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Do electronic cigarettes aid in smoking cessation or cause threat to public health?

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

Much of the public’s perception on the safety of these new products stems from advertising, packaging and media representation, according to ongoing research by Olivia Wackowski, […] Wackowski’s studies on tobacco communication, product and risk perceptions and product use trends have been critical to informing the field of regulatory science as it relates to the FDA’s authority over tobacco product regulation.

28 August, 2018

Tobacco: Poor farmers contracted to debt, misery

The Shabas outside their house at Kabwafu in Mzimba

It doesn’t take much effort to notice the high levels of poverty among the people at Kabwafu Tobacco Growing scheme as their houses and other facilities speak volumes about the conditions they are living in as a community.

Almost all the houses for the 1 500 farming families are grass-thatched and built with mud—with some almost falling apart, while toilets and bathrooms are made of grass and sticks, without a roof. click here to access the full article.

25 August, 2018.

Prevention and cessation best options to reduce tobacco-related heart disease

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the world and encompasses a variety of products, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. Combustible cigarettes remain the most common tobacco product used by U.S. adults, but studies have shown no level of cigarette consumption is safe. A new review […] examines policies to achieve complete cigarette abstinence as part of efforts to reduce the risk of heart disease.

22 August, 2018.

E-Cigarettes Can Be Key Weapon Against Smoking, Say MPs

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

An electronic cigarette

Public Health England estimates that e-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than normal cigarettes and e-cigarettes should be made available on prescription to help more people quit smoking. George Butterworth, from Cancer Research UK, said any changes to current e-cigarette regulations “should be aimed at helping smokers to quit whilst preventing young people from starting to use e-cigarettes”. Professor Linda Bauld, professor of health policy at the University of Stirling, said: “This report is a welcome and evidence-based respite from all the scare stories we see about vaping.

19 August, 2018.

Is nicotine actually bad for you?

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy

[…] Marketing aside, the lawsuits raise the question: how bad is nicotine, really? Law professor Kathleen Hoke, who specializes in public health law at the University of Maryland, says that in adults, nicotine’s health consequences “don’t kill you, don’t make you have an oxygen tank, don’t cause cancer.” Hoke adds that staking the lawsuits on nicotine’s health impacts — like in a traditional cigarette suit — may be a long shot.

15 August, 2018.

A guide for tobacco users to quit


This self-help material was developed based on WHO Capacity Building Training Package 4 entitled “Strengthening health systems for treating tobacco dependence in primary care”. Its target audience are tobacco users. It aims to give advice and information to improve tobacco user’ readiness to quit and to help those who are ready to quit to plan a quit attempt. The content of this self-help material includes:

  • How to get ready to quit (for tobacco users not ready to quit);
  • How to plan and make quit attempts (for tobacco users ready to quit);
  • Local tobacco cessation support resources.

Click here to download a pdf manual.

14 August, 2018.