Wednesday’s News at a glance:
India needs regulatory reforms to win the fight against tobacco ~ DHHS Secretary’s Statement on “E-Cigarette-Related” Respiratory Illnesses is Irresponsible; Does Not Even Mention E-Cannabis ~ Tobacco Control & Moralization ~ New Nicotine Alliance AU ~ Did a Teen in Colorado Fall Gravely Ill From Vaping? ~ Michigan Governor’s Illegal Backdoor Vaping Flavor Ban Will Be Challenged ~ UAE Welcomes The World ~ Chapman Demonstrates His Expertise ~ Cheeky End To Advertising ~ ICYMI: Health Canada releases a trove of research reports on vaping and smoking ~ Vaping debate: Use of e-cigarettes under investigation in US as Australia lobbies for law changes ~ Keys to end smoking in Asia (and beyond): innovation and harm reduction ~ Seoul Declaration asks Philippines for fair regulation of nicotine products
Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, HeathWorld
An estimated 12% of the world’s cigarette smokers live in India. Every year, India loses nearly 1.35 million people to smoking and spends 1.16% of its GDP in fighting the tobacco menace. India’s tobacco crisis is exceptionally unique with the prevalence of a complex, ‘rainbow’ landscape. Not only smoking, but a large section of population also indulges in chewing tobacco in the form of smokeless tobacco (SLT) such as khaini, zarda, gutkha, etc. For over 270 million tobacco users in India, there has to be a viable alternative that helps them switch from tobacco dependence to harm-reducing choices such as ENDS i.e., Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems.
DHHS Secretary’s Statement on “E-Cigarette-Related” Respiratory Illnesses is Irresponsible; Does Not Even Mention E-Cannabis
Michael Siegel , The Rest of the Story
Last Friday, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a statement on the recent upsurge in reported cases of respiratory illnesses that have occurred among more than 200 youth and young adults, all of whom reported “vaping.”
Joseph Magero, Medium
Thanks to tobacco control, cigarette smoking is now a moralized behavior in the African culture, with smokers being judged as immoral people. Moralization refers to the gradual cultural and personal process by which objects or activities move from being morally neutral to morally contemptuous.
New Nicotine Alliance Australia
Sept 2nd 2019: The NNA AU is closing at the end of the month, and I will be moving much of the websites content over to The Vapers Table. https://www.thevaperstable.com
This will be the new home for consumer-based THR advocacy in Australia, however, a completely new entity may also be required.
Truth Or Fiction
In the post, Johnson claimed that two weeks previously, her daughter became ill during a journey to college in Colorado and reported difficulty breathing. At some point during the journey, she was taken to an urgent care clinic. According to Johnson, she believed it “would be a quick visit,” and that she possibly had bronchitis “and she’d be fixed up quick and moving into her dorm the next day.”
American Vaping Association
LANSING, MI — Today, the American Vaping Association, a nonprofit that advocates for sensible regulation of vaping products, reacted to press reports that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer plans to announce an emergency declaration in order to attempt to enact a flavor ban on all vaping products at a press conference to be held this morning. The ban is set to take effect immediately with only a 30-day sell-through period for retailers to sell off product.
My home state has lost its mind and banned "flavors."
…A policy that won't achieve its intended goal (to reduce under-age vaping), but IS very likely to increase adult smoking (which actually kills people). https://t.co/bzYYM3SLTI
— Charles A. Gardner, PhD (@ChaunceyGardner) September 4, 2019
Presented today #ESCCongress #ESC2019. No association between daily e-cigarette use and myocardial infarction in 2 US population studies: NHIS 2016 and 2017 (pooled) and BRFSS 2017. Strong association between smoking (daily, some days and former) and myocardial infarction. pic.twitter.com/Vw4GJutcdM
— K. Farsalinos (@FarsalinosK) September 2, 2019
THREE from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
Organisers of The World Vape Show say that experts believe more than 64 million people will switch from smoking to vaping over the next three years. The global market is set to be worth more than £43 billion by 2024 and they aim to have the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the centre of it.
Colin Mendelsohn gave a clear and logical summary of the lung disease outbreak in the United States on ABC Australia’s “Afternoons with Sonya Feldhoff”. Immediately afterwards, Feldhoff spoke at length to the bumbling anti-vape campaigner Simon Chapman. Titled Vaping safe and effective? The fact and the fiction’, Chapman provided all of the latter.
Alt has launched possibly the last significant marketing campaign for vaping in New Zealand; the largest Kiwi-owned vaping company is both unapologetic and frustrated. The campaign will include posters and televisions commercials as the Government is about to introduce legislation to regulate vaping.
Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada
Finished with trashy beach novels? Looking for something more gritty to read? Canada’s National Library has just the antidote to those light reading blues — a stack of consumer research reports on Canadians’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours related to tobacco/nicotine.
, News.com AU
It’s been hailed as a safer alternative to help people quit smoking but alarming cases of serious complications caused by vaping has sparked concern over its use.
Young people have made headlines around the world in recent weeks sharing their shocking reactions to vape use, with at least one death reported in the US.
In the UK an 18-year-old student told of how vaping nearly killed him after his lung collapsed and he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.
Grzegorz Król, Nicotine Science and Policy
Last week was hot in Seoul. Not just with the outdoor temperatures exceeding 30oC, but also with clear voices of over 100 experts from 18 countries gathered at the 3rd Asia Harm Reduction Forum (AHRF), calling to use the opportunity we have to save 20,000 people dying each day from smoking.
Asia-Pacific is home to the largest population of smokers in the world, and at the same time it is home to many innovative enterprises. According to one of the keynote speakers, Professor David Sweanor from Canada, these two features give the region a huge potential to introduce changes that will make real impact, and may become epicentres of global change.
Metro Manila, Metro News Central
Public health experts and consumer groups from Asia-Pacific have called on the Philippine government to impose risk-proportionate regulation on safer nicotine products such as electronic cigarettes, heat-not-burn (HNB) tobacco, and Swedish snus to encourage Filipinos to switch from smoking cigarettes.
“We call on the government of the Philippines to allow its citizens to have access to safer alternatives to cigarettes through risk-proportionate regulation of safer nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn tobacco and snus,” the Seoul Declaration which was signed by experts and consumer groups on August 29, 2019 stated.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
Over the last week the behaviour of anti-vaping extremists has gone from bizarre to demented to ridiculous. It looks like they’re failing the “scream test” they’re so keen to apply to their enemies.
Some tobacco control activists like to talk about the “scream test”. If the tobacco industry complains about a new proposal, they say, that must mean the proposal is going to end smoking tomorrow and save lots and lots of children….
Pretends to have made a breakthrough discovery about e-cigarettes – Dr Farsalinos
Nothing surprises me anymore in the field of e-cigarette research, debate and media campaigns which predominantly misinform and distort the truth. This time, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has made headline announcements about tests they performed on e-cigarettes, finding the “cancer-causing chemicals” formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. The story has been presented as a new shocking and breakthrough discovery about how bad e-cigarettes are…