February 19th, 2015

Fiscal deaths ahead: European Commission wants to tax e-cigarettes

Tumescent tax officials have found something new to tax

What if basic economics tells you that raising a tax on a newer, much safer, product will lead to more consumption of an older much more dangerous product than there would otherwise be? What if the consequence of that tax was to cause more cancer, heart disease and emphysema, and to cause more people to die prematurely?  Would you raise that tax? Would you knowingly cause ‘fiscal deaths’?

The European Commission seems intent on doing exactly that.   >> read the full post

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February 6th, 2015

Propaganda or product: why has e-cigarette use dipped in England?

Adapted from Smoking Toolkit – Trends in electronic cigarette use in England (January 2015 update)

A great thing about England is that serious monitoring of e-cig use, smoking and smoking cessation does actually take place. As shown in the graph above, we’ve seen a dip in e-cigarette use in England among smokers and recent ex-smokers (i.e. people who quit in the last 12 months)…. see Smoking Toolkit Survey latest result and trends in e-cigarette use

Two theories have been advanced to explain this fall: I call these propaganda and product. >> read the full post

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February 2nd, 2015

Are we in the endgame for smoking?

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Now what?

Endgame: noun
1. Chess. the final stage of a game, usually following the exchange of queens and the serious reduction of forces.
2. the late or final stages of any activity: the end game of the negotiations.

There is a thread of discussion in the world of tobacco control devoted to what is known as the ‘endgame’… it is a kind of blue sky thinking about end of tobacco use and the policies needed to bring it about.  It includes a set of policy proposals set out in the May 2013 supplement of the journal Tobacco Control and has become the subject of conferences, journal papers, presentationsop-eds and thought pieces by leading academics and speeches by the Director General of WHO (which actually has some good advice in parts).  But what does the data tell us?

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January 27th, 2015

Big Tobacco’s Little Helpers

Public health disinformation encourages regulation that protects the cigarette trade

This is a guest post by David Sweanor, Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Ottawa and lifelong public health campaigner,  Starts here…

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January 26th, 2015

Keep calm it’s only poison

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American Association of Poison Control Centers graphic

A quick update on the e-cigarette and e-liquid poison scare stories.. >> read the full post

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