WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2021: addressing new and emerging products

On Tuesday 27 July, the World Health Organisation published its 8th annual report on the global tobacco epidemic. This deeply flawed and unscientific report, funded by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies, is an all-out attack on safer nicotine products and contains all the usual anti-tobacco harm reduction (THR) talking points that have become synonymous with BloombergContinue reading “WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2021: addressing new and emerging products”

HRB claims to shows e-cigarettes are associated with adolescents starting to smoke tobacco cigarettes

A quick check shows this is false. The health Research Board had produced a report on e-cigerettes. You can read it here. https://www.hrb.ie/news/press-releases/single-press-release/article/new-health-research-board-evidence-shows-e-cigarettes-are-associated-with-adolescents-starting-to-sm/ The New Nicotine Alliance Ireland is incredulous that a report could make the claim that; “E-cigarettes are no more effective than approved and regulated nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) to help people stopContinue reading “HRB claims to shows e-cigarettes are associated with adolescents starting to smoke tobacco cigarettes”

Government facing calls to introduce new tax on e-cigarettes

The Irish Heart Foundation is calling on the government to implement a tax on e cigarettes of 6c per mil in the forthcoming budget. https://www.independent.ie/breaking-news/irish-news/government-facing-calls-to-introduce-new-tax-on-e-cigarettes-39589894.html That’s a 10% increase on average on a bottle of juice. The New Nicotine Alliance Ireland is appalled at this call to increase the cost of quitting smoking. Given theContinue reading “Government facing calls to introduce new tax on e-cigarettes”


Public consultation on the preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) publish today the preliminary Opinion on electronic cigarettes. Public consultation closes on Oct 25 (must be received by Oct 26) NNAI will be submitting commentary in consultation with ETHRA and will publish itContinue reading “PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES”

What Experts Say

“People who want to use nicotine or find it hard to stop can greatly reduce the risk to their health (probably >95% reduction for vaping) if they switch from a smoked to a smoke-free product (e.g. vaping,”

Clive Bates
Former director of ASH UK.

“Those who cite the precautionary principle as justification to discourage or prohibit electronic cigarettes ignore the fact that for the great majority of users, the counterfactual is premature death from tobacco smoking. Smoking kills. So does denying smokers opportunities to quit.”

John Britton
Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, University of Nottingham

“This tendency to highlight unfounded concerns about safer alternatives to unhealthy products plays right into the hands of Big Tobacco

David T. Sweanor J.D.
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa.
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