TV expose spruiks vaping

The contradiction inherent in Australia’s decision to prop up smoking at the expense of new nicotine products was aired on national TV when 60 Minutes looked at the argument between local and international regulation. [for the vaping segment, click here] The Therapeutic Goods Administration recently decided against allowing the use of nicotine for vaping, and

Proper regulation of e-cigarettes can help prevent sickness, premature death of millions of Filipino smokers: tobacco harm reduction expert

MAKATI CITY – Appropriate regulation of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes or “vapes”) can help prevent serious sickness in and the premature death of millions of cigarette smokers in the Philippines, according to a leading expert on tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes. Dr. Farsalinos urged the Philippine government to create a regulatory framework for e-cigarettes that is

Australia: Senator calls on health minister to ‘do what is right’

Maverick federal senator Cory Bernardi has called on the Department of Health to acknowledge the arguments of harm reduction experts and bow to the need to legalise new nicotine products to save Australian consumers’ lives. He called the department’s views “an extreme and out-of-touch position”. In a speech to parliament in Canberra, Bernardi asked: “Would

NZ beats Australia – again

New Zealand will regulate for full retail adult availability of new nicotine products. Bowing to public demand – and acknowledging it as the driver for change – the government is going ahead with legalising vaping despite the proximity of a general election later this year. In a statement, Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner (right) today

Surprise, surprise – TGA rejects reason

Vaping with nicotine remains illegal in Australia. To no-one’s surprise, the country’s secretive and suspected Therapeutic Goods Administration has “finally” rejected an application to legalise nicotine for use in safer alternatives to smoking [click here to see the full decision]. Adult consumers will not be allowed access to new nicotine products despite the mounting evidence

text of FT comment article

Financial Times, Feb 22, 2017: [Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved.] Comment: Pragmatism on nicotine could save lives Encouraging safer alternatives to smoking can help end epidemic by: David Sweanor * The regulation of tobacco and nicotine products has become less straightforward. Historically, high taxation and restrictions were aimed at achieving total

factasia.org: Comments on TGA’s interim decision to reject NNA’s application

In August 2016, Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration opened a four-week public consultation in response to a proposed amendment referred for scheduling advice for consideration by the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS). The proposal from the New Nicotine Alliance called for TGA to exempt nicotine from Schedule 7 at concentrations of 3.6 per cent or

TGA says ‘no’ to nicotine

The Australian body charged with regulating medicines and related items has rejected a plea to legalise nicotine for use in vaping. Despite a welter of evidence submitted in public consultations last year (three-quarters of the 71 submissions were in favour), the federal Therapeutic Goods Administration rejected the application from New Nicotine Alliance to “exempt nicotine