Vapers Digest May 18th

Friday’s News at a glance:

Rendez-vous with Karl Lund – Canada GFN Subversion Attempt – UNICEF Attacks Glantz Vape Study – Recognition, use and perceptions of JUUL – Moral Panic Over E-Cigarettes – Tobacco Research Is Not Immune to Scientific Scrutiny – Public Health Becomes A Partisan Issue – How Much Does the FDA Really do – How likely is your e-cigarette to explode? – Big Tobacco’s ‘next gen’ evangelists – Statement in Favour of Vaping – Ottawa ushers in vaping era with new rules – Allow e-cigarettes for smokers – Kashmir Crisis for Vaping – Ministry of Health will not appeal court’s IQOS decision – Nendo launches “third cigarette” – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest

Rendez-vous with Karl Lund

Philippe Boucher

In 1986, I started to work at the Norwegian Council on Tobacco or Health under one of the giants of international tobacco control, Dr. Kjell Bjartveit, who led the council for more than 20 years. Ever since, I have been involved in tobacco control and –research, working from different places including the University of Oslo, The Cancer Society, Institute for Alcohol and Drug Research (research director for the tobacco unit for 12 years) and Institute of Public Health (current).

Canada GFN Subversion Attempt

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

The British Colombia Ministry of Health attempted to subvert open and honest debate about vaping, according to lawyer and tobacco control expert David Sweanor. He spoke to Brent Stafford of Regulator Watch about how and why public health officials conspire to oppose the use of electronic cigarettes.
“We need dialogue to get people talking about these issues,” Sweanor explains to Stafford, “to do what we could do about the health costs of smoking.”

UNICEF Attacks Glantz Vape Study

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

UNICEF has written to the (increasingly discredited) journal Pediatrics. The complaint regards “serious inaccuracies and misrepresentations” made by the authors. It follows widespread condemnation of the gateway from vape to smoking study and demands that it is retracted by the journal that is acting deplorably.

Benjamin Chaffee, Shannon Watkins, and Stanton Glantz wrote the risible study ‘Electronic Cigarette Use and Progression From Experimentation to Established Smoking’, demonstrating a woeful grasp of statistical analysis and concluding: “using e-cigarettes was positively and independently associated with progression to current established smoking”.


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Recognition, use and perceptions of JUUL

Please publish full data and provide key specific facts
Clive Bates, The Counterfactual

The reporting of the results of this study is far from complete, which is concerning given the highly politicised controversy that surrounds this product. I hope the authors should respond to this comment by publishing supplementary material with all the data they collected in a an accessible form such a CSV file and summarised in tables in a supplementary memo.

In particular, the authors should provide all data on the following:

JUUL And Vaping:

Public Health Becomes A Partisan Issue – Alex Berezow

Not that long ago, if a company had invented a far safer way to deliver nicotine to addicted smokers, politicians would be celebrating. Smoking is one of the leading preventable causes of disease and death in the world. If every smoker quit cigarettes today, we would have a healthier society, and healthcare costs undoubtedly would decrease. That’s a win-win.

Moral Panic Over E-Cigarettes

Julie Gunlock

AEI scholar Dr. Sally Satel has yet another must-read article in today’s Wall Street Journal about how the moral panic over e-cigarettes is clouding judgment on an important public health issue—how do we help the roughly 37.8 million American adults who currently smoke cigarettes quit the habit for good or switch to less harmful e-cigarette products.



Tobacco Research Is Not Immune

To Scientific Scrutiny – Brad Rodu

Recently, the authors of a research article on e-cigarettes groundlessly attacked my credentials and academic independence after I noted, in a letter to journal editors, a lack of scientific rigor in their reporting. The article falsely claimed that e-cigarette use caused experimental smokers to become regular smokers. In response to my critical remarks, the authors made these charges in their own letter to the editors:

How Much Does the FDA Really do..

To Promote Public Health? – Lindsey Stroud

According to its mission statement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for “advancing public health” by providing oversight to the drug development process. FDA has been tasked with helping to ensure there are “effective, safer, and more affordable” health products in America’s market, which helps individuals “maintain and improve their health.”



How likely is your e-cigarette to explode?

Laurel Ives, BBC Health

A man in America died when his vape pen exploded, but how dangerous are e-cigarettes?

The case has made headlines around the world, and is believed to be the first death caused by vaping products in the US.

The man, Tallmadge D’Elia, died at his home in Florida when his device blew up and projected fragments into his skull. He was said to have suffered burns over 80% of his body.

Vape pen explosion – BBC US & Canada
Vape pen explosion kills Florida man – Guardian
Man ‘first to die from vape pen malfunction in US’ – Mirror

Explosion Caused Death

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

Tallmadge D’Elia was found in a burning bedroom at his family’s home on May 5th. The autopsy report placed the blame on an exploding vape mechanical mod. It is imperative that manufacturers and users learn lessons from this avoidable disaster.
D’Elia was born in Maryland and demonstrated a skill for photography and film work as he grew up. After the talented outdoor enthusiast graduated, he forged a career that used his camera skills, becoming a specialist and then Technical Production Supervisor for divisions of NBC Universal.

Big Tobacco’s ‘next gen’ evangelists

May be just blowing smoke

Between a Starbucks and a kebab shop on Toronto’s busy Yonge Street retail corridor, the words “inventing a smoke-free future” appear on the window of a sleek, silver-fronted store. Inside, gadgets resembling Apple products are neatly arranged on wooden tables.

