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Sorry Smokers, There is No Such thing as Safe E-Cigarettes

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

Multiple studies completed over the past several years indicate several health issues associated with vaping and smoking an e-cigarette. When e-cigarettes hit the market in 2006, companies assured the FDA the products were safe for consumption. They believed the product safety based on the fact that ingredients used in their product were already FDA approved. However, studies completed indicate the products damage the lungs and increase the risk of heart attack in users.

15 October, 2018

We cannot let e-cigarettes become an on-ramp for teenage addiction

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

At the Department of Health and Human Services, we are deeply concerned about the risks that e-cigarettes pose for children, given how quickly teenage use of these products has accelerated. Using a small battery to heat a liquid that contains nicotine, e-cigarettes turn the liquid into an inhalable vapor. […] And e-cigarettes’ popularity is accelerating: From 2017 to 2018 […] the number of high-school-age children reporting use of e-cigarettes rose by more than 75 percent.

13 October, 2018

Smokers with peripheral artery disease need more help to kick the habit 

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

While many people with peripheral artery disease (PAD) smoke, few receive proven smoking cessation strategies from their doctor, according to new research […] Worldwide, 202 million adults are affected by peripheral artery disease which is a narrowing of the arteries serving the legs, stomach, arms and head. Peripheral artery disease most commonly affects arteries in the legs. “Smoking is the single most important risk factor for development and progression of peripheral artery disease,” said study author Krishna K. Patel, […]

8 October, 2018.

Don’t treat e-cigarettes like cigarettes

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

“Cigarette” might appear in the term “e-cigarette” but that is as far as their similarities extend, reports a new Northwestern Medicine report published Friday, […] Assuming e-cigarettes are equal to cigarettes could lead to misguided research and policy initiatives, the paper says. “Comparing cigarettes to e-cigarettes can give us a false sense of what dangers exist because it misses the gap in understanding how people use them and how they can make people dependent,” said first author Matthew Olonoff […]

7 October, 2018

Campaigners urge WHO to give vaping a chance

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

Seventy leading public health experts and anti-tobacco campaigners have urged the World Health Organization to adopt a more sympathetic attitude to ecigarettes and other alternatives to smoking, “which have the potential to bring the epidemic of smoking-caused disease to a more rapid conclusion”. Their joint letter to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, is intended to influence this week’s conference of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Geneva, which frames international health policy on the issue.

7 October, 2018

Report by Public Health Experts Laments “Missed Opportunity” as World Health Organization Debates Global Tobacco Policy

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy                    As delegates gather for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) biennial conference on tobacco, the authors of a new report, “No Fire, No Smoke: Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction,” are fiercely criticizing the WHO’s record. The public health experts accuse the WHO of failing to comply with international treaty obligations to back reduced-harm alternatives to smoking. They deplore that the WHO instead recommends bans on e-cigarettes—a move that has been implemented by dozens of countries.

6 October, 2018

Launched today in Geneva, Switzerland:

No Fire, No Smoke: the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction Report 2018.

Every six seconds someone dies from a smoking-related disease and the problem is likely to worsen; the steep smoking declines in richer countries are slowing while in poorer countries smoking is set to rise. Existing forms of tobacco control are proving insufficient. There is substantial international, independent evidence that safer nicotine products could lead to a global revolution in public health. Time is way overdue that countries and international organizations support tobacco harm reduction and safer nicotine products (SNP)

The GSTHR report maps for the first time the global, regional and national availability and use of SNP, the regulatory responses to these products, the public health potential of tobacco harm reduction, and the right to access SNP.

The report is published by Knowledge Action Change, the private sector agency for public health and written by Harry Shapiro.

The report is available to download at:

Summaries of the report in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese are available to download at: More languages will follow.

In the next few weeks the GSTHR website will include searchable country profiles on smoking and SNP.

Thank you

The GSTHR team

2 October, 2018