Tuesday’s News at a glance:
3D Printing Proves Scientists Really Have No Clue – E-cigarettes as harmful as their analog counterparts? Not so fast – Bay Area cities want to ban e-liquid flavors – Vaping saves lives by helping smokers quit – Don’t block vaping as gateway to kicking habit – Top 5 Pro-Vapor Statements made by Academia & Health Professionals – Health groups blitz N.Y. Republican-controlled Senate –
Paul Barnes, Facts Do Matter
Once again researchers are scraping the bottom of the barrel in an effort to “prove” that vaping is bad for you. Most readers will remember the worst vaping article of 2016 in The Sun – though there was an altogether bizarre story drawn from an anecdotal story on Reddit which may pip that by a nose. This time around, vaping is apparently no better – or specifically, found to be just as bad as (wait for it) – unfiltered tobacco cigarettes.
Yep. Couldn’t make it up.
Bryan Clark, The Next Web
The e-cigarette business is booming. As smokers ditch the habit in record numbers, many look to the digital world to find a replacement for their favorite analog vice. And e-cigarettes are, for better or worse, what’s next.
With the rise in popularity comes increased scrutiny. And with the scrutiny comes a gold rush of sorts to prove these are just as dangerous as their analog counterparts. “E-cigarettes ‘Potentially as Harmful as Tobacco Cigarettes” reads the headline on UCONN’s website touting the latest of these controversial studies. But is it true?
That’s the billion dollar question for for the e-cig industry.
With heavy financial incentive it’s imperative to question everything. And with all things in journalism, the easiest way to answer a complicated question is to follow the money.
Jim McDonald, Vaping360
The San Francisco Bay Area is fighting a wave of attempted flavor bans, and area vapers need to get involved before it’s too late. The coordinated attack on flavored vapes follows the passage of a law last year that defined e-cigarettes and nicotine-containing e-liquid as “tobacco products.”
The largest state in the nation is also the one most infected by prohibitionist tobacco control ideology. And the Bay Area is the hub of the anti-nicotine zealotry. It’s home to The University of California-San Francisco’s Stanton Glantz and Stanford’s Robert Jackler, among many others.
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Harm reduction is a vital component in public health decisions. That’s why the current war against vaping – the use of so-called electronic “cigarettes” which contain no tobacco at all – is misguided.
Thankfully, some in government are starting to see this.
“Consumers, small businesses, and public health won a small but important victory in the city of San Leandro, Calif., Monday night,” writes Guy Bentley for the Washington Examiner. “The city council refused to enact a ban on local retailers selling flavored tobacco products, throwing it back to a rules committee for reconsideration in September. Proposals for tobacco flavor bans have spread rapidly across the Bay Area and are under active consideration in Oakland and San Francisco. While occasionally well-meaning, these prohibitions are always misconceived.”
That’s because the war on tobacco – a noxious weed, to be sure – has been taken too far. Vaping isn’t smoking, and there’s no evidence at all that it leads to smoking. Instead, there’s an incredible amount of proof that many people use it to successfully quit smoking.
Hypocrisy has reached new heights, even by Washington, D.C., standards. The same left-wing senators who support needle exchange and methadone programs to reduce harm to drug addicts and demand condoms for high-schoolers to have safe sex are waging war against the most effective harm reducer of all — e-cigarettes.
Sens. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachuestts, Patty Murray, D-Washington, and other Democrats are demanding new FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb crack down on e-cigarettes without delay. Across the aisle, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, is urging Gottlieb to examine the compelling evidence that vaping saves lives by helping smokers quit the deadly habit.
Some 480,000 people in our country die each year from smoking. But quitting is hard. E-cigarettes are far more effective than any patch, coach or gum at weaning addicts off their cancer sticks. And they’re diverting teens from even starting smoking.
But facts be damned. Senate Democrats are politicizing the issue, claiming that “special interests” lie behind the FDA’s decision to delay pending regulations drafted by the Obama administration.
Tony Ottomanelli II, Vaping Post
Due to these groundbreaking findings, it is noteworthy to highlight Dr, Kozlowski in a majority of the comments since the significance of the study is not only popular, but even more so how much this study is essentially the first of it’s kind and will be a central focal point for advocates to use in their arsenal of factual evidence.
Kozlowski’s data could very well be repeated and recited by pro-vapor Political officials,which is extremely influential to the advocacy movement. After all, advocating for vapor was birthed out of the desire for communicating amongst each other with honesty, rationality and truth.
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— Dick Puddlecote (@Dick_Puddlecote) June 13, 2017
NY Daily News
Health advocates are launching a last ditch effort to get the GOP-controlled state Senate to approve tougher restrictions on the use of electronic cigarettes, The Daily News has learned.
A coalition of nearly a dozen health groups, led by the American Cancer Society, is targeting Senate Republicans with petition drives, phone blitzes and social media posts asking them to “pick a side” between public health and big tobacco. The groups plan to publicly unveil the campaign Tuesday.
“Are they the going to be on the sides of kids and health or are they going to be on the side of big tobacco and e-cigarette companies,” said Julie Hart, government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “If they don’t pass the e-cigarette bill then they are showing what side they are on.”