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In This Issue

It has been a busy few months since our last newsletter, and there has been a lot going on so this one is much longer than usual!

To make it easier, we've added an index so you can see clearly what is contained in this issue.

2nd Cancer Research UK Workshop

Outcomes - E-Cigarette Research

Following on from the first Cancer Research UK workshop, we were once again invited to participate in the second held at Wellcome Foundation, London on May 28th, that was jointly run by Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, the Department of Health, ESRC and MRC.  NNA trustees, Dave Dorn, Lorien Jollye and Sarah Jakes attended.  

As with the first Workshop, the day was split into two sessions that included presentations and round-table discussions. Presenting at the workshop were Linda Bauld, Robert West, Amanda Amos, Gerard Hastings (pictured above with Prof. John Britton and Clive Bates) & Marisa de Andrade (joint), Ann McNeill and Lion Shabab. These sessions focused on:
  • E-cigarette use, attitudes and behaviours
  • E-cigarettes and long term health outcomes
As with the first workshop, discussions were informative, interesting and very lively with the NNA being able to offer guidance on the more practical aspects. The general attitudes at the workshop were positive.  Clive Bates has also updated his blog post with some reflections on the day, as always it is worth a visit.

Global Forum on Nicotine

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?   Organised by Paddy Costall, Gerry Stimson and the team at 'Knowledge Action Change' the event sought to provide a platform for science, policy and the consumer to come together.  Most of our trustees attended the event which was packed with information, enthusiasm and above all else, representation for the consumer. Of course, the highlight had to be meeting Hon Lik (pictured). NNA Trustee Sarah Jakes covers the event on the NNA Blog.

Since the GFN event, discussions are underway looking to create affiliate NNA organisations across the globe, potentially starting in Australia. Next year promises to be another successful event, 17th & 18th June 2016 in Warsaw, mark your calendars!

NNA Trustees & Associates

It is with great pleasure to announce the following additions:

UK Nicotine & Smoking Cessation Conference

The UKNSCC is an essential event for everyone working in the smoking cessation and tobacco control fields. 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.

We actually had a stand at the conference where we were able to introduce people to the NNA and discuss how we might be able to help them with advice on e-cigarettes. NNA trustees Dave Dorn, Sarah Jakes and Lorien Jollye engaged with the stop smoking services professionals and fielded numerous enquiries and requests for advice and assistance on devices and how to educate services staff on vaping, in addition to how the devices could be used in a mental health unit setting.

The full report is on our blog.

Response to European Chemicals Agency

The European Chemicals Agency, in response to the proposal from RIVM (Netherlands), are accepting comments on the public consultation for the reclassification of Nicotine from class 3 (oral - toxic if swallowed) to class 1 (oral - fatal if swallowed); and to add inhalation acute toxicity category 2 (Fatal if inhaled); and to retain dermal acute toxicity category 1 (Fatal in contact with skin).

Our detailed response has successfully been submitted as of 2nd June 2015 and is available for reference here.

Part of the NNA mandate is ensuring that consumers have accurate information regarding nicotine containing products, a reclassification of this nature can certainly be considered misleading to the consumer.

Welsh Public Health Bill

With the recent announcement publication of the Public Health White Paper, the Welsh Health Minister intends to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes wherever smoking is currently prohibited, despite substantial opposition from the public consultation.

NNA trustee Simon Thurlow has been in discussions with Welsh Assembly Members since the publication of the Bill, it is refreshing to learn many of the Welsh AMs are now actively initiating discussions with Simon Thurlow instead of the other way around.  

The general consensus from these discussions is very encouraging with many AMs stating that are not satisfied with the current proposal. Many AMs believe that the evidence presented by the Health Minister will not stand up to scrutiny. They will be forcing the issue on the call for evidence and anticipate the scientific community will respond to that call.

With the public statement of intent, what happens next is crucial and Simon covers this in detail here.

