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Nicotine Science and Policy - Daily Digest - Thu, 19 February 2015


MOVE Campaign – Medical Organisations supporting Vaping and E-Cigarettes

Carmen Escrig, 19 February 2015

Although the science has well established that electronic cigarettes are orders of magnitude less harmful than the tobacco cigarettes, these devices have in many countries been subjected to a powerful discrediting campaign. One of many recent examples is the recent spate of sensational news about the study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine about the high levels of formaldehyde when e-cigarettes are over-heated. [...]

In the 1970s, a group of students in South Africa were planning a campaign against tobacco. I was one of them. [...] For me, it was the start of decades of battles with tobacco companies that led to strong regulations in South Africa — and culminated in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, now in effect in almost 180 countries.


Starting July 1, if you want to golf on any of five Portland municipal golf courses, you won't be able to smoke. The Oregonian reports [...] that the City Council voted 4-1 Wednesday to ban smoking at all city-owned parks and nature areas, including four city-owned golf facilities— Heron Lakes' two courses, Rose City and Eastmoreland. 


The European Commission is considering taxing ecigarettes in the same way as their traditional cousins in a move that would drastically increase the cost of the alternative smoking product and further hinder their take up. Price has become one of the main reasons for people switching to ecigarettes, according to Natasha Kendall, tobacco analyst at Nielsen.


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Legislature has snuffed a pair of bills aimed at increasing tobacco taxes. The Senate voted 30-17 on Wednesday to kill a bill that would raise the state’s 44-cent cigarette tax to $2 per pack. North Dakota ranks 46th among states in the amount of tax smokers pay.


Most scientists agree e-cigarettes have potential as a stop-smoking aid. They can be used with or without nicotine and are free of the thousands of toxins in conventional cigarettes. But they also throw up some unusual obstacles. "E-cigs are really the first product I’m aware of that have challenged pharma in this way," says Chris Bullen, [...]


Addition of menthol to cigarettes may be associated with increased initiation of smoking. The potential mechanisms underlying this association are not known. Menthol, likely due to its effects on cold-sensing peripheral sensory neurons, is known to inhibit the sensation of irritation elicited by respiratory irritants. 


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