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Daily Digest - Monday, 6 February 2017


Application to legalise low strength nicotine for vaping in Australia rejected. Now our real battle begins! - Attila Danko

The New Nicotine Alliance, Australia, (NNA AU) last year submitted an application to Australia’s medicines and poisons regulatory authority, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), to legalise vaping with nicotine as a consumer product. The application was to exempt from Schedule 7 nicotine at concentrations of 3.6 per cent or less for self-administration with an electronic nicotine delivery system ('personal vaporiser' or 'electronic cigarette') for the purpose of tobacco harm reduction. On February 2nd this application was totally rejected in the TGA’s interim decision. Interim decisions are rarely reversed at the final decision. [...]

Nicotine in the news - Harry Shapiro

Writing for the Australian online news outlet News.Com Joe Hildebrand reported, “when I quit smoking last year, I got a message from Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn from the School of Public Health at the University of NSW “Congratulations,” he said. “You’ve just added almost 10 years to your life.” He then added: “You’re also now a criminal.” [...]

Twelve myths about e-cigarettes that failed to impress the TGA

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) last week rejected an application to liberalise the scheduling of nicotine [...] This prompted the predictable round of protests from proponents of e-cigarettes who have long touted them as the next public health wonder of the world, even as important as antibiotics.


University seeks heavy smokers for landmark study on e-cigarette safety

A university is seeking smokers to take part in the first study into the long-term safety of switching to e-cigarettes. Researchers at St George’s, University of London, want to assess the impact on the risk of cancer, brain activity, and quality of life indicators such as sleep. The pilot study, which is looking for 100 volunteers, is part of the EU’s £3.4 million Smoke Free Brain project.


British smokers are switching to e-cigarettes faster than anyone else in Europe

Since 2013, one person has switched from traditional smoking to so-called vaping every four minutes in the UK, according to new research from EY. And now more than 2m British people vape, a total of 4.2 per cent of adults. By contrast, the next highest penetration is in France, where just over 3 per cent use electronic products.


Vapers Look To Trump To Save Industry From The ‘War On E-Cigarettes’

Experts in the electronic cigarette industry are appealing to President Donald Trump to kill a Food and Drug Administration rule threatening to wipe out a majority of vape business across the U.S. The FDA passed a rule finalized in May forcing e-cigarette vendors to submit a pre-market tobacco application for each of their products for approval, a costly process most vape vendors cannot afford.


Japan Tobacco bets on e-cigarette's growth prospect, boosts annual dividend

Japan Tobacco Inc said it was still confident about the prospect of its Ploom Tech tobacco-based electronic cigarettes, the launch of which has been delayed due to supply problems, and raised its dividend despite forecasting a lower annual profit. The world's No.3 tobacco company said it would begin selling Ploom Tech in some parts of Tokyo from June, [...]


E-cigs and ‘dripping’: What you need to know

Some teens who use e-cigarettes are now to turning to ‘dripping’ e-liquids directly onto exposed heater coils to produce thicker clouds of vapor, better flavor, a stronger throat hit, or simply out of curiosity, found a study published online today from Pediatrics. For the study, researchers surveyed 7,045 students from eight Connecticut high schools.


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