In the News June 13th
Mondays News at a glance:
The Blind Fanaticism Of ASH Wales – Rights and wrongs – New Norwegian Tobacco Act proposal – Vaping bans continue to spread despite positive US teen smoking figures – Smoke & Mirrors – Next round of gateway claims – Another attempt fails to demonstrate a gateway from vaping to smoking – Strange Bedfellows – Teen Smoking is Down – Expert Reaction – British Columbia – Motsoaledi’s anti-smoking crusade is not about public health
My ears have just stopped ringing from having a Sikh and a Derryman employing an incredibly loud kango to knock down internal walls at Puddlecote Inc today – for SIX BASTARD HOURS – as part of our reorganisation plans.
Back in the comparative peace of home, I now find that ASH Wales have been up to their old tricks again. You may remember that in March they were thrilled to“fully welcome” an outdoor smoking ban on Little Haven beach in Pembrokeshire which also encompasses e-cigs
There was a little item that caused a ripple on Twitter this morning. The cause was an item announcing a “PA system to stop smoking at Hywel Dda hospitals“.
Now I happen to think this is a rather nasty, narrow minded case of public funding to encourage nagging and hectoring by the public against their fellow citizens. I also think the use of children to broadcast their little messages is particularly nauseous….
Based on lies and misinformation – Vaping Giraffe
On Friday the Norwegian Government published their proposed changes to the Norwegian Tobacco Act. The proposal is available in Norwegian here and there are no big surprises here since Minister of Health, Bent Høie, presented the most important changes on a press conference the week before.
Smoke & Mirrors (PDF)
Seeing through the clouded Tobacco Debate
Legally controlling where you can buy cigarettes, who can buy them, what they cost, slapping dire health warnings on their packaging and disclosing their toxic constituents all have little or no impact on nicotine addicts, especially adults – according to two global experts….
Despite positive US teen smoking figures – Fergus Mason – Vaping Post
This hasn’t been a good week for vaping in general. The EU’s restrictive new law seems to have cleared its last hurdle in the UK, while Quebec’s even tougher regulations are starting to bite in Canada. Meanwhile the FDA is digging its heels in despite Congressional worries about the potential harm caused by its deeming regulations. Unfortunately, while scientific opinion continues to move solidly towards a harm reduction approach, lawmakers still can’t seem to resist reaching for a blunt instrument…
A gateway from vaping to smoking – Jérôme Harlay – Vaping Post
“These findings suggest that e-cigarette use may promote smoking during the transition to adulthood …” A new study published today by Rob McConnell and his co-authors from the University of Southern California fails to convince experts and to establish causation between vaping and smoking among teenagers.
Carl V. Phillips – Anti-THR Lies
For those who may not know, the claim out there is that some empirical evidence suggests that e-cigarette use is causing some people (the focus is on kids) who would not have otherwise smoked to become smokers. My methodology paper explains how to analyze whether that is really the case
Absolutely No Evidence that E-Cigarettes are a Gateway to Smoking – The Rest of the Story
A new study published online today in the journal Pediatrics purports to show that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking among youth. The study followed a sample of approximately 150 never-users of e-cigarettes and 150 ever users of e-cigarettes for one year.
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Behind the Headlines – @MarkHyman
E-cigs appeared on the scene a decade ago. They’re tobacco-free. They mix trace amounts of nicotine with a liquid that forms a vapor. This replaces tobacco and cancer-causing agents. Because they inhale vapors instead of smoke, users are said to be vaping.
Due to E-Cigarettes? – Ruth Kava – ACSH
The good news — no, make that the very good news — is that teen cigarette smoking has continued to decrease, according to the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).
In 1991, 28 percent of teens reported smoking at least one cigarette in the 30 days before taking the survey, while in 2015 that had dropped to 11 percent, as shown in the graph below.
To study on e-cigarettes and future cigarette use – Science Media Centre
The effect of e-cigarettes on the risk of taking up smoking is the subject of a paper published in the journal Pediatrics which reports that youths who never smoked but use e-cigarettes may have an increased risk of subsequently taking up smoking when they are legally allowed to purchase tobacco products.
New legislation restricting the sale and use of e-cigarettes in B.C. is coming into effect on Sept. 1, the government has announced, but it won’t apply to people vaping pot.
According to officials, the use of vapourizers is highest amongst young people, and the new rules aim to limit their access in the same way as tobacco.
Hear initial reaction to the new rules and regs that are set to go into effect on September 1, 2016
Is not about public health – Ivo Vegter
On World No Tobacco Day, the unwieldy name of yet another inane UN-declared special day, South African health minister Aaron Motsoaledi confirmed that the government was preparing to implement new laws requiring plain packaging for tobacco products, prevent their display in stores, and to bring e-cigarettes into the tobacco control fold…