In the News February 29th


Mondays News at a glance:

E-cigarette Batteries: Vaping for journalists, Part 1 – Censorious anti-smoking fanatics – Nick O Teen and Al K Hol… Just Stop It… Could Tobacco Control Extremism Help Us Get Out Of The EU?- A chance discarded… – Much public health campaigning is about snobbery not concern for people’s wellbeing – VapourTrails TV – LAST CHANCE for action to stop the Welsh Labour MADNESS! – Hong Kong biology professor – The Problem of Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest in Tobacco Control – A give-and-take on censoring ecig research – The FDA Now Officially Belongs to Big Pharma – What You Don’t Know About Formaldehyde Will Leave You Floored – Navigating conflicts of interest – Tobacco Industry Funded E-Cigarette Research – Tobacco Control Consensus on E-Cigarettes – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Monday, 29 February 2016

E-cigarette Batteries:

Vaping for journalists, Part 1 – Fergus Mason

Vaping advocates have known for a couple of years now that the standard of media reporting on e-cigarettes is truly dire. Personally I hoped that when Public Health England said last year that scaremongering about tiny amounts of chemicals was frightening people back to smoking there would be a sudden improvement in quality. After all, surely the most in-depth study yet would carry some weight with the media?

Censorious anti-smoking fanatics

Christopher Snowdon – Velvet Glove Iron Fist

This has to go straight into the top twenty of the maddest things the health zealots have ever done. Some bloke from California, supported by Stanton Glantz, has launched a lawsuit against the following organisations: the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), Parmount Pictures, Disney, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox and the National Association of Theatre Owners.

Nick O Teen and Al K Hol…

Just Stop It… Dave Dorn – The Sun Also Rises

Every so often my mind is taken back to the funny old days. Y’know, when I was young. (Not “younger” – “young” – they’re not the same, but could be). In those days (the 60s) there was a bit of a campaign going on – nothing massive, just the gentle demonisation of nicotine and alcohol as proxies for smoking and drinking. Popular crooners of the day featured “Nick O’Teen and Al K Hol” in their songs, sometimes in a kind of “I like these” way and sometimes in a “they’re the very devil” way….

Could Tobacco Control Extremism

Help Us Get Out Of The EU? – Dick Puddlecote

As piss poor legislation goes, the EU’s updated Tobacco Products Directive (TPD2) – which regulates e-cigs to within an inch of their life along with other ideologically stupid nonsense – ticks a lot of idiocy boxes for law-making and proves the public are correct in despising modern politicians and bureaucrats.

It hasn’t been missed by those campaigning against our membership of the EU either, I mean how could it…?

A chance discarded…..


Anyone here like hospitals? No, me either. I mean, we all appreciate hospitals, we welcome their lifesaving treatment, we value the caregivers. But they’re not exactly places you’d want to hang out…

Today I had to have my eyes looked at, blocked tear duct. Nothing major and I was seen by some lovely people at Gloucester Royal Hospitals eye clinic. I had to put a prescription into the pharmacy and wait, so with the hospital being pretty busy I thought I’d grab a cold drink and go outside….

Much public health campaigning

Is about snobbery not concern for people’s wellbeing – Simon Cooke – The View from Cullingworth

Whenever you read a piece – most typically in The Guardian or Independent although sometimes these days in any media going – that talks about some or other ‘public health crisis’, the focus is always on things that people other than the writer is consuming. The problem with lager, fags and junk food isn’t merely their supposed unhealthiness….


LAST CHANCE for action to stop the Welsh Labour MADNESS!

An URGENT Call to Action from Vapers in Power

On 8th March 2016 Welsh AMs (Assembly Members) vote on whether to ban ecigs in (broadly) enclosed public spaces; this will probably include some outside locations too (playgrounds etc). This is obviously not based on science, its predicated on a vague worry about re-normalisation of smoking and a putative gateway effect from ecigs to smoking.

Hong Kong biology professor

Cannot understand the difference between mLs of e-liquid and mLs of breathing air – Dr Farsalinos

Today I received a large number of messages about a new scary story in the media, coming from Hong Kong. The story says that e-cigarettes are “a million times” more harmful than outdoor air. I was intrigued to see what kind of a story that was, and once again I was shocked.

VapourTrails TV

Marco visits an e-liquid production facility, Dimitris updates us with HR2058B and Matt takes a look at the Geek Vape Griffin. All this, and more!

The Problem of Undisclosed CoI in Tobacco Control:

How It Works and Why We are So Hypocritical – The Rest of the Story

Recently, a debate has broken out in the tobacco control community about tobacco industry-related conflicts of interest in research. One recent commentary went as far as arguing that academic journals should not publish research on electronic cigarettes if that work is funded by the tobacco industry.

A give-and-take on censoring ecig research

That gets almost everything wrong – Carl V. Phillips – Anti-THR Lies

I have watched with some amusement the swirl of attention around this op-ed (for that is what it is) by Jim McCambridge, in the journal Addiction, calling for further censorship of THR research, and this response to it in a blog post by Neil McKeganey and Christopher Russell.

The FDA Now Officially Belongs to Big Pharma

Martha Rosenberg – AlterNet

It is hard to believe only four senators opposed the confirmation of Robert Califf, who was approved today as the next FDA commissioner. Vocal opponent Bernie Sanders condemned the vote from the campaign trail. But where was Dick Durbin? Where were all the lawmakers who say they care about industry and Wall Street profiteers making money at the expense of public health?

What You Don’t Know About Formaldehyde

Will Leave You Floored – Josh Bloom – ACSH

This one’s the worst: “Formaldehyde Laced Laminate Flooring Causing Cancer.” But there are plenty of close seconds.

The hysterical headlines that you have been seeing in the news about a bad batch of wood laminate flooring from China might lead you to think that formaldehyde was spewing from the floor into your home in such vast quantities that it would quickly send you to a different sort of “home” where formaldehyde is present….


Navigating conflicts of interest

In a rapidly changing research landscape – Marcus R. Munafò

We live in interesting times as a tobacco control community. In 2016, an e-cigarette will be available on prescription via the National Health Service in the United Kingdom for smokers wishing to quit. It is similar to a first-generation e-cigarette and is manufactured by British American Tobacco. From this, a paradox emerges…

Tobacco Industry Funded E-Cigarette Research

And the Rise of Academic McCarthyism – Neil McKeganey – Christopher Russell

In a commentary piece published in the journal Addiction, Professor Jim McCambridge from the University of York sets out why, in his view, academic journals should not publish any e-cigarette research funded by the tobacco industry. The basis for McCambridge’s view is, not as it turns out, evidence of current misconduct on the part of the tobacco industry….

Tobacco Control Consensus on E-Cigarettes (PDF)

From Yorkshire & Humber Tobacco Control

The Yorkshire and the Humber Tobacco Control Network met on the 27th January 2016. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and debate the place of e-cigarettes in the Tobacco Control and Harm Reduction agenda. The Network supported the joint statement on e-cigarettes by Public Health England and other UK public health organisations and produced a number of consensus guidance statements:


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