Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Government-Funded Researchers Continue to Misrepresent Smokeless Tobacco Cancer Risks ~ Vaping ads flout EU rules, even if to promote healthier lifestyles ~ Minors, Moral Psychology,and the Harm Reduction Debate: The Case of Tobacco and Nicotine ~ Thailand Vape Ban ~ Comprehensive Nicotine Regulation to End the Combustible Tobacco Epidemic ~ Vape Shops ‘Got No Warning At All’ For New Ban Restricting E-Cigarettes ~ “Cancer potencies” Research ~ E-Cigarettes: The case for regulatory restraint ~ American Heart Association Still Clings to Alternative Facts: Claims that Smoking is No Safer than Vaping ~ A myth that won’t die: Movies cause teen smoking
Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth
The American Journal of Epidemiology in October 2016 published a report by Annah Wyss of the National Institute of Environment Health Science and 20 government-funded coauthors. It revealed that American men had ZERO mouth cancers associated with dipping or chewing tobacco (Odds Ratio, OR = 0.9), while women, who mainly use powdered dry snuff, had a 9-fold elevated risk (here).
Andrew Orlowsk, The Register
The UK’s advertising watchdog says that generic lifestyle campaigns urging people to improve their health by vaping instead of smoking may fall foul of EU law. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today upheld an anonymous complaint made about an advert for a e-cigarette shop Vape Station, in the magazine The Journal.
— Sarah J (@Twigolet) August 15, 2017
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Lynn T. Kozlowski, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Harm reduction debates are important in health policy. Although it has been established that morality affects policy, this article proposes that perspectives from moral psychology help to explain the challenges of developing evidence-based policy on prohibition-only versus tobacco/nicotine harm reduction for minors.
Neal L. Benowitz, MD, Annals Of Internal Medicine / American College of Physicians
Cigarette smoking, the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, is sustained by nicotine addiction. Most of the harm from smoking derives from products of combustion, with nicotine playing a minor role in causing direct harm. In 1994, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that nicotine in cigarettes was a drug—because use is intended to affect the structure and function of the body—and announced its intention to consider regulating cigarettes.
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Steve Birr, The Daily Vaper
Lawmakers in Rhode Island passed a measure Monday raising the legal purchasing age for tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. The decision from the Barrington Town Council caught small business owners in the community off guard, especially owners who primarily sell vaping products.
Mawsley, Planet Of The Vapes
Doctor William Stephens, at the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews, has produced a paper looking at the cancer-causing potential of electronic cigarettes compared to that of smoking tobacco cigarettes. Unfortunately the science is being submerged underneath an outburst of stupidity from California.
Brad Rodu, R-Street
Debate over the Food and Drug Administration regulation of e-cigarettes often degenerates into bitter argument and ad hominem attack. In contrast, a recent point/counterpoint presentation in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management is calm, thoughtful and enlightening.
American Heart Association Still Clings to Alternative Facts: Claims that Smoking is No Safer than Vaping
Michael Siegel , The Rest Of The Story
Scientists like myself are often frustrated by “denialists” who refuse to acknowledge global warming, disseminate false information about adverse effects of vaccines, or – historically – failed to acknowledge the severe health effects of cigarette smoking. But I never expected this denialism to be coming from within my own movement in public health.
Guy Bentley, Washington Examiner
Some public health myths, no matter how absurd or consistently refuted, just refuse to die a dignified death. One of the most pervasive is the claim that the more teens see tobacco in movies the more likely they are to pick up smoking. Every time a new study comes out documenting tobacco use on the big screen, a minor panic ensues.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
An internet survey carried out by the Centre for Substance Use Research” and directed by Christopher Russel and Neil McKeganey addressed the potential consequences of the American FDA’s deeming regulations of vaping products.
In a market frozen since August 8, 2016 the researchers tried to understand how american vapers would intend to manage their consumption. In a country where about 9 million people use e-cigarettes, the new regulations produced by the powerful FDA are likely to create a dangerous black market, as suggested by the study.
Dozens of fuming vapers gathered on the steps of the Victorian Parliament sending plumes of vapour towards the MPs who have introduced new laws regulating e-cigarettes.
Supporters of vaping say the devices are a far healthier alternative to smoking tobacco and can help smokers to kick the habit. But many health experts dispute their claims and remain sceptical about the supposed benefits of e-cigarettes.
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