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How safe are e-cigarettes? Where’s what science says

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

Are e-cigarettes safer than traditional cigarettes or are they pathways to nicotine addiction? The debate remains highly polarised on whether e-cigarettes should be banned or not. Its supporters say the nicotine vapour in e-cigarettes is less harmful than conventional tobacco and helps in smoking cessation, while critics ask for a ban because of its potential for misuse as a gateway device to nicotine addiction and smoking. […]

5 September, 2018

  Cigarette butts are polluting the ocean more than plastic straws — so why not ban these?

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

On Monday, a report by NBC News named cigarette butts as the single greatest source of ocean pollution — surpassing plastic straws. The filters in cigarettes are made of tiny plastic particles that take decades or more to decompose. And they serve no use. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, cigarette filters were created in the 1950s by the tobacco industry in an effort to make smoking a “healthier” alternative to unfiltered cigarettes.

5 September, 2018.

Tobacco product regulation: basic handbook


WHO has launched a handbook on tobacco product regulation in response to the need for clear, practical guidance on tobacco product regulation.

Although tobacco product use is a major public health problem, tobacco products are one of the few openly available consumer products that are virtually unregulated in terms of contents and emissions… Click here to access the full article and to download the handbook.

31 August, 2018


How should policymakers approach e-cigarettes?

Re-post from the nicotine science and policy 

The Hong Kong government is proud of its tobacco control efforts. The rate of smoking among the adult population is now below 20 percent. Officials believe they can get the number down to below 10 percent in the years ahead. This generally positive trend has been disrupted by new technology. Some time ago, the tobacco industry saw its business starting to decline, especially in the developed world. It started to research products that would be less harmful to users, or annoying to others.

31 August, 2018

Tobacco a deadly business

Children in poor families work the fields in Malawi, impacting schooling, amid signs of a growing international crisis. The Guardians Sarah Boseley reports in this special report on tobacco:

Tiyamike Phiri is 14, with the long skinny legs of a girl entering adolescence. In another world, she would be with friends in the school playground.

Instead, she is bent double at the hips, gouging out weeds from the earth under a savage sun between banked rows of tobacco plants using a heavy hoe, made of a tree branch and a metal plate. Click here to read the full article.

28 August, 2018

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.