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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2020
  • WHO launches reports on novel tobacco products to help bridge gap between science and policy

  • WHO is publishing 3 reports to inform countries on the current state of scientific knowledge, and regulatory and policy options available on novel tobacco products such as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS) and heated tobacco products (HTPs). [...] This year’s theme is “protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from nicotine and tobacco use”, and it poses important questions on how the public health community can protect youth from novel products.

  • Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Vapers celebrate World Vape Day

  • Millions of e-cigarette users, or vapers, across the globe are celebrating World Vape Day on May 30, 2020, a day before World No Tobacco Day. World Vape Day aims to raise awareness on e-cigarettes or vapes and encourage smokers who are unable to quit on their own or with currently available smoking cessation tools to switch to safer nicotine products.
    “Safer nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, are the most disruptive influence on smoking in decades.These are the innovations that have the potential to save millions of lives [...]

  • Monday, May 25, 2020
  • How Worried You Should Be About Your Lockdown Smoking Habit

  • Approaches to smoking in lockdown are similarly divisive. More than a quarter of smokers in France said their tobacco consumption increased during lockdown, and the South African government's attempt to ban cigarette sales during coronavirus immediately resulted in a black market for tobacco products. For people like Ellie, however, being quarantined with family is simply not conducive to a nicotine habit. Of course, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. "I wonder if, when post-lockdown life begins, will I pick up the cigarettes again?" she says. "Or will I be able to go without?"

  • Friday, May 15, 2020
  • Delicious Irony? | New Studies Show Smokers Do Better with COVID19

  • Joining us on RegWatch is Clive Bates, renowned international tobacco control expert and master of the counterfactual. Bates walks viewers through the findings of the new studies and provides his analysis of the potential impact on the bitter battle to ban the vape.

    We’ll also dive into the recent teen vaping study released by Dr. David Hammond, the campaign to cap nicotine strength in Canada, and how the predicate “better safe than sorry” may be the death knell of western civilization.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020
  • Expert blames smoke, not nicotine, for causing deaths

  • A public health expert blames smoke, not nicotine, for causing thousands of deaths caused by cigarette smoking each day.

    “There have been many decades of research on the health effects of cigarette smoking, and we have known since at least the 1970s that the primary cause of the cancers, heart and lung disease is the repeated inhalation of smoke,” said Prof. David T. Sweanor, chair of the advisory board of the Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics at the University of Ottawa.

    Sweanor is a Canadian legal expert who believes that tobacco harm reduction is one of the greatest public health breakthroughs in history. [...]