News 15th Dec 2014


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Voices From The Street.

Lorien Jollye

This week we saw a response to my letter. I admit to being surprised, especially as to the people that chose to respond. Profs Martin McKee, Simon Chapman, Stanton Glantz and Mike Daube. I was even more surprised at the content of their response.

 Debating e-cigarettes with Professor Martin McKee

Clive Bates

There is much discussion about willingness to enter debate about e-cigarettes following this letter from Professors McKee, Glantz, Chapman and Daube. I will return to this letter shortly, but in the meantime here’s an example of how it works in practice. In July, I sent an email to Professor McKee of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, challenging some of the criticisms of legitimate scientists he had made in the media, suggesting he discuss his concerns with the scientists he was criticising, and personally offering to debate with him debate in a public forum. Here’s the what I sent…..


 DoH preps consultation for laws on e-cigarettes

News from Ireland

The legislation, the drafting of which was approved by the Government in June 2014, includes the introduction of a licensing system for tobacco products and non-medicinal nicotine delivery systems (including e-cigarettes), and the prohibition of the sale of tobacco products from self-service vending machines and mobile units/containers.

 Dear Public Health Units across North America

Excellent, well researched blog from Canada covering many regulation issues:

I am writing to you in regard to comments submitted to the FDA in Re: Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act; Regulations on the Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products and Required Warning Statements for Tobacco Products (Docket ID: FDA-2014-N-0189; RIN: 0910-AG38).

Quit Dough set to become e-cigarettes Bitcoin

Worth keeping an eye on:

Quit Dough has been made to be exchanged for electronic cigarette products including nicotine e-liquid. Electronic Cigarettes have a lot in common with crypto currencies which make them an interesting partnership that has a wide future scope. In many parts of the world the law regarding electronic cigarettes and crypto currency is grey.


And from the Copy & Paste School of Journalism:

Two studies find big jump in teen use of e-cigarettes

About 25% of high school students in Connecticut and 29% of teens in Hawaii have used e-cigarettes, according to separate studies. About 18% of the Hawaii teens and 12% of the Connecticut high school students had used e-cigarettes in the past month. Both studies were done in 2013.

E-Cigs Appeal to Teens Who Otherwise Wouldn’t Smoke, Study Says

Researchers surveyed 1,941 Hawaii high school students about their smoking behaviors as well as their relative risk for picking up smoking. Risk was assessed based on factors like sensation-seeking and prevalence of smoking among peers, parent support and academic involvement.

More details on how e-cigarettes are recruiting kids to nicotine addiction

Smoking rates are down. Is it time Glantz sharpens his CV?

Expanding the population of kids addicted to nicotine beyond those who would start smoking cigarettesSupporting cigarette smoking among kids

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