In the News March 4th

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Fridays News at a glance:

EU set to tax e-cigarettes as tobacco? – Vote Vaper, not Labour – 90 thousand and still counting – Phillips and Burstyn departure from CASAA – Wikipedia, and why it matters – Maryland bill to tax vapor products and ban vaping not even supported by sponsor – E-cigarette inventor fumes at Welsh Government over vaping ban plan – E-cigarette myths busted by council as they encourage smokers to turn to vaping – We’re unsure if e-cigarettes are harmful, but it still makes sense to restrict them – Vaping and the ‘Serial’ Phenomenon

EU set to tax e-cigarettes as tobacco?

New Nicotine Alliance

This was the headline on the front page of the Times on the 3rd of March: “Brussels tax hike to send e-cigarette price soaring”. So what might it mean for vapers?

The Times reported that:

“..ambassadors from all 28 EU countries have agreed to take the first steps towards imposing higher duty, quietly telling the European Commission to come up with plans by next year to reclassify e-cigarettes as tobacco products for tax purposes.”

Vote Vaper, not Labour

Vapers in Power

Vapers in Power are back for the Welsh Elections. The Public Health (Wales) Bill puts ecigs on a pretty much equal footing to cigarettes as regards their use in Wales. This, and the ignoring of the evidence by the Health Minister, has outraged us – which is why we want to stand against Mark Drakeford, at the very least….

90 thousand and still counting…

Totally Wicked – Challenge Article 20

Some of you may have thought that when we handed our petition over to the Department of Health (DoH) in September of last year that that was it. Well, we are delighted to report that vapers across Europe continue to sign up in support of the Article 20 legal challenge each and every day. Since the handover last year a further 19,000 signatures have been collected and delivered to the DoH is batches of 1,000.

Phillips and Burstyn departure from CASAA

Carl V. Phillips – Anti-THR Lies

CASAA (The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association), the publisher of this blog up until today, has decided to focus its resources on mobilizing responses to state and local regulation proposals and it thus cannot devote substantial resources to science and education efforts. The position of chief scientist (held by me since its creation) has been eliminated and thus my role with CASAA has ended.


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Wikipedia, and why it matters

Fergus Mason

Wikipedia is a byword for unreliable information written by some social inadequate who never comes out of his room. This is slightly unfair: Only parts of it are like that. Unfortunately those parts include almost everything it says on the subject of vaping. It’s easy to say this doesn’t matter, but sadly it does. Here’s why….

Maryland bill to tax vapor products

And ban vaping not even supported by sponsor – Bill Godshall – ECF

Wednesday March 2 was a very good day for Maryland vapers and vape shops at the MD House Committee on Economic Matters public hearing on a bill (HB 861) to impose a 30% tax on vapor products and ban vaping in all workplaces and public places at

E-cigarette inventor fumes

At Welsh Government over vaping ban plan

The inventor of the e-cigarette has blasted Welsh Government plans to ban vaping in some public spaces.

Originally Health Minister Mark Drakeford hoped to restrict e-cigarettes in all enclosed public and work places bringing it into line with the smoking ban by the end of 2016.

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E-cigarette myths busted

By council as they encourage smokers to turn to vaping – Emma Flanagan – Bristol Post

Vaping, as an alternative to smoking, is being encouraged by Bristol City Council this week as they take to the streets hoping to convert people to the tobacco alternative.

They will be tackling the issues caused by carbon monoxide in the body – a substance found in cigarettes but not e-cigarettes…

We’re unsure if e-cigarettes are harmful..

But it still makes sense to restrict them – The Conversation

E-cigarettes have rapidly risen in popularity in recent years and are now the subject of heated debate as to whether they are effective in helping smokers quit tobacco or whether they are actually making smoking attractive to young people.

Vaping and the ‘Serial’ Phenomenon

Melissa Vonder Haar – CSPNet

As I obsessively scoured the Internet for updates on Adnan Syed of “Serial” and Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer,” I found myself thinking about how all this public outrage and grass-roots efforts are not unlike what’s going on with vaping.

Scoff if you like, but here are three similarities I see between these true-crime series and the world of e-vapor….

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