In the News 10th Feb
Tuesdays News at a glance:
How to make friends, and influence people … Memo to the CDC: Tell the WHOLE Truth About E-Cigarettes … #Vaping 2015 – The year of the Advocate? … Our sector needs tidying up; it does not need destroying … Challenging the Tobacco Products Directive … The FDA buries evidence of fraud in medical trials … Anti-Smoking Groups Doing More Harm than Good on E-Cigarettes … Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Tue, 10 February 2015
Red Head letting off steam:
Shaming seems to be one of the 21st Century’s buzzwords. Fat-shaming, slut-shaming, anything you don’t like-shaming, it’s just cool to shame people it would appear. So much so that in Australia the highly lucrative tobacco control industry, aided and abetted by Cancer Council Western Australia, have caught onto the art of shaming. Naturally, in the manner of playground bullies everywhere, they have selected a tiny minority as their victim…..
The contrast between the spin put on youth e-cigarette use data last Fall and the story told by the actual data, released last month, is startling but not surprising, given the U.S. government’s over-zealous tobacco prohibition posture.
E-cigarette use increased, as did dual use, but in no way does the data suggest that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking among teens…..
Dave Dorn, NNA associate, VTTV team member and vaper extraordinaire to give his views on vaping and consumer advocacy:
Recently, VTTV ran an anniversary show. Four years from their first broadcast, Dave Kitson featured clips from the first two shows. What struck me, almost more than anything else, was that over 85% of the live audience for the anniversary show were smokers when the original broadcasts went out.
Indeed, the bulk of the live viewers had much less than two years experience of vaping….
Fraser Cropper, CEO of Totally Wicked explains why TW are taking the EU to court.
The electronic cigarette, personal vapouriser, call them what you will, is in my humble opinion a product group that has the potential to be a global catalyser of positive change that is deserving of Nobel appreciation.
However, we may never see its true potential due to the campaign of misinformation and craven capitulative regulation that is attempting to cripple the nascent begins of the vaping phenomenon…
Christopher Snowdon on TWs TPD Challenge:
I use a pretty standard second generation e-cigarette which will banned for various reasons, all of them stupid. It has a tank capacity of more than 2 ml. It’s refillable. The bottles of fluid I buy are larger than 10 ml. I vape a fairly obscure fluid which will be almost certainly taken off the market because it won’t make financial sense to keep it on. I tend to vape 20mg/ml of nicotine, which puts me at the very limit of what will be permissable, but it won’t be enough for many people…..
In one of the most ironic twists in my 30-year career in tobacco control, the anti-smoking movement is doing more to harm the public’s health than to protect it with respect to its position and actions on electronic cigarettes. What started as an exponentially increasing trend of dramatically rising quit attempts, successful quitting, and substantial cutting down due to e-cigarettes has now plateaued and may even be starting to decline, thanks to the inane actions of anti-smoking groups, which have successfully scared the public about e-cigarettes, so much so that they have convinced huge numbers of smokers that vaping is just as hazardous as smoking….
That misconduct happens isn’t shocking. What is: When the FDA finds scientific fraud or misconduct, the agency doesn’t notify the public, the medical establishment, or even the scientific community that the results of a medical experiment are not to be trusted. On the contrary. For more than a decade, the FDA has shown a pattern of burying the details of misconduct. As a result, nobody ever finds out which data is bogus, which experiments are tainted, and which drugs might be on the market under false pretenses…..