Wednesday’s News at a glance:
There Really Were Health Nazis ~ UK government’s war on e-cigs is over ~ Why should vapers defend smokers? ~ CASAA Commentary on FDA’s Battery Safety Efforts ~ ECigIntelligence User Survey ~ Towards a Smokefree Generation: A Tobacco Control Plan for England
Fee.org, Bill Wirtz
Many smokers these days poke fun at the crusaders of the anti-tobacco lobby as “health nazis.” The comparison is related to the extreme and authoritarian nature of national socialism. Tobacco control campaigners have tried, including through academic studies, to brand this Nazi-rhetoric as a fallacy. However, the Nazis were largely ahead of their time when it came to regulations regarding tobacco use.
The Register, Andrew Orlowski
The government has said that the persecution of the users of e-cigarette technology should stop. The Department of Health today outlined a Five Year Tobacco Control plan for England with the goal that the proportion of the population who smoke tobacco products should fall to 12 per cent by 2022, down from 15.5 per cent today.
My video ‘Letter to Theresa May’ got shared big time through other people’s posts and other bloggers. Unfortunately the election went poorly for Mrs May and it seems she might not be Prime Minister for very long. Also, she had to face two terrorist attacks and the burning of Grenfell Towers. I should imagine my letter is languishing in a file – or rubbish bin/trash dump somewhere in the UK.
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The mission of the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA) is to ensure that availability, diversity, and truthful information is available to those who seek lower risk alternatives to traditional combusted tobacco.
In the fall of 2016 CASAA was approached by ECigIntelligence for assistance in conducting a focused survey of e-cigarette users. The integrity of ECigIntelligence was verified as was the purpose and scope of the survey. The survey was conducted with our help by sharing it with our members. The results were tallied into a comprehensive picture of electronic cigarette users. As a part of our diligence to our members CASAA requested the ability to publish the relevant results to educate and advocate for our members.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Regulations have finally rolled out in Europe and the US, threatening to turn the entire industry on its head. Meanwhile, research into the health and social impacts of vaping is starting to ramp up, raising more questions about whether vaping is a gateway to smoking for teens and how best to minimize risk for vapers using e-cigarettes to quit tobacco. Public health experts are divided, vapers are becoming political activists, and Big Tobacco continues to dip its fingers in the vaping honeypot, with questionable intentions.
There are a few common constants in the way the Finnish government treats vaping products.
The primary one is that they release a legislation draft, and all the communication around the details in public are made with certainty. This is what we’ll do and this is what will happen. No ambiguity whatsoever. Then various organizations and special interest groups make their statements, including whatever arguments and (occasionally, but mostly no) data they deem relevant to the issue.
More often than not, these statements include several points where the law could be stricter.
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