Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Value of ‘heat not burn’ smoking technology stalling BAT buyout – Oliver Kershaw: If the truth can be found anywhere, it can be found everywhere – Governments Are Banning A Product That Could Save Millions Of Lives – Pennsylvania’s Vape Tax ~ Chris Hughes Interview – Stefan Didak: The FDA dropping its deeming regulations has caused a full stop on continued innovation –The more things change, the more they stay the same -FDA Says Explaining the Main Advantages of E-Cigarettes Would Confuse Consumers – Ecigs Don’t Fill Casualty Departments -NSP Daily Digest
The Telegraph / Christopher Williams
The slow-burn negotiations between British American Tobacco (BAT) and Reynolds, the American maker of Camel cigarettes, towards a £38bn merger are stuck on the value of new technology, it has been claimed.
BAT, which already owns 42pc of Reynolds, bid $56.50 per share in a mix of cash and stock in October, but was rejected.
Vaping Post / Jérôme Harlay
Oliver Kershaw: On face value I suppose you’d call it a tie between the FDA regulations and the RCP report on vaping. However, I’m going to call it for the RCP report (after all, the FDA regs were originally announced in 2014!). The report was a direct result of the science-led work of a number of Europeans who have diligently sought the truth and put their professional lives on the line. It’s really quite extraordinary that this has occurred at all.
Daily Caller / Lekshmi Nair
Governments around the world are hotly debating whether e-cigarettes and vaping products are valuable tools to help people to quit smoking, or a harmful menace that may lead to more tobacco use and cause other health problems.
Even the United Nations’ global health arm, the World Health Organization (WHO), is considering whether e-cigarettes, which are handheld electronic devices that vaporize a flavored liquid that typically contains nicotine, should be banned.
Black Note / Fergus Mason
In the dismal tide of anti-vaping legislation that’s spreading across the USA there are a few places that stand out as particularly bad. Indiana, for example, where the licensing requirements are so blatantly rigged that the FBI is apparently investigating. In California the state’s hyperactive (and cash-strapped) anti-tobacco lobby is increasingly forcing vapers into the smoking areas they thought they’d managed to leave.
And then there’s Pennsylvania.
Stefan Didak: The FDA dropping its deeming regulations has caused a full stop on continued innovation
Vaping Post / Jérôme Harlay
Now we are in 2017, what do you retain from the year 2016?
Stefan Didak: I think the most significant event in vaping in 2016 was the FDA dropping its deeming regulations and starting the ticking clock on all the steps industry stakeholders need to take in order to be compliant. This is, of course, not a positive event, but it is the one thing that happened in 2016 that had the most impact and has caused a lot of confusion, uncertainty, but most of all a full stop on continued innovation for the product category.
ACVA /Nancy Sutthoff
Just over a week into the New Year and I feel like I am trapped in a scene from “Groundhog Day” the movie…with Bill Murray?
The past two years it has been the same routine/game plan with Public Health – Quitlines and Public Health services pay a ridiculous amount of money for adverts in the media offering support for smokers……
Coming to a Cinema near You – Reserve your tickets Now!
Jérôme Harlay, VapingPost
There have been many interesting findings, this year. We know more and more about the users, the motivations, the efficacy of the products, more surveys, more cross-sectional data and more cohorts studies. This allows us to follow the users in time and see understand they use the products and why they change their patterns of use. We also know more about the use by youth.
“Nicotine delivery to users from cigarettes and from different types of e-cigarettes”https://t.co/5ubYHTjgnc
— Frank Baeyens (@FBaeyens) January 11, 2017
Reason / Jacob Sullum
In a “clarification” published this week in the Federal Register, the Food and Drug Administration indicates that e-cigarettes cannot legally be sold as tools to quit smoking unless their manufacturers go through the prohibitively expensive process of getting them approved as new pharmaceutical products.
Planet of the Vapes / Mawsley
Stunningly stupid actions by one mother and father fuel an article in the Annals of Emergency Medicine journal. This led to the creation of a press release, explaining the article in brief, for media outlets. They, in turn, spin the story to make it look as though casualty departments are being flooded with poisoned children.