Wednesday’s News at a glance:
The truth is out there – but not for you ~ Adults who vape are more likely to quit cigarettes, study finds ~ Reviewed Work: “Influence of Electronic Cigarette Characteristics on Susceptibility, Perceptions, and Abuse Liability Indices among Combustible Tobacco Cigarette Smokers and Non-Smokers.” ~ Barstool Sports gets an explanation ~ Deborah Arnott rewrites history – the cheek of it!! ~ Simon Clark and Deborah Arnott discuss alternatives to smoking, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 15/07/19 ~ Decoding the medical evidence in the debate on e-cigarettes ~ Based Solely on Quotes from Anti-Tobacco Groups, Big Tobacco Tells America’s 3 Million Nonsmoking Vapers They Would Be Healthier Going Back to Smoking ~ Are These the Last Vape Shops in San Francisco?
Harry Shapiro, Nicotine Science and Policy
The first statement of the Hippocratic Oath to which all doctors are supposed to adhere to is ‘do no harm’. But to the best of my knowledge, no such undertaking is required of scientists whose findings are often translated into public policy and legislation which in turn affects millions of lives. This is wrong; scientists should be held to account more than just by having peer-reviewed papers argued over which, as the name suggests, only peers are likely to see.
Adult smokers who vape are more likely to quit using cigarettes, according to a study released Monday. But e-cigarettes also increase the risk of relapse in some former smokers, the researchers found.
“This study is the first to point out that even if smokers may succeed in stopping smoking with the aid of electronic cigarettes, they still need to be monitored by doctors and health professionals to prevent a relapse in the long term,” said Ramchandar Gomajee, the paper’s lead author and a researcher at France’s Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Reviewed Work: “Influence of Electronic Cigarette Characteristics on Susceptibility, Perceptions, and Abuse Liability Indices among Combustible Tobacco Cigarette Smokers and Non-Smokers.”
Carrie Wade, RStreet
Although e-cigarettes are currently available on the market, for a variety of reasons, such as a lack of application guidance and unclear deadlines, no e-cigarette has yet been formally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. When the FDA does start the process of application review, they will be required to consider whether the product in question is “appropriate for the protection of public health.
Under any other circumstances this would be a #scandal.
“. . .the ban wouldn’t be bad for business because the money currently being spent on #vaping products would still be spent in the city on other #nicotine products, such as conventional #cigarettes.” https://t.co/Ng420vmuaB
— Alex Clark (@Hello_Alex) July 15, 2019
Matthew Elliot, Barstool Sports
Simon Clark, Talking Liberties
BBC Cambridgeshire yesterday asked, ‘Do you think the government can get everyone to quit smoking in ten years’ time?’
Presenter Chris Mann began his mid morning programme by interviewing Mark Macgregor of Philip Morris UK.
The company yesterday launched an online app that allows you to find out the prevalence of smokers in every constituency in the country. It’s simple to use and quite smart, actually.
Dr. Rajesh Chawla, ET Health World
It is an established fact that tobacco use, primarily cigarette smoking, is the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality. Smoking causes approximately 84% of deaths from lung cancer and 83% of deaths from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in the world, as per the UK’s National Health Service. In India, too, the tobacco epidemic is rapidly increasing and nearly 28.6% of all Indians are tobacco users.
Based Solely on Quotes from Anti-Tobacco Groups, Big Tobacco Tells America’s 3 Million Nonsmoking Vapers They Would Be Healthier Going Back to Smoking
Michael Siegel, The Rest of the Story
The tobacco industry is taking advantage of a rare and unprecedented marketing opportunity being offered to it by none other than the anti-tobacco movement. Based solely on statements made by tobacco control organizations, Big Tobacco (@BigTobaccoUS) is urging America’s 12 million vapers (3 million of whom do not use cigarettes at all) to return exclusively to smoking in order to protect their health.
Cleverly, Big Tobacco is not making any statements of its own. It is simply relying on statements already made by anti-tobacco groups.
Sarah Holder, CityLab
At first, Christopher Chin liked the name “Gone With The Smoke” because it wasn’t too on-the-nose. All the other vape shops were using some variation of “X, Y, Z Vapor”—Tasty Vapor, Happy Vapor, Alpha Vapor, the Vapor Cave. You wouldn’t forget a store that sells e-cigarettes with a name like Gone With The Smoke, Chin figured. And so far, customers haven’t. “It’s like Cheers,” Chin tells me: When regulars come in, he knows their smoking habits, marital status, and what’s up at work.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
I have consistently said on these pages – since around 2010 – that e-cigs have the potential to show up the cant and oleaginous hypocrisy of the tobacco control industry. There have been numerous examples of this over the years but a spectacular episode this week in Australia has left all others in the shade.
As Snowdon has remarked, so exasperated are Australia’s tobacco control extremists at the relentless advance of vaping, that they have now taken to slandering ordinary vapers and implying they are – every single of them – nothing but shills for the tobacco industry.
Nicotine vaporizer companies have a bit of a conundrum. While, legally, they can’t market themselves as smoking cessation devices, most vapers are current or former cigarette smokers. In fact, the CDC says that fewer than 4 percent people who had never tried traditional cigarettes have ever tried using a vaporizer.