Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Letter: Raising the vaping age would be damaging to public health ~ We reveal the countries where vaping is BANNED ~ Philip Morris Pledges $1 Billion to Fight Smoking ~ Misleading, sensational headlines about e-cigarettes cost lives ~ E-cigarette science – is scaremongering hampering research opportunities? ~ KRA targets e-cigarettes, sheesha in new excise duty plan ~ Self-regulation, dialogs keys in vaping industry ~ E-cigarettes and teenagers, Tesco price-matching, Roadside trees
, DL Online
I started smoking at the age of 17, back when cigarettes were 45 cents per pack. Now, at age 58, I can proudly say I have been cigarette free for the past 2 years. In trying to quit, I have exhausted every product out there – nicotine gums, patches, and lozenges, pills, counseling, etc. and nothing worked. I had just about given up hope until the day I walked into our local Detroit Lakes vape shop. There, I learned about the benefits of tobacco harm reduction, and got set up with my first vaporizer. On that day, my life changed forever.
A local victory is how it starts. Spread that energy as far and wide as you possibly can! Detroit Lakes MN has stricken Tobacco 21 away pic.twitter.com/54RTttpKGD
— Kevin Price (@thr4life) September 13, 2017
, The Sun
Places like Dubai, Turkey, Thailand and Egypt have made vaping illegal following advice form the World Health Organisation. Here in the UK, there are laws that regulate the strength and amount of nicotine being inhaled, but in other countries even owning a vape pen could get you put in prison.
Eric Pfanner and Thomas Mulier, Bloomberg
- Former WHO antitobacco official Derek Yach to lead program
- Foundation to fund research, measure progress against smoking
Philip Morris International Inc. said it will spend about $1 billion setting up a foundation to reduce the prevalence of smoking as the maker of Marlboro cigarettes aims to convert smokers into consumers of devices that don’t burn tobacco.
Derek Yach, a former World Health Organization official who worked on a global tobacco treaty, will lead the group, according to a statement Wednesday. The cigarette maker said it plans to spend about $80 million annually over 12 years on the project, starting in 2018.
— derek yach (@swimdaily) September 13, 2017
Colin Mendelsohn, ColinMendelsohn.com
Hardly a week goes by without a sensational headline about the dangers of e-cigarettes. These headlines are often misleading and exaggerated and muddy the waters about e-cigarette safety. No wonder people are confused about vaping. The latest study this week was reported with headlines like these
After reading these and other scary headlines, a smoker thinking of switching to an e-cigarette may well decide to keep smoking. Vapers may even return to smoking.
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Suzi Gage, The Guardian
Whenever I tell anyone I research e-cigarettes, they almost always have an opinion about them. Some will be vapers themselves, and those who are will almost without fail sing the praises of the device that finally helped them quit smoking. But often people who’ve never tried e-cigarettes will focus on the potential risks from using them, and in particular whether they’re likely to reintroduce smoking to a young generation who have been steadily shunning it in larger and larger numbers over recent decades.
Citizen Reporter, Citizen TV
Manufacturers and importers of tobacco products in Kenya will be required to affix excise duty stamps on their products as the government rolls out a system to broaden tax compliance. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) expects all tobacco manufacturers and importers to have the excise duty stickers displayed on the products. The country has witnessed a proliferation of tobacco products apart from cigarettes with most of the vendors failing to pay taxes. Under the directive, retailers and restaurants will also display health warnings of the products.
Manila Standard Business, Manila Standard Net
Self-regulation, adherence to high manufacturing standards and quality of imported products are key factors in the success of the e-cigarette industry in the Philippines, representatives of the Philippine vaping community told their counterparts in New Delhi, India.
Edward Gatchalian, president of Philippine E-liquids Manufacturers Association, shared the Philippine experience during a business-to-business meeting of manufacturers of e-cigarettes, liquids, equipment, battery and accessories on September 9. He stressed the need to raise public awareness of the issues and work with government to secure reasonable regulation.
BBC Radio 4 – You and yours
The government has acknowledged that electronic cigarettes can help people to give up smoking. So why has it changed the law in England to ban sales of e-cigarettes to under 18s? A mother tells us that she believes they could be the best way to help her teenage son to give up smoking.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Facts Do Matter
Many of you are aware that the World Health Organisation recently released all the documents for the upcoming tax-payer funded shenanigans to be held in India for Conference Of Parties #7 (COP7). There’s a number of documents that are of interest, some of which I’ll write about here but the main interest at the moment is the originally named document FCTC/COP/7/11 ‘Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems and Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS/ENNDS)’
When this document became public, there were a few that claimed the WHO had become more ‘supportive’ towards vapour products. The answer to that is…. not really. The WHO see vapour products (I flat refuse to call them ENDS or ENNDS – that’s tobacco control speak) as part of the overall ‘Endgame‘ to the “tobacco epidemic” – which, if you’ll remember from Chan’s opening statement at COP6 is more important than Ebola (emphasis mine):
That Got Me Thinking
Yesterday Simon Clark tweeted that he was going to be speaking on BBC Radio Oxford about vaping bans. He had been contacted by the BBC for comment. Simon is against bans and I trust him to make a good case against this one. I did react to his tweet with a sense of despair as once again a media outlet has contacted Forest about vaping. “Forest’s mission is to protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke or consume tobacco”. Rightly so but vapers don’t consume tobacco. It behoves the media to not colligate the two.
I meant no offence to Simon, or Forest for that matter, they serve their cause well enough but rather I was wondering if the BBC had deliberately sought to bundle vaping with smoking or was it just laziness on their part. While Simon would defend both with equal vigor, the fact that it is Simon defending vapers rights is itself part of the problem.
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