In the News 1st June
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Mondays News at a glance:
Glenis Willmott Is A Massive Hypocrite – World No Tobacco Day – 21st century bootleggers and baptists – E-cigarettes inflame DC debate – Vinnie Jones is first celebrity to front a UK e-cigarette ad – Smoke and mirrors: Fear-mongering used to try to ban e-cigs from indoor spaces – Healthcare interventions to promote and assist tobacco cessation – Heart Foundation ACT opposes a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes – E-Cigarettes Can Save Lives, Taxpayer Dollars – Bill Godshall Update – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Mon, 1 June 2015
Willmott is an MEP who was a Brussels Labour party representative on the EU ENVI committee which passed the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). By her stubborn dismissal of the thousands who petitioned Labour MEPs to rethink the issue, and her actions in voting in favour of the TPD, she ensured that every e-cig which effectively helps people to switch from smoking will be illegal next year.
The WHO are celebrating today by screaming about the illegal trade in tobacco. They are also screaming about wanting to increase the cost of the said tobacco. Now in the hermetically sealed world of the Tobacco Control Industry, this may make sense, but in the real world the laws of economics apply – if your prices are too high then your customers will go elsewhere and you don’t combat this by raising your prices further. Elementary, my dear Watson…..
From Australia, a classic case of moral entrepreneurs getting into bed with real entrepreneurs. The puritans want to make buying cigarettes an embarrassing inconvenience while the sex industry wants a monopoly on selling cigarettes, and so…
Washington is locked in a growing debate over what restrictions should be placed on the booming electronic cigarette industry. The Food and Drug Administration is pushing ahead with a proposed rule that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18 and prohibit sales in vending machines. But to the dismay of many health activists, the rule does not address online sales or television advertising for e-cigarettes, though the FDA has said future action is possible….
“We are fast becoming known for our innovative approach to the vaping industry and how we market to past smokers keen to make the change to e-cigarettes,” said Kik chief executive Sandy Chadha. “Vinnie Jones was a natural choice for us to sign up, he is a Hollywood A-lister and well known among our target audience.”
Fear-mongering used to try to ban e-cigs from indoor spaces
The original link has an annoying survey! View it ‘raw’ here
A one-size-fits-all approach to public health regulations where much remains unknown about the potential benefits is rarely a good idea.
But this is what some legislators and health advocates are promoting by calling for the regulation of e-cigarettes in publicly used indoor spaces.
A review of efficacy, effectiveness and affordability for use in national guideline development
Cochrane reviews of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of major healthcare tobacco cessation interventions were used to derive efficacyestimates in terms of percentage-point increases relative to comparison conditions in 6–12 month continuous abstinence rates. This was combined with analysis and evidence from ‘real world’ studies to form a judgement on the likely effectiveness of each intervention in different settings.
Today is World No Tobacco Day, an annual campaign of the World Health Organisation to encourage smokers to abstain from smoking.
Unsurprisingly, the Heart Foundation ACT marked the occasion. Remarkably, CEO Tony Stubbs used the opportunity not to present a rational approach to encouraging smokers to quit. Instead, Stubbs called on the ACT government to pass stricter laws against e-cigarettes, a valuable tool in changing smoking habits.
For decades, lawmakers and regulators in the United States have attempted to reduce smoking rates using taxes, smoking bans, and regulations. Despite these heavy-handed policies, the decline in smoking has leveled off over the past few years. Electronic cigarettes, meanwhile, have quickly become one of the most popular nicotine replacement products, with the total market expected to reach $1.7 billion in 2015.
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