Papers & Letters: 2016

Critique of WHO science input to FCTC COP-7

November 2016: Global / WHO
Letter
UKCTAS: Commentary on WHO report on Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems.

European Union tobacco tax policy

December 2016: United Kingdom / European Union
Briefing
Tax briefing: Revision of the Tobacco Excise Directive: Implications for low-risk nicotine products. Response to EU consultation on possible revisions of tobacco excise directive to include vaping [see post]

Brexit – what to repeal in the Great Repeal Bill

October 2016: United Kingdon / European Union
Letter
Letter to UK Department of Health: Great Repeal Bill – proposal to repeal EU e-cigarette regulation and snus ban. Letter to UK Health Secretary calling for the UK to use legislation for repealing European Communities Act to also repeal bad e-cigarette regulation and to lift snus ban.

Talking points on vaping

October 2016: United States
Letter
Vaping and public health – eight talking points. My talking points for meetings in Washington DC + what should happen next in the United States.

Proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard

September 2016: Australia
Letter
Consultation response from 40 experts that makes the case for reclassifying nicotine to allow e-liquids to be sold legally in Australia.

Policy Options for the Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes

September 2016: New Zealand
Letter
Consultation response on policy options for e-cigarettes – covers age restrictions, advertising use in public places and numerous technical issues. With David Sweanor.

So let’s have a debate about nicotine: letter to Mitch Zeller at FDA

September 2016: United States
Letter
Letter in response to negative comments about vaping and the vaping industry by Mitch Zeller.  Calls for a more reasoned debate about nicotine, risk and regulation. With Eli Lehrer, President of R Street.

Letter to European Council on the approach to WHO FCTC

September 2016: European Union / WHO
Letter
Letter to the EU group working on EU position for 7th Conference of the Parties (COP-7) making suggestions for good policies that could come from COP.

Submission to court in the challenge to FDA deeming rule

August 2016: United States
Letter
A brief of amici curiae in the case of Nicopure et al vs FDA – the brief argues that FDA’s cost-benefit analysis has no material benefits and ignores huge health costs and unintended consequences. With 15 experts.

Comparing observer status: tobacco control versus climate change

June 2016: WHO / global
Letter
Comparison of the rules for observers between the WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Letter to Prime Minister: Vaping and the Tobacco Products Directive – follow up to PMQs

May 2016: United Kingdom / European Union
Letter
Letter to David Cameron calling for proper impact assessment, monitoring of adverse effects, and review of the directive. With New Nicotine Alliance.

Submission to the Department of Health: assessing and mitigating unintended consequences of policies

April 2016: United Kingdom / European Union
Consultation Response
Consultation response on options for the new tobacco control plan. Sets likely unintended consequences of EU policy on vapour technologies and calls for the government to be more proactive in reviewing and amending the directive. With New Nicotine Alliance.

Missing the point: a response to Matt Myers’ views on priorities for FDA

April 2016: United States / FDA
Consultation Response
An e-letter in Tobacco Control criticising Myers’ trivial and largely irrelevant criticisms of FDA when much greater issues demand the attention of both FDA and Congress.

Interview on harm reduction, e-cigarettes and TPD implementation

April 2016: Interview with me / Slovenia
Interview
A good guide to my views! I’m interviewed by Slovenian journalist, Lidija Pavlovčič. See article in Slovenian newspaper Delo

Slovenia’s proposed implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive threatens the public health potential of e-cigarettes and would protect the cigarette trade

March 2016: Slovenia / European Union
Letter
Letter to Slovenia’s Prime Minister and Minister of Health calling for a pragmatic approach to implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive – especially with regard to internet sales. With Gerry Stimson.

Austrian implementation of TPD and the public health potential of smokeless tobacco

February 2016: Austria / EU
Letter
Letter to Austria’s Minister of Health arguing against its plan to widen the EU ban on snus to cover all smokeless tobacco. With Gerry Stimson.

Austrian implementation of TPD and the public health potential of e-cigarettes

February 2016: Austria / European Union
Letter
Letter to Austria’s Minister of Health calling for a pragmatic approach to implementation of the Tobacco Products Directive – especially with regard to internet sales. With Gerry Stimson.
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