In the News February 24th


Wednesdays News at a glance:

Vendors, explosions and the TPD – Slaughtering Sacred Cows – Electronic cigarettes: A briefing for stop smoking services – The e- cigarette recognized by the High Council of Public Health – Fontem Ventures in the race of Ecig emission analysis – Bordering on libel, Finland ASH chairman pitches in on ecigs – Imaginary Hobgoblins From E-Cigarette Liquid Lab Tests – South Australian recommendations on ‪Vaping‬ – Robert Califf confirmed as new FDA commissioner – Someone is tracking how much you ‘vape’ on Twitter – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Vendors, explosions and the TPD

Fergus Mason

In this post I’d like to make two suggestions to all vape vendors. This isn’t something I really want to do, because many of you are doing a great job for the vaping community, but right now I feel I have to raise both these points. What you do with them is up to you, but I hope you’ll at least consider them.

Exploding batteries: It’s not your fault, but it is your problem

Slaughtering Sacred Cows

Dick Puddlecote

Back in August, Public Health England (PHE) produced a ground-breaking report on e-cigs which sent chills down the spines of bigoted old tobacco control industry farts the world over.

After years of hating e-cigs because of blind prejudice and ignorance …

Electronic cigarettes: A briefing for stop smoking services

National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training

This briefing makes recommendations for stop smoking practitioners and services, provides common questions and suggested answers about e-cigarettes, and summarises the evidence upon which these recommendations are drawn.


The e- cigarette recognized

By the High Council of Public Health – Nathalie Dunand – PGVG

The French High Council of Public Health (HCSP) has released its updated opinion on the electronic cigarette through its website. It acknowledged its usefulness in reducing the risk of smoking but remains cautious.

Fontem Ventures in the race

Of Ecig emission analysis – Jérôme Harlay – PGVG

Fontem Ventures announced this Monday, February 22 that they developed a method for the analysis of volatile compounds in the e-cigarette aerosols. Their results indicate that PG, VG and nicotine can be quantified at a fast rate in the emissions and cover a wide range of concentrations. The authors highlight a substantial potential for public health purposes.

Bordering on libel:

Finland ASH chairman pitches in on ecigs – 

This is something I felt I had to get out, again just a translation unaltered. The specific part about the PHE report will be also sent to the authors of the paper. This is not some random guy off the street, he’s a prominent figure in the field of tobacco control. I feel like disparaging your colleagues in public in a language they cannot understand is just unacceptable behavior. Ofcourse they need to be regulated, that doesn’t even need justification.. But blatant lying about the issue is only going to do more HARM.

Imaginary Hobgoblins From E-Cigarette Liquid Lab Tests

Brad Rodu – Tobacco Truth

As a pathologist, I have studied how human cells are altered by disease; with colleagues, I have explored in the laboratory how cancer cells behave and respond to various treatments.  A single human disease can involve thousands of changes in the arrangement and interaction of the 10,000 different kinds of molecules present in each cell.


South Australian recommendations on ‪Vaping‬ (PDF)

The Parliamentary Select Committee was established pursuant to a resolution passed in the House of Assembly of the South Australian Parliament on the 17 June 2015 to inquire into and examine possible legislative recommendations on electronic cigarettes, (also known as e-cigarettes, personalised vaporisers, vaporisers, hookah pens, electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) or electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS) amongst other names)…

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Robert Califf confirmed as new FDA commissioner

Barnaby Page – ECig Intelligence

Robert Califf has been confirmed as the next head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency which will spearhead federal regulation of e-cigarettes when it releases its long-awaited deeming rule.
The appointment of Califf, a cardiologist and academic who is currently the FDA’s deputy commissioner in charge of the Office of Medical Products and Tobacco, is expected to take effect in the near future.

Someone is tracking how much you ‘vape’ on Twitter

Aleszu Bajak – Washington Post

The next time you send a tweet about electronic cigarettes, you might unwittingly be taking part in a clinical study examining what Americans are saying online about vaping.

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center recently analyzed 28 million tweets containing hashtags like #vape, #ecigs and #ejuice to build a monitoring tool that tracks who is commenting about e-cigarettes and what they’re saying.


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One comment on “In the News February 24th
  1. Niko says:

    I just wanted to react about french High Council of Public Health. They recognized it could be a good tool for harm reduction BUT they still use this pseudo “gateway theory” promoted by our health minister Marisol Touraine.
    She could’t prove it and we know that many studies proved her wrong. (thanks to real scientists)
    For sure this high council said it could renormalize the act of smoking because of “the positive image given to vaping with its marketing”. Smoking isn’t vaping and gateway theory is entirely wrong, vaping doesn’t attract no smokers !
    Let’s explain their first idea : They said IT COULD be a gateway… Now their second false idea : They talked about “a risk to renormalize the act of smoking” ! Unlike the first they didn’t use conditional, they talked about “a risk” and it is worse because they don’t rely on anything to affirm this (not even biaised studies). Marisol (once more) seemed to be their main scientist to write their report (by the way she doesn’t know anything about vaping).
    One more thing ,it seems like they have never heard of Konstantinos Farsalinos because their references didn’t mention ANY of his studies.
    They recognized there wasn’t any problem with second hand vapor BUT they still want to ban vaping in public places AND ban advertising for e-cigarettes.
    In fact this high council found a good way for them not to get involved in e-cigarette promotion as the BEST harm reduction invention (for sure we can see that our marisol might be guilty for that !).
    To conclude : I could read in social networks that her name might stay in our history to define the biggest mistake in public health … YES it is true !.