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Califf appointed deputy commissioner of FDA

Califf appointed deputy commissioner of FDA

| March 6, 2015

Robert Califf, a cardiologist and researcher at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA, was appointed as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco on March 2. Califf—who was previously overseeing the FDA’s drug, medical device and tobacco policy—is a recognized global leader in cardiology, clinical research and […]

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Cigarette smoke releases more toxins than e-cigs, study says

Cigarette smoke releases more toxins than e-cigs, study says

| March 6, 2015

A study examining the vapor released from Blu Ecigs’ and Skycig’s e-cigarettes in comparison to the smoke emitted by Philip Morris USA’s Marlboro Gold and Imperial Tobacco’s Lambert & Butler cigarettes found that levels of harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs) in cigarette smoke were 1,500 times higher than the levels found in e-cigarette vapor. […]

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Judge: U.K. smoking ban applies in prison too

Judge: U.K. smoking ban applies in prison too

| March 6, 2015

A high court judge has ruled that the U.K public-places smoking ban must be enforced in state prisons despite the possibility of unrest this could provoke in jails throughout England and Wales. According to Justice Singh, the justice secretary misunderstood an exemption made in 2006 to health legislation that banned smoking in workplaces and enclosed […]

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FDA changes TPSAC membership to address conflicts of interest

FDA changes TPSAC membership to address conflicts of interest

| March 6, 2015

Four members have resigned from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC), and three new ones have joined. The FDA made the changes to comply with a court ruling that requires the agency to address certain members’ alleged conflicts of interests. On July 21, 2014, Judge Richard Leon of […]

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Plain packs said to work like a ‘vaccine’ on young

Plain packs said to work like a ‘vaccine’ on young

| March 6, 2015

A New Zealand public health expert says that evidence from Australia shows that standardized tobacco packaging has worked almost like a vaccine against tobacco use in children and young people. According to a story by Martin Johnston for the New Zealand Herald, Robert Beaglehole, a University of Auckland emeritus professor, is one of a number […]

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EU parliamentary group to counter tobacco influence

EU parliamentary group to counter tobacco influence

| March 6, 2015

A cross-party working group has been set up within the European parliament to counter what is said to be the growing influence of tobacco companies. According to Julie Levy-Abegoli writing for The Parliament Magazine, the group was put together by S&D [Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats] deputy Gilles Pargneaux, at the behest of Paris […]

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Young experimenting with vaping in Canada

Young experimenting with vaping in Canada

| March 6, 2015

The number of young people in Canada who have tried vaping is higher than the number of young smokers, according to a story by Amy Thatcher for CMAJ citing recently released government statistics. Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey figures show that among those 15-19 years of age, 20 percent have tried vaping while 11 […]

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Dutch firm has high hopes for new vaping product

Dutch firm has high hopes for new vaping product

| March 6, 2015

The Dutch company E-njoint has launched a vaping product that, its says, is infused with an authentic cannabis taste and smell, provides a mild high, but may be smoked in countries where it is illegal to smoke cannabis. ‘Because the E-njoint contains no THC, CBD, nicotine, tar or toxins it’s completely legal, but still gives […]

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Vaping Advocate of the Year Awards announced

Vaping Advocate of the Year Awards announced

| March 6, 2015

The Global Forum on Nicotine’s inaugural Vaping Advocate of the Year Awards have gone to Jens Mellin, a consumer advocate and blogger from Germany, and Professor Bern Mayer, of the University of Graz, Austria. Mayer is said to have used his background in science, health and academia to promote the cause of vaping as a […]

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JTI seen as top employer

JTI seen as top employer

| March 6, 2015

Japan Tobacco International was one of five companies to receive the Top Employer Global 2015 certification during an awards ceremony in Amsterdam yesterday. According to a note posted on the company’s website, ‘JTI offices in an unprecedented thirty-three countries across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East were recognized by the Top Employers Institute for […]

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