Vapers Digest 15th Feb

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

#Smokefreeradio: Dimitris Agrafiotis -“State Associations” & Dr Farsalinos ~ Why Vaping is Safer in the UK than in the US ~ It’s not taxing ~ INNCO~ DNA methylation in e-cigarette users. ~ What Is ‘The Best Nicotine Delivery Device in the World’? ~ Complicated Models Can’t Alter the Data – Part 2: Youth Smoking Is Way Down ~Striking Balance, Health Canada On Vaping,  Part 1 ~Vaping Will Be On Par With Tobacco Use, If Bill Becomes Law ~Vape Tales from America

#Smokefreeradio: “State Associations”

Dimitris Agrafiotis: “State Associations” & Dr Farsalinos

In this episode, Dimitris Continuing with our state legislation alert, Jake Butcher joins us and takes your questions live on organizing and defeating bad legislation.
* Provape, closed or retired?
* Dimi’s Pet Peeve of the week more with Phil Busardo and Dr. Farsalinos

Why Vaping is Safer in the UK than in the US

Gary Wood / LinkedIn

With so many conflicting messages it appears vaping is safer in the UK than in the US but why? Millions of people are now vaping either in place of smoking entirely or as a transition while smokers attempt to finally break the habit. Between the US and UK there are an estimated 12 million vapers as smoking among all age groups continues to decline, reaching historic lows.


It’s not taxing

Vapers In Power

Respond to this consultation, it’s important. The wrong decision will shut shops and deter new ecig users.

The European Union wants to tax ecigs. As they have to – to pretend they are democratic somehow – they have a consultation on their suggestion, closing date 16th Feb. Replying to this consultation is about the best thing you can do for ecigs right now – and I’ve tried to make it simple!

DNA methylation in e-cigarette users.

University Of Bristol Study

E-cigarettes are a hotly debated topic in public health, and the media. Although little evidence currently exists on their long-term effects, their lack of tar and very low levels of other harmful substances suggests they are considerably less harmful than cigarettes. While it will take years before we can fully estimate the impact of e-cigarette use on cancer risk, we can investigate whether use is associated with any cancer biomarkers such as DNA methylation.

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What Is ‘The Best Nicotine Delivery Device in the World’?

Dick Puddlecoat

If you weren’t already aware, there is an event at the IEA on Wednesday 22nd February which will attempt to answer that question via the medium of an entertaining balloon debate. The evening will also feature a short presentation on ‘The Pleasure of Smoking: The Views of Confirmed Smokers’ by Dr Neil McKeganey, director of the Centre for Substance Use Research, which I wrote about over the Christmas period.

Complicated Models Can’t Alter the Data – Part 2: Youth Smoking Is Way Down

Brad Rodu / Tobacco Truth

As reported here last week, University of California San Francisco researchers Lauren Dutra and Stanton Glantz tortured data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) to support a purported “lack of a demonstrable acceleration in the long-term rate of decline” in youth smoking after 2009.  This was despite the fact the survey data showed that smoking among high school students declined from almost 16% in 2011 to 9% in 2014 – a reduction of 43% in just three years (here).



Short-term effects on lung functions of nicotine- and flavoring-free e-vapor

Jérôme Harlay / Vaping Post

A research team of the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute at the Université Laval designed a study to investigate the impact of a 1 hour acute vaping session on the pulmonary functions and respiratory mechanics. The originality of their study was to focus on healthy and asthmatic individuals and to use nicotine-free and flavour-free e-liquid.

Striking Balance | Health Canada On Vaping | Part 1

Brent Stafford / Regulator Watch

When you want answers the best person to ask is always the one in charge. For vaping in Canada that person is Suzy McDonald, the Director General of the Tobacco Control Directorate‎ at Health Canada.

At this critical moment for vaping, on the cusp of federal regulation, what are the driving priorities at Health Canada on the vaping file? What are the deliberations around flavours, nicotine and the evolving science of vaping? And, what does ‘legal’ truly mean for vapers in Canada?

Find out in part one of this exclusive two-part series—the first television interview granted by the top policy-maker—only on


Vaping Will Be On Par With Tobacco Use, If Bill Becomes Law

Paul Fontaine / The REYKJAVIK Grapevine

he use of e-cigarettes, or “vaping”, will be the same as smoking tobacco in the eyes of the law, if a bill from the Minister of Health is passed.

As it stands now, there is no legislation in Iceland regarding where one may vape, nor are there any regulations regarding e-liquid, the active substance that is inhaled by those who vape. RÚV reports that a new bill from Minister of Health Óttarr Proppé intends to change that.

Vape Tales from America

Mawsley / Planet Of The Vapes

In addition to appeals to Donald Trump being made on behalf of the vaping community, and ridiculous studies denying the existence of a health dividend, what is happening in the United States? The answer is more bogus research, bans on beaches, and vape-related violence.

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