In the News November 15th

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Tuesdays News at a glance:

COP7 Delegates Smoked Nearly Half A Million Fags – Will ENDS justify the means? – Vapers Are the Unexpected Winners Under a Trump Presidency – Watch all The Rebel’s reports from the UN Nanny State Convention in India – Money where it helps most? – Gateway Research Slams Vape Flavours – MasterCard’s revised policy to comply with US FDA’s tobacco products regulations – CTA: Changing how Your Council see Vaping

COP7 Delegates Smoked Nearly Half A Million Fags

Dick Puddlecote

You may remember that last weekend I wrote about the WHO’s finest elite anti-smokers turning up in New Delhi, just in time to see what a real public health crisis looks like.

A researcher was quoted by the New York Times as equating the pollution in terms we can understand.
Sustained exposure to that concentration of PM 2.5 is equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes a day, said Sarath Guttikunda, the director of Urban Emissions, an independent research group.
On this basis, I did some calculations.

Will ENDS justify the means?

The Hindu

The global anti-tobacco conference’s move to allow member nations to prohibit or restrict sale of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems provokes an outcry from harm reduction experts.

The global anti-tobacco conference winded down on Saturday toeing a hard line towards e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) ended with Southeast Asian countries voting for complete prohibition of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENNDS) in the region.


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Vapers Are the Unexpected Winners Under a Trump Presidency

Kaleigh Rogers – Motherboard, VICE

For at least one group in the US, the election results spurred more crossed-fingers than wrung hands: vaping advocates are hopeful Trump could soften regulations that threaten the industry.

Vaping advocates have been scrambling to find a solution after the Food and Drug Administration announced strict regulations on the industry this year. Many in the industry claim the regulations could threaten thousands of businesses, but legislative efforts to tweak the rules haven’t gained much traction. Now that Donald Trump has won the election, though, there’s renewed optimism that things could change.

Watch all The Rebel’s reports from the UN Nanny State Convention in India

The Rebel

The Rebel sent reporters Lauren Southern and Faith Goldy to a UN’s Nanny State conference in New Delhi, India.

It’s the World Health Organization’s big conference — called the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

It’s the nanny state equivalent to the big UN global warming conference in Marrakesh. But it’s not just about smoking — it’s a template for global taxes and regulations on soft drinks, snack foods, salt, anything the UN wants to regulate.


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Money where it helps most?

Dave Dorn

I do, sometimes, despair of the “logic” espoused by those who would guide us. They’re either incredibly thick, or disingenuous. What they aren’t, is consistent. Come and play Acronym Bingo for a while…

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, while the USAnian election was dominating it, India hosted the Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (COP7 of FCTC).  Not much has made the Mainstream Media (MSM is its snappy three letter acronym) about it, other than that the UK has pledged £15 million to the FCTC over a period of five years, in order to “help” low and middle income countries (LMICs) to implement the recommendations of the FCTC.

Gateway Research Slams Vape Flavours

Planet of the Vapes

An American study makes the bold claim that using “flavoured” electronic cigarettes makes children more likely want to try smoking cigarettes. Some may wonder why, if their claims hold any water, teen smoking rates are at a record low?

At the outset, it should be noted that this paper was carried out by members of the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) and published in the organisation’s official journal. The AAP operates with a Trump-like regard to the truth with respect to vaping, and we detailed their recent annual conference here.

The next thing to consider is the method they used for their research: statistics. “Estimates of flavoured e-cigarette use from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey were investigated,” the authors write. “A logistic regression model was used to assess whether flavoured e-cigarette use was associated with intention to initiate cigarette use among never-smoking youth, intention to quit tobacco use among current-smoking youth, and perception of tobacco’s danger among all respondents.”

MasterCard’s revised policy to comply with US FDA’s tobacco products regulations

Jérôme Harlay, VapingPost

As a consequence of recent changes in US FDA’s authority over tobacco products, including vaping products, MasterCard revised their policy for vaping businesses to include Business Risk Assessment and Mitigation (BRAM) compliance program on August 2016. A change that may be detrimental to small businesses.

Last week, MasterCard sent out an email to vaping companies, updating what the e-liquid vendor onlyeliquid.com judges an “anti-vaping policy” with companies that process their cards:



Call to Action

Changing how YOUR Council sees vaping

Vapers in Power

There is only one council in the entire country with a decent attitude towards vaping.

Thanks to the work of Freedom to Vape we now know that the vast majority of councils lump vaping in with smoking, against the advice of both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.


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