In the News 6th November


Fridays News at a glance:

BMJ RIP – Good Work Agent Gornall – Mark Drakefords written ‘evidence’ to the Welsh HSCC published 5th November – Write to Vape – Wales – Planet of the Vapes: Why is there a war on e-cigarettes? – The Grover Norquist Show: Leave Vapers Alone – Vaping no longer allowed in public places in Manitoba – Maine’s Misguided Vaping Crusade – Afdlin Shauki asks if Health Ministry wants people to carry on smoking – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Fri, 6 November 2015


Christopher Snowdon – Velvet Glove. Iron Fist

The British Medical Journal seems to be on auto-destruct at the moment. More than ever, the magazine is filled with crackpots and conspiracy theorists. I don’t how much tolerance its readers have for student politics and junk journalism, but some of them must be reconsidering their subscription by now….

Good Work Agent Gornall

Dick Puddlecote

Clive Bates has written a magnificent piece excoriating the BMJ for an astonishingly puerile article by gutter journalist extraordinnaire, Jonathan Gornall.

Gornall is such an incredibly inept tool that his hilarious conspiracy theory wibblings even managed to lose funding for the BMJ once, so you’d think they’d steer clear of him wouldn’t you? Well, not the modern day integrity-free BMJ, no, because the BMJ is no longer anything more trustworthy and authoritative than the Sunday Sport, as Bates explains…..

Mark Drakefords written ‘evidence’

To the Welsh HSCC published 5th November – Why Oh Why

This (PDF) was published on Thursday 5th November in the HSCC minutes, sent from Mark Drakeford to the WHSCC as supporting follow-up evidence to his recent appearance in front of the committee.

Itemising the 4 provided links to evidence….

Write to Vape – Wales

Vapers in Power

Vaping in Wales hangs on a knife edge – it needs some butterfly wings! (that’s chaos theory btw), anyway …

Your local councillor is a bit of a hidden resource. They don’t get flooded with requests, they don’t have the time pressure a decent AM does but they are in the system.

That’s why Vapers in Power think it could be effective to approach them directly….

Planet of the Vapes: Why is there a war on e-cigarettes?

The full debate from the Battle of Ideas – Well worth watching…

Have E-Cigarettes Changed Your Life?

Do you Advocate? – Vaping Links

E-cigarettes change lives. We who have stopped smoking with an e-cigarette, some accidentally, have this enormous gratification after many years of trying all the approved methods.

We’ve been shamed, scolded, been given guilt trips, some have had health issues. Suddenly, we’ve succeeded in reducing or completely eliminating tobacco in our lives…

Good developments here, congratulations to the new directors.

CASAA is pleased to announce that Dr. Brian Carter and Bruce Nye have joined our Board of Directors.

Dr. Brian Carter’s field of study is addictive behaviors with a focus on the pharmacological, psychological, and behavioral foundations of tobacco and nicotine use, dependence, and motivation. As a former faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, he conducted multiple National Cancer Institute funded laboratory studies on the emotional, genetic, physiological, and behavioral aspects of nicotine use in cigarette smokers. His work has been published in the journals Addiction, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and other national and international outlets. He lends his expertise to the review of current research on smoke-free alternatives, collaborates on research projects with other tobacco harm reduction scientists, and assists with the preparation of CASAA’s science-based reports to government agencies and the public at large.

Bruce Nye, RN made the switch to electronic cigarettes on September 27, 2012, immediately ending a 43-year smoking habit he had failed numerous times by all other means to stop. He retired in 2003 from his first career of 25+ years engineering software and hardware solutions as a consultant to become an award-winning nurse specializing in acute care of trauma / surgical patients at a Level I Trauma Center in the Midwest for over 10 years. He joined CASAA as a member within months of discovering vapor products and quickly became an active and passionate advocate for THR. Bruce brings to CASAA’s leadership a strong ability to strategize and craft communications in the legislative, regulatory, and public arenas.

We are certain that those who remember CASAA’s modest origins are excited to see how CASAA has grown, not only in terms of its leadership, but also in terms of its membership, reach, and substantive work. The addition of Dr. Carter and Mr. Nye will further enhance CASAA’s ability to advocate for THR and the consumers who depend on these potentially life-saving alternatives to smoking.

Originally posted on Facebook 6th Nov.2015

The Grover Norquist Show: Leave Vapers Alone

In this episode Grover discusses the greater political climate surrounding vaping. Paul Blair, a State Affairs Manager at Americans for Tax Reform, discusses some of the latest numbers about how many Americans smoke traditional and e-cigarettes with Grover. The CDC released a report saying that 3.7 percent of adult Americans smoke e-cigs, which is over 9 million people vaping. What is the significance of this?

Vaping no longer allowed in public places in Manitoba

It is now against the law in Manitoba to use a vaper inside public spaces, including bars, workplaces and restaurants.

Vaping has become a popular method for those who are trying to quit smoking and until now you could vape anywhere.

In May, the NDP brought the legislation in and after summer consultations the Legislation was passed Thursday…

Maine’s Misguided Vaping Crusade

Despite a new law prohibiting vaping in public places, research continues to show that e-cigarettes are far safer than traditional cigarettes.

The new law, which went into effect on Oct. 15, equates the use of e-cigarettes to smoking under the law, meaning that statewide bans on the use of traditional cigarettes in public places now apply to vaping….

After vape raids

Afdlin Shauki asks if Health Ministry wants people to carry on smoking

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 6 ― Local celebrity Afdlin Shauki Aksan has questioned the Health Ministry’s decision to confiscate nicotine products from vape shops, saying that such a move was rash and would affect many people who relied on e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking.

The popular actor also demanded the ministry provide facts to back up its claims that vaping is harmful and not a healthier alternative to cigarettes, claiming that research done by other countries have shown otherwise…


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