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

    Nicotine Science & Policy | updated 16 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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  • 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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  • Evidence, Accountability, and Transparency: impressions from the Third Global Forum on Nicotine Conference in Warsaw 16th - 18th June 2016

    Harry Sharpio | 13 July 2016

    Having spent over 35 years working in the field of illegal drugs, this was my first foray into the world of tobacco or more specifically the current worldwide controversy over e-cigarettes. What I learnt from my two days at the conference was both fascinating and appalling.

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  • Glycerine in e-liquid

    NSP Correspondent - Mirosław Dworniczak | 01 June 2016

    Glycerine (glycerol, 1,2,3-propanetriol) is one of the main ingredients of e-cigarette liquid. Most people are familiar with glycerine, as it is widely used in food and pharmaceuticals. It acts as a solvent, humectant and sometimes as a sweetener. Here is a chemical model of glycerine.

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  • Korean tax authorities have begun an intensive special tax investigation into two foreign tobacco manufacturers for evading taxes on cigarettes produced before last year‘s tax hike, but sold after the raise, industry watchers said. [...] the National Tax Service has been looking into the excess profits that Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco gained by selling cigarettes produced before 2015 [...]
    2016-08-30 | koreaherald.com

    • Industry
    • Tax
    • Tobacco
  • New research findings published in Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry indicate that nicotine exposure during pregnancy through cigarette smoking is associated with increased risk for Tourette syndrome and chronic tic disorder (TS/CT), as well as TS/CT with comorbid psychiatric conditions including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
    2016-08-30 | psychiatryadvisor.com

    • Nicotine
    • Study
  • Dark clouds hung over smoking as a likely risky activity long before the watershed case control studies on smoking and lung cancer were published in 1950 by Doll and Hill [...] The commonplace of smokers’ cough had always quietly worried people that filling their lungs with smoke some twelve times per cigarette, sometimes up to 60 cigarettes a day, every day of the year for many years might be a problem.
    2016-08-30 | theconversation.com

    • Smoking
    • Tobacco
  • The findings triggered warnings that electronic cigarettes may be “far more dangerous” than was thought. Trials found that a typical session using a device caused similar effects to the main heart artery as smoking a cigarette. The trial involved a group of adult smokers, whose hearts were monitored while they vaped, and when they smoked ordinary cigarettes.
    2016-08-30 | telegraph.co.uk

    • E Cigarettes
    • Study
  • The FDA is getting praise from oncology groups for its landmark decision to regulate electronic cigarettes, cigars, [...] “We commend the FDA for taking this important step and will be happy to provide appropriate guidance and feedback as the agency works to understand the true public health benefits and risks of these products,” said Julie M. Vose, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
    2016-08-30 | curetoday.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • FDA
    • Regulation
  • Long-term shareholders in Altria Group (NYSE:MO) aren't surprised at how well the stock has done lately. Having overcome many obstacles in the past, Altria continues to find ways to grow steadily despite the long-term trends toward less smoking in the U.S., and its stock has performed well, thanks to brand loyalty and pricing power that have offset any volume declines in the industry.
    2016-08-30 | fool.com

    • Industry
    • Tobacco
  • On Sept. 1, the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act will take effect in British Columbia. This provides a set of regulations for an electronic-cigarette industry that has been growing rapidly without any clear federal or provincial guidelines. The stated goal of this legislation is to ensure that youth are not encouraged to use vapour products. [...]
    2016-08-30 | theglobeandmail.com

    • E Cigarettes
    • Vaping
  • The Health Ministry will gazette all national parks nationwide to be smoke-free zones by year-end. Health Deputy Minister Dr Hilmi Yahaya said currently, 22 areas had been gazetted as smoke-free, including religious places, rest areas on the highways [...] The smoke-free zones will not only refer to cigarette smoke but also items that contain nicotine such as e-cigarettes, vape and shisha.
    2016-08-29 | malaysiakini.com

    • Smoke Free
    • Tobacco
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