In the News 22nd June
Mondays News at a glance:
BMA, ARM, and alphabet soup – Don’t worry, the nanny state will protect you – Poland, the new front in Philip Morris’s war to e-cigs – CDC Continues to Lie to the Public By Calling Electronic Cigarettes “Tobacco Products” – When Public Health Harm Reduction Becomes Public Health Harm Promotion – The Vaping Truth Survey – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest
First of a double bill from Facts Do Matter:
The next few days are going to be more than a little interesting. In case you weren’t aware, the BMA are holding their annual representatives meeting at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool. Should we be worried ? Of course we should, the BMA aren’t exactly known for their openness or positivity to e-cigarettes…..
We all know how badly the state wants to control our lives, from deciding what we can and cannot eat to where we can and where we can’t light up a ciggie or vape.
Of course, they always make some ridiculous claim about it being for “public health” or to “protect the kiddies” as if saying that makes their state sponsored intervention into our private lives makes it alright…..
If the strategy worked once, let’s repeat it to the bitter end. This is what people at Philip Morris International must have thought since, due to the heavy (and legitimate, until proven otherwise) lobbying strategy – also thanks to a €500 million investment on a plant near Bologna -, they achieved a 50% reduction in excise duties on “heat-not-burn” tobacco products….
By Calling Electronic Cigarettes “Tobacco Products” – Michael Siegel
Despite being informed that its classification of electronic cigarettes as tobacco products is wrong because e-cigarettes do not contain any tobacco, the CDC continues to refer to electronic cigarettes as being tobacco products. This naturally implies that electronic cigarettes contain tobacco. As this is untrue, the CDC’s recurrent statements that e-cigarettes are tobacco products are essentially lying to the public….
Nicotine Science & Policy
The recent announcement from health officials in Wales that the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces will be banned has been received with a mix of enthusiasm from some, puzzlement from others, and downright dismay by many -including within the “vaping” community itself.
The argument for such strident action seems to be that e-cigarettes are serving to renormalize smoking. For anybody seeking to promote evidence based public policy that anxiety, and the interventionist public policy that flows from it, must be a matter of enormous concern since one looks in vain for the evidence of renormalisation actually occurring….
Brand new survey from our friend Kevin Crowley, the last one in January got over 7000 responses
This is a vaping / e-cigarette survey for Vapers WORLDWIDE! Please advise other countries to use a translator! Pass this survey on in your groups & forums if it is allowed!
Thanks for taking the time to tell the truth about your vaping habits to the world!