Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Vaping and e-cigarettes have been banned in Swansea’s main shopping centre ~ E-cigarettes inquiry – publications ~ 2nd Oral Evidence Session of the Science & Technology Committee ~ Another Round of Bullshit Bingo ~ A Long Letter to Ms. Kimmel for MN House ~ Farsalinos about the presence of metals in e-liquids ~ Are Vapers At Risk From Hazardous Metals? ~ A Study Floated An Insane Claim That Vaping Exposes Users To Dangerous Metals ~ Vaping on the NHS? Don’t hold your breath ~ Study Claiming Vaping Causes Heart Attack Risk Has Fatal Flaws ~ Will e-cigarettes see Hong Kong side with science or fearmongering on tobacco use? ~ Mouse Research Slammed ~ UK Vape News
Wales Online, Megan Griffiths
A ban on electronic cigarettes and vaping products has been introduced at a shopping centre in Swansea. The Quadrant shopping centre put the ban into effect on Monday. Lisa Hartley, centre manager, confirmed the decision, and said: “Smoking has not been permitted in the centre for a number of years now, and with the growth in popularity of vaping and e-cigs, we thought it was important that we introduce the policy for the comfort of our shoppers.
Parliment.UK, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)
Evidence given by Professor Peter Hajek, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Queen Mary University of London, Professor Mark Conner, Professor in Applied Social Psychology, University of Leeds, and Professor Riccardo Polosa, Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Catania; Dr Lion Shahab, Senior Lecturer Health Psychology, University College London, Dr Jamie Brown, Deputy Director, Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group University College London, and Professor Paul Aveyard, Co-ordinating Editor, The Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group
2nd Oral Evidence Session of the Science & Technology Committee
Facts Do Matter, Paul Barnes
If like me, you call “bullshit” whenever a news article claims that “e-cigs are as bad as smoking), you’ve probably been playing the same game of bullshit bingo as I have. Trouble is, I never seem to win anything. The latest headlines, generated by a dodgy press release naturally, to spread like wildfire is, of course, all about “toxic metals” found in the liquid and aerosol. Naturally, when I first saw the headline, I uttered the now infamous phrase: “I call bullshit”.
Momma Vape, The Daily Advocate
Dear Ms. Kimmel,
What does a woman in New Ulm, MN have in common with a woman in Brainerd, MN? We are both seekers of common ground. We encourage others to focus on what we agree on instead of focusing on differences. I agree with you that we need more seeking of common ground in this country. We have become too divided, instead of remaining united.
Like you, I also live by the life lessons my family taught me. The biggest lessons they taught me was to “do the right thing” – even if it’s not popular with others. They taught me to speak up for those who need a voice.
— Freedom To Vape (@VapingFreedom) February 27, 2018
Vaping Post, Diane Caruana
In these last few days, a study suggesting the presence of toxic levels of metals in e-liquids, has made headlines and was quoted by numerous articles. However, renowned anti-smoking expert Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, pointed out that this is once again a case of misinterpreted data.
Vaping 360, Jim McDonald
A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins and other universities are getting a lot of attention with a study that claims to show dangerous levels of various metals in e-cigarette vapor. The press release was in newsrooms before the study had even been published, and the researchers were on the phone with reporters before the ink on the press release was dry. And the story is still spreading. Unfortunately, most reporters simply repeat the authors’ version of what the results mean, and don’t bother seeking out experts who might challenge the paper’s conclusions. And they definitely need challenging.
The Daily Vaper, Steve Birr
A renowned expert on public health is ripping an anti-vaping study that claims e-cigarettes expose users to dangerous levels of toxic metals as misinformation. The research, recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, suggests that toxic metals including arsenic, chromium, manganese, nickel and lead, are leaking from the heating coils in vapor devices, exposing users to chemicals that cause cancer. The alarming report has sparked a wave of misleading media headlines warning vapers of the potentially dire consequences of their habit, including slowly poisoning themselves with lead, reported Vaping Post.
The Register, Andrew Orlowski
Experts told Parliament that a post-Brexit Britain should think about axing the most draconian EU-wide e-cigarette regulations to encourage people to quit smoking tobacco. The Science and Technology Select Committee heard oral evidence yesterday that the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD2) ban on promoting e-cigs, and its restrictions on liquid strength and product capacity, all put the public at risk. Weak e-liquids meant fewer switchers were likely to stick with e-cigs, and led to vapers consuming more liquid – neither of which was desirable.
The Daily Vaper, Carl V. Phillips
A year-old fatally-flawed student project, which has been misinterpreted as showing vaping causes heart attack risk, has recently been resurrected by — who else? — Stanton Glantz. It was originally presented as a research day poster (a standard exercise to teach students how to go through the motions of doing and presenting research) by students not affiliated with Glantz. Somehow he cajoled, bribed or otherwise arranged to have himself named as an author of their work and recently presented a new version in a poster at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco conference.
South China Morning Post
It’s barely March and the year 2018 is already proving to be an eventful one for both sides of the tobacco debate. Macau started the year by putting into effect its amended Tobacco Prevention and Control Regime (Smoking Law), prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes, among other measures. Then Singapore made yet another bold move in banning the purchase, use and possession of emerging and imitation tobacco products, such as smokeless tobacco products, chewing tobacco and shisha.
Two from Planet Of The Vapes
Planet Of The Vapes, Mawsley
Last week’s coverage of a study from researchers at New York University was a pretty dismal affair. Not only was it plain to see that the study was poorly planned and implemented, but the media leapt upon the negative press release with gay abandon – entirely forgetting to adopt a critical eye. Unsurprisingly, it has provoked fierce condemnation.
Planet Of The Vapes, Mawsley
Vaping is finding its way into all manner of news coverage these days, from explosions and fires to life-saving research findings. This week we discovered that packs of Tesco chicken Kievs might contain a surprise, fighting over an ecig leads to a fine time, and that Victoria Coren Mitchell would rather smokers stay on the fags and die.