Thursdays News at a glance:
An exquisite joy – BMJ journalistic item on e-cigarettes 25th June 2015 – Why e-cigarettes are dividing the public health community – An open letter to Baroness Finlay of the BMA: Update – Stanton Glantz Produces A Study Which Proves Himself Wrong – 10 Ways The Anti-Vaping Lobby Twists What Vapers Say – New Study Finds that Problem of E-Cigarette Use Among Nonsmoking Adults is Non-Existent – Examining the Explanatory Memorandum for the Public Health (Wales) Bill. – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest
The Random Vaper:
After a night on the town (see declaration of interest below) I returned to read this piece of utter crud published in, of all places, the BMJ. It’s a longish read with some superb quotes from Deborah Arnott of ASH in particular, but is ultimately possibly the most delusional load of tripe I’ve ever had the misfortune to read (and that includes the combined efforts of the Daily Fail and the Mirror)……
Professor Robert West:
Here is a rapid response that I posted on the BMJ website to the article http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h3317.
Alas this is a poorly researched article which misses the point. There are four main parties involved in this debate…..
Jonathan Gornall – firstname.lastname@example.org
“There are people in the public health community who are obsessed by e-cigarettes,” she says. “This idea that it renormalises smoking is absolute bullshit.” Furthermore, she insists, “There is no evidence so far that it is a gateway into smoking for young people.”
Fraser Croppers reply to the BMA:
Rather than addressing my concerns, and indeed the concerns of thousands of vapers who are aware of this interview, you have simply reiterated the BMA’s position on electronic cigarettes, which unfortunately is all too well known. I write ‘unfortunately’ because your representatives speak with the authority that comes with representing an organisation like the BMA. Journalists, politicians, and the general public as a whole take notice of what your colleagues say in a way they do not when I speak or when ordinary vapers tell their stories of how important vaping has been in helping them switch from smoking tobacco…..
New Info-Graphic from Challenge Article 20
From Puddlecote Inc:
We’ve always known that Stanton Glantz is a horse’s arse, but he’s galloped an extra few furlongs this week.
In order to rubbish e-cigs and the concept of harm reduction, the bonkers aircraft engineer has just had a study published in the science-averse rag Tobacco Control Journal where he claims that – between 1992 and 2012 – the fewer smokers there have been, the quicker they have quit. Here’s how he explains it on his blog….
Fergus Mason – Ashtray Blog
Anyone who’s been following the battle over vaping will, by now, be very familiar with a lot of the myths being circulated by our opponents in the public health industry:
The Rest of the Story – Michael Siegel
Contrary to the claims of many e-cigarette opponents, who argue that nonsmokers will be attracted to take up electronic cigarette use, the results of a Minnesota study just published in Tobacco Controlfinds that regular e-cigarette use among nonsmoking adults is a rarity.
Part two of probably many – ECITA
Since the 2006 Act’s enactment e-cigarettes have become much more prevalent in society. It is known that e-cigarettes contain various chemicals that are vaporised and emitted into the air, and studies have suggested that e-cigarette aerosol can contain some of the toxicants present in tobacco smoke, albeit at levels which are much lower….