In the News 9th October


Fridays News at a glance:

Poxy Proxy – Harms or highs? Regulating narcotics, alcohol and nicotine – Welsh Gov E-Cig Gateway Theory Destroyed By Its Own Evidence – New data reveals the rise and rise of box mods – The EU’s attack on e-cigarettes will bring a golden age of vaping to an end – For public health’s sake, leave vaping alone – Evidence about electronic cigarettes: a foundation built on rock or sand? – NZ Vaping Alliance Launched – Campaign to stub out smoking in Scotland – Cumbria welcomes changes to e-cigs law – Bill to restrict “vaping” moves closer to becoming law in Prince George’s – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Fri, 9 October 2015

Poxy Proxy

Facts Do Matter:

Ever since the media kicked up a small storm over a 14-year-old having his vapouriser confiscated I’ve been thinking about this area. Of course, my own opinions are likely to differ from a lot of folks so feel free to take them or leave them.

As I mentioned at the start of the previous post on this:

Harms or highs? (PDF)

Regulating narcotics, alcohol and nicotine – Clive Bates:

The emergence of electronic cigarettes and the likely arrival of more effective nicotine-containing devices currently in development provides a radical alternative to tobacco, and evidence to date suggests that smokers are willing to use these products in substantial numbers…..

Welsh Gov E-Cig Gateway Theory

Destroyed By Its Own Evidence

But Instead Of Trusting Its Own Surveys, Welsh Gov Turns To Dodgy Foreign Studies In its desperate search for evidence behind its claim that e-cigs are a gateway to smoking, the Welsh government has carried out a survey of 3,565 users.

But they failed to find ONE regular user who had been a non-smoker. And of the total surveyed, which included people who had just tried an e-cigarette, only 1% had never smoked….

Vapers in Power Call to Action

Three things you can do this week to help keep vaping free.

1. The proposed ban on vaping in public spaces and work environments in Wales is strongly opposed by the Welsh Liberal Democrats. Whatever your politics their petition is something we should all be supporting. Let’s each find them 3 new signatures this week.

2. Here is a link to surveys collating data on real vapers, their lives and attitudes, have you done them?

3. ASH UK are gradually becoming more supportive of vaping, but they still seem to think the TPD Article 20 is a good idea ( We know they are wrong. If we don’t tell them, who will?


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New data reveals the rise and rise of box mods

ECig Intelligence

The popularity of box mod e-cigarettes among U.S. vapers has risen sharply over the past year, in part because of innovative tank designs, new research suggests.
Data collected by the E-Cigarette Forum (ECF) and analysed by ECigIntelligence shows that nearly 70% of respondents to an ECF survey are now using box mods, compared with around a third in 2014….

The Evolution of the U.S Vaper – 2015 (PDF)

The EU’s attack on e-cigarettes will bring a golden age of vaping to an end

Christopher Snowdon – Spectator Health

Walking down most British high streets you could be forgiven for thinking that e-cigarettes are more common than tobacco. It’s a false impression. There are still more smokers than vapers, but more than anywhere else in the world, you see men and women clutching a variety of shiny vaping devices. I suspect only a handful of them are aware that their e-cigarettes will be snatched from them in a few months time as a result of EU regulations that are — even by the standards of Brussels — misguided, ill-considered and counter-productive….

For public health’s sake, leave vaping alone

Jim Maas – Gannett Central Wisconsin Media

“(E-cigarettes) are just as important for public health as childhood vaccines, antibiotics, sewer treatment and water treatment,” attests anti-smoking activist Bill Godshall of Smokefree Pennsylvania in a story in Reason magazine. “And, (it is) one of the craziest situations because the public health authorities (want to) ban them….”

Evidence about electronic cigarettes:

A foundation built on rock or sand? – More response from Dr Farsalinos

Krupp  suggests that my arguments about the non-carcinogenic effects of nicotine in my previous comment are rhetoric rather than scientific. However, he still uses the same laboratory (cell or animal) studies to support his opinion that nicotine has carcinogenic effects. The only exception was a case control study of exposure to nicotine insecticide. Everyone knows, however, that nicotine used in e-cigarettes and in NRTs is pharmaceutical grade…

NZ Vaping Alliance Launched

“Our objective is to become the one-stop-shop for the latest information on e-cigarettes and vaping issues. We will also have stories of real-people who have quit smoking thanks to e-cigarettes.

“More and more New Zealanders are quitting smoking by using e-cigarettes, which has to be a good thing. But as a result of the mix of laws (Medicines Act and Smoke-free Environments Act), people looking at e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking are forced to buy nicotine-containing e-cigarettes from overseas suppliers…

Campaign to stub out smoking in Scotland

A new tobacco control strategy was unveiled in 2013 and included robust restrictions on how cigarettes are displayed in shops and a ban on smoking in hospital grounds.

