In the News 2nd October
Fridays News at a glance:
Vapers in Power Call to Action – Expert says e-cigarettes are unattractive to non-smokers and those who try them don’t get hooked – Linda Bauld & John Britton give evidence to the Welsh HSCC (Part 1) – Public Health News – A Very Predictable Train Crash – An update on Totally Wicked’s TPD challenge – Alan Maryon-Davis gives evidence to the Welsh HSCC (Part 1) – SFATA October Newsletter – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Fri, 2 October 2015
Three things you can do this week to help keep vaping free from stupid regulations:
1. Make a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority about this ad: https://www.youtube.com/watchv=ijAYK0Fe3lk
This Totally Wicked blog details what is so very wrong with it: http://www.totallywicked-eliquid.co.uk/blog/2529/funny-goings-on-in-our-own-backyard/
You can make your complaint to ASA here: https://www.asa.org.uk/Consumers/How-to-complain.aspx
2. Write a letter to your local newspaper highlighting the economic consequences of Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive. Local papers are often short of letters to publish – and politicians do read their local papers. As it stands most vaping shops will close down once Article 20 is transposed into law ( there’s currently no TPD compliant device on the market) and each shop closure could represent 4 local job losses. Use this map of vaping shops (compiled by the AAEC forum) and the Ecig Directory
http://ecigdirectory.co.uk/ to help calculate how many jobs will be lost in your local area.
3. Record a video message to your local politician explaining how vaping has helped you and why excessive regulations and indoor vaping bans are ridiculous.
Here’s one which Rhydian Mann prepared earlier regarding Article 20 and the proposed Welsh government ban on vaping in public spaces: https://youtu.be/GIO31bWiVTw
We would love to put your video on our Vapers in Power youtube channel – you can email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet it to @vapers when it’s done.
The Battle is Joined – Gil Ross Science 2.0
While smoking rates are rising in the Third World, and declining in America, one statistic seems immutable: EU residents have the highest smoking rates and mortality rates in the civilized world. Their solution: ban Swedish snus, the smokeless product which has kept Sweden’s smoking rate the lowest in Europe; pass a revised Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), whose Article 20 would place major barriers for smokers seeking to quit by using reduced-harm methods such as e-cigarettes and vapor products; and do absolutely nothing effective against the real problem, lethal addictive cigarettes. …
And those who try them don’t get hooked – Wales Online
E-cigarettes are unattractive to non-smokers and there is no evidence they are a gateway to smoking, an expert has told Assembly Members.
“At the moment all vaping does is potentially save lives,” said Professor Peter Hajek, the co-author of a Public Health England-commissioned report which advocated the use of the devices to help people quit smoking…
Public Health News (PDF)
E-Cigarettes around 95% less harmful than tobacco estimates landmark review. PHE has published an expert independent evidence review of the latest evidence on e-cigarettes. Key findings of the review include….
Treasure trove in here of Populus poll into #ecigs – 100Thousand
The first surprise from September’s Populus survey is just how many people are vaping. E-cigarette use which Action on Smoking and Health had found to be 2.6 million in May 2015 was up to 3.86 million regular users by the end of September.
One explanation for this very substantial jump is the effect of the strong endorsement for e-cigarettes in the Public Health England report in August 2015…
The hearing of Totally Wicked’s challenge to Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive has just finished. The panel of judges referred the case to the advocate general for a report, which she will deliver on 17 December. A judgement will likely follow early in the new year.
The advocate general, who acts as an intermediary between the parties and the judging panel, will prepare a report with recommendations to the justices. It is the justices who will decide the outcome of the case….
A Q&A With Tim Philips of ECig Intelligence
Recently ECigIntelligence, Roebling Research, E-Cigarette Forum and SFATA partnered to create the first independent analysis of the U.S. vapor shop industry with the launch of “Project Vape Manifest.” We spoke with ECigIntelligence’s Tim Philips on the genesis of the survey:…