Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Anti-Vaping Advocates Support Indoor Vaping Bans Because We Don’t Know if Secondhand Vaping is Harmful -Educating Air Force Generals About Tobacco Use & Risks -Being Open about COI – SmokeFreeRadio: Repeal and Replace possible? – Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio – Lawmakers consider taxes on vaping and e-cigarettes – Wise Up, FDA: Vaping Is Much Healthier
Anti-Vaping Advocates Support Indoor Vaping Bans Because We Don’t Know if Secondhand Vaping is Harmful
The Rest Of The Story, Michael Siegel
In an interesting twist from the usual reasoning in public health, anti-vaping advocates are promoting the enactment of policies that ban vaping in public places not because secondhand vaping has been shown to have serious health hazards, but because it hasn’t been proven to be benign.
Tobacco Truth, Brad Rodu
The Military Health System and the Defense Health Agency last November published a grossly misleading article on their website titled, “Quit the spit: Smokeless tobacco no better than lit” (archived article here). After I educated Air Force officials, the article was removed. Here is the story.
Facts Do Matter, Paul Barnes
VCU researchers aim to educate the public about the dangers of e-cigarettes and produce results that would compel tighter government regulation. This little gem comes via (yet another) ridiculously pointless “study” into the ‘effects of vaping’ by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. A study that, by the way, has taken two years and collaboration between faculty from VCU’s Biomedical Engineering and Biology departments.
— NZ Vaping Alliance (@VapingAlliance) March 21, 2017
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SmokeFreeRadio: Repeal and Replace possible?
Dayton Daily News, Laura A. Bischoff
People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 would face a $500 fine, if a bill proposed by state Sen. Charletta Tavares becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe deeper and they breathe faster.”
Lawmakers in Olympia will consider legislation this week that would tax e-cigarettes and vaping just like other tobacco products. The products are relatively inexpensive, and one state lawmaker says the industry hasn’t been paying its fair share.
Current medical evidence suggests that nicotine, if ingested on its own rather than smoked, is no more harmful to health than caffeine. Burning is what produces the majority of the carcinogens in traditional cigarettes, increasing the risk of cancer in smokers. And it was for-profit companies—not public health advocates—that invented a way to satisfy not only cravings for nicotine, but also the behavioral habits formed around traditional cigarettes.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Why we shouldn’t be so quick to ban vaping – Danika Gagnon
Recently, there has been controversy surrounding policies that ban vaping in hospitals. David Sweanor, professor at the Faculty of Law and the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the University of Ottawa, thinks that policies on vaping need to be based on a solid understanding of science and a recognition of individual rights….
Ghyslain Armand – PGVG
Malaysia: The vaping market has been exploding over the past two years. Nevertheless, the government is planning to take restrictive measures that may slow down its development. The recognition of the e-cigarette as an aid for smoking cessation that is expected by some but may also be a double-edged sword.
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