News 29-30th Dec 2014


Grocers light up as e-cigarette sales soar 50 per cent in a year

Source: The Independant also published on

E-cigarettes, sports nutrition bars and gluten and dairy-free food were the fastest growing products sold in UK supermarkets and grocers in the last year, according to new data.

Insights firm Nielsen found that e-cigarette sales soared 50 per cent year-on-year, while traditional nicotine replacement products, such as patches and gum, have dropped by 6.1 per cent.

Is Aping Vaping Stoking Smoking?

Part 3 of a series of 5 from Jacob Sullum this one is E-Cig specific:

A study reported this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine casts further doubt on the claim that “e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking.” In a 2013 survey of 1,304 college students, the researchers found that 43 had first consumed nicotine in the form of e-cigarettes, and only one of them was a current cigarette smoker.

Debunking Canadian Public Health Myths about Electronic Cigarettes

A great Canadian blog with lots of overlapping information and concerns about vaping:

There is no shortage of evidence regarding the nature of e-cigarettes or of the people who are using them. Following are the five major points made by those supporting bans and then a summary of the evidence regarding those points…


Eat, drink and be merry

Not really news, but sentiments that are affecting us all:

Smoking, drinking and our expanding waistlines are threatening the health gains we have made – with evidence already emerging of a slight increase in death rates from illnesses related to lifestyle.

There is so much wrong with this statement that I don’t know where to start.