In the News November 21st
Mondays News at a glance:
New Study on E-Cigarettes and Bronchitis: An Example of Scientific Dishonesty and Deception – Do e-cigarettes cause COPD – How much do flavors contribute to aldehyde emissions? – Excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco – E-cigs included in Uk tobacco control survey – Why the vaping industry is a short-lived bubble – These Are The BEST And WORST Cities To Vape In – Smoke’s negative effects – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Monday, 21 November 2016
An Example of Scientific Dishonesty and Deception
Michael Siegel – The Rest of the Story
A new study published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine along with a press release issued by the American Thoracic Society (publisher of the journal) conclude that youth use of electronic cigarettes contributes to “the burden of chronic respiratory symptoms in youth.” Specifically, the research concludes that there appears to be a causal relationship between e-cigarette use and “chronic bronchitic symptoms (chronic cough, phlegm or bronchitis)” among youth…
Or is there a COPD epidemic in adolescents in South California?
Dr Farsalinos – E-Cigarette Research
A new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care has been widely covered by the media as showing that “e-cigarettes double the risk of bronchitis in teenagers”. The official press statement, which is released from the American Thoracic Society, is more moderate. It is titled: “E-cigarettes may harm teens’ lung health”. In the text, it is mentioned that:
To aldehyde emissions from e-cigarettes?
Dr Farsalinos – E-Cigarette Research
In the past few days I have received a large number of emails and messages from concerned vapers about a study reporting huge levels of aldehydes in e-cigarette aerosol when using flavored e-liquid. The study has been published in the journalEnvironmental Research and Technology. The authors compared flavored with unflavored liquids. The highest level of aldehyde emissions were observed with the flavors watermelon blueberry and coffee. Remarkably, no aldehyde emissions were found when using an unflavored liquid.
Excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco
Council directive 2011/64/EU sets out EU rules on the structure and rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco. In particular, it defines and classifies various manufactured tobacco products according to their characteristics and lays down the relevant minimum rates of excise duty for the different types of products. The purpose of the Directive is to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market and a high level of health protection.
Diane Caruana – Vaping Post
In the UK, a National Tobacco Control Survey is carried out annually, aiming to find out whether the current tobacco legislation is adhered to. This year, vaping products were included in this survey and it was found that 74% of councils had carried out the required controls.
— DrMA (@mihotep) November 20, 2016
Why the vaping industry is a short-lived bubble – Owen Gough
Vaping has come a long way in a short time. It started off as a cottage industry, dominated by small, creative companies which benefitted from loose-touch regulation to invent new and innovative products and bring them quickly to market.For vapers, the ability to create a personalised and unique product themselves from the tools provided by these vaping boutiques has always been part of the fun of their hobby.
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Steve Birr, Daily Caller
We now know what American cities are most and least hospitable to vaping.
Vaping involves using an e-cigarette device to heat liquid nicotine, which produces a vapor the user inhales. Evidence suggests vaping is 95 percent safer than traditional cigarettes, because the majority of cancer causing chemicals are inhaled through smoke.
Blood Pressure Control better in Smokers with Arterial Hypertension Who Switched to E-Cigarettes. – PubMed – NCBI https://t.co/i2PUJVRsw6
— David Nutt (@ProfDavidNutt) November 19, 2016
Is not to become a competitive disadvantage, then regulations must be enforced
Independent British Vape Trade Association
From 22nd November, only vape products (e-cigarettes and e-liquids) that comply with all the requirements of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR) can be manufactured or imported to the UK.
Whilst IBVTA members have worked hard and spent a significant sum of money to meet this deadline, it must be noted that some companies have been entirely (and often wilfully) ignorant and unprepared for their responsibilities under new regulations.
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Should guide marijuana and tobacco policy
Canada is in the process of introducing increasingly stringent measures to discourage use of tobacco, while simultaneously moving forward with a plan that, regardless of its intentions, tacitly legitimizes the recreational use of marijuana through its legalization. These two very different approaches to smokable leaf products fail to give due attention to a crucial similarity between smoking tobacco and smoking marijuana: the smoke.
Hertfordshire’s Tobacco Harm Reduction Guidance
It is proposed that Hertfordshire County Council promotes responsibly the use of e-cigarettes to help smokers to quit or reduce smoking, whilst acknowledging that e-cigarettes are not entirely without risk, and monitors ongoing impact and evidence. This line is entirely consistent with national guidance and was included within Hertfordshire’s Tobacco Harm Reduction Guidance which was approved by Panel in February 2015.
Vapers in Power
There is only one council in the entire country with a decent attitude towards vaping.
Thanks to the work of Freedom to Vape we now know that the vast majority of councils lump vaping in with smoking, against the advice of both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.
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A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Paul Barnes – Facts Do Matter
It’s one of the hottest topics in public health right now. It’s divided scientists and researchers across the globe. It’s even divided the community on some aspects of it. Vaping. A consumer driven market that has enabled 2.6 million people (UK) to either reduce the harms of smoking or stop smoking full stop.
The question that rattles around in my head regularly is why is this topic so divisive and why are so many intent on heavily restricting it? To that end, I try to go back to basics, with a little help from some friends….
The Vaped Crusader
Hi Kids, my name is Mark Drakeford. I am a “Politician”. Politicians are special people that are chosen to make big, important decisions for less special people that are too stupid to think for themselves.
When I’m not being a “Politician” I spend my time riding my pet unicorn across technicoloured rainbows in a magical, two-mooned, pixie-filled land called Wales….
Alan Beard – Why Oh Why
There appears some resistance in UK Government circles,and other influential sources,to acknowledge the concept of long-term e-cigarette use as a method to maintain tobacco smoking cessation.
This appears totally contradictory when NRT is available for long-term use as approved via NICE guidelines