In the News February 23rd
Tuesdays News at a glance:
The ‘Success’ That Dare Not Speak Its Name – Prominent Aussie Tobacco Control Researcher Admits Plain Packaging Is A Failure – It’s Time to Quit…. The EU – Why E-Cigarette Users Support Brexit – Warning that e-cigarette firms could face ruin – SRNT believes research should be replicated – Decoding Quebec’s Anti-Vaping Law – Chilling Effects (Part 2) – Fontem Ventures develops real-time method for measuring volatile organic compounds – The Diacetyl Debate: What Top Researchers Have To Say -Headlines about e-cigarettes – Vaping and the Changing Electorate in 2016 – Effect of variable power levels – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Tuesday, 23 February 2016
The first of a Double bill from Dick Puddlecote
In Australia, the spin to pretend that plain packaging wasn’t an unmitigated failure continues, and the post-implementation squirming is hilarious to watch.
Via Catallaxy Files, it seems that the Aussie government is struggling with a simple question as to whether plain packaging achieved what the government said it would. That being to reduce tobacco consumption and improve public health.
Admits Plain Packaging Is A Failure – Dick Puddlecote
Take, for example, a study she led on the effect of plain packaging of cigarettes which was published in March  (emphases mine)….
Why is your vape store going to close? Why is your favourite flavour going to become unavailable? Why is your favourite device going to be banned? Why are prices going to go through the roof?
THERE’S ONE ANSWER – THE EUROPEAN UNION. ITS TOBACCO PRODUCTS DIRECTIVE COMES INTO FORCE ON BLACK FRIDAY – 20 MAY OF THIS YEAR….
Guy Bentley – Daily Caller
A new campaign group has come to the aid of those battling to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union — Vapers for Britain (VfB).
After a fraught renegotiation process, the British people have been given the opportunity to vote on their country’s membership of the EU for the first time in 40 years.
The referendum will be held Jun. 23 with Prime Minister David Cameron campaigning for a vote to remain in the EU….
Southern Daily Echo
A RAPIDLY expanding manufacturer of e-cigarettes has warned extra testing of products demanded by EU regulations could force some of the smaller players in the industry out of business.
David Extance, managing director of E-Quits Limited, based in Romsey, said that EU rulings could demand that all “vaping” products, new and existing, undergo new safety tests under Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
(When they don’t like the results) – Carl V. Phillips
My attention was called to this gem of an editorial, “Conflicts of Interest and Solicited Replication Attempts” by the Nicotine and Tobacco Research (NTR) Editor-in-Chief, Marcus Munafò. NTR is the journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) and the slightly more honest and scientifically sound of the anti-tobacco journals. This editorial offers a new and different reflection on just how out of touch with real science tobacco controllers are….
Chilling Effects (Part 2) – Reg Watch
For measuring volatile organic compounds in e-cigarette aerosols
The system, established in partnership with IONICON Analytik GmbH in Austria – the world leader in ultra sensitive real-time trace gas analysis – provides a fast, novel sampling set up for the analysis of both mainstream and exhaled e-cigarette aerosols based on Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS). …
It’s hard to have missed the recent furor about diacetyl in e-liquid. The media whipped up a typically exaggerated storm of concern about the buttery flavoring, and familiar battle-lines were drawn among the vaping community: should we be concerned about diacetyl? Should we be putting more pressure on mixers to remove it from their juices? Or is the whole issue being blown out of proportion?
Don’t mean they’re ‘not safer than tobacco’ – Nikki Smith – CRUK
If your New Year’s resolution was to stop smoking, and you were looking for support to help you quit, then recent headlines suggesting e-cigarettes ‘aren’t any safer than tobacco’ might have raised an eyebrow or two.
Since Christmas, we’ve seen three sets of critical headlines about e-cigarettes, each looking at a different aspect of a device now used by millions across the UK.
In an interview with Washington Journal on C-SPAN this morning, ATR president Grover Norquist discussed a wide range of topics, including President Obama’s final budget request, the tax and budget plans put forth by 2016 presidential candidates and the changing electorate that may determine the outcome of the election….
On the yield of total aerosol mass and formation of aldehydes in e-cigarette aerosols – Science Direct
The study objective was to determine the effect of variable power applied to the atomizer of refillable tank based e-cigarette (EC) devices. Five different devices were evaluated, each at four power levels. Aerosol yield results are reported for each set of 25 EC puffs, as mass/puff, and normalized for the power applied to the coil, in mass/watt. The range of aerosol produced on a per puff basis ranged from 1.5 to 28 mg, and, normalized for power applied to the coil, ranged from 0.27 to 1.1 mg/watt…