In the News July 25th


Mondays News at a glance:

Guidance or Control? – Hey PHE, Actions Speak Louder Than Words – A tale of two conferences – You can’t do that any more – Of corruption, lies, and…Jedi knights? – FDA’s Convoluted Response to a Simple Question – The FDA’s Incomprehensible Answer – Did They Forget Smokers Are Still Dying? – Could Rise Of Teen E-Cig Use Have An Upside? – Vic to ban e-cig display in vape shops – Singapore Police Raided & Ransacked  – ISO for e-cigs – Strict laws for Malaysia – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Monday, 25 July 2016

Guidance or Control?

Paul Barnes – Facts Do Matter

I’ve touched on this briefly a few times before (here, here and most recently here) and it’s all about smoking/vaping in the workplace in particular, and anywhere else in public in general. As many readers will know Public Health England recently released some guidance on the “Use of e-cigarettes in public places and workplaces”.

Before I go much further, let me remind you of a comment that had been left on one of my posts about this particularly thorny subject:

Hey PHE-Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Dick Puddlecote

Earlier this week I touched upon PHE’s new ‘guidelines’ on vaping in workplaces and public spaces.
Well, since then the government’s prime ‘public health’ advisory body – for it is they – has tweeted a clarification of some of the wording they were using.

This should be pretty clear if you read the guidelines, it has to be said, because although it is buried in amongst public sector makework gobbledegook, they do say that this should be a prominent feature of any policy.

A tale of two conferences

Simon Clark – Taking Liberties

As I wrote on Wednesday, repeating what I have said several times before, public health campaigners are very clearly trying to control the debate on e-cigarettes.

By issuing ‘guidelines’ about vaping in the workplace the aim of Public Health England is not merely to ‘encourage’ more smokers to quit but to control where and how often adults can vape as if it’s part of a smoking cessation programme.

You can’t do that any more

Kevin Crowley – Vaping Links

You’ve been helping people choose to switch from tobacco. You’ve created jobs. Most owners I “know” have been inspired to create a business – to help others – because of how easy it was to switch to e-cigarettes for themselves. You chose to open a legitimate business. In the process, you’ve made friends, changed lives, and in fact saved lives.

Of corruption, lies, and…Jedi knights?

MIT Brickman

I just committed to attending the North American premiere of the documentary film A Billion Lives on August 6th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I like Wisconsin. After all, it’s the home to Harley Davidson, Laverne and Shirley, and where That ’70s Show was set – ironically, all things representing my youth. What’s not to like?


FDA’s Convoluted Response

To a Simple Question – The Rest of the Story

Someone shared with me the actual reply they received from the FDA in response to a very simple question:

“Are e-cigs that do not contain nicotine (or any other tobacco extracts) also covered by the FDA deeming regulations?  If so, will they also require pre-market approval like products that do contain nicotine?”

The FDA’s Incomprehensible Answer

To A Crucial Question About Its E-Cigarette Regulations
Jacob Sullum – Forbes

The Food and Drug Administration’s legal rationale for regulating e-cigarettes as “tobacco products,” even though they do not contain tobacco, is that they deliver nicotine derived from tobacco. But e-cigarettes do not always do that. There are many varieties of nicotine-free e-liquids, sold in disposable e-cigarettes, replaceable cartridges, and bottles for refilling vaporizer tanks.

Did They Forget Smokers Are Still Dying?

Daniel Hall

Vaping was created for a very specific reason, it wasn’t invented by a Tobacco Giant to create a new generation of life-long cigarette addicts.  Disregard what you’ve heard or read about vaping and e-cigarettes for a few minutes, join me on a journey and see if you disagree with my view-point by the end.

Vaping Is Cool, Smoking Is Not:

Could Rise Of Teen E-Cig Use Have An Upside? – Koby Michaels

Smoking has never been cool in my lifetime. But e-cigs are different, sort of.

“E-cigarettes are kind of a way of doing the same thing without getting the same harmful effects of the original cigarettes,” says 16-year-old Alexandra, a friend’s sister, who asked that her last name not be used.


Vic to ban e-cig display in vape shops

Displaying e-cigarette products in vape stores will be illegal under laws being considered by the Victorian Government. This unpublicised change was uncovered during an investigation by Not Smoking Australia into the detail of the Tobacco Amendment Bill 2016.

Singapore Police Raided & Ransacked 

My Home for Illegal Vaping

This was written a few months ago not long after my home was raided. I delayed posting it for my own security because my country is pretty much a security state.

As many of the veteran vapers may know, vaping is illegal in Singapore. I’ve been a vaper for just over 3 years and I’ve been totally off cigarettes for 2 years.

ISO for e-cigs

GLOBAL manufacturing standards are being developed for the e-cig industry.

The move to develop an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization was revealed by Gerry Stimson, emeritus professor Imperial College London who worked with the British Standards Institution group on e-cig standards.

Strict laws for Malaysia

E-CIGARETTES should be strictly regulated as a pharmaceutical product in Malaysia.

That’s the recommendation of the Health Ministry’s technical committee tasked with studying the health effects of e-cigs and shisha smoking, reveals its chairman, senior consultant chest physician Prof Datuk Dr Abdul Razak Muttalif, a former director of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital Institute of Respiratory Medicine.



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