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WHO comes under fire for “naive” report on possible harms

7th November 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

Policy and Politics
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Regulatory news analysis

A negative report on e-cigarettes presented by the World Health Organization to the seventh session of the tobacco control conference in New Delhi has been scathingly criticised by the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, which accuses the authors of the brief report of “naïvety”.

New Netherlands study reviews danger from exhaled vapour

2nd August 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

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A recent study and review by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands has brought to the fore questions regarding e-cigarette vapour testing methods and the possible health risks of passive vaping. The rationale for banning e-cigs in enclosed public places falls into two main camps: ‘renormalisation’ of smoking and […]

Making a myth: teens, e-cigs, science and the media

25th July 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

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Regulatory news analysis

A new U.S. study claiming to show a link between youth e-cigarette use and tobacco smoking has not only been criticised by many scientists working in the field, but also demonstrates how misconceptions and misinformation on the topic of vaping spread through the media.

Research suggests vaping may affect circulatory system, but caution urged

13th July 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

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What do you get when you take 20 smokers and 20 non-smokers, give them tobacco cigarettes to puff on, and then ask them to try e-cigs? A study from the Sapienza University of Rome is one of the few to look at the direct effects of e-cigarettes on the functioning of the human body.

EU study finds “highest rate of smoking cessation ever”

27th June 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

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However badly Britain’s skeptical Brexiters may feel the European Union has failed them, it appears to have delivered a big new prize to advocates of vaping: new research showing that 6.1m Europeans have given up smoking with the use of electronic cigarettes, with possibly the highest quit and reduction rates yet seen in a population survey.

Cessation evidence unclear, but second-gen devices may help

24th May 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

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A new systematic review of e-cigarettes and smoking cessation is claimed to be the most comprehensive so far as it covers not only published, peer-reviewed studies – including observational research as well as RCTs – but also so-called “grey literature”, material published outside of peer review.

E-cig science: do meta-analyses really matter?

5th April 2016 - Regulatory news analysis |

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In the past year or so, scientists have conducted several systematic reviews that aim to analyse research evidence in order to find whether e-cigs help people quit smoking. The issue addressed by studies like these (which can also be known as meta-analyses) is, of course, one of the primary public-health and policy questions about the devices. But how much value should we place on their findings?

Dual users experience significantly lower CO levels

29th November 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

World
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory news analysis

It sounds like common sense: if people smoke fewer conventional cigarettes because they are using e-cigs as well, you would expect them to be exposed to fewer harmful substances. And that’s what a study has found after examining the effects on a group of smokers who were trying to quit by using e-cigs, although other […]

Sex, drugs and dead batteries: why people dual-use

5th October 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

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A new study carried out in Hawaii is said to be the first “to attempt to elucidate the contexts of e-cigarette and cigarette use among dual users”, examining issues ranging from consumption patterns to motivations.

E-cigs and dental health: a field wide open for study

22nd September 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

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There has been little study or comment on e-cigs so far from professional bodies in dental health, or from dental researchers.
But that may now be changing, with increased interest from some corners of the dental profession in e-cigs’ role as potential reducers of harm to oral health.

Nicotine delivery: how much is too much?

5th August 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

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Researchers in the U.S. have developed a model for predicting the amount of nicotine emitted by e-cigarettes, which they say could gauge the expected yield of a device before it is even built.

In depth: value of e-cigarettes in quitting smoking is unclear

4th June 2015 - Market reports |

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Research on the role of e-cigarettes in smoking cessation remains contradictory and unclear, but there are hints that frequency of vaping and type of product may be important.

In depth: more safety worries over e-liquid flavourings

27th April 2015 - Regulatory reports |

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E-cigarette flavours are causing concern again, but this time not over their purported appeal to youth. The latest study to stoke up worries about harmful substances in e-cigs is “Flavour chemicals in electronic cigarette fluids”, another from a group at Portland State University in the U.S.

“Gateway effect” isn’t simple; drink and drugs involved too

23rd March 2015 - Regulatory news analysis |

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Of all the current concerns about the introduction of e-cigarettes, one that looms large is whether they can be a gateway to conventional smoking and to misuse of other substances such as marijuana. New research from the U.S. aims to cast some light on that, but the issue is contentious.

Vapers “significantly less dependent” than smokers

17th December 2014 - Regulatory news analysis |

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Relatively little scientific work has been done on comparing dependence on nicotine via tobacco with dependence on the substance via other delivery vehicles. But new U.S. research attempts to answer this question using a new index of dependence created specifically for the comparison.

Media release misrepresented researchers’ cancer findings

29th September 2014 - Business news analysis , Regulatory news analysis |

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          A science publisher’s own publicity for a research article on e-cigarettes and cancer has been criticised for suggesting conclusions unjustified by the data. For a recent paper in the John Wiley & Sons journal Cancer, entitled “Electronic cigarette use among patients with cancer”, researchers investigated people enrolled in a tobacco […]

More study needed on complex nicotine-cancer relationship

7th August 2014 - Regulatory news analysis |

North America
United States
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory news analysis

Laypeople reading a new opinion paper in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer may be alarmed, but it is important to note that although nicotine can contribute to cancer, on its own the current evidence does not support a direct, carcinogenic link in “normal use”.

E-cigs vs NRT: the real findings behind the media headlines

27th May 2014 - Regulatory news analysis |

Europe
United Kingdom
Public Health and Medicine
Regulatory news analysis

Robust evidence for e-cigarettes’ effectiveness as aids to smoking cessation effectiveness has until now been sparse. But that may have changed, if the conclusions of a large study published in the journal Addiction prove to be correct in the long term.

In depth: medical licensing in Europe: big rewards, but a long road

31st March 2014 - Market reports |

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The vote in the European Parliament that passed the revamped Tobacco Products Directive will have some e-cigarette manufacturers contemplating the costly and often lengthy process of medicines licensing, in order to compete with larger firms able to afford the advantages that a marketing authorisation could bring.