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E-Cigarettes: Opinion Poll + US Summit Report

By globalbridges

We would like to know your views on this issue! Please take our short e-cigarette poll. Your responses will be anonymous.  Recently, leaders in the tobacco control community gathered in Washington DC for the 2nd “US E-Cigarette Summit”.  The one-day meeting attracted more than 200 participants from the US and beyond, including the tobacco industry as well […]

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Brazilian GB grantee appears on TV to discuss smoking epidemics

By João Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia

In this Brazilian TV program (Café Filosófico – TV Cultura), João Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia MD explores tobacco smoking history, its associations and portrayal of its use with luxury and glamour in the past, and intriguingly, its subsequent transformation into a mass consumption industrialized product encouraged by advertising and film. Then, he talks about the next phase […]

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Electronic Cigarettes – Cutting through the Vaporscreen

By Global Bridges

E-cigarettes are a new addition to the field of tobacco products and there is still a lot to be learned about the effects of using them, or “vaping.” Jon O. Ebbert, MD, faculty at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, recently gave a presentation  on “Electronic Cigarettes – Cutting through the Vaporscreen,” to primary care […]

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Electronic cigarettes and harm reduction- the debate continues

By Global Bridges

On June 24th the BMJ published a feature article on the controversies surrounding the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) for harm reduction among smokers of tobacco cigarettes (“Why e-cigarettes are dividing the public health community” by Jonathan Gornall).  The article describes the firestorm created when an open letter was sent to the director general of the […]

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Highlights from ERS Annual Congress 2013

By Gustavo Zabert

The Global Bridges Initiative was presented during tobacco sessions of the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress. During the discussion, attendees acknowledged the existing gap and a global need in fostering smoking cessation as a public health strategy to tackle the tobacco epidemic. COPD Worldwide and Tobacco Facts Joan B. Soriano, Director of Epidemiology and Clinical […]

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Use of E-cigarettes in England and the Involvement of the Tobacco Industry

By Global Bridges

Electronic cigarettes allow smokers to obtain nicotine in a much safer form than the traditional cigarette, being free of many of the carcinogens and poisons in tobacco smoke. This makes them substantially safer than traditional cigarettes. The Smoking Toolkit Study (STS) (see www.smokinginengland.info), initiated by Professor Robert West at University College London, has seen a […]

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Electronic Cigarettes: Miracle or Public Health Danger?

By Thomas Glynn

Editor’s note: This blog post was adapted with permission from the American Cancer Society’s Expert Voices blog. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is taking steps to regulate electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) as tobacco products. Regulatory agencies in a number of other countries have taken similar steps. E-cigarettes resemble a standard […]

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