James Dunworth

Main blogger at the Ashtray Blog, co-author of a University of Alberta study of "Electronic cigarettes as potential harm reduction products", co-author of the book: "Electronic Cigarettes: What the Experts Say." Works at ecigarettedirect.co.uk.

MHRA Electronic Cigarette Decision Good News for UK Vapers

On non-smoking day (or double-up smoking day, depending on your preference) electronic cigarette users have reason to celebrate. In an extremely positive piece of news for the UK electronic cigarette industry the UK Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have announced what they are going to do about the electronic cigarette. Nothing. At least …

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Electronic Cigarette Regulation – It’s Coming!

On the Electronic Cigarette Forum Rolygate has given a good summary of the situation with electronic cigarette regulation so far. He argues that there is no need for additional regulation. I agree, as Trading Standards is doing a perfectly good job with companies that are based in the UK. Some companies get round regulations by …

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Motivation for anti-ecigarette campaign laid bare

The World Self-Medication Federation has directly attacked the electronic cigarette – and for the first time their motivation has been laid bare. In the past we have had to dig into financial statements for evidence that NRT producers were behind a concerted campaign to discredit the e-cigarette. That digging around found that the anti-smoking organisations …

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WHO conference in Uruguay on e-cigarettes makes little sense

Statements by the WHO/Anti-smoking organisations on the electronic cigarette from a conference in Uruagay appear to make little sense. Quit smoking aid? “The electronic cigarette is presented as an instrument certified to quit smoking but there is no scientific evidence to support this assertion,” said Eduardo Bianco. What we say (and other responsible suppliers) say …

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UK Policy Committee Slams MHRA Over E-Cigarette Consultation

The UK Regulatory Policy Committee (RPC) has issued a withering criticism of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)’s consultation letter calling for the regulation of electronic cigarettes as a medicine, pointing out out that there is insufficient evidence that the electronic cigarette poses a risk to public health. The MHRA, while acknowledging the …

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