In the News October 14th


Fridays News at a glance:

Louise Ross: E-cigarette samples – a legitimate way of helping people to switch? – The Times newspaper has gone over the line defaming scientists – INNCO formed to protect vaping rights – Vaping saves lives. It’d be madness to ban it – WHO’s Opposition to Tobacco Harm Reduction – The Government must act now on “flawed” TPD – Smoke and substance: the vaping revolution – Uncertainty Over Safety Of Electronic Cigarettes – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Friday, 14 October 2016

Louise Ross: E-cigarette samples –

A legitimate way of helping people to switch? – The Counterfactual

Faced with a patient who has had a cancer diagnosis, who smokes but rejects any attempt to discuss stopping smoking, what should a stop smoking advisor do?

This is a situation that one of our experienced stop smoking specialist advisors deals with every week. Running a clinic at Glenfield Hospital, a tertiary centre for respiratory conditions, she works closely with Dr Sanjay Agrawal

The Times over the line defaming scientists

Dr Farsalinos

Few days ago I commented on the dangers related to the strategy of criticizing (I should say, intimidating) scientists for visiting a press conference and presenting just because the tobacco industry would be there. I mentioned that: “Criticism is welcomed and needed when it is focused on the scientific content….

INNCO formed to protect vaping rights

Fergus Mason – Vaping Post

There are signs of movement in Indiana’s e-liquid gridlock, with the state senator who pushed through their new law now admitting that its effects have been negative. However, that might not be enough to stave off an FBI corruption investigation. Meanwhile a new consumer umbrella group has been formed to stand up for vapers around the world, and plans to lobby the WHO to abandon its prohibitionist stance.


Vaping saves lives. It’d be madness to ban it

David Nutt – The Guardian

The largest burdens on public health in the western world are caused by excessive consumption – particularly of unhealthy foods, tobacco and alcohol. These are marketed commodities that exist because people enjoy them, they make shareholders money, and governments like the tax revenues they provide.

A Billion Lives – Demand Film

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WHO’s Opposition to Harm Reduction

Christopher Snowdon – Velvet Glove Iron Fist

Julian Morris has written a great report for Reason about the World Health Organisation’s backwards attitude towards harm reduction. It is heavy on facts and includes an excellent primer on snus.

Here are a few samples: On the WHO’s abuse of the precautionary principle…


The Government must act now

On “flawed” Tobacco Products Directive
Andrew Allison – Freedom to Vape

……They are not my words. They are the words of Cancer Research UK. I particularly like the reference to “light touch” regulation – advice that the EU did not take. I was surprised, though, to read in yesterday’s Daily Mail that Cancer Research UK has criticised tobacco companies for the research they have commissioned regarding the safety of e-cigarettes…..

Smoke and substance: the vaping revolution

Philip Matthews

Ben Odering puts a dropper into a tiny glass bottle on the counter of the Cosmic store in central Christchurch. He squirts some liquid into a small black device, presses a button five times and waits for a light to glow blue. Once it glows, he inhales and then slowly exhales a large white cloud.

Uncertainty Over Safety Of E-Cigs

Sam Cohen – Huffington Post

As Stoptober approaches its 4th year, questions over the legitimacy and safety of electronic cigarettes still continues. Health questions surrounding vaping have since been answered by the British Government Watchdog Public Health English (PHE). However, public opinion still remains divided…

On this Day…2015

A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…

Compiled by Robert Innes @BrainyFurball

E-cigarettes: What We Know

Professor Kevin Fenton – National Director for Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England

Are e-cigarettes safe? Will they help me to quit smoking? Will they harm my kids or encourage them to smoke? These are important questions.

And because e-cigarettes have become popular so fast, from being virtually unheard of to 2.6million British users in under ten years, we need to answer them.

Public Health England recently published an independent reviewbringing together the most up-to-date scientific data on e-cigarettes and it made some important points:

Welsh Committee Debates Ecig Legislation

Mawsley – Planet of the Vapes

As we reported Nicky Campbell saying on 5Live, “It’s a very divisive issue this.” And so it proved at the recent meeting of the Welsh Health and Social Care Committee. Opinions remained polarised and it looks likely that the lack of accord will play into the hands of the politicians who are bent on banning vaping from public spaces….

CDC Continues to Mislead the Public

By Classifying E-Cigarettes as Tobacco Products and Not Admitting that They Contain No Tobacco – The Rest of the Story

The CDC is misleading the public by failing to tell the truth about electronic cigarettes. These products do not contain tobacco and therefore should not be classified as tobacco products in epidemiologic studies such as the one reported above by the CDC. Moreover, the CDC should disclose the important fact that e-cigarettes contain no tobacco….

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One comment on “In the News October 14th
  1. Madison says:

    Great round-up, it is a shame that CDC and WHO are taking such a prohibitionist stance on vaping, and not stopping to consider the positive impacts it can have in reducing tobacco smoking-related illnesses and general risk-mitigation. It is clear the debate resides largely over misinformation and a lack of understanding. The A Billion Lives movie looks fascinating.