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Public health leaders debating e-cigs behind closed doors

14th October 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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As the world’s nations sit down at the Moscow World Trade Centre this afternoon to debate e-cigarette regulation, relations between the public health community and vaping activists appear likely to grow even frostier.

NGOs say WHO should prioritise further study, not regulation

10th October 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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An international group of NGOs has tried to identify middle ground between the die-hard opponents and supporters of e-cigarettes in the run-up to next week’s World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on regulating e-cigs.

Media release misrepresented researchers’ cancer findings

29th September 2014 - Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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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 […]

UK pharma regulator approves cigarette-like vapour device

12th September 2014 - Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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Britain’s medicines regulator has issued a product licence for the nicotine inhaler Voke, which will be sold by British American Tobacco’s subsidiary Nicoventures and looks likely to be the closest pharmaceutically-approved competitor to the e-cigarette.

Updated: the WHO’s influence on global e-cig regulation

11th September 2014 - Regulatory reports |

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What the FCTC is • A global treaty • Broad scope of regulation • The regulatory framework • The FCTC in practice • No enforcement powers • Enforcement by signatories • Self-reporting • Shadow reporting • Influence on European legislation • Promoting tobacco regulation in the developing world • What does the FCTC mean for e-cigarettes • Current status of e-cigs • Political will to regulate • Structural barriers • Non-binding, but influential • Exclusion of e-cig firms • Regulatory options in detail

In depth: what will the WHO decide on e-cig regulation?

8th September 2014 - Regulatory reports |

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WHO’s basis for regulation • Political will to regulate • Regulatory proposals in detail • Likely impact of COP6 recommendations • Industry excluded from consultation? • Russia’s political situation and COP6 • Conclusions

Ban indoor vaping, restrict ads, says World Health Organization

26th August 2014 - Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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The World Health Organization (WHO) looks increasingly likely to recommend stringent restrictions on e-cigarettes, following an internal report which suggests measures including a blanket ban on indoor use and tight controls on advertising.

Drop in smokers seeking help: does it mean more use of e-cigs?

21st August 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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Anti-smoking campaigners in the UK believe the use of e-cigarettes as unofficial cessation aids has contributed to a sharp drop in the number of people joining quit-smoking programmes, although nearly all successful participants in those schemes are still relying on pharmacotherapies.

More study needed on complex nicotine-cancer relationship

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 direct, carcinogenic link in “normal use”.

No basis for tobacco-style rules, says review of e-cig science

3rd August 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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A new review of medical and public health research on e-cigarettes concludes that tobacco-style regulation is unjustifiably strict, but also suggests that further research is needed on health effects and the relationship of e-cigs to smoking.

Suicide attempt may heighten debate on e-liquid safety

2nd August 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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A German man’s attempt to kill himself by ingesting e-liquid could add to the clamour for regulating the availability, concentration, and packaging of nicotine-containing fluid on safety grounds.

“Big Tobacco’s voice should be heard in the nicotine debate”

27th June 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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The involvement of the tobacco and pharma industries could be crucial if a new international society on nicotine studies is to make a contribution to the public health and regulation debate – but that will bring its own problems, delegates heard at a conference in Warsaw today.

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Call for swift action on child safety, but FDA faces delays

19th June 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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Ten U.S. public health organisations have today asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to move quickly on child-proofing of e-liquid containers, and extend its proposed e-cigarette regulations to cover flavourings and advertising.

WHO told to remember links with tobacco, make tough policy

18th June 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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Battle lines are drawing up around the World Health Organization (WHO) as it prepares to formulate policy on e-cigarettes which will powerfully influence most countries’ domestic regulation.

WHO told to go easy on e-cigs, consider health benefits

29th May 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has been urged to adopt a gentle touch on regulation of e-cigarettes in a letter this week signed by more than 50 nicotine science and public health specialists, apparently hoping to head off the prospect of tobacco-style rules.

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

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 the long term.

To stock or not to stock? Pharmacists uncertain on e-cigs

16th May 2014 - Business briefing |

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British pharmacies have yet to fully exploit the retail opportunities presented by e-cigarettes, according to a prominent market researcher, although pharmacy professionals themselves disagree vehemently over how to approach e-cigs that aren’t medically licensed.

Laying down the law: regulation to dominate industry confabs

14th May 2014 - Business briefing , Regulatory briefing |

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E-cigarettes are on the agenda for a host of trade and professional conferences over the coming weeks, reflecting the urgent need for understanding of new regulatory measures as well as the sector’s development and improving scientific knowledge about the products.

Obama’s choice for health job is pushed for view on flavours

9th May 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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A Republican senator this week used a hearing on president Obama’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to raise concern that flavourings were omitted from federal proposals to regulate e-cigarettes.

SEC (Sociedad Española de Cardiología) (Spanish Society of Cardiology)

30th April 2014 - Resources |

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The SEC does not recommend e-cigarettes as a valid way to quit conventional tobacco and would like to see emergency regulation and control implemented. www.secardiologia.es/ Calle de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Nº 5 y 7 Madrid 28028, España) Teléfono: 91 724 23 70 Fax: 91 724 23 71 Contact via online form

EU will not publish detailed guidance on TPD e-cig rules

23rd April 2014 - Regulatory briefing |

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The European Union (EU) does not plan to issue detailed guidance on how e-cigarette regulations in the recent Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) should be interpreted, according to a source close to the EU’s Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs (SANCO)

Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA)

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

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Founded in 2011, SFATA serves as an educational and lobbying resource for manufacturers, wholesalers, retail sellers and distributors of personal electronic vaporising units (PEVUs) such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigs). It is dedicated to fostering communication, sharing reliable information and providing forums where SFATA members and state and federal agencies can engage in meaningful dialogue regarding […]

American Pharmacists Association (ASHP)

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

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The ASHP is a national professional organisation whose nearly 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students providing patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. www.ashp.org

BeTobaccoFree.gov

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

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BeTobaccoFree.gov provides information from various Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operating and staff divisions. Topics covered include: about tobacco, health effects, quit now, and don’t start. betobaccofree.hhs.gov via Department of Health and Human Services – 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201, USA

Tobacco-Free Kids

2nd April 2014 - Resources |

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The mission of Tobacco-Free Kids is to work to save lives by advocating for public policies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. www.tobaccofreekids.org 1400 Eye Street., N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005, USA