Monday’s News at a glance:
Clowns To The Left Of Me, Research To The Right – When Vape Attacks – UKVIA Expanding – Patterns of e-cigarette use – Harm Minimization and Tobacco Control – Vaping is Much Safer Than Smoking, So Why Don’t People Know It? – E-Cigarettes OK to Quit Smoking – Australian study shows the need to regulate vaping products – A Harm Reduction Guide for Parents of Teens Who Vape – Novato Police Give Suspect Vape Pen – State lawmakers push to increase taxes – Vaping In The News January 12th – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest
Research To The Right – Kevin Crowley
I invested a bit of thought for the title of this particular blog. It is my intent is to both entertain and educate. With clowns to the left of me, research to the right, on average, I trust I can reach my goal.
Normally I spend about two or three hours on any blog. While some flow naturally in under an hour – some take time. Depending on my schedule, some take a day or two.
While I’m pretty wordy, this one will be short – at least for me.
Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes
The tobacco industry is on the receiving end of a massive hit in the value of shares as stock market values continue to decline as smokers switch to vaping. The bad news rolls over from last year despite various companies attempting to get a strong foothold in the vape market.
One of the frequent accusations levelled at vaping is that it is a Trojan horse to maintain a lifelong addiction to nicotine. Doubters frequently overlook the fact that Big Tobacco does not command dominance in this new marketplace.
Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes
The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) is expanding as new members sign up to make it an even more powerful voice in the corridors of power. The five new members come from around the globe but share an interest in supporting the organisation’s work to make U.K. vape legislation better.
UKVIA is entering its third year and welcomes the new members, joining at a time when “the UK continues set a world-leading example in its progressive stance on vaping.”
We are looking for London based smokers to take part in our vape research study. Receive up to £135 and an e-cigarette for your participation. To take part visit – https://t.co/7vqPQHAERu pic.twitter.com/EESgQNlpOp
— CSUR (@csurglasgow) January 14, 2019
Essentially you’re saying –
‘if teens don’t stop using products that likely won’t harm them then adults will only have access to products that will likely kill them’.
This is vile & morally bankrupt. The alternative is burnt tobacco, but you just don’t seem fussed about that. https://t.co/gYEK7a5XH6
— Lorien (@CaeruleanSea) January 11, 2019
To @SGottliebFDA and @FDATobacco: you have not shared the evidence for “epidemic” teen #vaping #addiction. Demonstrably false statements about smokeless tobacco undermine agency credibility; so releasing the data underpinning threatened reg actions on #ecigs is imperative. pic.twitter.com/4U0AhI4MgK
— Brad Rodu (@BradRodu) January 13, 2019
Biochemically verified smoking status and self-reported changes in health status of a random sample of vapeshops customers in Greece
To understand the population impact of e-cigarettes, it is important to examine the profile of e-cigarette users. The purpose was to examine the characteristics, patterns of e-cigarette use and smoking status of a random sample of vapeshops customers in Greece. Fourteen vapeshops were randomly selected in the region of Athens. Every third customer buying products for personal use was recruited by a researcher visiting the vapeshops. Current smoking status was assessed by measuring exhaled carbon monoxide (eCO), with a value ≥ 7 ppm being used to classify subjects as current smokers.
Reframing Societal Views of Nicotine Use to Rapidly Save Lives
Inhalation of the toxic smoke produced by combusting tobacco products, primarily cigarettes, is the overwhelming cause of tobacco-related disease and death in the United States and globally. A diverse class of alternative nicotine delivery systems (ANDS) has recently been developed that do not combust tobacco and are substantially less harmful than cigarettes. ANDS have the potential to disrupt the 120-year dominance of the cigarette and challenge the field on how the tobacco pandemic could be reversed if nicotine is decoupled from lethal inhaled smoke.
So Why Don’t People Know It? – Lee Johnson
For most people reading this blog, this won’t be a surprise. You’ll have heard about Public Health England’s review of the evidence, you’ll have seen the Royal College of Physician’s report and you might have read some other academic reviews of the evidence and noticed that the conclusion is always the same. There is no legitimate debate about whether vaping is safer than smoking anymore; it just is.
Smokers hoping to crush out their last butt might consider weaning themselves off the habit with temporary help from e-cigarettes.
In a position statement posted to its website, the American Cancer Society says giving up combustible cigarettes is the single most important thing that a smoker can do to improve their health, even if it means using a less harmful form of tobacco product like e-cigarettes to permanently kick the habit.
To regulate vaping products – ATHRA
An Australian study published today highlights the importance of regulating vaping e-liquids in Australia.
The study in the Medical Journal of Australia analysed ten ‘nicotine-free’ e-liquids and found six to be contaminated with trace amounts of nicotine. The nicotine levels averaged <0.1% across the ten samples, with the highest being 0.29% nicotine.
For Parents of Teens Who Vape – Helen Redmond
“Nicotine is “very and uniquely harmful” to the developing brain. It can impair learning and memory for people under 25, “prime the brain” for addiction to other substances and increase the risk they will turn to combustible tobacco just as smoking is at a record low.”
The Surgeon General wasn’t an outlier. He was repeating the talking points of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who previously declared an epidemic of youth vaping and even threatened to pull e-cigarettes off the market entirely if teen vaping doesn’t abate.
Bay City News
A six-hour standoff ended peacefully Saturday afternoon after a suspect who asked police for cigarettes accepted a vape pen instead, police said.
Juan Roman, 40, of Novato, surrendered about 1:30 p.m. and was arrested on suspicion of attempted arson and vandalism, according to Novato police.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – 2019 could bring a new tax hike for New Mexico smokers. State lawmakers are looking to push bills through the Senate that involve raising the taxes on cigarettes.
Sen. Clemente Sanchez (D) District 30, is pushing a bill (SB-166) that would increase the tax on cigarettes and vape juice for e-cigarettes.
“It’s basically increasing the tax on a box of cigarettes from $1.66 to $2.00,” Sen. Sanchez said.
Kevin Crowley, Vaping Links
POLL ~ Trying to quit smoking? ~ FDA: FOIA Response #3 ~ Smoke Shaming Has Gone Too Far ~ Vaping: Let’s Get This Out Of The Way ~ Kimberly and Little Chute ban vaping devices for minors ~ Smoking Kills, Vaping Doesn’t ~ Quit Smoking: Keep Trying ~ Intolerable False Statements by FDA’s Mitch Zeller ~ Dr. Gottlieb: A New Threat ~ Epidemic from Surgeon General is Fraud ~ THR4Life
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
If you think you’d seen it all when it comes to tobacco control junk science, wait till you get a load of this story of everyday charlatans visiting a vaping convention, published last month. Yes, this was actually published.
Assessment of indoor air quality at an electronic cigarette (Vaping) convention
Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes
Academics at The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences make a bold claim in their latest research looking for a progression link from vaping to smoking tobacco. The paper has been slammed for its misleading and erroneous conclusion.
Martin Cullip, The Freedom Association
Yesterday, Theresa May pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. It is a worthy goal, and will be popular since nobody really likes waste, especially if it is entirely unnecessary. And at Freedom to Vape, we have a great suggestion for Mrs May as to how she can save a massive amount of plastic waste in one fell swoop.