Vapers Digest 6th March

Monday’s News at a glance:

Prohibition or Harm Reduction – The ‘Rigour’ Of Simple Simon – E-cigarette prohibition in Taiwan – More incompetence in Tobacco Control – Irresponsible marketing – Experts slam TGA e-cigarette ban – Rule by thuggery and threat – Lions Led By Donkeys – Perceptions of e-cigarettes – Detecting bullshit in claims – Govt open to e-cigarette subsidies – GFN UK Dialogues 2017 – What does e-cigarette vapor contain? – Drinking Bitumen – Global $27.67 Billion E-Cigarette Market – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Monday, 6 March 2017

Prohibition or Harm Reduction

Robert Innes, Vaping Post

It is a funny old world where people beg for something and when it arrives they reject it. First there was the cigarette, and some people decided, for the best of reasons, that they did not like it because of the harm it caused. So, people tried to stop other people from smoking, which was difficult because smoking was addictive, and in any case, smokers tended to enjoy smoking – they just did not like the idea of falling ill, so many stopped, but not all.

The ‘Rigour’ Of Simple Simon

Dick Puddlecote

If you ask the public what they understand by the title of “academic”, they might imagine an austere and profoundly thoughtful sciencey type who will dot every i and cross every t before issuing their opinion.

But tobacco control ‘academics’ are far from that stereotype. Take Simple Simon Chapman, for example…

Proposed e-cig prohibition in Taiwan

Clive Bates, The Counterfactual

The government of Taiwan has been consulting on amendment its Tobacco Hazards Prevention and Control Act. Article 14 of the amendment bill bans the manufacture, import, sale, and display of e-cigarettes (unless authorised as a pharmaceutical product).  See newspaper coverage.  The original Taiwan Chinese language bill is available online and a vendor has produced a summary in English.

More incompetence in Tobacco Control

Christopher Snowdon, Velvet Glove Iron Fist

There’s an article in the anti-smoking magazine Tobacco Controlthis month claiming that there is a correlation between tobacco control policies – as measured in the Tobacco Control Scale (TCS) – and smoking rates.

This is nonsense from the get-go. Both myself and Clive Bates have mapped smoking rates and TCS scores in the past and found no statistically significant correlation…


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Irresponsible marketing

By parts of the e-cigarette industry requires immediate measures
Dr Farsalinos – E-Cigarette Research

There is a lot of discussion in the US about e-cigarette use by youth. The Surgeon General recently released a report sounding the alarm about adolescents using e-cigarettes. Numerous publications and statements from health institutes, such as the CDC, have long supported that e-cigarette use is increasing among youth and is becoming a public health problem.

Experts slam TGA e-cigarette ban

Chloe Booker

For most of 40 years, David Stephens lit up a smoke to enjoy with his coffee each morning.

Although he knew the habit was behind his recurring lung infections, the cigarette provided a moment of relaxation that was near impossible to give up.

Govt open to e-cigarette subsidies

Dan Satherley

The Government isn’t ruling out funding e-cigarettes to get people off nicotine.

The Māori Party last week said vaping – the smoking of e-cigarettes – should be subsidised because “it doesn’t cause cancer and other smoking-related illness”.

Rule by thuggery and threat

Underdogs Bite Upwards

The Dreadful Arnott and her minions don’t like dissent. Not even a hint of it. Question the Righteous Ones at your peril!

It’s really not too surprising that the Politically Correct and Lifestyle Controllers never have a bad word to say about terrorists. They work in much the same way. Say the wrong thing and they turn on you. They’ll insult you, abuse you, even physically attack you. Try to defend yourself and they’ll claim you’re bullying them.



Lions Led by Donkeys

Frank Davis

I don’t really have much contact with the medical profession, mercifully. I haven’t been to see a doctor for over 10 years. And when I did used to see them, it was almost always only to get the sleeping tablets that I’ve long since replaced with far more effective whisky.

The result is that I’m now observing the medical profession from a distance – through binoculars, as it were. And recalling my experience of them over the years.

