In the News 17th June
Wednesdays News at a glance:
Nanny state name-calling – The British Medical Association (BMA) and Ecigs – McKee, Diethelm And Their Brilliant Endgame Strategy – Truth About Vaping – Television Commercial #1 – Gov’t rules out English e-cigarette ban – The importance of science-informed policy and what the data really tell us about e-cigarettes – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest
Velvet Glove. Iron Fist:
An Australian academic called Roger Magnusson has written an article for the journal Public Health about ‘nanny state name-calling’. Insofar as he has a point to make, it is that the things libertarians complain about do not actually impede liberty. He uses several ‘cases studies’ in his article to illustrate this, including a rant by Rush Limbaugh and articles by Jacob Sullum and Christopher Hitchens….
Bolton Smokers Club:
I’m going to reproduce correspondence between Fraser Cropper from ecig vendor and liquid maker ‘Totally Wicked’ and Baroness Finlay, President of the BMA. I trust that Mr Cropper will not object since he has himself shared this information…
From Puddlecote in:
In November last year, I was at the London Shool of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to see a self-congratulatory panel ‘debate’ entitled “Can the war on tobacco be won?”. I wrote of it here, and recounted how an economically illiterate throbber saw tobacco industry share prices as a means to phase out tobacco for good….
The first (of hopefully many) pro-vaping television commercial made by The Truth About Vaping. Airing will begin soon on a local station in Pennsylvania!
E-cigarettes will not be banned in England after industry leaders slammed the decision to outlaw vaping in Welsh pubs. The Department of Health confirmed to the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) that England would not follow the Welsh government’s example and ban vaping in enclosed public spaces from 2017.However, agency Public Health England is compiling a report on latest evidence on the effects of e-cigarette smoking, the findings of which will be published soon….
And what the data really tell us about e-cigarettes- David B. Abrams and Raymond Niaura:
A possible future end-game for cigarettes is explored in the context of the historical progress made to date by tobacco control. Despite good progress, there remains an urgent need to increase the use of proven tobacco control policies and practices for prevention and cessation. The problem is worse than previously thought and the 50th anniversary United States Surgeon General’s report indicates the overwhelming majority of avoidable deaths are caused by combusting of tobacco, primarily cigarettes….