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  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Germany's conservatives back ban on tobacco ads

  • Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the CSU, have backed a plan to phase out tobacco advertising in outdoor areas from 2022.

    The issue has long been a source of debate within the country's ruling conservative bloc, which had struggled to arrive at a common position and had blocked previous efforts to introduce such a ban.

    A policy paper endorsed by the bloc's parliamentary group on Tuesday said the move was necessary to confront "the biggest avoidable health risk of our time."

  • Thursday, November 07, 2019
  • Bfr advises e-cigarette consumers to avoid products of uncertain origin

  • This is pointed out by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) following the frequent occurrences of severe lung disorders amongst "vapers" in the USA. "According to current understanding, e-cigarette consumers in Germany do not face any increased risks, provided they continue to use products that comply with European and German regulations," says BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel."

    However, 'vapers' should pay attention to symptoms such as breathing difficulties or chest pain, especially after product change."

  • Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Nicotine Science and Policy Q&A

  • The primary public health policy goal should be the reduction of disease: trying to stop people dying in agony of cancer, collapsing with heart attacks and living in misery with COPD. In practice, this means concentrating on the goal of smoking cessation, especially among middle-aged adults – the population most at risk. Article (..) consists of about 60 questions and builds on a brief Q&A that I submitted to a consultation, a critique of an absurd anti-vaping Q&A by the WHO and my critique of numerous false and misleading claims made by Professor Stanton Glantz. It mostly focusses on nicotine vaping as an alternative to smoking, but most of the argument also applies to heated tobacco products, modern smokeless tobacco and new oral nicotine products.

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Comparison Between in Vitro Toxicities of Tobacco- and Menthol-Flavored Electronic Cigarette Liquids on Human Middle Ear Epithelial Cells

  • Since electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are considered less toxic than conventional tobacco smoking, the use of e-cigarettes has increased, and the market for e-cigarette liquids (e-liquids) is continuously increasing. However, many studies showed that e-cigarettes may cause various harmful effects in lung, oral and heart. In this study, we investigated the effects of e-liquids on otitis media (OM) using human middle ear epithelial cells (HMEECs).

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Vaping Lies From the WHO

  • The misinformation about vaping is ubiquitous. From national news stories to misinformation about lung diseases, to small-scale events at schools around the country, which often feature speakers from anti-vaping organizations, the message is always the same: Vaping is dangerous! And sadly, this lie was repeated last month by the World Health Organization, which published a dishonest update to its Q&A document on e-cigarettes. In it, the WHO lied about the risks associated with using e-cigarettes, saying (...)

  • Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Cigarette Smokers Often Reject Electronic Cigarettes, Study Shows

  • Not wanting to substitute one addictive product for another was cited as a major reason why U.S. smokers who have never used electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) rejected them as a means to quit cigarettes, according to a study by tobacco researchers from Georgia State University's School of Public Health. ENDS, battery-powered devices used to smoke or vape, include electronic cigarettes and vaping devices that often contain nicotine, an addictive chemical, in their solution. Published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the study used a (...)