Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Anti-Vaping Groups Sue the FDA to Reinstate the 2018 PMTA Deadline ~ E-cigarette report misses golden opportunity to save 500,000 Australian lives ~ The Chair of the Committee inquiring into e-cigarette use in Australia has prepared a “dissenting” report recommending permitting nicotine use in e-cigarettes ~ Expert reaction to ecigs and smoking cessation ~ 3rd Oral Evidence Session of the Science & Technology Committee inquiry into e-cigarettes, 27/03/18 ~ Reduced Weight Gain Research ~ An Open Letter to PHE and other “supporters” of ecigs and TRR. (Tobacco RISK Reduction) ~ No room for complacency if we are to kick smoking by 2025, Helen Clark says ~ Court dismisses charges against Philip Morris over sale of non-burning tobacco sticks ~ E-cigarette ban in public spaces across Greece
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Anti-vaping groups are suing the FDA to push the agency to enforce its original deadline for all vaping products to go through premarket review. The original deadline was Aug. 8, 2018.
Seven organizations and five individual pediatricians filed a lawsuit in the Maryland U.S. District Court, claiming that the FDA’s four-year postponement of the due date for filing premarket tobacco applications (PMTA’s) exceeded its authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
Dr Colin Mendelsohn, colinmendelsohn.com.au
A federal parliamentary committee today missed a key opportunity to give Australia’s three million smokers access to a far less harmful alternative, according to the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association (ATHRA) (report here)
ATHRA Chairman, Associate Professor Colin Mendelsohn from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, says the House of Representatives committee report on e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers, tabled today (1) was a huge disappointment for those believing in evidence-based public health policy.
The Chair of the Committee inquiring into e-cigarette use in Australia has prepared a “dissenting” report recommending permitting nicotine use in e-cigarettes
Megan Haggan, ajp.com.au
Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee has presented its Report on the Inquiry into the Use and Marketing of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia, looking into the possible health impacts of the devices, international approaches to their regulation and the appropriate regulatory framework for Australia.
The Chair of the Committee, federal member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman, says that like the evidence presented in submissions, the Committee was divided on the right regulatory approach to e-cigarettes
Science Media Centre
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicines attempts to determine whether e-cigarette use after hospital discharge is associated with subsequent tobacco abstinence among smokers who plan to quit and are advised to use evidence-based treatment.
Read the thread.
Watch the FDA wipe out the upstart industry begun by ex-smokers while the tobacco industry uses its $$ and weight to keep doing what it’s always done.
— Jim McDonald (@whycherrywhy) March 27, 2018
Witnesses: Michelle Jarman-Howe, Executive Director, Public Sector Prisons South, Heather Thomson, Smokefree Lead, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive, Action on Smoking and Health, Hazel Cheeseman, Director of Policy, Action on Smoking and Health
Mawsley, Planet Of The Vapes
Most smokers will attest that previous attempts to give up have lead to weight gains. Snacking often takes place as it provides ex-smokers something to do with their hands and mouth, but invariably has negative consequences unless controlled. This fear of weight gain can often put off quit attempts or lead to failure; vaping can help, according to a latest study.
The research team believe that minimisation of post-cessation weight gain in cigarette-smoking quitters is very important, but that the existing approaches that use medication have only had a limited success rate.
David Dorn, The Sun Also Rises
You complain that public perception of ecigs is horrendously bad, but do you know whose fault that is?
Dear sirs, madams and those whose gender identity I’ve just offended, You claim to be supporters of ecigs, but every statement you make is caveated. How? here’s a non-exhaustive list:
“Although not without risk…”
“If you have tried NRT unsuccessfully, you may like to try ecigs”
“Although they contain ADDICTIVE Nicotine”
“Ecigs CAN be a way of successfully quitting smoking”
“The best option is to neither smoke nor vape”
There are many, many more, of course, but that little list serves to exemplify why people are put off ecigs/vaping by your own actions.
Rachel Thomas, Stuff National
Former prime minister Helen Clark hosted an event at Parliament on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of a survey that takes a snapshot of youth smoking rates across the country. The 2017 survey, conducted by the independent organisation Action for Smokefree 2025 (Ash) shows daily smoking rates for year 10 students are at an all-time low of 2.1 per cent.
Court dismisses charges against Philip Morris over sale of non-burning tobacco sticks
Damian George, Stuff National
A judge has sided with tobacco giant Philip Morris in ruling non-burning tobacco sticks Heets can be legally sold in, and imported into, New Zealand.
The Ministry of Health laid two charges against Philip Morris New Zealand last year over the sale and importation of the tobacco sticks, which are heated in an electronic device called IQOS to release nicotine.
The ministry argued Heets fell into the category of tobacco products designed for oral use other than smoking, and were prohibited under Section 29 of the Smoke-Free Environments Act 1990.
Independent Balkan News Agency, IBNA
On Monday, March 26, the Council of State plenary ruled electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) “fall under the same restrictions as cigarette smoking, including a ban on their use in public spaces, transportation and in advertisements”, the ANA-MPA report reads.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
Steven Trask, Sydney Morning Herald
Australia’s decision to ban the use of nicotine in electronic cigarettes has been condemned as “flawed and unethical” by a group of doctors and health experts.
Last Friday the Therapeutic Goods Administration made its final decision to uphold the ban, citing evidence that e-cigarette use caused nicotine addiction and could lead to teenagers becoming hooked on tobacco.
A group of 16 doctors, academics and public health advocates had tried to reverse the decision, campaigning on grounds that e-cigarettes were a useful tool to help smokers quit.
“It is unethical and unscientific to exempt nicotine in tobacco products and to deny smokers access to a much safer alternative,” the group wrote in a submission to the TGA last February.
Nancy Thorner, Heartland Institute
Vaping: How Government Regulation Can Kill Innovation was the topic of The Heartland Institute’s continuing series of Wednesday evening events that are available free to the public. Featured speakers were Dr. Brad Rodu of the University of Louisville and Pamela Gorman of Smoke-Free Alternative Trade Association (SFATA). They discussed vaping from a scientific and industry perspective.
Dr. Rodu is a professor of medicine at the University of Louisville, where he is a member of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and holds an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research. He is also a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute. For the past two decades Dr. Rodu has been in the forefront of research and policy development regarding tobacco harm reduction.