FDA Schedules Workshops on E-Cigarettes

From: CSPnet.com

Will cover design, liquids, aerosol, packaging, labeling, more

By  Thomas A. Briant, Executive Director

MINNEAPOLIS — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a series of three public workshops to gather scientific information and provide a forum for discussion of e-cigarettes and the public health.

These workshops will include presentations and panel discussions about the current state of scientific studies on e-cigarettes. The first workshop will be held Dec. 10-11, 2014, in Washington, D.C., and the agenda will include e-cigarette scientific studies, packaging, labeling of components and ingredients and environmental impacts. The second and third workshops will cover the topics of the health effects of electronic cigarettes on individuals and on the population as a whole.

FDA’s Mitch Zeller to Speak at 2015 NATO Show

From: CSPnet.com/Tobacco E-News

CTP director to discuss deeming, future regulations

MINNEAPOLIS — Retailers that sell tobacco products should mark their calendars now and plan to attend the 2015 NATO Show to be held on April 22-23, 2015 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2015 NATO Show will offer retailers the opportunity to hear firsthand from Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products.

FDA: Electronic Cigarettes and the Public Health; Public Workshop

From: FDA/Center for Tobacco Products via Federal Register

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products, is announcing a public workshop to obtain information on electronic cigarettes and the public health. The workshop will include presentations and panel discussions about the current state of the science, and will focus on product science, packaging, constituent labeling, and environmental impacts. FDA intends to follow this workshop with two additional electronic cigarette workshops, with one on individual health effects and one on population health effects.

E-cigarette criticisms ‘alarmist’ say researchers

From: BBC

 By Nick Triggle Health correspondent, BBC News

Warnings over e-cigarettes are alarmist – and increasing their use could save many lives, researchers have said.

For every million smokers who switch to e-cigarettes, more than 6,000 lives a year could be saved, according to the University College London team.

Meanwhile another group of London-based experts has attacked criticism of e-cigarettes as “misleading”.

Last week the World Health Organization called for e-cigarette use to be banned in public places and workplaces.

The WHO said this was because they could increase the levels of some toxins and nicotine in the air.

E-Cigarette Vapor May Be Less Toxic Than Tobacco Smoke: Study

From: US News & World Report

By Randy Dotinga, HealthDay Reporter

Secondhand vapor created by one brand of electronic cigarette harbors fewer hazardous chemicals than regular cigarette smoke, although the researchers report the finding doesn’t leave e-cigarettes in the clear.

The study has caveats. For one, it doesn’t examine which hazardous chemicals in e-cig vapor actually make it into the lungs of people nearby. And the scientists only looked at indoor smoking, which is often banned in the United States.