News analysis / Americas

Vapers “significantly less dependent” than smokers

17th December 2014 | News analysis |

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.

In depth: New York state e-cig regulation, December 2014

1st December 2014 | News analysis |

Introduction • The matrix of authority • State government regulation • Local government regulation • Regulation by quasi-governmental institutions • Regulatory trends • Appendix 1: state law and New York City law • Appendix 2: notable lawsuit – The Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment vs New York City

Do Minnesota’s young people really vape more than others?

23rd November 2014 | News analysis |

Nearly 20% of middle and high school students in Minnesota have tried vaping, a proportion about three times higher than the national average – but the public health researchers who produced the figure have cautioned against assuming that it represents a major problem for the state.

In depth: California e-cig regulation, November 2014

15th November 2014 | News analysis |

The matrix of authority • State government regulation • Local government regulation • Regulation by quasi-governmental institutions • Regulatory trends • Appendix 1: state law, consumer protection law and licensing law • Appendix 2: notable lawsuits – Smoking Everywhere and Sottera

Could Republicans’ triumph mean a gentler ride for e-cigs?

6th November 2014 | News analysis |

Republicans’ historic victory this week in taking the U.S. mid-term elections’ big prize – control of the Senate – could have a significant impact on the e-cigarette industry’s relationship with Congress, as power shifts to a party renowned for its traditional stance against what it considers burdensome regulations on business.