Perceptions of e-cigarettes

University at Buffalo

The study of 105 U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers and their partners found that those study participants who vape daily reported e-cigarettes as “at least as satisfying” as cigarettes, and that 58 percent said vaping was “much more” satisfying.

New study sheds light on perceptions of e-cigsScience Daily

Vapour Trails TV

The boys go all illegal and stuff… it’s all standard trading…

Detecting bullshit in claims

About comparative risks across tobacco products
Carl V. Phillips, Anti-THR Lies

I interrupt  the posts about the Tobacco Control editorial (I expect two more) to respond to a query from a reporter (who, I should note, writes good stuff about THR), who I criticized on Twitter for repeating the nonsense claim that smokeless tobacco is 10% as harmful as smoking in a recent article.

GFN UK Dialogues 2017

Paddy Costall

As one of the organisers of the Global Forum on Nicotine, it is easy to get caught up in the debates that take place around international issues, which arise from FCTC COP meetings, or the responses and campaigning relating to the TPD, the FDA Deeming Regulations, or TGA position on nicotine in Australia. What can get forgotten in all of this is the daily impact of laws and regulations on the lives of nicotine consumers.


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What does e-cigarette vapor contain?

Michael J. McFadden, Quora

It’s quite likely that the MAIN risk to bystanders is coming from the exhaled BREATH of the person near them… regardless of whether or not they’re vaping. I don’t believe there’s been a single recorded death ascribed even to the inhalation of the concentrated vapor by tens of millions of vapers themselves so far

 7 Ways to Make Vaping

As Safe As Possible – Lee Johnson

If you’re worried about the risks of vaping, you should quit. There you go. You can toss out your juices and mods now… Yeah, I don’t want to do that either.

I know it’s true that the safest thing to do is neither smoke nor vape. But that doesn’t mean I’m ready to say goodbye to vaping



Drinking Bitumen

Head Rambles

I am more than a little bit miffed… Much too late, I discovered that yesterday was apparently No Smoking Day here in Ireland. How the fuck am I supposed to celebrate it if they don’t tell me? I would have smoked twice as much if I had only known, but it’s too late now.

Global $27.67 Billion E-Cigarette Market

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global E-Cigarette Market Size, Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2022” report to their offering.
The global e-cigarette (electronic cigarette) market is expected to witness a CAGR of 16.6% during the forecast period, to reach $27,670 million by 2022.

Vaping In The News

February 26th-March 4th, 2017 – Kevin Crowley

CASAA, Blog Fog, American Vaping Association, Regulatory Pie, Simon Chapman, Dick Durbin, Public Policy, Indiana, Bill Godshall

More from the UK:

Every little bit of hanky panky helps – Daily Mail
Prison smoking ban blamed for rise in assaults and vandalism – Mirror
Hospital smoking ban forces patients onto dangerous roads – Telegraph

On this Day…2016

A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…

EU set to tax e-cigarettes as tobacco?

New Nicotine Alliance

This was the headline on the front page of the Times on the 3rd of March: “Brussels tax hike to send e-cigarette price soaring”. So what might it mean for vapers?

The Times reported that:

“..ambassadors from all 28 EU countries have agreed to take the first steps towards imposing higher duty, quietly telling the European Commission to come up with plans by next year to reclassify e-cigarettes as tobacco products for tax purposes.”

Vote Vaper, not Labour

Vapers in Power

Vapers in Power are back for the Welsh Elections. The Public Health (Wales) Bill puts ecigs on a pretty much equal footing to cigarettes as regards their use in Wales. This, and the ignoring of the evidence by the Health Minister, has outraged us – which is why we want to stand against Mark Drakeford, at the very least….

90 thousand and still counting…

Totally Wicked – Challenge Article 20

Some of you may have thought that when we handed our petition over to the Department of Health (DoH) in September of last year that that was it. Well, we are delighted to report that vapers across Europe continue to sign up in support of the Article 20 legal challenge each and every day. Since the handover last year a further 19,000 signatures have been collected and delivered to the DoH is batches of 1,000.


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