The Scottish Parliament is now considering a new Health Bill which includes further measures on sales and introducing regulations on e-cigarettes for the first time.

Read more:
Follow us: @TheScotsman on Twitter | TheScotsmanNewspaper on Facebook

Cumbria welcomes changes to e-cigs law

Colin Cox, Cumbria County Council’s director of public health, said: “While electronic cigarettes can be a good alternative for people who already smoke, it’s still important to try to prevent young people getting addicted to nicotine. We would therefore discourage young people from using e-cigarettes and advise those that do to stop. If you want to stop smoking, call Cumbria’s Stop Smoking helpline….

Bill to restrict “vaping” moves closer to becoming law in Prince George’s

A bill to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in most businesses and public places moved one step closer to becoming law in Prince George’s County on Thursday after lawmakers voted it out of committee.

Council member Todd Turner (D-Bowie) sponsored the bill that would regulate the distribution and sale of the nicotine vaporizing devices while restricting “vaping” in most restaurants, bars, public and senior citizen housing….

Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest


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2 comments on “In the News 9th October
  1. Daren Howells says:

    Thanks for your website. It is now an essential daily read. I have responded to all the calls to action today and donated to the welsh lib dems. I have sucessfully given up smoking with the aid of e cigarettes but it feels like there is a war going on to save our health and freedom of choice at the moment. Hopefully the regulators and general public will see the light in the end.

  2. christopher prost says:

    SFATA Appoints Cynthia Cabrera
    to Board of Directors
    WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2015 – Washington, D.C. The Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA), the world’s largest trade association exclusively committed to effectively representing and managing the interests of the vapor industry, has appointed Cynthia Cabrera, SFATA’s executive director, to its board of directors and named her as its next president and CEO.
    Cabrera succeeds Phil Daman Esq., who has served as SFATA’s president and CEO since 2013, and has worked with SFATA since 2012. Mr. Daman, along with Ms. Cabrera, has been instrumental in helping the association grow from seven member companies to more than 500 members in less than three years. Cabrera will remain as SFATA’s executive director.
    “I am extremely pleased that Cynthia will be working with SFATA in this new expanded role to make SFATA even greater and stronger,” said Daman. “There is no one in this industry that has a higher level of professionalism, passion, commitment, knowledge and ability to lead SFATA.”
    Daman, who manages the law firm of Daman & Associates, and advises various stakeholders on transactional, litigation and regulatory matters, is stepping away from his role at SFATA to focus on his clients’ increasing legal needs. Daman will remain on SFATA’s Board until November 9, 2015 to assist Cabrera with the transition and SFATA’s upcoming elections, which are scheduled for that same day.
    “It’s been an honor to work with Phil these past few years. He is an astute attorney and sharp advocate who understands the issues the vapor industry faces and cares deeply about using vapor technology to help people change the world for the better,” said Cabrera. “SFATA appreciates Phil’s commitment and dedication and hopes to leverage his knowledge and expertise in future as we continue to engage with government and industry to help shape evolving legislation at the federal and local levels.”
    SFATA Announces Election for
    Board of Directors
    Dear SFATA Member,
    As the voice of the vapor industry, the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association is proud to represent businesses across the supply chain. We work every day, representing businesses dedicated to offering a safer alternative to combusted cigarettes.
    We have grown rapidly since our founding in 2012, beginning with three companies to now having nearly 600 members. As we have grown, the industry has also experience rapid change. As we look toward the future, it is now time to elect a new Board of Directors for SFATA.
    The election will take place using an online ballot over the second week of November, but before members vote, there are three pieces of business we must address:
    -Later today you will receive an email confirming your membership status. While many members are up to date on their dues, a few have lapsed. You will receive that email today confirming your membership is up to date or giving you instructions on how to bring your membership up to date. All memberships must be current on Friday, October 23rd in order to vote in the board election. If you have any questions about membership status, please visit
    -To oversee the election and nominations process, the Board of Directors will create a committee and we are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in joining the Election Committee of SFATA, please click here and provide as much information as you can. Submissions to be on the Election Committee will be open until Friday, October 16th.
    -Do you think you would add expertise and insight to SFATA’s work to create an open, appropriately regulated vapor industry? Are you interested in being a member of the Board of Directors? Do you know a SFATA member who would be a good fit for our board? The nomination form for the SFATA board can be found at All nominations are due by Friday, October 23rd.
    Today we are the most respected and credible advocacy group in the world servicing the vapor industry, and we thank each of you for your support and commitment to furthering our leadership role.
    If you have any questions about the election, please send those to or call 202.251.1661.
    All the best,
    Cynthia Cabrera
    SFATA President and CEO