Erik Befrits – Nicotine and Science Media Update December 17th 2014


Most popular in news last week:

  1. Want to help smokers quit? Stop lying about e-cigs  – read more…
  2. E-cigarette use rare in non-smokers, UK survey finds – read more…
  3. Controversy over e-cigarettes and ‘vaping’ heats up – read more…

Electronic cigarettes double smokers’ chances of quitting and can also help them to cut down, an overview of gold-standard research has concluded. “Vaping” was just as effective as other nicotine replacements, and no sideeffects were seen in the studies, according to an analysis published by the Cochrane Library, a collection of six databases used to analyse evidence.


E-CIG smokers in Greater Manchester are being forced into the outdoor smoking shelters inhabited by those hooked on the more traditional source of nicotine. More and more venues across the region are now banning the devices which are widely-seen as an essential aid for those wanting to kick tobacco. ‘Vaping’ is outlawed at Old Trafford and The Etihad, on trams and Metrolink stops, trains and train stations, […]


We’ve news from the government that the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, is on the rise among schoolchildren and teenagers. We might think that this is a health story and it is, but behind it is an interesting little economic point and a guide to public policy. The question really revolves around whether vaping is a substitute for smoking or a complement (yes, complement, not compliment).


With an aim to curtail cigarette smoking and consumption of other tobacco products in the state, tourism-related bodies are set to revitalise their fight against the use of tobacco in public places. “We are very much serious in promoting a tobacco-free Kashmir and to realise this, we will pool in our resources and ensure that public places like hotels and restaurants which are under our control, are made hundred per cent tobacco free zones,” said Showkat Chaudhry, […]


Hungary’s parliament Monday introduced a state wholesaler in the tobacco trade and continued working on legislation designed to introduce new taxes on the sector, in a controversial move that has led to public protests. The bill, […] and adopted Monday, introduces a state- owned wholesaler that will act as an intermediary between producers and retailers, with the declared goal of freeing up competition in the market.


East Tennessee State University’s Dr. Hadii Mamudu likens the difference between electronic cigarettes and traditional cigarettes to the result of someone falling off a 10-story building and falling off a 100-story building. The result is going to be the same, and in the case of what he calls “completely unregulated” electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, that result is early death.



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