Hong Kong enquiry welcomed

There has been a cautious welcome for a plan by Hong Kong’s government to listen to more evidence on e-cigarettes before drafting new legislation that would affect their use and availability in the SAR. factasia.org has learned that the government will conduct a public consultation in July on the issues surrounding so-called ‘vaping’, rather than

Japan: repeating bad science?

In the same week that a new scientific study cleared e-cigarettes of producing formaldehyde, reports emerged in Japan that discredited data is still being distributed within the health industry. Mainichi and Kyodo both reported that “a health ministry research group” had found “four of nine e- cigarettes sold in Japan produce vapor with high levels

Vaping “95 percent safer”, says top EU expert

A top British specialist has endorsed the findings of a new report that shows the supposed “dangers” of using e-cigarettes are overrated because of bad science in the research methods previously used. Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, UK, said: “My

Welcome for SA’s e-cigs plan

Media in South Australia reported recently that a parliamentary committee would be set up to “consider the use, sale and promotion of personal vaporisers, including e-cigarettes.” SA now has an opportunity to lead the debate and produce enlightened and progressive legislation that could not only protect users and non-users of such products but also promote

Teens NOT turning to e-cigarettes

When a UK newspaper of record recently published findings from a report into the behaviour of schoolkids in one region of England, scientists were calling for new curbs on sales of e-cigarettes to children. The report said that, of NON-smoking teens, “nearly one in 20” bought or tried e-cigarettes. That was seen as cause for