News From Scotland

NNA trustee Andy Morrison has continued his positive dialogue with Rebecca Campbell (The Health Improvement Lead (Tobacco) at Gartnavel Hospital), Rebecca published a terrific section on the NHS smokefree Greater Glasgow and Clyde website. Andy has also provided information for the E-Cigarette FAQ aimed at helping newer users, even covering the "vapers tongue" phenomenon.

The new Glasgow School of Vape was launched a couple of months back and Andy attended to support this event. He also addressed both vapers and vendors at this event and stirred up a lot of interest and awareness in the NNA. The NNA was very well received at this event and has been asked to support and attend future events which are expected to be run quarterly.

Several meetings have taken place with Sheila Duffy (Chief Executive of ASH Scotland) culminating in an invitation to speak at the upcoming ASH Conference in Edinburgh on 19th June. Andy is currently preparing for this event and the aim is to help them to get the regulatory balance of e-cigarettes right. There are already rumblings of people wanting to follow the welsh example of banning in public places despite re-assurances from the Scottish Government to NNA that they have no intention of doing so at this time.

Furthermore, from a meeting with Sheila Duffy on Wednesday 17th June, ASH are looking forward to introducing NNA trustee Andy to the ASH Scotland conference on Friday 19th June. Andy continues to provide Sheila with essential information and updates on the evolution of the devices, Sheila was most surprised by the DNA40 and other Temperature Control devices.

Andy also took the opportunity to discuss NNA activities, and M.O.V.E, Sheila is keen to remain updated on the NNA but was surprised by M.O.V.E. Andy will be sure to pass on more information to Sheila regarding this initiative.

E-Cigarette Seminar

In April, the NNA participated in a London seminar for Stop Smoking Services jointly arranged by the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum, Knowledge Action Change and the NCSCT. Sarah Jakes (NNA board), Louise Ross (NNA associate and manager of Leicester Stop Smoking Services), Jim McManus (director of public health Hertfordshire) spoke at the seminar chaired by Andy McEwen (director of NCSTC and NNA associate).

The presentation given by Sarah focussed on providing the key information for Stop Smoking Services enabling those services to offer, at the very least, advice on using an e-cigarette as a method of helping smokers alongside the existing support offered.

With 65 attendees predominantly from London Stop Smoking Services, but with many from all over the country the overall response to this first seminar was very positive. Public Health England were also in attendance and considered the talks very useful.

In The Media

Over the past few months, the NNA have been approached by the media to participate in a debate, or simply to provide commentary on e-cigarettes.

A recent Victoria Derbyshire show discussed whether electronic cigarettes were use to aid quitting smoking long term in response to a report from the American Thoracic Society. Conservative MP Mark Pawsey, NNA associate Louise Ross and NNA trustees Andy Morrison and Lorien Jollye discussed why and how e-cigarettes work for those looking to quit smoking.

The response to the proposed ban on vaping by the Welsh Health Minister prompted NNA trustee Lorien Jollye to phone into several radio shows including BBC 5 Live, BBC Cornwall and BBC Devon to discuss both the consequences of the proposed ban and to fully explain the NNA's interest and activities in this field.

Setting Standards

The NNA is represented on the British Standards Institute (BSI) steering group by trustees Lorien Jollye and Gerry Stimson. This group is soon to publish specifications for the quality and safety of e-cigarettes, a key aspect of the ongoing device development.

The work with BSI parallels the work already being undertaken by the French Standards Body AFNOR.  Both Britain and France are the leading countries to actively develop standards for e-cigarettes.

The next stage in this process is the development of a European Standard for e-cigarettes which has recently been started by CEN, the European standards agency.  The NNA is represented on the BSI CEN shadow group by Lorien Jollye.  This shadow group feeds into the CEN process, and Gerry Stimson is there as an independent expert.

The CEN standard is likely to take three years to develop.

Thank You!

Behind all of our activities there are a large number of people, supporters and associates, without their exceptional support and donations the NNA wouldn't be able to be the influence that it is.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our supporters for your donations and continued support!

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