In the News January 19th


Tuesdays News at a glance:

PHE Hypnotised By Big Tobacco, Claims McKee In Private Emails To The CMO – The problem with Stanton Glantz – Motives Of Professor Glantz -Welsh Vaping Politics – Update Jan 2016 – Study that Purports to Show Vaping Causes Smoking Initiation and Impedes Cessation is a Complete Sham – Anti-E-Cigarette Campaigners Demand Ad Regulation – To ecig or not to ecig? – Promising insights in the treatment of nicotine dependence – Cambridge Study: Flavored E-Cigarette Ads Don’t Tempt Kids To Smoke – CPSC Set to Get Authority over Liquid Nicotine Containers – E-Cigarette Market In The U.K. Part 1: A Health Threat Or A Cure? – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest – Tue, 19 January 2016

PHE Hypnotised By Big Tobacco

Claims McKee In Private Emails To The CMO – Dick Puddlecote

If you thought conspiracy theories like chemtrails, the New World Order, faked moon landings or 9/11 being a government plot were daft, wait till you get a load of this!

You may remember that last month a resourceful fellow jewel robber – via FOI requests – caught Martin McKee and Chief Morality Officer Sally ‘Backbone’ Davies conspiring to stop the gathering of personal viewpoints on e-cigarettes from tobacco controllers by employing the Faculty of Public Health to undermine their colleagues at Public Health England….

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The problem with Stanton Glantz

Tom Pruen – ECITA

Stan Glantz is not a very good scientist. Examples of his ineptitude, and others’ criticism of it, are trivially easy to find. Some interesting examples (a definitive list would run to several pages) include:

Clive Bates’ chiding Glantz about gateway effect claims “Cease and desist: making false claims about the gateway effect(link is external)

Michael Siegel criticising Glantz on the same point “Glantz Tells Public There is No Question that E-Cigarettes are a Gateway to Smoking, But Today’s Monitoring the Future Data Show the Opposite(link is external)

Motives Of Professor Glantz

Organizations In Question As Anti E-Cig Campaigns Rage On – Kevin Crowley – Blasting News

Meta-Analysis of e-cig success poorly conducted. Tactics, Agendas & Lack Of Science To Blame

Despite overwhelming evidence of e-cigarettes being at least 95% safer than cigarettes, public manipulation continues. A fight is raging in the anti-tobacco arena and unethical tactics are being deployed. Motives of anti-tobacco professors & non-profit groups are in question, and money is the motive.

Welsh Vaping Politics – Update Jan 2016

The Rest of the Story

Study that Purports to Show Vaping Causes Smoking Initiation and Impedes Cessation is a Complete Sham – Michael Siegel

Dr. Glantz and the paper itself are completely misrepresenting the nature of the study’s findings, and as a result, drawing conclusions that are not supported by the actual findings.

The study presents itself as being longitudinal in nature. It also presents itself as comparing changes in smoking from baseline to follow-up among vapers compared to non-vapers. Similarly, Dr. Glantz insinuates that the paper is comparing longitudinal changes over time between vapers and non-vapers…

Anti-E-Cigarette Campaigners Demand Ad Regulation

Guy Bentley – Daily Caller

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has launched a withering assault on the e-cigarette industry, claiming the sector is targeting children and teenagers with advertising. That assault calls on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to step in and investigate the practices of e-cigarette advertising…

To ecig or not to ecig?

Herts tobacco control conference 2016 – Jim McManus

Promising insights in the treatment of nicotine dependence

Jérôme Harlay – PGVG

Nicotine addiction is the argument of anti-smoking campaigners to hamper vaping products’ expansion. The e-cigarette, as an electronic nicotine delivery device (END) may however be well-adapted in complement to future therapies for nicotine dependence withdrawal. And future therapies are in close perspective with the recent discovery by a Scripps Research Institute’s team, of a switch mechanism for the self-reward system of subjects chronically exposed to nicotine.

Cambridge Study:

Flavored E-Cigarette Ads Don’t Tempt Kids To Smoke – Guy Bentley

A study from Cambridge University has found no evidence that e-cigarettes increase the appeal of tobacco to children and no data supporting the theory that vaping renormalizes smoking.

The research team examined 598 English high school students aged 11-14 to find out whether e-cigarette marketing increased the appeal tobacco to kids…

E-Cigarette Market In The U.K. Part 1:

A Health Threat Or A Cure? – Forbes

Despite an overwhelming consensus that vaping is noticeably less harmful than smoking, new EU rules will impose numerous rules and regulations on e-cigarette companies. Among some of the restrictions are those that limit the size of refill containers of nicotine to 10ml, the size of cartridges or tanks to 2ml, and the maximum nicotine strength of e-liquid to 20mg….

CPSC Set to Get Authority over Liquid Nicotine Containers

The Senate version of a bill (S. 142) to give CPSC power over liquid nicotine containers awaited President Obama’s signature as PSL went to press. It received final House approval by voice vote January 11. The law would let CPSC apply the safety closure provisions of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act to the substance, which has drawn concern in recent years due to poisonings involving children (PSL, 12/22/14).



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