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A study of English smokers found that those using e-cigarettes were no more likely to quit smoking at 12 month than those not vaping. Tibanna79/Shutterstock

Want to quit smoking? Switching to e-cigarettes no advantage

A study published today in the leading journal Addiction might just change everything for electronic cigarettes
Having a Twitter account is not an obligation to engage with anyone seeking to troll. Eirik Solheim/Flickr

Why I block trolls on Twitter

My first column last week was quickly trolled by a small group of mostly UK-based vaping activists. Of 49 comments posted, 17 were removed by The Conversation’s moderator before the comments were closed…
E-cigarettes should not be sold in Australia, as a therapy or a consumer product. gdvcom/Shutterstock

Health risks of nicotine cast doubt on ‘safer’ e-cigarette

British American Tobacco Australia has lobbied Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to have electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) classified as a harm-reduction pharmaceutical product. If successful…
Children are highly impressionable to marketing. Flickr/Finn Mac Ginty

Why our kids are sending the future of tobacco brands up in smoke

Smoking rates among 12- to 24-year old Australians fell from 15% to 11% in the two years following bans on displaying cigarettes at the point of sale. So does this mean that placing cigarettes out of sight…
A World Health Organisation report says e-cigarettes should be regulated, but they are banned in Australia. Lucas Hayas/Flickr

Viewpoints: should Australia lift its ban on e-cigarettes?

The World Health Organisation has just released a report on electronic nicotine delivery systems that calls for their global regulation in the interests of public health. The most well-known such devices…
All the major global tobacco companies now have a stake in the e-cigarette market. mangojuicy/Shutterstock

Is big tobacco abandoning smokes for e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes. For a product barely anyone had heard of five years ago, they now seem to be on everyone’s lips. While much has been written about the safety of these products and their potential to either…
It’s highly likely many vapers who continue to smoke do so because they’ve convinced themselves that cutting down on cigarettes has significantly reduced their risk. A. Currell/Flickr

Electronic cigarettes: hope from the hype may harm your health

A UK study published online in the journal Addiction has generated headlines proclaiming electronic cigarettes as an established new way to reduce the harms of smoking or quit altogether. But such claims…
Sorry mate, you got a charger? Tim Ireland/PA

E-cigs let Big Tobacco get creative with advertising

The world’s biggest tobacco companies are spending millions of dollars advertising e-cigarettes on UK television, as they seek to cash in on the growing trend. Analysts at US investment bank Canaccord…
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Vaping could be a trojan horse for real cigarettes

The American Surgeon General published the first federal government report linking smoking and ill health 50 years ago. The report also demanded that the American government take appropriate remedial action…
Pop up e-cig bar. Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Explainer: what do we know about e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes are increasingly popular in a number of countries including the UK, while in others such as Norway and Brazil they are banned altogether. So amid all these differences in policy, what do we…
You’ll need ID for that. Michael Dorausch

E-cigarettes are too good to quit, but not for under 18s

The sale of e-cigarettes to under 18s is to be banned under new legislation, which will also see adults prohibited from buying cigarettes to then give or sell to youngsters. Current evidence suggests that…

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