Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Health effects in COPD smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes: a retrospective-prospective 3-year follow-up ~ Popcorn lung claims resurface – and can vaping cause breast cancer? ~ The Price of Misinformation ~ Can easier access to e-cigarettes boost health? ~ Smoke-Free Research | Youth Vaping Crisis; Fear or Fact? ~ C-Stores | Who’s to Blame for Youth Vaping? ~ Global Affliction | Intransigence in the Hierarchy of Public Health ~ San Francisco Considering Banning Electronic Cigarettes, But Letting Deadly Real Cigarettes Stay on the Shelves ~ ‘Modern-day prohibition’? San Francisco looks to ban e-cigarette sales until FDA review ~ Altria shares fall after FDA’s Gottlieb describes ‘difficult’ meeting on Juul ~ Regulating vapors ~ Delhi high court stays ban on e-cigarettes ~ Delhi High Court stays ban on sale of e-cigarettes and vapes ~ Stoking The Fire ~ Vaping now regulated in Quezon City ~ Opinion: E-cigarette resolution attempts to control students freedom of choice
Reviewed work: Health effects in COPD smokers who switch to electronic cigarettes: a retrospective-prospective 3-year follow-up
Carrie Wade, Chelsea Boyd, RStreet
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a group of inflammatory lung diseases that causes diminished lung function and results in difficulty breathing. There is no cure; the progression of the disease can only be slowed and the symptoms improved. In developed countries, the primary cause of COPD is smoking and patients are therefore advised to quit in order to slow the disease process. COPD significantly decreases life span and quality of life, which taken together, account for 30.2 million years lost due to early death or disability worldwide.
Fergus Mason, Vaping Post
A US politician’s attempts to scaremonger about vaping went spectacularly wrong last week, when a state senator made a series of transparently silly claims about “popcorn lung” and was immediately blasted by harm reduction advocates. Meanwhile the FDA looks set to drive most e-liquid flavours off the market with a series of new restrictions. Any e-liquid that doesn’t taste like a cigarette will be facing tough new point of sale laws as well as a shortened deadline to submit expensive approval paperwork. Two new studies are also provoking opposition; one says vapers are more likely to suffer heart attacks, while a leading doctor claims e-cigs cause breast cancer.
Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
Five hundred and eighty three people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week, a toll exacted across the United Kingdom, and yet half of all the country’s smokers would not try swapping from tobacco to vaping. A paper in the International Journal of Environmental Research (IJER) says “public health institutions must develop truth telling relationships with the communities they serve”.
Easier access to electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is highly likely to lead to health gains and cost savings in the health sector, researchers from Australia and New Zealand find.
The research modeled what would happen if the number of people in New Zealand who vape increased due to greater access to nicotine-containing e-cigarettes compared to current patterns of use. Researchers say the results are applicable to Australia.
Three from Brent Stafford, Regulator Watch:
There’s little doubt there is a crisis over youth vaping in Canada. What remains to be seen is whether that crisis is over a measurable increase in youth use, or whether it’s a crisis engineered for leverage in tobacco control’s quest to bring the vaping industry to heel.
Some prominent researchers say it could be the latter.
In this special series snippet join the conversation with Dr. Brad Rodu Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville, Kentucky and 25-year veteran tobacco harm reduction researcher.
It’s the question everybody is asking: Who’s to blame for the reported epidemic of youth vaping?
Is it the manufacturers of popular closed-system vaping products such as Vype and Juul? Or are retailers to blame, such as the shops specializing in vapour products or the ubiquitous convenience store at the neighborhood corner?
In this special series snippet hear from Dave Bryans the CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association and learn why he things C-Stores should get a “pat on the back”.
Are die-hard tobacco controllers driven by ideology rather than a desire to improve public health? It’s become a legitimate question as harm reduction advocates report that the epidemic of fear over youth vaping—including breathless claims regarding the dangers of nicotine—have metastasized the world over.
In this LIVE streamed episode of RegWatch hear Paddy Costall from the Global Forum on Nicotine track the contagion as it hops from the U.S. to Canada and all the way to the lands down under.
Marlboro cigarettes are sold all over San Francisco and SF has no plans to halt their sale despite FDA never clearing cigarettes. https://t.co/FWKmjp7UjG
— Gregory Conley (@GregTHR) March 20, 2019
San Francisco Considering Banning Electronic Cigarettes, But Letting Deadly Real Cigarettes Stay on the Shelves
Michael Siegel , The Rest of the Story
Yesterday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor Shamann Walton announced that they are introducing an ordinance to the Board of Supervisors that would ban all electronic cigarettes until they are officially reviewed and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Since there is not a single e-cigarette on the market that has undergone such an approval process, the ordinance does indeed ban the sale of all electronic cigarettes in the city of San Francisco.
Seeking to curb teen vaping, San Francisco officials on Tuesday introduced legislation to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes until the federal government regulates them.
The measure, if approved, would be the first of its kind nationally, preventing people from buying e-cigarettes online or at stores in the largest city in northern California, pending the Food and Drug Administration’s evaluation of their impact on public health.
Such a restriction would build on the city’s aggressive vaping regulations. Voters in 2018 upheld the city’s first-in-the-nation outright ban on the sale of flavored tobacco and flavored vaping liquids.
Analysis/Opinion, Washington Times
Mr. Gottlieb makes several assumptions in pushing for these new regulations. He assumes that flavored products are preferred by young vapers and ignored by adults; that adult smokers will migrate from the convenience stores where they buy cigarettes to dedicated vapor shops; that vapor shops would do a better job of restricting youth purchases than convenience stores and gasoline stations. These assumptions are not proven.
TNN, The Times of India
HC granted interim relief to e-cigarette vendors and stayed till May 17 the decision of Director General Health Services that works under the central drug administrator.
, Hindustan Times
Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Sandeep Sethi contended that vaping device is not akin to a cigarette and has been internationally recognised as a healthier alternative to traditional tobacco smoking.
Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
“Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes, hookahs or vape pens, continue to raise safety concerns in the United States as they become ever more popular,” writes Jakeira Gilbert of Florida A&M University’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. What follows is a collection of lies and misinformation.
MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City has passed an ordinance regulating the use of e-cigarettes or vaping in public spaces, the city information office announced on Wednesday, March 20.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista signed City Ordinance 2737-2018, which aims to protect “the health and welfare of residents of Quezon City” while still allowing e-cigarette users to smoke.
Tommy Drorbaugh, The Arbiter
A resolution passed through ASBSU banning E-Cigarettes and tobacco products on campus on November 18, 2018. This isn’t the first time Boise State has attempted to ban tobacco on campus. ASBSU member, Makaela Bournazian, explained to an Arbiter reporter the reason for passing this policy is “a comprehensive tobacco and e-cigarette policy in order to promote and a healthy and safe environment for all.” But is student health really the intention behind this policy? Or is it to control a choice seen unfit in today’s society?