Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Climbing Mountains: The Global Forum on Nicotine 2019 ~ GFN – NNA Flavour Warning ~ Vape Advocates Say It’s Time To Talk About Nicotine ~ Innco GFN19 Panel 1 ~ Why it’s risky to call e-cigarettes unsafe ~ Governments made more money from smoking than the companies they’re suing for damages ~ Foundation Spending Questioned ~ Dutch Researchers Want Some Juices Banned ~ Vaping: What Have Flavors Got to Do With It? ~ NGO vs. FDA | Inside the Legal Battle that Could Shut Down Vaping ~ Smokers: Step Away From the Fire With These Safer Cigarette Substitutes ~ San Francisco Board of Supervisors Poised to Deliver Huge Gift to Philip Morris ~ In Britain young people vape just to give it a try, not because they think it’s “cool”
James Dunworth, Ashtray Blog
Something about getting off a plane makes me wants to vape. There is a certain pleasure in taking a moment to settle after the hustle and bustle of the airport, but the more obvious reason is that I wanted some nicotine. I stood outside with a handful of smokers, vaping for ten minutes or so and becoming acutely aware that I was not dressed for the Warsaw summer weather, which was about as hot as a busy kitchen operating out of the depths of hell.
Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) held an expert-laden press briefing at the Global Forum for Nicotine to warn that removing e-liquid flavours from sale threatens the proven success of e-cigarettes to help adult smokers switch. The organisation contends that flavours have been instrumental in vaping’s success as a smoking cessation method, demonising flavours is a threat to global public health, and that experts agree flavours are key to tempting smokers to try safer products.
Neil Humber, EcigClick
Last week saw the great and the good from the world of vaping and health meet up for the GFN 2019 held in Warsaw Poland, and e-liquid flavours were very much on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
The Global Forum on Nicotine is into its 6th year and growing at a rapid pace. This year saw 650 delegates from across the world meeting up under the strapline:
It’s Time To Talk About Nicotine.
Faye Flam, The Japan Times
Sure, it would be better if no one smoked any nicotine products. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s repetition of that message blurs important distinctions.
Whether they’re warning us about the risks of fat, salt, alcohol or electronic cigarettes, public health authorities tend to mislead — with the best of intentions! — by presenting a black-or-white oversimplification. They equate big risks, small risks and hypothetical risks under one umbrella as “unsafe.”
Terence Corcoran, Financial Post
Over the past 20 years, governments in Canada have been waging legal battle with the tobacco industry. The objective, officially, has been to extract billions of dollars from the cigarette companies in compensation for the health damage caused by their products.
Trials are pending across the country. Each province has separately taken the industry to court, collectively claiming $120 billion in compensation.
You’re absolutely welcome to come into our space here in Cannes if you’d like. Just DM me and I can put you on the guest list. The food is great and the conversation is even better.#ItsTime
— Dr. Moira Gilchrist (@DrGilchrist) June 19, 2019
Two more from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (FSFW) received a massive $1 billion donation from Philip Morris International (PMI) to set itself up and carry out work related to tobacco harm reduction. Opponents see nothing but Big Tobacco and don’t look any further. A letter has been published in The Lancet, repeating lazy slurs and engaging flawed thinking. Isn’t it time “for a new conversation”?
Researchers at The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands looked at ‘The Health Risks of Electronic Cigarette Use to Bystanders’. Wouter Visser, Walther Klerx , Hans Cremers, Ramon Ramlal, Paul Schwillens and Reinskje Talhout believe their work should lead to the banning of some types of e-liquids.
Lee Johnson, E-cigarette Reviewed
E-liquid flavors are coming under a lot of scrutiny recently, especially in the US, where the wide range of options available to consumers is discussed as if it’s a trap designed to lure youth into nicotine addiction. But this view ignores the fact that the vast majority of vapers are smokers looking to reduce the harm of their nicotine use, and that flavors are a crucial factor in the appeal of vaping to adults. At the Global Forum on Nicotine in Warsaw last weekend, the UK-based charity the New Nicotine Alliance warned that banning flavors could be detrimental to public health.
Brent Stafford, Regulator Watch
In a bewildering turn of events the U.S. vaping industry is facing a mortal threat, resulting from a lost court case, in a legal battle it was not even a party to.
A group of public health NGO’s sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration challenging the regulator’s authority to extend certain compliance deadlines governing premarket tobacco applications that must be submitted, in order for vaping products to stay on the market. FDA lost the court case, but the biggest loser could be the U.S. vaping industry.
Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth
Most cigarette smokers “say” they want to quit, but that is terribly misleading. Most smokers answer yes to the quitting question because they know it’s the desired response. In reality, the vast majority of smokers don’t quit in any given year. All of them would welcome a healthier lifestyle, but they are unable or unwilling to abandon the immediate benefits of tobacco and nicotine, especially smoking.
If you smoke, here’s your guide to vastly safer substitutes that provide nicotine and tobacco satisfaction.
Michael Siegel , The Rest Of The Story
Philip Morris – the nation’s largest cigarette manufacturer – is about to land a huge legislative gift from the most unlikely of sources: the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
Earlier today, the Board approved an ordinance that will ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the city, including both brick-and-mortar and online sales. Before it becomes law, the ordinance is subject to a final vote, which is expected to take place next week.
Action on Smoking and Health, ASH
New research published today by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) shows vaping remains uncommon among young people, and young people vape mainly just to give it a try (52%) not because they think it looks cool (1%). The findings come from an annual YouGov survey, commissioned by ASH, which examines youth use of e-cigarettes in England, Wales and Scotland (Great Britain). 
A similar proportion of 11-18 year olds have tried vaping to last year (15.4% in 2019 compared to 16% in 2018) but slightly more are current vapers (4.9% in 2019 compared to 3.4% in 2018). However, the increase is only in occasional vapers (less than once a week), while the proportion vaping regularly (once a week or more) is down slightly and only 0.6% vape daily compared to 0.9% in 2018.