Poland, on-line sales of electronic cigarettes and refill containers and their parts to consumers in Poland is forbidden. The eSmoking Association asked the Polish Ministry of Health, if the prohibition applies also to foreign retailers. [...]
    2016-10-27 | prnewswire.co.uk

    • E Cigarettes
    • Poland
  • The proportion of American adults who perceive e-cigarettes to be equally or more harmful than traditional cigarettes has tripled over the last few years, [...] “Although the impact of long-term use of e-cigarettes on health is still unknown,” the study stated, “the available scientific evidence indicates that e-cigarettes are less harmful than combustible cigarettes, [...]
    2016-10-27 | news.gsu.edu

    • Cigarettes
    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
  • India's biggest cigarette maker ITC on Wednesday criticized the government's decision to impose bigger health warnings on cigarette packets, saying there was little evidence to link smoking to diseases depicted in those pictures. India earlier this year ordered manufacturers to cover 85 percent of their tobacco pack's surface in health warnings, up from 20 percent.
    2016-10-27 | uk.reuters.com

    • Cigarettes
    • Plain Packaging
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