In the News 1st December


Tuesdays News at a glance:

They Walk Among Us – Moving goalposts, and how a medicinal ecig came to be – What a Waste – Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum – Stalemate at the HSCC on e-cigarettes – Response to the HSCC Report – World Lung Foundation Disseminates Conclusion that E-Cigarettes are a Gateway to Smoking Based on a Bogus Study – Exposed: World Lung Foundation’s Bogus Claim E-Cigarettes Are Gateway To Tobacco – Stanford Paper Attacking E-Cigarette Advocates Is Riddled With Factual Errors – NSW e-cigarette bans come into effect – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Tue, 1 December 2015

They Walk Among Us

Dick Puddlecote

In Wales today, the health committee studying Mark Drakeford’s dangerous ignorance-based policy-making published a report giving their findings. Trust me, you will struggle to comprehend what some of these political raving moonhowlers actually believe.

The report is 157 pages long and it has to be said that the committee was split on all items relating to e-cigs. In any sensible legislature this should mean that there really is no compelling case to restrict liberties and property rights to such a massive degree. However, we are talking about Wales where some politicians seem to have had their water poisoned with a heavy dose of mercury….

What a Waste

Just Another Ordinary Morning

I was reflecting, earlier today, upon the post I made about the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive. You know a piece of legislation is bad when you can pick holes in it with such child-like ease that you can even do it whilst you’re doing something else at the same time. So it seemed relevant, given that the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) is currently underway, to mention a couple of things here….

Moving goalposts..

And how a medicinal ecig came to be: Dave Dorn – The Sun Also Rises

For years now, I have said that, unless the MHRA changed the rules, it was impossible for any ecig to gain a medicinal Marketing Authorisation. At the Ecig Summit on 12th November, the MHRA representative there informed the house that they were applying “soft touch” rules to medicinal ecigs, as it seemed there was a need and desire for them. A scant four days later, Nicoventures (wholly owned, but arm’s length from BAT) was granted the first MA in Europe for a proper ecig. The document is here

Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum

Mawsley – Planet of the Vapes

Liking the tobacco industry is an almost impossible task but they share a similar view of vaping in that it reduces harm and faces a huge threat from ill-conceived legislation. This and other related topics were discussed at the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum (GTFN) in Bologna….

Stalemate at the HSCC on e-cigarettes

Simon Thurlow – New Nicotine Alliance

The NNA is disappointed to see, in the report released today, that the Welsh Health and Social Care Committee (View the Report) has failed to make a concrete recommendation to remove the proposal to ban electronic cigarette use in enclosed public spaces from the Public Health (Wales) Bill. The lengthy content of the report clearly demonstrates the split in opinion between Labour and opposition AM’s despite overwhelming evidence against any proposed ban provided by the leading experts in the field of tobacco harm reduction. We will now watch the plenary debate on the 8th December with interest for possible amendments to the Bill….

Response to the HSCC Report

Press Release – Vapers in Power

We, Vapers in Power, are deeply concerned by the published report from the Welsh Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee (HSCC) which shows clear division within the Committee in regards to e-cigarette use in enclosed public spaces and workplaces.

The positions of the Committee members appear to be split along party lines, which we find deeply disturbing when the matters under discussion affect the health and lives of every Welsh citizen. Public health matters should be based upon solid scientific evidence, not predetermined party agenda, and this clearly has not been the case in this decision…

Help Save Vaping

Electronic cigarettes are to be banned in enclosed public spaces and workplaces as part of a raft of radical health plans announced by the Welsh government.

This is not a petition, it’s a chance for you to send a message direct to your AM and make yourself heard..

World Lung Foundation Disseminates Conclusion

That E-Cigarettes are a Gateway to Smoking Based on a Bogus Study – The Rest of the Story

In a tweet yesterday, the World Lung Foundation disseminated the conclusion that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking:

@WorldLungFdn: Alarming study among teens in #Scotland finds that #ecigarettes do act as a gateway to #tobacco use

Exposed: World Lung Foundation’s Bogus Claim

E-Cigarettes Are Gateway To Tobacco – Guy Bentley

A key study media outlets and the World Lung Foundation used to claim scientific proof that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking literally hinges on the “barely coherent” opinion of a single 17-year-old Scottish kid, a professor of public health has discovered…

Stanford Paper Attacking E-Cigarette Advocates

Is Riddled With Factual Errors – Guy Bentley

A paper by Stanford Research accusing e-cigarette advocates of manipulating advertising and having close ties to the vaping industry is coming under fire for “factual inaccuracies” and “raises serious questions about the university’s use of research funds.”

The paper, which was published in the British Medical Journal, accuses pro-vaping group NOT Blowing Smoke of altering anti-tobacco advertisements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote e-cigarettes…

NSW e-cigarette bans come into effect

DRIVING while smoking an e-cigarette in the presence of a child is now illegal throughout NSW.

THE new laws come into effect on Tuesday and include bans on smoking while in a car with a child under 16 and displaying and advertising e-cigarettes and accessories in retail stores.


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