Wednesday’s News at a glance:
On World No Tobacco Day, the WHO should promote vaping ~ COULD SNUS BE THE SOLUTION TO AFRICA’S RISING SMOKING RATES? ~ Tobacco 21 Is Unstoppable, but U-Turns Are Unacceptable ~ TV doctor’s orders are that e-cigarettes are good ~ Methemoglobinemia ~ Rethinking tobacco and nicotine – a Twitter chat ~Vaping in Public Places ~ POLL: US consumers want government to keep hands off the tech sector and embrace vaping ~ The Year Is 2020, and the US Has Banned Vapes. What Happens Now? ~ Maryland raises legal tobacco purchasing age to 21 ~ Bill to raise age limit for tobacco misses the mark ~ City snuffs use of vape pens and e-cigs where (real) smoking already banned ~Diesel is bad for your health ~ Las Vegas students create anti-vaping de vice named VapeMate ~
Ivo Vegter, Daily Maverick
The World Health Organisation has adopted a hardline authoritarian stance on tobacco that threatens to do more harm than good. It should promote vaping, instead of recommending prohibiting or restricting its sales.
World No Tobacco Day is on 31 May 2019. On the surface, it seems hard to quibble with the World Health Organisation (WHO) when it warns that tobacco smoke is harmful to the lungs, and to health in general. It certainly is, though I’m not convinced we need a special day to remind us of that.
However, in recommending strict regulations for vapes, also known as e-cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems, the WHO is going beyond its mandate and against the evidence.
Joseph Magero, Medium
You’ll be surprised to know that Sweden is the only country to have reached the WHO F.C.T.C goal of reducing cigarette smoking to less than 20% of the adult population. Sweden has one of the most effective anti-smoking policies in Europe, measured by the significant reduction of the numbers of smokers. Snus has played an important role in achieving this goal, since 54% of the snus consumers are ex-smokers.
Brad Rodu, Inside Sources
Walmart added momentum to the Tobacco 21 movement by announcing recently that it would raise the minimum age for tobacco sales in July. So far this year the number of T-21 states has doubled to 12, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for congressional action to implement the policy across the United States.
However, everyone is not in favor of curbing underage access — sort of.
New Nicotine Alliance
Thursday saw the staging of the second UK Vaping Industry Association Annual Forum and the NNA was invited to participate. The keynote speaker was TV’s Dr Christian Jessen, an outspoken supporter of e-cigarettes as an innovative solution for smokers who wish to switch away from tobacco.
He delivered a highly amusing and thought-provoking speech on the “mistrust of science” in many policy areas, and how vaping suffers from the same interferences from people whose intentions are far from altruistic.
Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
Doctors Patrick Twohig, Jaclyn Rivington and William Cook have written about a patient who presented at Case Western Reserve University’s MetroHealth Medical Centre in Cleveland. Writing in The American Journal of Medicine, they present “A novel case of methemoglobinemia” to the on-going debate about vaping.
How is this infographic from CTFK NOT promoting vaping for teens? Looks pretty clear which option is safer. It’s like they just don’t think this stuff through.@TobaccoFreeKids @truthinitiative @ParentsvsVape @FDATobacco @CDCTobaccoFree @NIDAnews @BloombergDotOrg pic.twitter.com/RirZ3jcoFE
— Charles A. Gardner, PhD (@ChaunceyGardner) May 14, 2019
Clive Bates, The Counterfactual
I’ve just taken part in a Twitter chat on tobacco harm reduction with an Africa focus. The chat was organised by the Campaign for Safer Alternatives (@GoingSmokefree) with hashtag #SaferAlternatives. I thought it would be good to preserve it in one place and invite more comments and questions. You can access the tweets from here to comment, and please use the hashtag and tag me if you would like a response. Disagreement and debate welcome! Trolls, not so much.
Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
Among the industry-related discussions at UKVIA Forum 2019, one debate focussed on a subject of interest to many vapers – the freedom of where you can vape. Andy Tighe represented the views of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), Andrew Allison spoke on behalf of The Freedom Association and Martin Cullip wore his New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) hat. Mark Pawsey MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vaping, marshalled the proceedings.
Nathaniel Weixel, The Hill
The legal age to buy tobacco and nicotine products in Maryland will be raised from 18 to 21, and the state will add vaping devices to the list of tobacco products, under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Larry Hogan (R).
Ramesh Ponnuru, AEI
If 18-year-olds are old enough to fight in a war for our country, why aren’t they old enough to drink alcohol legally? It’s a question that has been asked, mostly by 18-year-olds, for decades. To my mind, it has never received a wholly satisfactory answer. But keeping bartenders from serving teenagers legally at least kept third parties safer from drunk driving.
Oxford Eagle Staff, Magnolia State Live
Soon the use of vape pens or electronic cigarettes will be prohibited in establishments around Oxford. During their meeting on Tuesday, the city’s Board of Aldermen voted to add those devices to the city’s smoking ban ordinance.
I was in visiting Herself in hospital yesterday.
In walked Nurse Diesel, as always pushing her thingumyjig on wheels. You know the yoke? It’s a sort of pole with a load of little diagnostic gizmos on top with cables and tubes hanging off it. Nurses plug patients into it and it gives readouts on blood pressure, pulse, temperature and all that stuff. It’s simple enough but it looks important.
Alicia Pattillo, KTNV Las Vegas
Vaping or e-cigarettes are battery powered smoking devices that are usually pumped with a liquid containing flavored nicotine.
It’s highly addictive and popular among young kids. This team has a personal connection to the issue and they felt this was the opportunity to create change.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
You know, if truth was personified, strolled up to ASH HQ and introduced itself to the rancid tax-spongers with its business card, they would still have trouble recognising it. They simply don’t do honesty.
Today, the odious, illiberal, disingenuous coven of troughing sock puppets have yet again been twisting language to claim credit for declining smoking rates which should, properly, be attributed to e-cigs.
The Trump Administration’s pick to head the United States Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, has been confirmed to the position of FDA Commissioner.
Vaping Post is reporting that Gottlieb, who has had detractors and supporters on both sides of the aisle, was confirmed on Tuesday by the Senate and is expected to take up the post as soon as possible.