Bad science, accountability and courage - speech by AG Tom Miller

Tom Miller: “public policy through facts and science rather than ideology”

On 17 November 2016, the Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller, gave a speech at the E-cigarette Summit 2016 (with biography) on e-cigarettes examining the claims of anti-vaping activists, and their scientific, ethical and legal basis. The full text of the speech […]

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller gives outstanding speech on smoking, vaping and public health - listen

Quite simply the best speech I have ever heard on tobacco and nicotine policy, science and ethics. From Tom Miller one of the architects or the United States Master Settlement Agreement and Chair of the Truth Initiative. A model of decency, humility and rigorous scientific reflection, in my opinion.

The speech was given over […]

First build your echo chamber - how WHO excludes dissent and diversity

Most international treaties welcome observers and diversity of opinion. Not the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which has its next major Conference of the Parties on 7-12 November 2016, in Delhi. The WHO carefully choose who it allows to observe its secretive proceedings, ensuring only organisations that agree with it are admitted as […]

New Nicotine Alliance calls for repeal of EU e-cigarette regulation and snus ban

New Nicotine Alliance proposes that the forthcoming Great Repeal Act is used to repeal pointless, burdensome and restrictive EU regulation of e-cigarettes and to lift the illegal, unethical and anti-scientific ban on snus. This may be a ‘quick win’ from Brexit at the point of the departure of the UK from the EU. The […]

A strong case to overturn the EU snus ban - 10 reasons why legal action should succeed this time

Unscientific, unethical and unlawful EU snus ban

 

Good news confirmed today: Swedish Match, the main European snus manufacturer, will take legal action to overturn the European Union ban on snus -see Reuters 1 July 2016: Swedish Match to challenge EU snus ban in UK court. This ban is possibly the most absurd and […]

No surrender! The fight against harmful, incompetent and pointless European law goes on

Fantastic to see the increasingly powerful UK vaping consumer voice tearing into poor policy and bad law that will do nothing but harm while meddling incompetently in the free choices of adults and free movement of goods. The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) and its UK implementing regulations are truly dreadful.

Here are three things […]

Who cares about a few thousand dead? Defending EU limits on the strength of nicotine e-liquids

Not that many dead – what’s all the fuss about…?

Updated 16 May 2016

Apparently, there are still people in public health trying to defend the EU Tobacco Products Directive as it applies to vaping! It’s a ludicrous measure, that protects the cigarette trade, has costs and risks that vastly outweigh the non-existent benefits. […]

Regulators and the compliance fallacy - buying 99% nicotine e-liquid from China

99% nicotine e-liquid bought from China

How easy will it be to sidestep European Union and U.S. FDA regulation? To find out, I bought some high strength e-liquid from the internet. The problem is that bad regulation doesn’t attract compliance, it attracts non-compliance.

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Bluffer's guide to FDA regulation of tobacco and nicotine products

Updated 27 August 2016

If you aren’t American, or even if you are, the regulation of tobacco, nicotine, and vape products in the United States can seem bewildering but somehow important. So if you want to be on it, here’s my bluffer’s guide to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its […]

Mayo Clinic progresses from blatantly wrong to deeply misleading

Some trusted health institutions seem unable to cope with the reality of a huge variation in risk between different tobacco products – notably combustible versus non-combustible. If you were paying attention, you may have noticed a subtle change in the Mayo Clinic’s approach to smokeless tobacco last week.

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