Monday’s News at a glance:
Harry’s blog 84: Turf wars in a land down under – Nicotine stimulates receptors to boost memory in older adults -Experts Discuss Ecig Ontology – Vaping In The News March 16th – Gearbest: Not the Best – 11 Million Lies: – Phenomena and Measurement – Purported Links Between Vaping and Heart Attacks – The importance of flavors – Vaping, and the Misguided Morality – As Worldwide Smoking Rates Fall – Liberal access to e-cigs likely to bring benefits – Maha FDA pushes ban on delivery systems – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest
I, along with other colleagues from Knowledge-Action-Change, have just returned from Australia on a trip to showcase the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report and to support our friends in that country battling against monolithic political intransigence fuelled by smears and whispers from ‘public health’ flat earth activists over tobacco harm reduction. I was honoured to speak at two sessions in both the parliaments of Victoria and New South Wales and engaged anybody and everybody prepared to listen, enjoying very welcome support from Melbourne MP Fiona Patten who chaired that session.
To boost memory in older adults
It turns out nicotine patches can do more than just control your nicotine cravings. According to a recent study, nicotine can help improve memory loss in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.
The study looked at individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the stage between normal aging and dementia when others notice that an individual is developing mild memory or thinking problems. Many older adults with MCI go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes
Dr Sharon Cox, Dr Janna Hastings, Dr Caitlin Notley, and Professor Robert West took part in a webinar sponsored by Cancer Research UK (CRUK). They spoke about building an ‘ontology’ for vaping, to help clean up the science and identify research gaps. This was carried out as part of their work for The UK E-Cigarette Research Forum (UKECRF).
The UKECRF is an initiative developed by CRUK, in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS). It brings together policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and the NGO community to discuss the emerging evidence and knowledge gaps about e-cigarettes.
Kevin Crowley, Vaping Links
Meet Scott Gottlieb’s Successor at FDA ~Trump Wants $100M in Fees from the Vape Industry ~ How to attract customers ~ As big tobacco companies support Tobacco 21 proposals, the vaping industry speaks up ~ Instant Popcorn Lung ~ Vaping Parents Attacked ~ Study: Vaping Helped Resolve a Chronic Nasal Infection ~ Why will Big Public Health only fight smoking on their terms? ~ Nicotine 101: The Truth About What It Is and What it Does ~ Voices for Vaping
Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes
Gearbest has been running for five years, selling a wide range of vaping equipment to millions of customers. To mark the sixth year of trading, the company recently rebranded to reflect its values and vision. Unfortunately, this didn’t include protecting personal identification information – including banking data.
Gearbest’s design team met last year to create an “energetic brand message”. The project remit was to create a simpler logo and slogan in order to convey “a modern vision” of the company, all based around the letter “G” to resemble a “classic smile”.
— Gerry (@GerryStimson) March 18, 2019
Local authorities should do more to utilise #vaping, says CRUK & ASH in their latest report on the state of Stop Smoking Services. https://t.co/ikojOmqUmT Happy to report another authority has been in touch with the IBVTA this morning, on how to work with independent #vape shops. pic.twitter.com/oqLOclIm6x
— IBVTA (@TheIBVTA) March 18, 2019
The Tobacco Control Movement is Committing Public Health Malpractice
The Rest of the Story, Michael Siegel
My colleagues and I in the tobacco control movement have based our entire careers on the principle that it is wrong to lie to the public. The bulk of our campaign against Big Tobacco was based on the contention that the cigarette companies lied to the public about the health risks of smoking. Numerous lawsuits were filed against Big Tobacco, seeking damages based on the claim that the companies are responsible because they misrepresented the health effects of their products, thus preventing smokers from making an informed choice.
Carl V. Phillips, Anti-THR Lies
It is a science lesson bonanza this weekend. This morning I did this Twitter thread about the publication bias and the recent new indictment of the health effects of eating eggs. My first science lesson tutorial is also underway at my Patreon page (open access). The present topic is an outgrowth of an exchange I had with one of my patrons, in which I was helping with the interpretation of a critique of a paper.
And Heart Attacks are Based on Crappy Science
The Rest of the Story, Michael Siegel
Another crappy study has come along, this one again using cross-sectional data from the National Health Interview Survey to claim that e-cigarette use is associated with a higher risk of having a heart attack, developing coronary artery disease, and having depression.
This study, being presented tomorrow (Monday) morning at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans, reports that “adults who report puffing e-cigarettes, or vaping, are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, coronary artery disease and depression compared with those who don’t use them or any tobacco products.”
Fail to recognize the importance of flavors – Michael McGrady
Outgoing FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb released his long-awaited framework to curtail e-cigarette use among the nation’s youth. Though well-intentioned, the proposed guidance is not balanced and dismisses the scientific evidence behind flavors helping legacy smokers quit.
Food and Drug Administration (announced the long-anticipated proposed guidance on flavored e-cigarettes and e-juice products earlier this week. Considered the most aggressive policy stance taken by the Trump-era FDA to date, the latest proposal for fighting underage vaping is now open for comment before the agency makes them official.) commissioner Scott Gottlieb
Of ‘What About Our Children?’ – Shaun Tan
“What if?” – This is a question we commonly ask ourselves when we think about our past and any regrets we might have.
In a recent article on ST, first published on NYTimes, author Jeneen Interlandi pondered just that. For her, the main regret was that she picked up smoking when she was just 15, blaming government bodies for not doing enough then to prevent underage smoking, or to make it less accessible for teens.
Knowledge Action Change
Smoking tobacco results in the world’s deadliest preventable diseases, ending the lives of half of all smokers prematurely. By the end of the century, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one billion people will have died from a smoking-related disease.
Globally, smoking rates are decreasing, but in many lower and middle income countries, African nations among them, rates are increasing. WHO data show a steep rise in smoking in many African countries, with many 5-year projected increases at 5% and more.
Likely to bring health benefits
New Zealand’s approach of allowing wide access to e-cigarettes is likely to be bringing overall health gains and cost savings for the health system, researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington have found.
The research modelled the impact of liberalising the sales of vaporised nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes, compared to a situation where the uptake of these products was very low – as in New Zealand in 2011.
Vicky Pathare, Pune Mirror
FDA chief to write to state govt, recommending that vapes, e-cigarettes, e-sheeshas, etc be fully outlawed. The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to ban the sale of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), with FDA chief Pallavi Darade all set to write to the state government recommending a complete ban on e-cigarettes, vapes, e-sheeshas and other similar devices.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
Tuesday saw news from Australia and France on the embarrassing failure of plain packaging since it was introduced, but what about here in the UK? For such a much-vaunted and “urgent” tobacco control policy, there has been very little exultation at its effect here, in fact the silence has been deafening.
Well, maybe it’s because there is nothing much to shout about. According to Convenience Store magazine [from page 33], it’s had no impact whatsoever.
“Children who tried e-cigarettes are 12 times more likely to start smoking tobacco,” is the hard-hitting headline from the Mail Online. But the link is not as robust or clear-cut as this would have you believe.
The story is based on a survey of more than 1,000 young people from across the UK. They were asked about their use of cigarettes and e-cigarettes – commonly referred to as “vaping” – at the start of the study and again after 6 months.
Cancer Research UK funded research does not support the concern that e-cigs are a ‘strong gateway’ into smoking
Paddy Costall, Knowledge Action Change
Keeping up to date with the proceedings of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, in Cape Town recently, I was reminded of the wonderful film, directed by Richard Attenborough – ‘Oh what a Lovely War!’ – which summarises and comments on the events of the First World War using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton’s West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.