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‘E-cigarettes are most likely 95% less hazardous than smoking cigarettes’

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

The ministry of health and family welfare recently asked state governments to stop sales of e-cigarettes or Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). Public policy advocate David Sweanor talked to DB Post about the issue and said, “To ban the least hazardous product really condemns a lot of people to a premature death.”

1 October, 2018

We’re going to need a tobacco buyout for the developing world

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

Millions of smallholder farmers and their families in Africa and other parts of the developing world are going to lose their livelihoods due to the coming (welcome) fall in global demand for tobacco. This decrease will come as a result of changing technologies (e.g. moving from tobacco to vaping). A number of poor countries are surprisingly dependent on tobacco for jobs and hard currency. The coming end of tobacco products is a major social and economic disruption in these societies.

27  September, 2018

UP IN SMOKE: E-cigarettes PT 2

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

As traditional cigarettes get vaporised, will the same eventually happen to the entire industry? PMI says this is what they’re after in pursuing a “Smoke Free Future” and e cigarette manufacturers and retailers are keen to see this happen as well.

19 September, 2018

Affordable vaping for smokers in poor countries branded ‘a human rights issue’

The costs of vaping should be reduced for smokers in developing countries as an urgent “human rights issue”, researchers have told a pro-tobacco conference in London.

Addressing a 300-strong audience of tobacco and vaping industry representatives, Helen Redmond, an expert in substance use at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, said people in poor countries should not be priced out of nicotine-based products that could potentially help them to quit smoking.

Redmond compared the medicinal qualities of nicotine with cannabis and stressed “the need to get vaping to the poorest, who need it most”. Click here to read more...

17 September, 2018

Cancer Burden Rises To 18.1 Million New Cases And 9.6 Million Cancer Deaths In 2018 (WHO Research)

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

“Best practice measures embedded in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control have effectively reduced active smoking and prevented involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke in many countries,” says Dr Freddie Bray, Head of the Section of Cancer Surveillance at IARC. “However, given that the tobacco epidemic is at different stages in different regions and in men and women, the results highlight the need to continue to put in place targeted and effective tobacco control policies in every country of the world.”

13 September, 2018

The counterfactual Letter to WHO DG concerning WHO/FCTC approach to low-risk alternatives to cigarettes

Re-post from the counterfactual

We’ve sent a letter to WHO and the FCTC secretariat in advance of FCTC COP-8 (1-6 October, Geneva) – protesting about WHO’s inclination towards prohibition and excessive regulation of alternative nicotine delivery systems (ANDS).  For background, see papers on vaping (FCTC/COP/8/10) and heated tobacco products and others (FCTC/COP/8/8).

The letter by David Abrams, Ray Niaura, David Sweanor and me is available in PDF form with all footnotes here – and the text is reproduced without notes below. >> read the full post

10 September, 2018