Legislators in Tasmania are holding a public consultation on e-cigarettes. NNA joined forces with Clive Bates to submit a resonse in an effort to head off wildly inappropriate and overly burdonsome regulation. You can read our response here.
The UK Nicotine & Smoking Cessation Conference is the world's largest event for the smoking cessation field, and the conference in 2015 again brought world-class speakers to present and discuss the very latest in clinical, research and policy developments. Held at the Manchester Hilton, NNA associates Andy McEwen and Andrew Preston were part of the organisation team for the event and ensured we had a presence.
Today the media has been flooded with the news that the Welsh Government plans to introduce a ban on vaping in enclosed public spaces. This has led to a slew of scaremongering and misinformation which is a subject probably best left to another article. NNA believes that the proposed ban in Wales is unjustified, misguided and will lead to harm, not only for vapers, but for smokers who will be discouraged from switching to a safer product. The ban is unlikely to come into force before 2017 and it is important that we all understand the legislative process in order to effectively fight this policy. NNA trustee Simon Thurlow has been involved with fighting these proposals from the start. Here he describes the next steps:
The Global Forum on Nicotine returned to Warsaw for two days on the 5th and 6th of June. Would it be possible to match the success of last year? Most of our trustees attended, here Sarah Jakes gives her personal thoughts on the event.
In what is expected to be a first of it's kind, Glasgow is to see the launch a new "School of Vape" event on 3rd May 2015. This is a new concept in Vape Meets and is the branchild of Colin Robertson, a vaper of 18 months standing.
Are you a new e-cigarette user, thinking of trying one or a business supplying new users? If so, Lynne Dawkins needs you. A survey is being conducted by researchers in the School of Psychology at the University of East London (UEL) in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London and the University of Geneva into the patterns of electronic cigarette use in new users over 12 months.
On the 19th of March CRUK (Cancer Research UK), together with the BHF (British Heart Foundation), ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) and MRC (Medical Research Council) held the first of two workshops on the subject of gaps in e-cigarette research. NNA trustees Sarah Jakes and Gerry Stimson attended. Read on for Sarah's account of the day.
Vaping etiquette: the best way to ensure smoke without ire
The surging popularity of electronic cigarettes has prompted calls for regulation, bans, or prescriptions on the NHS. Now a group of users say that the controversial devices need something more important: an etiquette guide. With about two million people using e-cigarettes, confusion over the rules on “vaping” in restaurants, offices and on public transport is rife, with some prohibiting it and others unclear.
NNA’s Board and Associates - Lorien Jollye, Sarah Jakes and Louise Ross - get New Year’s honours in the vapers.org.uk Women of the Year Award: http://vapers.org.uk/women-of-the-year-award-2014/