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Sunshine and showers: the top e-cigarette stories in review

Written by Freddie Dawson || 10th March 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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As the change of seasons edged closer over February and early March, headlines in the e-cigarette sector were a sometimes confusing mix of storm clouds and...

While DC regulators ponder, states take the initiative

Written by || 10th March 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is this week again hoping to gather more insight on e-cigarettes as it ponders the final form of its deeming...

FDA’s departing commissioner praised, censured on e-cigs

Written by Jim Myers || 10th March 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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In her final days as head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Margaret Hamburg is receiving accolades from Republicans and Democrats alike on her six years in what many call one of the toughest jobs in...

And now BC: another Canadian province moves to limit vaping

Written by Barnaby Page || 5th March 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Canada’s third-largest province is poised to introduce e-cigarette rules including a public vaping ban, as provincial governments across the country move to cut across the regulatory confusion created by an uncertain federal...

World’s law-makers favour basing e-cig rules on tobacco

Written by Barnaby Page || 5th March 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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About two thirds of large countries have some form of e-cigarette regulation, and they tend to control the products using existing laws relating to tobacco or nicotine, according to new...

E-cigs can be a force for good, says doctor who crafted FCTC

Written by Barnaby Page || 23rd February 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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One of the main architects of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) has expressed his strong support for e-cigarettes, starkly separating himself from the position adopted by the FCTC at its Moscow summit...

Californian labelling threats “are meant to create pressure”

Written by Barnaby Page || 17th February 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The Californian nonprofit threatening to sue e-cigarette companies over their product labelling says it hopes to pressure the entire industry into marketing e-cigs that are safer and carry mandatory...

In depth: e-cigarette regulation in Texas, February 2015

Written by || 12th February 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Introduction • The matrix of authority • State government regulation • Local government regulation • Regulation by quasi-governmental institutions • Regulatory trends • Appendix: state law on tobacco and consumer...

Behind the headlines: findings of the Johns Hopkins lung study

Written by Barnaby Page || 8th February 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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Switching to e-cigarettes may not ease the symptoms of smokers who are suffering from shortness of breath and coughing. Despite mass-media coverage implying that e-cigs might directly harm the lungs, this was the principal finding of recent research...

As FDA’s Hamburg steps down, successor will face critics

Written by Jim Myers || 8th February 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Congressional critics of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will get a chance to quiz its next leader on the issue of regulating e-cigarettes once president Obama has nominated a successor to Margaret...

The e-cig world’s top stories, from Holland to the Pacific

Written by Freddie Dawson || 3rd February 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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ECigIntelligence looks back at the e-cigarette stories of the last month that you can’t afford to...

In California, public health squares up to e-cigarettes

Written by Barnaby Page || 29th January 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The top public health official in the state of California has all but declared war on e-cigarettes, in a pair of reports that focus closely on the products’ purported health risks while repudiating their claimed...

Californian bill would ban vaping in most workplaces

Written by Barnaby Page || 27th January 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Californian legislators will soon consider another proposal to bring e-cigarettes into the ambit of tobacco legislation, with effects including a widespread ban on vaping in public...

FAA says air passengers must carry, not check, their e-cigs

Written by Jim Myers || 26th January 2015 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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Are e-cigs and other tobacco substitutes welcome on passenger planes? Are they a danger, an infringement of near-universal strict rules against in-flight smoking, or a benign product that passengers might...

Still waiting for FDA e-cig rules, U.S. states take the initiative

Written by Barnaby Page || 23rd January 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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While Washington remains deafeningly quiet on its plans to regulate e-cigarettes, individual U.S. states and lower levels of government are busy filling the legal...

E-cig taxation measures expected to proliferate

Written by Freddie Dawson || 16th January 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Governments around the world are waking up to the potential of taxing e-cigarettes, according to a new report from...

Mandatory child-proofing: senator Nelson tries again

Written by Jim Myers || 14th January 2015 || Regulatory briefing |

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Still unsure exactly who derailed his child-proofing legislation late last year, U.S. senator Bill Nelson is trying again to persuade Congress that it should mandate safety packaging for the liquid nicotine containers used to refill e-cigarettes....

2014 in e-cigs: sound and fury, but what did they signify?

Written by Barnaby Page || 31st December 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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A review of the top trends and stories from the year 2014 for the e-cigarette...

No evidence that e-cig trial leads to smoking, study finds

Written by Barnaby Page || 24th December 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

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Trying nicotine through experimentation with e-cigarettes does not seem likely to lead to a tobacco smoking habit, according to new research from Oklahoma which casts tentative doubt on the “gateway hypothesis” of e-cigs as a pathway to conventional...

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...

Ten U.S. states still allow children to buy e-cigarettes

Written by Freddie Dawson || 12th December 2014 || Regulatory briefing |

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More than 16m children under the age of 17 are able to legally buy e-cigarettes in the U.S., according to calculations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Ireland beginning consultation on licences for e-cig retailers

Written by Barnaby Page || 10th December 2014 || Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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E-cig retailers in Ireland would require licensing under proposed legislation which the government characterises as a first step toward meeting the requirements of the European Tobacco Products Directive...