Erik Befrits – Nicotine Science and Policy update November 4th 2014


The E-Cigarette Summit

With only 2 weeks to go until the forthcoming E-Cigarette Summit: Science, Regulation and Public Health, time is running out to book your place and ensure your voice is heard at the leading policy and public health meeting on the future of e-cigarettes.  Held at the Royal Society in London on the 13th November, the Summit provides an invaluable opportunity for all stakeholders to participate and respond to the debates that surround e-cigarettes.
The WHO’s recommendations on e-cigarettes will have far reaching consequences and the Summit provides a much needed neutral environment to present the science and evidence and explore the regulatory environment that will ultimately provide the best public health outcome. For a full programme and speakers please go to the Summit website:

Tobacco companies have won the right to challenge EU rules requiring health warnings on cigarette packaging and banning menthol cigarettes. The EU’s Tobacco Products Directive includes a ban on cigarettes and tobacco with “characterising flavours” and also requires that health warnings should cover 65 per cent of tobacco packaging. The rules are set to come into force in the first half of 2016, giving EU member states two years to bring legislation into line.


Smoking will be prohibited in Coastside apartment complexes by the end of next year after the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a ban in unincorporated multi-unit residences. The ordinance applies to apartment, townhouse and condominium complexes in unincorporated San Mateo County, but excludes hotels, assisted living facilities and detached single family homes.


The number of shops selling e-cigarettes has plummeted by 90 percent in Spain in just 12 months, an industry body claims, citing lobbying by pharmaceutical companies as one of the causes for the sudden decline. A year ago there were 3,000 shops selling e-cigarettes in Spain but now that number is closer to just 300, according to the country’s national e-cigarettes association (ANCE).


There was stiff opposition Monday to a Nova Scotia bill aimed at restricting the use of e-cigarettes and ban the flavoured juices used in the e-cigarettes. Former smokers say Bill 60 is a bad idea. It is before the Law Amendments Committee at Province House so the public can have a say on the proposed changes. Many who spoke before the committee were unhappy with the bill, especially when it comes to electronic cigarettes or vaporizers.


Imperial Tobacco is among the main risers, up 79p to £27.46. The cigarette maker saw a decline in full year revenues and profits, hit by exchange rates and declining sales as people cut back or quit smoking. But it has tackled this with cost cuts, saving £60m during the year, and the figures were in line with expectations. Tobacco revenues fell 6% to £6.5bn and adjusted operating profit was down 5% to £3bn.


An Ohio proposal seeks to make sure that children cannot get into liquid used in electronic cigarettes. State Sen. Shannon Jones has sponsored a bill to ban the sale of products used in e-cigarettes […]. The prohibition does not apply to sealed, pre-filled or disposable replacement cartridges. The measure, introduced Wednesday, would require child-resistant packaging even if the product doesn’t contain nicotine.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s