Wednesday’s News at a glance:
New Bill Could Save Vaping Market and Millions of Lives ~ E-cigarettes popular among smokers with existing illnesses ~ Sullum: The truth about e-cigarettes and government studies ~ President Trump’s Deregulators Should Tell The FDA’s Anti-Vaping Jihadists to Butt Out ~The Abject Failure of the Tobacco Control Magazine ~ More on Tobacco Control’s “stop talking about us!” editorial ~ Science challenges FDA vaping regulation, and Trump might be next ~ Finance Minister Aso questions cigarettes-lung cancer link
, Competitive Enterprise Institute
It’s no secret that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to ban vapor-producing electronic cigarettes. Federal judges struck down the agency’s attempt to classify vaping products as “medical devices” and block their importation into the U.S. Instead, the agency deemed vapes “tobacco products,” making them subject to the same rules and regulations as traditional cigarettes, despite all evidence pointing toward their being much less harmful for consumers.
Elsevier Health Sciences, EurekAlert
Ann Arbor, MI, Feb. 21, 2017 – In the U.S. more than 16 million people with smoking-related illnesses continue to use cigarettes. According to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, current and former smokers who suffer from disease are more likely to have reported using an e-cigarette, meaning these patients may see e-cigarettes as safer or less harmful than combustible cigarettes and a way to reduce the risks posed by traditional smoking.
Jacob Sullum, Chicago Sun TImes
The first surgeon general’s report on e-cigarettes, published in December, describes them as “an emerging public health threat.” A “tip sheet for parents” that accompanied the report recommends evasion in response to the question, “Aren’t e-cigarettes safer than conventional cigarettes?”
— Stuart F (@stuart180) February 23, 2017
Steve Forbes / Forbes
ONE AREA of rampant regulatory abuse the Trump Administration should attack is the war against e-cigarettes. “Vaping” has been a godsend for people who are trying to quit smoking. It gives users the kick from nicotine without inhaling all the tars and other substances that make smoking cigarettes so lethal.
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Others have commented extensively, eg Dick Puddlecote . For those not familiar, the TC magazine has been crying about bloggers criticising their propaganda studies in blog posts and on Twitter and such without permission. They claim that the ‘proper’ place to publish such criticism is in their own magazine using their ‘Rapid Response’ system.
Carl V Phillips, Anti-THR Lies
So after musing about this more — there is so much to say — I realized that if someone had just emailed me the text of the editorial, I might have thought it was a parody. I mean, even in the unlikely event that someone thought the various substantive claims and normative assertions were reasonable, would they actually think that they could harangue their critics into ceasing to criticize (except via their heavily-censored officially approved channel)?
Kathy Hoekstra, WatchDog.org
Electronic cigarettes may be illegal to sell to people younger than 18, but plenty of 17-year-olds are pretty savvy about them. Wyatt is a Missouri 12th grader who says he knows about 20 kids who use e-cigs and another 15 or so who smoke the real thing. “I believe there is a difference in the harms to your body,” Wyatt said in response to a series of questions about e-cig use from Watchdog.org. “Cigarettes include a lot of tar that harms your lungs. However both include nicotine.”
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Known for taking a puff or two himself, Finance Minister Taro Aso has cast doubt on the connection between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer. Responding to a question from Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) member Hodaka Maruyama at the Lower House Financial Affairs Committee on Feb. 21, Aso touched upon the declining number of smokers.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
About snoopers measuring particulates at a vape convention? – Clive Bates
I recently posted on Public health snoopers detect vapour aerosol at vape conference and fake a particulates scare. I mentioned that I thought the subterfuge involved was unethical and contemptuous, but didn’t really explain why. My main point in that post was to focus on why this was bad science and why there was no basis to justify a policy recommendation to ban vaping wherever smoking is banned…
Jimmy Hafrey – Churn Mag
It was bound to come down to a judge’s ruling eventually, but we didn’t know it would happen this soon. In New York, a judge just ruled that vaping is not smoking and the two words cannot be used interchangeably. New York currently bans smoking in most public areas, but according to the judge that doesn’t mean vaping is automatically banned as well…
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