Erik Befrits – Nicotine and Science Media update November 22nd 2014

Research shows ecigarettes in the UK are used almost exclusively by current or former smokers, […] research by the Office for National Statistics found that only 0.1 per cent of ecigarette users were previously non-smokers. Overall, the ONS found that smoking was less popular in the UK today than at any time in at least 40 years, with fewer people taking up smoking and more smokers deciding to quit.


Riccardo Polosa and colleagues have just published a six month pilot study, in which 50 smokers who were not interested in quitting were provided with a second generation electronic cigarette (personal vaporizer). The specific product was the EGO/CE4 model. Participants were also provided with chargers and e-liquids throughout the study period.


India moved a step closer to banning the sale of unpackaged cigarettes, with a view to discourage smoking in a country where close to a million people each year die of tobacco-related diseases. More than 70 percent of the cigarettes sold in India are loose. The federal health ministry has accepted the recommendation of an internal panel and will seek cabinet approval before imposing the ban, Health Minister J.P. Nadda told […]


While e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, they do contain nicotine—a highly addictive product that has serious health consequences for a pregnant woman and her fetus. Nicotine exposure during fetal development, a critical window for the brain, has lasting adverse consequences for brain development. Nicotine exposure during pregnancy also contributes to low birth weight, pre-term birth and stillbirth.


The use of e-cigarettes to smokers is one way to help improve smokers’ health because licensed products, such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), may not always work for them. And we know it is better for smokers to switch to e-cigarettes than smoke. […] International researchers — who worked with David Nutt of Imperial College London — also reported for Public Health England a stark contrast in harm reduction between cigarettes and e-cigarettes.


The Ontario government`s move to ban flavoured tobacco, including menthol cigarettes, would make the the province a leader in tobacco laws across the country, says a researcher with the University of Waterloo’s School of Public Health. “Menthol is the one flavour youth actually use. So about 30 per cent of youth smokers smoke a menthol brand, that’s way more than adults,” said David Hammond, […]



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