Experts slam ‘unethical’, ‘naive’ WHO

Critics of WHO’s controversial stance against vaping as a means of smoking cessation have lined up to batter the global body as it prepares for a secret debate with health officials from 200 countries on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems. A group of eminent scientists and doctors, writing under the banner of the UK Centre for

‘Vaping a vote-winner’, say Australians

More than half of Australian adults believe the issue of legalising e-cigarettes to improve public health is important enough to influence how they will vote. New research from the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) shows that 54 percent say the legalisation of e-cigarettes is a potential vote-influencing or even vote-changing issue. A total of

WHO ‘ignores ex-smokers’, says new consumer group

It is time for the WHO to acknowledge human rights and support informed choices for better health, according to the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO), a new  consumer advocacy network representing over 20 million former smokers worldwide. INNCO represents 11 countries, mainly in Europe but including New Zealand, and “aims to represent the

Call for e-cig action in Philippines

Smokers in Philippines are calling for action to make e-cigarettes more widely available and regulated properly. In a first-of-its-kind survey of adult smokers in Philippines, regional consumer advocacy group factasia.org has found that most smokers (70 percent) see e-cigarettes as a “positive alternative” to tobacco products. The same number – 70 percent – would consider

Banning e-cigs ‘counter to WHO charter’

A top tobacco harm reduction expert has warned that an upcoming meeting of the World Health Organization needs to view the issue of e-cigarettes with an open mind. Otherwise, writes Clive Bates in a letter, the November Conference of the Parties to WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control risks producing “excessive and counter-productive regulatory proposals.”

Indians call for e-cig action

Smokers in India are calling for action to make e-cigarettes more widely available and regulated properly. In a first-of-its-kind survey of adult smokers in India, regional consumer advocacy group factasia.org has found that most smokers (66 percent) see e-cigarettes as a “positive alternative” to tobacco products. Even more – 69 percent – would consider switching

E-cigs: “POSITIVE EFFECT”

A new study in the UK has confirmed previous research showing that e-cigarettes are having a positive effect in helping people to quit smoking. The study, published in the British Medical Journal and authored by a team from the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at University College London, highlights “an estimate of