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Scare stories get more attention than calmly issued research findings

Written by Marc Beishon || 1st November 2017 || Regulatory reports |

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A research paper which led to the headline claim that e-cigs can trigger lung disease “just like cigarettes” was picked up by the media more eagerly than other studies which came to less alarmist conclusions ...

Vape shops are given a clean bill of health on secondhand vapour

Written by Marc Beishon || 15th May 2017 || Business briefing |

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In research that could help determine policy on passive vaping, sampling in two U.S. vape shops by public health bodies has found no reason for concern that workers might be exposed to harmful chemicals in their...

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

Written by Marc Beishon || 7th November 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

New Netherlands study reviews danger from exhaled vapour

Written by Marc Beishon || 2nd August 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

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

Written by Marc Beishon || 25th July 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

EU study finds “highest rate of smoking cessation ever”

Written by Marc Beishon || 27th June 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

Cessation evidence unclear, but second-gen devices may help

Written by Marc Beishon || 24th May 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

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

Written by Marc Beishon || 5th April 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

E-cig researchers beset by accusations of conflict

Written by Marc Beishon || 31st March 2016 || Regulatory briefing |

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Conflicts of interest in research can blow up when the tobacco industry is seen to be involved in any area of research on smoking – or, now,...

Dual users experience significantly lower CO levels

Written by Marc Beishon || 29th November 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

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

Written by Marc Beishon || 5th October 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

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

Written by Marc Beishon || 22nd September 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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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’...

Nicotine delivery: how much is too much?

Written by Marc Beishon || 5th August 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

Vaping in pregnancy: the developing debate

Written by Marc Beishon || 23rd July 2015 || Business briefing |

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Among all the groups that could benefit from e-cigarettes for harm reduction, perhaps none is as contentious as pregnant...

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

Written by Marc Beishon || 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...

In depth: more safety worries over e-liquid flavourings

Written by Marc Beishon || 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...

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

Written by Marc Beishon || 23rd March 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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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....

Cochrane Review: a cautious thumbs-up for e-cigarettes

Written by Marc Beishon || 20th December 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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E-cigarettes containing nicotine can help people quit and cut down on smoking: that is the digested version of the Cochrane review on the use of e-cigs for smoking cessation and reduction, but the review itself is considerably more...

Vapers “significantly less dependent” than smokers

Written by Marc Beishon || 17th December 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

More study needed on complex nicotine-cancer relationship

Written by Marc Beishon || 7th August 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

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

Written by Marc Beishon || 27th May 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

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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...

E-cig vapour may increase risk of infection, scientists suggest

Written by Marc Beishon || 23rd May 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

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E-cigarette vapour could increase the virulence of MRSA, the potentially deadly infection that most often takes hold in healthcare settings, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society’s international...

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

Written by Marc Beishon || 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...