Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Agent Ania ~ Restrictive Anti-Vaping Bill Will Put ‘300 Stores Out Of Business,’ Owners Say ~ Time to stop measuring risk as “fraction of risk from smoking”? ~ Letter: Vaping can help people quit smoking ~A critical review of an Australian anti-vaping polemic ~ 135 leading health experts support legal vaping in Australia
— Shannon J (@anImaginaryEcho) June 21, 2017
Daily Caller, Steve Birr
Democratic lawmakers are pushing a bill to ban all flavored electronic cigarette products for adults in New Jersey, claiming they entice kids to smoke.
The legislation, which is currently being reviewed by committees in both the state Assembly and Senate, only allows the sale of tobacco, menthol and clove flavors for vaping products.
Antithrlies, Carl V Phillips
I ran across a tweet touting a press release out of the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) meeting (a networking meeting, mostly of e-cigarette boosters) that made the claim that snus is 95% less harmful than smoking. This was variously described as being based on “new data”, “new data analysis” and “the latest evidence”, but with no further explanation of where the number came from.
There comes a time in many of our lives when choices are more important than money. Some people choose a specific career because they believe they can make a difference. Teachers, doctors, lawyers, and group home staff are all examples of careers that can make a difference. People who choose these types of professions often believe so passionately in what they are doing they become involved in advocacy.
— Gregory Conley (@GregTHR) June 21, 2017
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The Counterfactual, Clive Bates
Normally, I just ignore anything written by Professor Emeritus Simon Chapman, a retired academic and noisy tobacco control activist from Australia. It’s usually just too error-laden and irritating to bother with and, on the ‘bullshit asymmetry principle‘, one could spend a whole life correcting his endless misunderstandings and mistakes. But because the Australian parliament is considering these issues, I have made an exception for his latest piece of irresponsible anti-vaping propaganda.
Dr. Colin Mendelsohn
135 leading Australian and international health professionals have written to all federal Members of Parliament asking them to endorse e-cigarettes with nicotine as a less harmful alternative to smoking.
The letter supports The Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2016 Measures No. 1) Bill 2016 which is scheduled for discussion in the Senate at the next parliamentary sitting. This is a private members bill by Senators David Leyonhjelm and Malcolm Roberts.
— Bruce Nye (@ThaumaturgeRN) June 21, 2017
A guest post on Vaping Links by Agent Ania
This is not about who’s right and who’s wrong; this is not about who was included in a film and who wasn’t. It is about exposing governmental and societal systems that are actively working to prevent the spread of a life-saving phenomenon that could save a billion lives in this century. So this is about ‘A Billion Lives’. Get it?
Rest in peace, Ann.
"Comparing the CYTOTOXICITY of…" No bias there, no sirree. Oh wait, it's TC_BMJ. Never mind. As you were.
— O_O (@AgentAnia) June 11, 2017
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
E-Cigarette Controversy: Study finds young people not looking at e-cigarettes as a “stepping stone to smoking”
International Business Times – Ritwik Roy
McKeganey also pointed out in the study that majority of the participants interviewed, including those who were already vaping, looked at smoking in a very negative way and considered e-cigarettes as completely different from vaping. Moreover, a vast majority of the participants who collectively represented non-smokers, former smokers, and vapers, believed that e-cigarettes offer smokers an alternative to the “extremely harmful” habit of smoking tobacco.
Reason – Jacob Sullum
This month CDC released the latest results from its National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (NYRBS), which is conducted every two years. The 2015 numbers show that cigarette smoking continues to fall among teenagers even as more and more of them experiment with vaping. But as usual, the CDC chose to accentuate the negative.
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