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Are E-Cigaretes A Healthy Alternative? 2016 Update
Cigarette smoking has become significantly less popular in the U.S. over the past decade, but it still remains a public health scourge. There are arguments from both sides of the science base as of 2016.
Imperial / Fontem Settles last of 8 patent suits concluding first round of litigation.
Fontem Ventures, owner of market leading e-cigarette brand blu, and VMR Products, LLC, a U.S. based distributor and retailer of vaporizers and e-liquids, today announced they have reached a settlement agreement that resolves ongoing litigation in the USA.
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British American Tobacco wins first medical license in the UK
As this new development takes place in the UK, the obvious question to ask is "Does this dilute the ability to regulate public use of Vapor products since they're now able to be prescribed?" Time will tell.
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Simulation offers glimpse of how electronic cigarettes could impact smoking decades from now, researchers say

As the popularity of electronic cigarettes and calls to regulate them continue to grow, a University of Michigan study may help answer those who wonder what changes might be seen in smoking prevalence if e-cigarette use encourages smokers to quit, or if it becomes a first step toward smoking.


Using national data of historic and current rates of smoking, statistics on the growth of e-cigarette use and a simulation model, School of Public Health researchers found that smoking prevalence would be much more sensitive to the possible changes e-cigarettes could have on quit rates than on their potential to encourage those who never have smoked to start a habit.


Among the scenarios, the simulation showed that a 20-percent increase in smoking cessation rates would result in a 6-percent reduction in smoking by 2060.


On the other hand, smoking initiation would have to increase 200 percent over current levels for smoking rates to go up by 6 percent in the same year.


"This paper is important because it gives us a reference for what could be the net impact of e-cigarette use on smoking prevalence, and for the most part, with the status quo, the key point is what they do for cessation," said lead author Sarah Cherng, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the School of Public Health.


"Our research is not going to silence the debate, but perhaps the discussion can be shifted to how we can think about the best policies and regulations to make e-cigarettes useful as smoking cessation tools."


The study is published in the journal Epidemiology.

Source: MedicalXpress (26 April 2016) Reference: 110845

Irish Cancer Society ‘cannot recommend’ electronic cigarettes

The Irish Cancer Society has said it cannot recommend e-cigarettes to help people stop smoking until further research is carried out into the long-term health implications. Britain's Royal College of Physicians (RCP) said on April 28 that such devices were likely to bring benefits for public health and should be widely promoted to smokers to help them quit tobacco.


Responding, the Irish cancer charity said that while it recognised e-cigarettes were safer than tobacco, it could not recommend them for use as a smoking cessation device until further research was carried out.


"We continue to monitor developments in the field closely, but as today's report notes the health effects of long-term use are as yet unknown. Long-term research into the health impacts and patterns of use are required," a spokesman said.


Minister for Children Dr James Reilly said he was "very concerned" about e-cigarettes.


"We didn't have sufficient information and I didn't want the 'perfect' to get in the way of the 'good' in relation to including that in the legislation," Dr Reilly said. "But the evidence is starting to pile up now that this is a serious problem."

Source: The Irish Times (28 April 2016) Reference: 110898

Electronic cigarette use can potentially reduce deaths from cigarette smoking, researchers say

Seven top international tobacco control experts are prompting regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to have a broad "open-minded" perspective when it comes to regulating vaporized nicotine products, especially e-cigarettes.


Writing in the journal Addiction, published online April 25, the researchers synthesize much of the evidence published to date on e-cigarettes, and suggest that use of these products can lead to reduced cigarette smoking overall with a potential reduction in deaths from cigarette smoking.


The investigators include lead author David T. Levy, PhD, of Georgetown University; K. Michael Cummngs, PhD, MPH, of the Medical University of South Carolina; Andrea C. Villanti, PhD, MPH, Ray Niaura, PhD, and David B. Abrams, PhD, from Truth Initiative; Geoffrey T. Fong, PhD, of the University of Waterloo in Canada; and Ron Borland, PhD, of Cancer Control Victoria, in Australia.


"We're concerned the FDA, which has asserted its right to regulate e-cigarettes, will focus solely on the possibility that e-cigarettes and other vapor nicotine products might act as gateway to cigarette use," says Levy, a professor in the department of oncology at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.


"We believe that the discussion to date has been slanted against e-cigarettes, which is unfortunate, because the big picture tells us that these products appear to be used mostly by people who already are or who are likely to become cigarette smokers," adds Levy.

Source: News-Medical (25 April 2016) Reference: 110830

EU to make electronic cigarettes weaker - report

E-cigarettes will be forced to become weaker as a result of new EU rules.


A Government impact assessment has warned that the restrictions set down in the Tobacco Products Directive could drive users back to smoking, as well as hiking the price of e-cigarettes and creating a black market of products that fall outside the new regulations. Under the new EU rules, which must be incorporated into domestic law by May 20, the maximum strength of the nicotine-containing liquid in e-cigarettes will be capped at 20 milligrams per millilitre.


UK legislations currently does not set a specific nicotine limit for e-cigarettes and many users vape concentrations of up to about 30 or 35 milligrams per millilitre to replace the nicotine they formerly ingested from heavy smoking. The Department of Health impact assessment says: "Consumers may switch to buying more lower concentration products due to no longer being able to purchase higher concentrations. This may lead to an increase in demand."


"Conversely, there may be a reduction in demand, as if users can't get the desired nicotine level from e-cigarettes they may switch to cigarettes." The impact assessment continues: "There is a risk that due to the potential price increase and reduction of choice of e-cigarettes, people will choose to switch back to smoking, thus harming their health."

Source: The Telegraph (27 April 2016) Reference: 110891

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