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

7th November 2016 | 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”.

Smoking, vaping, free will, demonic possession and tax

2nd September 2016 | News analysis |

Nearly all smokers would be better off moving to lower-risk alternatives than giving up nicotine completely; taxing e-cigs has no rational justification; society should be prepared for more non-smokers to take up vaping; and tobacco control is often built on a “demonic possession theory”. These are among the conclusions of a provocative new paper published by the Institute of Economic Affairs and written by Carl V. Phillips.

Third Indian state bans e-cigs, citing youth addiction

21st June 2016 | News analysis |

The Indian state of Karnataka has become the third to ban e-cigarettes. It follows Maharahstra and Punjab in what appears likely to become a subcontinental trend, as India’s tobacco control tightens and grave concerns about the health risks of vaping are repeatedly pronounced by officials.