Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Advancing Medicinal Nicotine Replacement Therapies as New Drugs ~ Canada: Proposed bill would impose e-cig marketing restrictions ~ NHS Health Scotland: E-cigarettes “definitely less harmful than smoking tobacco” ~ HC seeks Centre, Delhi govt reply on plea to regulate e-cigarettes sale ~ Independent British Vape Trade Association – Excise Update ~ FDA Releases More Positive Results for IQOS; British Medical Association Supports E-Cigs ~Tobacco control through the lens of moral psychology ~E-Cigarettes: Changing Predicate Date Will Make Products Safer, Save Lives ~ Some E-Cigarette Flavors May Be More Harmful Than Others ~ Heat-not-burn tobacco may not be part of Tokyo smoking law ~ E-Cigarettes: A 3.5-Year Study Shows No Negative Health Impact, With Caveats ~ Tobacco Control Is Eating Itself
A new step in FDA’s comprehensive approach to tobacco and nicotine
Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Janet Woodcock, M.D., Mitchell Zeller, J.D., FDA Voice
As the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, tobacco causes more than 480,000 deaths every year. To address this devastation, earlier this year FDA announced a new regulatory plan to lower this burden of tobacco-related disease and death. The plan take a comprehensive approach to nicotine and tobacco, including an initiative to lower nicotine in cigarettes to minimally addictive or non-addictive levels.
Diane Caruana, Vaping Post
A bill that is being proposed by Ontario’s Health Ministry would regulate vaping in the same way as smoking, hence placing restrictions on where vapers can use their devices and also on how the products can be marketed and sold. E-cigarette retailers fear that the proposed regulation would prohibit their staff from showing their customers how the products work and not allow their customers to try samples of e-liquids.
NHS Health Scotland had earlier stated in September this year that key stakeholders in tobacco and health in Scotland have agreed for the first time that using e-cigarettes is definitely less harmful than smoking tobacco. According to the Board, based on the current evidence, the consensus is also clear that using e-cigarettes while still smoking (dual use) does not provide health benefits. NHS Health Scotland has led the consensus with over 20 partners in the NHS, Scottish Government, third sector and academia which aim is to clarify any confusion around the harms and benefits of using e-cigarettes.
PTI, The Indian Express
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the response of the Centre and the AAP government on a plea seeking to regulate the sale and consumption of e-cigarettes. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Centre and the state government and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and asked them to file their replies in six weeks.
Independent British Vape Trade Association
You may have seen rumours floating around social media on Monday stating that the European Commission had formally delayed the publication of their report, setting out whether or not they intend to introduce an EU-wide excise regime for vape products. This is not strictly correct. As part of a review of the Tobacco Excise Directive (2011/64/EU) the European Commission (DG TAXUD) is currently considering the introduction of an EU-wide excise regime for vape products.
Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth
I earlier reported (here) that Stanton Glantz, a University of California, San Francisco professor, urged the FDA to deny Philip Morris International’s application to market its IQOS heat-not-burn cigarette as a modified risk tobacco product, based on his comparison of lab results for IQOS users versus continuing smokers. I noted that Glantz ignored data for IQOS users versus complete quitters, although that statistical comparison was not in the documents released by the FDA. Additional data released by the FDA yesterday shows that PMI had submitted considerably more information from its Japanese study. PMI reported data on exposure to carcinogens, carbon monoxide and nicotine, and, importantly, analyses for all of these results, including IQOS versus smoking, and IQOS versus quitting.
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David J. Hill, University at Buffalo
The tobacco control debate can get testy at times as advocates on both sides of the issue — those who favor abstinence-only approaches to cigarettes and other tobacco products and those who support harm reduction — wage spirited campaigns in support of their respective positions. Harm reduction seeks to minimize the use of the most harmful tobacco products (cigarettes) and, for those who will not quit using any tobacco or nicotine product, maximize the use of much less harmful products such as e-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco.
Here in Florida for the 71st Tobacco Science Research Conference. Tobacco industry has a lot of great scientists that put the vast majority of PH academics to shame.
— Gregory Conley (@GregTHR) November 29, 2017
Brian Fotjik, Huffington Post
What are the policy goals underlying FDA regulation of e-cigarettes and vapor products? Is it to protect consumers from the dangers of cigarettes and the death and disease that come from smoking? Is it to encourage the marketing of safer products for adults who for whatever reason have been unwilling or unable to quit smoking? In addition to keeping vapor products out of the hands of kids, it seems that both goals should be among the most important policy outcomes that FDA seeks in asserting its authority to regulate e-cigarettes.
Diana Crow, The Atlantic
In the 1990s, several employees of a Missouri popcorn factory began reporting mysterious symptoms. They were always tired, wheezing, and out of breath. After doctors found scar tissue inside the factory workers’ lungs, they diagnosed the workers with an irreversible lung disease: bronchiolitis obliterans, which would later be nicknamed “popcorn lung.” Its cause was traced back to the chemical behind popcorn’s buttery flavor.
Jiji, Japan Times
he Tokyo Metropolitan Government is considering excluding heat-not-burn tobacco products from the scope of a planned ordinance to rein in passive smoking, sources have said. The metropolitan government received a number of public comments opposing the inclusion of the products, since their impact on health has not been scientifically proven, the sources added. The planned ordinance, which will carry a penalty for noncompliance, will basically ban smoking inside restaurants and drinking establishments.
Alex Berezow, ACSH.org
Like most topics in America these days, e-cigarettes are controversial. The reason stems largely from the fact that the debate is driven less by science and more by religious zealotry. On the one side is the pro-vaping lobby, who seems to believe that e-cigarettes are the greatest invention since the wheel. Not only are e-cigarettes effective for quitting smoking, they are safe and fun.
Any tobacco controller worth their inflated and unnecessary salary will tell you that tobacco companies cannot be trusted because they used to tell lies … about 30 to 60 years ago. As a result, industry as a whole is now routinely referred to as being “merchants of doubt”. It has been a successful tactic because nowadays even the mundane – and generally ubiquitous in every political policy area – criss-cross of debate on legislative proposals is condemned by tobacco controllers as industry trying to lie. Here is a perfect example from Martin McKee in April this year.