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20, May, 2016
By Tom Pruen As someone who has been involved in the regulation of e-cigs for a considerable period of time, this report is everything I was expecting it to be. Awful. It is framed in an unhelpful way, and raises hypothetical concerns that have little basis in reality. “The  report  does  not  aim  to make ...

19, May, 2016
TPD RIP?
VAPERS OF THE UK: NOW IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO TAKE POSITIVE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO VAPE!! In an astonishing eleventh hour move, Lord Callanan - who many will remember as former MEP Martin Callanan, one of a small group who fought so valiantly to prevent Article 20 from being dragged up from the bowels of hell and put into law - has tabled a '...

09, May, 2016
By Tom Pruen The FDA recently released their finalised regulations for e-cigs. Actually, that in itself is a bit of mis-description. What the FDA has released is a regulation to cover tobacco products they don’t already regulate. This includes some kinds of cigars, and other tobacco products, but does dedicate a lot of space to e-cigs. Essentially,...

30, Mar, 2016
Welsh Assembly rejects public vaping ban after extensive campaign
The recent vote in the Welsh Assembly saw total success for the e-cigarette industry’s campaign against a vaping ban in public places in Wales. The Welsh Government ultimately lost in the Welsh Assembly by a single vote. They had initially proposed banning nicotine vaping products in all public places – just like tobacco products. After intense lobbying...

18, Mar, 2016
A proposal to reclassify PG (Propylene Glycol, more technically known as propane-1,2-diol) has been made to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The details of it can be found here. Rather importantly (and to cut a long and technical story short), the proposal is to change the classification of PG (it is currently unclassified) to a classification as...

17, Mar, 2016
We have developed a new model for ECITA membership. Having made the decision to reform, as a more traditional trade association, we shall be able to concentrate more fully on engagement with policy makers to assist them in supporting the continued growth of the sector. We are also devoting resources to the European standards development. We have taken...

19, Jan, 2016
By Tom Pruen Stan Glantz is not a very good scientist. Examples of his ineptitude, and others’ criticism of it, are trivially easy to find. Some interesting examples (a definitive list would run to several pages) include:  Clive Bates’ chiding Glantz about gateway effect claims “Cease and desist: making false claims about the gateway effect”...

11, Jan, 2016
By Tom Pruen This seems to most of those involved in the debate to be a bit of a silly question. However, as regular as (slightly eccentric) clockwork, a story will hit the headlines; E-cigarettes are no safer than smoking tobacco, scientists warn (Dec 2015) Vaping may not be a safer option to smoking, Adelaide researcher says (Aug 2015) E-...

30, Dec, 2015
By Tom Pruen 2015 has seen a huge surge in e-cig related research, and most of it has been quite good, although generally accompanied by a press release that presents it as being quite bad. This latest publication however combines severe methodological problems with a press release that isn’t just misleading – it is out and out dishonest. Let’s not mince...

10, Dec, 2015
By Tom Pruen A recent study conducted by researchers at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health (part of Harvard University) examined levels of three flavouring compounds in refills and liquids for e-cigs[i]. What was done? The exact detail of what was tested is a little unclear, since details of the hardware tested are not included: “Electronic...