In the News March 29th

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Tuesdays News at a glance:

The pleasure principle – Truth To Power – Eleven Things People Are Buying Apart From Ecigs – 6 Misleading Pro-Vaping Arguments We Should Stop Using – NHS health chief reckons smoke-free Scotland ‘possible’ by 2034 – Equating Vaping With Smoking Is Medical Malpractice – CVS Health Tells Public that Smoking is No More Dangerous than Vaping – Smoking is normal – Cigarettes cheaper than e-cigarettes – Proposed law to raise smoking age ineffective – States Differ in Approach to E-Cigarette Taxes – Smoke without fire: – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Tuesday, 29 March 2016

The pleasure principle

Dave Dorn – The Sun Also Rises

So, what ARE Ecigs all about? They’re a quit method, right, like NRT but without all the daft medicinal thing and the stigmatizing “patient” status, yeah?

Well, no. Not really. I mean you CAN decide to quit completely and for good and use Ecigs as the prop to help you get there, but that’s not really what they’re about. They’re not about starting on 20mg nic eliquids and gradually weaning yourself off. In fact, that’s a bloody silly thing to do….

Truth To Power

Dick Puddlecote

Let’s just compare something here. Say your employer lied about you to have you sacked, it would be illegal for them not to allow you your chance to debate them. ‘Public health’ has no such concerns, they can close businesses down on a whim and put thousands – or even millions – on the dole simply to boost their own bank accounts, and without fear of censure or financial penalty…

Eleven Things People Are Buying

Apart From Ecigs – Mawsley – Planet of the Vapes

Big sellers like Coke and PlayStation keep the numbers going year on year but, according to Time Magazine, we can obtain a good snapshot of where society is by looking at the trends of leading growth products. So what are people consuming in abundance currently, where do electronic cigarettes figure and how many of these reflect the way you lead your life?

6 Misleading Pro-Vaping Arguments

We Should Stop Using – E-Cigarette Reviewed – Lee Johnson

The e-cigarette debate is pretty heated. On one side, there are legions of anti-smokers turned anti-vapers warning the smokers of the world away from harm reduction because of the potential for comparably miniscule levels of harm, and on the other you have us vapers, fervent in our support of the devices that helped us quit smoking and eager to jump down the throats of anybody repeating unsupported or downright false statements about e-cigarettes.


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Smoke-free Scotland ‘possible’ by 2034

A HEALTH board boss believes Scotland could be smoke-free in less than 20 years, following the 10-year anniversary of public spaces smoking ban.

It was the first in the UK and since then childhood asthma-related hospital admissions have fallen by 18 per cent every year and there have been reductions in pregnancy ­complications and certain types of stroke.

Equating Vaping With Smoking

Is Medical Malpractice – Jacob Sullum

Like most professional pundits, Margaret Cuomo has perfected the art of speaking authoritatively even when she does not know what she is talking about. Unlike most professional pundits, Cuomo is in a position to cause real damage….



CVS Health Tells Public that:

Smoking is No More Dangerous than Vaping – The Rest of the Story

Unfortunately, CVS Health has disseminated false information to the public. It is not true that vaping is just as hazardous as smoking. There is abundant scientific evidence that vaping is in fact much, much safer than smoking..

Smoking is normal:

And acknowledging that is part of proper tobacco harm reduction – Carl V. Phillips

Audrey Silk, via her CLASH organization in New York, recently launched a “Smoking is Normal” campaign (CLASH Facebook page, campaign Facebook page, press release). All the talk we hear about e-cigarettes “renormalizing” smoking is premised on a claim that something that about a fifth of the U.S. population does (and a larger portion in most rich countries) is not normal….


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Cigarettes cheaper than e-cigarettes

Combustible tobacco cigarettes cost less to purchase than equivalent amounts of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in 44 of 45 countries sampled around the world, according to a new American Cancer Society study….

Proposed law to raise smoking age ineffective

At the age of 18, you are treated as an adult by the state of California. You can vote, drive, buy a lottery ticket and be held accountable for your actions in a court of law. But soon, you won’t be able to buy a pack of cigarettes…


Geordie is a Vaper

A poem about vaping in the Northeast of England


States Differ in Approach to E-Cigarette Taxes

Cigarette taxes have been the target of state legislators nearly every year; however, more states are taking aim at adding levies to electronic cigarettes and vapor products.

According to a new report by the Tax Foundation, four states, Washington, D.C., and three local jurisdictions have enacted taxes on vapor products as of Jan. 1.

Smoke without fire:

Japan becomes test ground for real tobacco e-cigarette

Two tobacco giants are seeing strong demand for their reboots of the e-cigarette in Japan, with Philip Morris International (PM.N) twice postponing a nationwide rollout and Japan Tobacco (2914.T) suspending shipments – both due to supply shortages….

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VAO April 9th March/Protest

Over the last year and a bit, the vaping community in Ontario has been hit hard by the Ontario Government position with vaping. Bill 45 is a constant reminder that they do not understand that vaping isn’t smoking!

E-cigs firms call for regulation rather than ban

Electronic cigarettes should be regulated and not banned despite the claimed potential risk to public health an e-cigarettes trade group says. Undersecretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said last month the government is considering prohibiting the import, manufacture, sale, distribution and advertising of e-cigarettes…

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