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  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020
  • Vapers Stunned Over Proposal to Ban Flavors in the Netherlands

  • Flavors in e-cigarette liquids are a critical part of the success formula for quitting smokers. This is the opinion of Acvoda, the consumer organisation for e-cigarette users. All members of Acvoda have successfully quit smoking with the help of electronic cigarettes, in which flavors have played an important role. “It is unbelievable that there is no regard for that, while the State Secretary wants to reach a smoke-free generation.” Acvoda chairman Sander Aspers is astonished that State Secretary Blokhuis cites the argument of under aged vapers as justification for his intention. “The reasoning that flavors are specifically on the market to lure young people is simply a fallacy (...)

  • Monday, June 29, 2020
  • Holland Bans Flavoured Vaping Products

  • The Dutch government is banning fruit and candy e-cig flavours, allowing only tobacco flavours on the market, in a bid to make vaping products less appealing to teens. In a letter to Parliament, last week State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health said that tobacco flavours are being exempted so that smokers may continue to use e-cigarettes as smoking cessation tools. “All kinds of organizations are working very hard to make it harder to start smoking and easier to quit. This is also urgently needed because it remains unacceptable that 20 thousand people die in our country every year from the effects of smoking and about 75 children start smoking every day,” said Blokhuis (...)

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • The Dutch government is banning e-cigarettes with interesting flavors in an effort to make them less attractive to young people, State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health said in a letter to parliament on Tuesday. Tobacco flavors are exempted from the ban, so that smokers can continue to use e-cigarettes to quit, he said.

    This measure is in response to the latest insights from the Trimbos Institute about e-cigarettes. The institute concluded that e-cigarettes are more harmful than expected and that Dutch public health would benefit from discouraging its use. [...]

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020
  • Up in smoke? Dutch ponder new rules to get tough on vaping

  • Junior health minister Paul Blokhuis has told MPs he is considering extra legislation to limit the use of e-cigarettes following research which shows they are widely used by teenagers. Electronic cigarettes are more dangerous to health than first thought and are seen by teenagers as a first step to smoking real cigarettes, according to a new fact sheet produced by the Trimbos addiction clinic on behalf of the health ministry.


  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020
  • Bengt Wiberg interviews Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, M.D.

  • In this special two-part episode, hosts Bengt Wiberg and Michael McGrady dive into the debate related to the use of snus, nicotine, and the potential therapeutic benefits against COVID-19. 

    Bengt also, in the second part, interviews world-renowned tobacco harm reduction expert and cardiologist Konstantinos Farsalinos, a medical doctor and cardiologist.

  • Thursday, July 30, 2020
  • Vaping linked with heart problems

  • In adolescents the use of e-cigarettes doubles the risk of starting to smoke traditional cigarettes, states a position paper [...] "Vaping is marketed towards teenagers and the tobacco industry uses celebrities to promote it as being healthier than smoking," said senior author Professor Maja-Lisa Løchen of UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø.

    "Legislation on the marketing and sales of e-cigarettes varies enormously between countries," said Professor Løchen. "Action is urgently needed to halt the growing use in young people. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that e-cigarettes are harmful to health."