In the News 29th May
Fridays News at a glance:
Vaping in the tobacco pigeon-hole – Cell studies on e-cigarettes: don’t waste your time reading (at least most of) them – How the EU TPD Will Change Vaping – and What You Can Do About It… Vapers in Power Call to Action 29 May 2015 – MP condemns e-cigarette office ban – The safe use of flavorings in e-cigarettes – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Fri, 29 May 2015
For some reason many elements of regulatory bodies and public health are determined to bundle electronic cigarettes up with tobacco rulings. Of course, they claim it is all in the name of public health, denormalising smoking, protecting the children, or some other inane reason. Most of those reasons are of course, founded in ideology rather than actual facts but they are determined to put vaping in the same pigeon-hole as tobacco and smoking….
Don’t waste your time reading (at least most of) them
I have repeatedly mentioned that there is no need for vapers to waste your time and brain activity reading cell studies. In the majority of cases, the protocols and experimental procedures are irrelevant to human effects. However, over the past few days I have been repeatedly contacted by vapers asking me to comment on a new study published by the American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. The study has an equally to the journal impressive title: “Endothelial disruptive pro-inflammatory effects of nicotine and e-cigarette vapor exposures”.
And What You Can Do About It…
Guess which country has the lowest rate of lung cancer in Western Europe? Sweden. And the reason is simple. Snus is an oral tobacco which has become popular as an alternative to cigarettes in Sweden. In fact, Sweden now has the lowest rate of smoking in Europe, and the highest usage of smokless tobacco….
Four things you can do to help vaping this week
1. The New Nicotine Alliance (UK), a registered charity, needs your support to be influential in guiding public health and policy makers to ensure harm reduction from cigarette smoking is still a valid option for the many. They need *your* support: http://nnalliance.org/supporters/supporter-sign-up-form
2. The Australian vaping community is hindered by one fact, nicotine needs to be imported. This petition asks the Australian Federal Parliament to lift this restriction to allow vaping and tobacco harm reduction to flourish. Add your voice to show the Australian Parliament that this is a large, widespread issue –https://www.change.org/p/australian-federal-parliament-legalize-nicotine-sales-for-eliquid
3. Western Australia has ruled that no vapour products are allowed to be sold, but traditional NRT and cigarettes are allowed. This is disproportionate and needs to be brought to the attention of the WA Health Minister. Help our Australian brothers and sisters legalise the sale of vapour products and promote harm reduction –https://www.change.org/p/wa-health-minister-please-legalise-pvs
4. The Netherlands are asking the European Chemicals Agency to reclassify Nicotine as a Class 1 toxin. This will make it far more difficult for e-liquids to be manufactured, imported or sold. There is currently an open consultation for comments. Be concise when you comment, ask your e-liquid manufacturers to comment, ask your vendors to comment. The more comments received the greater the chance the reclassification will be stopped. http://echa.europa.eu/harmonised-classification-and-labelling-consultation/-/substance-rev/8708/term
A Conservative MP has criticised a new rule which prevents members inhaling e-cigarettes inside their private offices at Westminster. Mark Pawsey, the MP for Rugby, said the ruling – by the House of Commons Commission – meant those wishing to vape had to do so in designated areas outdoors where they are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke….
E-cigarettes and other vaping products contain a nicotine-based liquid that is vapourised and inhaled. There is no combustion so the user inhales vapour, not smoke. This means that e-cigarettes deliver nicotine without smoke toxicants. However, some in the public health community still have expressed concerns over the potential health impacts of flavourings used in e-cigarettes….