“Are you currently a cigarette smoker?” the saleswoman asks, showing off the IQOS, a device slightly larger than an index finger that looks like an electronic cigarette, but uses sticks of tobacco rather than liquid to create a smoke-like vapour.

Statement in Favour of Vaping

Diane Caruana – Vaping Post

The Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada (THRA), has released a provisional position statement on electronic liquid vaporizers (ELVs), Heat Not Burn devices (HnBs), and other tobacco harm reduction products which are manufactured by the vaping & tobacco industries.

The THRA opened its statement by explaining the differences between e-cigarettes and HnB devices, adding that despite the fact that vaping products contain no tobacco, they tend to be labelled as tobacco products.

Parliament passes plain tobacco packaging law, regulates vaping – CBC

Ottawa ushers in vaping era with new rules

Janice Dickson

Adults in Canada will soon have easier access to e-cigarettes and vaping supplies — and be exposed to more ads promoting them — now that the federal Liberal government has passed legislation formally legalizing and regulating the practice.

Once the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act receives royal assent in the coming days, it will prohibit the sale of vape products to minors, ban flavours aimed at young people and prohibit marketing that features testimonials, health claims or “lifestyle” themes.

New Zealand Ministry of Health

Will not appeal court’s IQOS decision

They may have had a tough month, but tobacco giants Philip Morris International (PMI) have won a small but significant victory in the marketing battle over their flagship heat-not-burn product.

In New Zealand, the Ministry of Health decided against appealing the decision by a Wellington court earlier this year which gave the green light for electronic cigarettes to be imported, sold and distributed.

Liberal Dems oppose breakthrough

Anti-smoking technology

Smoking remains an enormous public health problem in the U.S. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in this country. According to some studies, more than half of longtime smokers will die from smoking-related complications. David Abrams, a professor at New York University’s College of Global Public Health, estimates that 1,300 people die from smoking every day.

Quit Regulating Nicotine Cold Turkey

Jenni Sigler started smoking when she was 12 years old. By the time she was 33, she had tried everything to quit. Even with her health declining and her finances suffering, she remained a smoker.

Jenni’s story is common. In 2015, nearly 70 percent of smokers in the United States tried unsuccessfully to quit. Their inability to stop comes with considerable health risks.



Proposal leaves markets gasping

While Italy’s 5-Star Movement and League party left financial markets gasping on Friday with promises to raise government spending dramatically, users and producers of electronic cigarettes were breathing more easily.

The parties’ 57-page “contract”, which is supposed to underpin a new coalition government, includes two lines promising to lower levies on smokeless cigarettes to the benefit of Italy’s 2 million e-smokers, and a business worth 350 million euros ($400 million) a year.

Kashmir Crisis for Vaping

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

The Association of Vapers India (AVI) has struck out against what it sees as the use of junk science to justify the ban on vaping in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, as the state continues to attack harm reduction and common sense, cigarettes remain freely available and on sale.

Allow e-cigarettes for smokers

Mohammed Saleem Mohammed Ibrahim

Singapore has been at the forefront of tobacco control measures, but the proportion of smokers aged between 18 and 69 has stagnated at 13.3 per cent since 2013.

Half a decade is long enough for us to recognise that our measures need tweaking.

I agree with the Ministry of Health that there is no conclusive evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes (No doubt about harmful effects of e-cigarettes; Feb 27).

Nendo launches “third cigarette”

As alternative for smokers

Japanese brand Nendo has created a smoking device as an alternative to both traditional and electronic cigarettes.

Called En, after the Japanese character meaning flame, the product is described as a “third cigarette”, and is designed for people who do not enjoy electronic cigarettes, but want a less harmful alternative to smoking.

Coffee, ramen and e-cigarettes

Are top sellers at new Tulsa County Jail commissary:

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is on pace to make $800,000 in its first year running the jail commissary, driven by sizable markups on convenience items sold to inmates.

Nine in 10 of the products sold — from potato chips to combs — are marked up at least double (100 percent) what the Sheriff’s Office pays and half are at least triple (200 percent).

Vape News

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

Carrie Wade penned an article titled “What anti-smoking advocates can learn from the opioid crisis” for the Washington Examiner, and received praise. The Mail On Sunday wasn’t so lucky as its contribution to the vape debate was called “flippant”. Inside Sources asked if vaping could be the “most significant public health benefit in a generation”? Meanwhile, Conscience Health laments that scientific debate is collapsing into a mess of ad hominem attacks and, worse, it works in persuading the public.


On this Day…2017

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

Joined-Up Lobbying

Dick Puddlecote

ITV’s Chris Choi is today asking for thoughts on the new regulations being brought in at the end of this week as a result of the EU’s appalling Tobacco Products Directive which was presided over by a crook.

One of the new rules is, of course, that packs of 10 cigarettes will be banned. So here is a view which he might like to hear…

Farsalinos In Pinoy Plea

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

Doctor Konstantinos Farsalinos is a research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre and University of Patras in Greece. He is very well known to long-term vapers for having been an outspoken supporter of harm reduction, his research work and his love of vaping. He recently made a plea to law makers in the Philippines to take the pragmatic route and factor in the value of harm reduction.


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