Scott D. Ballin | 3 June 2015
THE TOBACCO WARS*
Many in the e-vaping space may be wondering why they being viewed and treated like 'Big Tobacco' and why many in the tobacco control community find it so convenient to question their products and their motivations at every turn, painting them all with the same broad brush strokes. There are many reasons - some of which may be valid and many others which are not. What follows is a brief historical perspective of the ‘tobacco wars’ and provides some insights as to why many are still fighting those wars even though these are very different times.
Atakan Befrits | 16 March 2015
Cautionary words on the threat to vapers and vaping in Sweden, from Atakan Befrits
Vaping with nicotine in Sweden is now de jure banned following a recent court ruling.
Import, distribution and sales of nicotine containing e-cig and nicotine containing refills are banned by the Medical Products Agency (MPA) in Sweden, unless they are registered as medical products. This is prior to the implementation of the TPD, which provides for some flexibility on distribution and sales, which will continue for the time being, pending an appeal against the judgement.
S. Shiffman, M. Sembower, J. Pillitteri, K. Gerlach, J. Gitchell | 09 March 2015
Subsequent to publication of our paper, Stan Glantz published a critique of our study on the University of California, San Francisco Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education website. The critique was familiar – it was, in fact, the critique offered by one of the four anonymous expert referees who reviewed our paper for the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. In the end, the journal, in deciding to publish the paper, decided that we had overcome these concerns and that the paper was a valuable addition to the literature.
S. Shiffman, M. Sembower, J. Pillitteri, K. Gerlach, J. Gitchell | 07 March 2015
Nonsmoking teens show very low interest in using e-cigarettes, even when presented with a variety of flavors described as, for example, raspberry, bubble gum, gummy bear, and vanilla bean, according to our study published online in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Proponents of e-cigarettes have argued that, because e-cigarettes are much less hazardous than traditional combustible tobacco cigarettes, use of e-cigarettes by smokers could greatly reduce the health harms due to smoking. However, some have worried that e-cigarettes might attract teens who do not smoke, especially if e-cigarettes were offered in appealing flavors.
Carmen Escrig | 19 February 2015
Although the science has well established that electronic cigarettes are orders of magnitude less harmful than the tobacco cigarettes, these devices have in many countries been subjected to a powerful discrediting campaign. One of many recent examples is the recent spate of sensational news about the study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine about the high levels of formaldehyde when e-cigarettes are over-heated.
Nicotine Science & Policy | 24 December 2014
Year 2014 was a second year of life for „Nicotine Science and Policy” website, which first went live in September 2013. End of the year is a good time to summarise and to look back at what has been happening during the last twelve months.
Lou Ritter | 31 October 2014
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The E-Research Foundation (ERF) is a non-profit foundation designed to be a collective funding portal. As such, ERF will provide financial assistance to researchers seeking to advance independent peer-reviewed and published scientific research focused on electronic vapor products (electronic cigarettes) and their use. ERF is seeking 501(c)(3) status.
Nicotine Science & Policy | 10 October 2014
This meeting is the Sixth Conference of the Parties (COP-6) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This convention is WHO’s primary instrument for addressing the health impact of tobacco use internationally. This briefing provides information on discussions about electronic cigarettes and background documentation.
Clive Bates | 14 September 2014
Neil McKeganey | 27 August 2014
Have health professionals started a new moral panic over e-cigarettes? Neil McKeganey thinks they have.
There are few things more powerful than the narrative of fear. The concern that something may be harming us in ways that we might have been unaware, and that action should be taken to limit its occurrence, is a foundational tablet of interventionist public policy. The narrative of fear can be equally strong when it comes to new items that emerge in our social world and about which we know relatively little.