In the News 17th December


Thursdays News at a glance:

It’s A Scandal! – The Tobacco Products Directive: worst. sequel. ever – Bristol Stop Smoking Service – Educational Sessions – Looking Back on 2015 – Smoking in cars with children banned from new year – What is behind the Grandfather Date? – France: The National Assembly – Bill 45 delayed – Gateway to Smoking? Most Teen Vapers Don’t Even Use Nicotine – Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids – The Life Cycle of a Public Health Revolution – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Thu, 17 December 2015

It’s A Scandal!

Dick Puddlecote

Yesterday we saw a fine example of the dire state of British journalism and politics. There was this scandal at PMQs, doncha know. Well, actually there wasn’t; merely the lamest and most laughable smear story since the summer of 2013.

The Mirror brought us this earth-shattering news, you see.

The Tobacco Products Directive:

Worst. Sequel. Ever. – Argvargen

Had a chuckle earlier today after a friend sent me a link to the latest edition of Purse-lipped Puritan, with its December centrefold Miss Sweden:

I’d have left it at that were it not for the fact that I spotted the name Martina Pötschke-Langer on the advisory board.

I was well aware that these two worked closely together at the extremist, fanatical end of the Tobacco Control anti-harm reduction spectrum….

Bristol Stop Smoking Service

Educational Sessions – New Nicotine Alliance

After the E-Cigarette Summit and the Maudsley update of 2014 it was evident from the research presented that e-cigs were not only the chosen product that smokers were engaging with to help them become smokefree but we now had enough evidence to say that they were effective….

Looking Back on 2015

New Nicotine Alliance

At the start of the year, we believed that 2015 would be the Year of the Vaping Advocate, where the voices of the everyday vaper would be heard and changes could be seen to happen. Our first newsletter, posted in March gave an overview of the kinds of activities we are involved in. Subsequent newsletters drop straight into our supporters’ inbox, each one almost overflows with information.

We hope that the information we can feed back to our supporters is useful and encouraging. It has been a busy year, but as always without your support we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

Smoking in cars with children

Banned from new year – RTE News

A ban on smoking in cars where children are present will come into effect on New Year’s Day.

This will be enforced by gardaí and carries a fixed penalty of €100. There will be tougher penalties, of up to €1,000, for failing to stop or providing inaccurate details to gardaí…

Healthy Ireland Survey 2015 (PDF)

Kevin Barron MP on e-cigarettes

Westminster Hall 17th December 2015 – Thanks as always to @dnglos for the YouTubage!

A new tobacco control strategy

This Debate brought to you by:

Guido Fawkes


Wondering if the debate this afternoon in Westminster Hall on the government’s future smoking strategy tabled by Kevin Brennan this afternoon was fair and balanced? Bob Blackman appeared to be giving a speech from notes printed on the fanatical Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) campaign’s headed paper.

Parliament TV – Westminster Hall

What is behind the Grandfather Date?

Nathalie Dunand – PGVG

Changing the Grandfather Date, a high-stakes game for the US vaping market  The US budget bill is in the home stretch at the Congress, it is time for members to introduce in the bill exogenous provisions.

It is in this context that the Republicans have submitted a rider to change for the electronic cigarette, the Grandfather Date for the tobacco products, a provision that allows keeping the marketing right acquired before that date…

France: The National Assembly

Finally adopts the law for the modernization of the health system – Nathalie Dunand – PGVG

The French National Assembly finally adopted this Thursday, December 17 , the law for the modernization of the health system, one of whose objectives is the fight against smoking.

Debates about smoking crystallized on placards and neutral package. As rejected by the Senate, the text voted on 1 December by the National Assembly has been adopted in the late morning, today…

Bill 45 delayed

News Toronto Late Night December 16, 2015

Gateway to Smoking?

Most Teen Vapers Don’t Even Use Nicotine – Lindsay Fox

For those intent on claiming that e-cigs are a gateway to conventional cigarettes, the new Monitoring the Future study has a pretty devastating result: it turns out most teen vapers don’t even use nicotine. The gateway hypothesis hinges on the idea that e-cigarettes are “creating a new generation of nicotine addicts,” and those addicts may therefore go on to smoking, but the latest finding is another in a long line of results which suggest that the reality doesn’t match up to the theory.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Is Out of Its Mind Declaring that Appropriations Rider Would Have Been a Gift to the Tobacco Industry – The Rest of the Story

Unfortunately, the budget deal reached in Congress this week fails to include a rider which would have changed the “grandfather” or predicate date for electronic cigarettes from February 15, 2007 to the effective date of the regulation. This means that every electronic cigarette and vaping product on the market will have to submit a new tobacco product application to the FDA in order to stay on the market…

The Life Cycle of a Public Health Revolution

Shannon Farris- Blasting News

In 2003, a revolution was born. Hon Lik, a pharmacist from China, watched his smoker father die from lung cancer. Lik was struggling to quit smoking by using the nicotine patch, with no success. He wanted to find a system that would deliver nicotine better, similar to a cigarette, but without the tar and carcinogen-filled smoke. As a result we now have the electronic cigarette, which has rapidly become the most popular alternative to cigarettes and most successful go-to quit aid….


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