• July 15, 2020

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No reason to believe in gateway effect

The US-based Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) has dismissed a study released on Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine in which it was reportedly claimed that electronic cigarettes could cause cocaine use. ‘In reality, the study shows no such thing, and the authors and journal are just trying to score political...Read More

WHO advice potentially damaging

A World Health Organization-commissioned review of electronic cigarettes contains errors, misinterpretations and misrepresentations that could lead to policymakers missing the potential health benefits of these products, according to a story by Kate Kelland, quoting tobacco addiction experts. The background paper on electronic cigarettes acted as a blueprint for a WHO report calling for more regulation...Read More

Lorillard and Zippo battle over blu brand

Lorillard said yesterday that two of its electronic cigarette subsidiary companies, Cygnet UK Trading Ltd and Lorillard Technologies, Inc. d/b/a blu eCigs, had filed for an injunction and declarations with the High Court of Justice in London, England, to protect their BLU ECIGS® trademarks in the UK and throughout the rest of Europe. In a...Read More

Thailand might legitimize e-cigarettes

Authorities in Thailand might soon regulate and levy taxes on shisha tobacco and electronic cigarettes, according to a Phuket News story quoting officials at the Ministry of Finance. Neither product is currently registered under any Thai laws; so both are illicit before the law. However, shisha, known in Thailand as baragu, is increasingly popular among...Read More

Taiwan advocates calling for e-cigarettes to be regulated as tobacco

A number of anti-smoking advocates yesterday urged the Taiwan government to regulate electronic cigarettes as a tobacco product rather than as a controlled drug, so as to address the ‘rampant illegal sales’ of these devices, according to a story in the Taipei Times. The call came one day after the World Health Organization issued a...Read More

Experts suggest e-cigs could help smokers quit

The World Health Organization conceded in a report released yesterday that ‘experts’ suggest that electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) could have a role to play in helping some smokers quit their habit. But overall, the report is cautious to the point of negativity and one informed observer said that though WHO’s mission was to save...Read More

Vapers ask WHO to think risk reduction

The vaper organization, European Vapers United Network (EVUN), has added its voice to the growing call for the World Health Organization to be guided by the principle of risk reduction when considering electronic cigarettes. According to a story on the Nicotine Science and Policy website, vaping organizations from 13 countries have written to WHO’s director...Read More

Hearth Association: e-cigs could help smokers quit

Medical professionals should support but not promote using e-cigarettes as cessation devices, according to recently released statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). E-cigarettes should also be subject to the same laws that apply to tobacco products, and the federal government should ban the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to young people. The group also called...Read More

Wicked challenge to TPD

British e-cigarette manufacturer Totally Wicked said it received permission from the U.K.’s Administrative Court to seek a judicial review by the EU Court of Justice of the revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), specifically Article 20 pertaining to e-cigarettes.  The company claims that the TPD article “represents a disproportionate impediment to the free movement of goods...Read More

ITC jumps aboard vapor train

The diversified ITC group has forayed into electronic cigarettes to offset shrinking sales of its conventional tobacco cigarettes due to recurrent price increases. The Kolkata-headquartered cigarettes to hotels group has launched two vaping devices, or e-cigarettes, under the Eon brand. The products have been designed in-house but are being manufactured in China, according to The Economic...Read More