In the News 22nd April
Wednesdays News at a glance:
Norwegian Institute of Public Health responded to my commentary – Experts Say E-Cigarettes Could Save Tens Of Thousands Of Lives Every Year – California ecig “regulation” hearing: a catalog of lies (part 1) – E-Cigarettes- What are E-Cigarettes? – A pilot study on nicotine residues in houses of electronic cigarette users, tobacco smokers, and non-users of nicotine-containing products – Teen Ecig Use Increases CDC Frames Attack – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Wed, 22 April 2015
Update from Dr Farsalinos:
“You probably remember my comment on the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) report on e-cigarettes and health risks. Dr Per Schwarze, Department director for Air Pollution and Noise, Norwegian Institute of Public Health published a response in the institute website. I would like to thank him for his polite response. Dr Schwarze gives me the opportunity to clarify and repeat my arguments, and to repeat my call to retract false statements mentioned in the report…..”
Encouraging cigarette smokers to switch to electronic versions could be a public health ‘revolution’ and save tens of thousands of lives a year in Britain, a coalition of experts has said.
The World Health Organisation is wrong to call for restrictions on e-cigarettes and instead should be promoting them as a way to quit smoking, it was argued.
A group of leading experts in tobacco controlled have critiqued a report by the WHO on e-cigarettes and said it contained errors and misrepresentations of the evidence…..
On April 8, the California Senate Health Committee held a hearing on an anti-ecig bill. This was an amazing job of cataloging the many anti-THR lies about e-cigarettes. The main immediate impact of the bill would be to ban vaping in all the private and public (mostly private) places where smoking is banned, but the preamble of the bill makes clear that the plans are much worse than that, including licensing and laying the groundwork for punitive taxes on vapers. (That would be to punish them for denying California the buck-and-a-half per pack (approximately) that they were paying the state when they smoked.)
Another example of a Stop Smoking Service provider operating in an ‘E-Cig friendly manner’
E-cigarettes (or electronic nicotine devices) are devices which allow the user to inhale a vapour containing a mixture of propylene glycol / glycerine and may or may not also contain nicotine or flavourings. Because the liquid is heated and not burned and contains no tobacco, the nicotine is delivered without many of the thousands of chemicals which cause the significant harm and damage to the body….
In houses of electronic cigarette users, tobacco smokers, and non-users of nicotine-containing products.
“Nicotine is a common contaminant found on indoor surfaces. Using e-cigarettes indoors leads to significantly less thirdhand exposure to nicotine compared to smoking tobacco cigarettes….”
You may have seen the recent headlines about teen ecig use. The widely reported story screams that teen ecigarette use has tripled in the last year. The headlines are based on the CDC interpretations of the latest data from the annual Youth Tobacco Use Survey.