In the News 18th August


Tuesdays News at a glance:

The evils of Nick O’Teen – How to prove teens experiment – Vaping and the death of journalistic integrity – Young people and e-cigarettes: what we know so far – Lowering a Tobacco Tax to Save Lives – According to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, New Study Suggests E-Cigs are a Gateway to Smoking – Lowering a Tobacco Tax to Save Lives

The evils of Nick O’Teen

Another great double bill from Facts Do Matter:

If you weren’t already aware, the FDA are currently accepting commentary on “Nicotine exposure warnings and child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine, nicotine-containing e-liquids, and other tobacco products” whereby they are looking to, from those that are interested to comment, for information on the regulation of “tobacco products”. They are specifically looking for comments, data, research results and any other information that may inform regulatory actions that the FDA might take. If you haven’t done so yet, the link is here, it’d be worthwhile adding your own comments….

How to prove teens experiment

After the recent rush of positive news first from RSPH where they are trying to de-stigmatise nicotine and encourage vapouriser use (at the expense of throwing smokers out of pub gardens), then from ASH that once again shows that vaping isn’t a gateway to smoking which Linda Bauld discusses at great length, all of which is incredibly positive and simply proves what we instinctively know…..

Vaping and the death of journalistic integrity

Fergus Mason:

We don’t expect very high standards from the media any more, with good reason; sloppy, cack-handed amateur journalism is par for the course. But do we really expect a once-respected newspaper to print dangerous, misleading nonsense just to push a nanny state agenda? Looks like we should…..

Young people and e-cigarettes: what we know so far

Linda Bauld – The Conversation

Thanks to decades of action against tobacco, smoking rates among children and young people are in decline: far fewer teenagers are now taking up smoking than in the past.

In England, for example, just 3% of 11 to 15-year-olds are regular smokers, with similar figures in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK. This is welcome news, and will play a significant role in protecting the adults of the future from the 14 types of cancer linked to smoking, as well as other diseases such as heart disease and stroke….

According to Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids –

New Study Suggests E-Cigs are a Gateway to Smoking – The Rest of the Story

The rest of the story is that the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is being too hasty in jumping on this study as providing evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking. The study shows nothing of the sort, and the authors and commentators readily acknowledge that. Apparently, the Campaign is so anxious to demonize e-cigarettes and to support its pre-determined conclusions that it is willing to throw rigorous scientific analysis out the window when it sees an opportunity to pounce on a good headline….

Lowering a Tobacco Tax to Save Lives

Joe Nocera – New York Times

A smokeless tobacco product called snus, which a user puts between his gums and his upper lip, has a long history in Sweden. At the start of the last century, it was the most common way Swedes ingested nicotine. By the early 1950s, however, sales of snus had been overtaken by cigarettes, a trend that continued for two decades….


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