In the News 7th October


Wednesdays News at a glance:

Press statement – Totally Wicked Takes on EU in Historic European Court Hearing – On Vapers Helping Smokers Quit – Welsh Assembly & EU efforts to mislead on vaping – Significant Flaw in Study Claiming That Decreasing Nicotine Content of Cigarettes Reduced Smoking – Bias in Anti-Tobacco Movement is Laid Bare – Yet More Mindless Attacks On E-Cigarettes – Regulation without representation – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Wed, 7 October 2015

Totally Wicked – Press statement

Taking on the EU in Historic European Court Hearing

“Since launching our legal challenge last year I have been heartened and encouraged by the strength of support shown from the wider industry, but importantly, from tens of thousands of vapers the length and breadth of Europe.  This was exemplified by a couple from Bournemouth who drove all the way to Luxembourg to support our legal challenge.  I would just like to put on record my heartfelt thanks to all those who have supported us.”

On Vapers Helping Smokers Quit

Dick Puddlecote

Former smokers talking to current smokers and giving them the benefit of their advice. An informal way of quitting smoking for those who choose to, and without it costing the taxpayer more than a few pennies in leaflets. What is there not to like if you’re a professional committed to reducing smoking prevalence, eh?

Well, maybe this bit…..

Welsh Assembly & EU efforts to mislead on vaping


OK, first up is the shambles that the Welsh Assembly somehow tolerates around the Public Health (Wales) Bill. It’s quite frustrating and rather disturbing to see so many Welsh AMs squirming and re-phrasing their questions to try and trip up those giving evidence as the evidence was not in their favour.
Oh yes, missed that bit. The evidence the Assembly was having problems swallowing? Well that came from….

Significant Flaw in Study

Claiming That Decreasing Nicotine Content of Cigarettes Reduced Smoking – Theodore Dalrymple – PJ Media

Is changing the habits of the population a proper aim of government? Those who think that it is believe that there are experts or wise persons who know better what is good for people than do people themselves. Furthermore, bad habits may pass on their costs to people who do not indulge in them, which is unjust. Those who think the opposite believe that people are the best judges of their own interests, but that even if or when they are not, to allow government to interfere in this fashion is the slippery slope to totalitarianism, for there is no end to governmental paternalism’s potential claims to interfere benevolently….

Bias in Anti-Tobacco Movement is Laid Bare:

If You Don’t Quit the Way We Want You to Quit, Then Don’t Bother – The Rest of the Story

After last week’s publication of a new study which found that smokers switching to very low-nicotine cigarettes did not compensate by smoking more, anti-tobacco groups jumped on the bandwagon, telling the public that these products helped smokers cut down and quit and should therefore be an integral part of a national smoking cessation strategy….

Healthy Ireland Survey 2015

Download the full report here

More Irish smokers are turning to vaping and NRT than to quit helplines and support services, yet 50% of smokers that have heard of e-cigarettes still haven’t tried them : data from the Health Ireland Survey published today..

Yet More Mindless Attacks On E-Cigarettes

Michael D. Shaw –

This column has already documented officialdom’s unrelenting war on e-cigarettes. In fact, those articles were some of the best-read I have ever posted, so I guess we touched a nerve. The insidious tag team—comprised of Big Tobacco and the supposed public health interest groups against smoking—is perfectly evocative of the “Bootleggers and Baptists” phenomenon, originally described by economist Bruce Yandle.

Regulation without representation

The first time Adam Johnson, CEO of Rocky Mountain Vaping, became aware of a city ordinance that lumped e-cigarette use with tobacco use was after a city code enforcement officer came into his Fort Collins store to collect payment for fines he never knew about. Johnson then took it upon himself to look up the city’s municipal code, and found out that the ordinance was passed without his vaping business being informed of the changes…

Readers Respond: E-Cigarettes Help Them Quit Traditional Smokes

Lauren Cooper – Consumer Reports

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts that advises the government on public health issues, recently concluded that there’s insufficient evidence to recommend e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking conventional cigarettes. But when we reported on that news, we heard from more than 1,300 readers, most saying that electronic cigarettes helped them kick their habit.

Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest 


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