Fridays News at a glance:
A good week for pro-vaping science – E-cigarettes: Organized crime is exploding – Some public sessions at COP7 – Vaping bill sponsor admits ‘it did’ put people out of business – Where has all the nicotine gone? – Role of sweet and other flavours – E-cigs and Joe Camel – Prop. 56 Kills – Latest tobacco tax attempt – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Friday, 7 October 2016
But council bans continue to spread – Fergus Mason
The scientific consensus behind e-cigarettes continues to strengthen this week, with two separate studies – one in England and one in India – confirming that the devices are an effective tool for smokers who want to quit. Meanwhile other researchers found that despite previous alarmist claims, e-cig vapour causes no detectable damage to lung cells.
Kevin Crowley – Vaping Links
As national crime syndicates go, the FDA is one of the largest legal organized crime rings in the world. E-cigarettes and nicotine were deemed a “tobacco product” on August 8th, 2016 by the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
I don’t have an answer as to how their decision reduces smoking. Not a clue as to how it involves tobacco harm reduction – which is their alleged intent.
3 things for vapers to write to MPs about: 1) COP7 2) scrap article 20 TPD on Brexit 3) block EU intention to tax ecigs.
— Sarah J (@Twigolet) October 7, 2016
Some sessions of the international tobacco-control meeting due to be staged in India next month will be held in public, according to Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, head of the Secretariat of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), writing a Huffington Post blog.
The seventh meeting of the FCTC’s Conference of the Parties (COP7), which is due to be held in New Delhi on November 7-12, has criticized for refusing entry to relevant stakeholders, including tobacco growers, and the media.
‘Tt did’ put people out of business – Hayleigh Colombo
Indiana State Sen. Ron Alting, the Lafayette lawmaker who sponsored the controversial vaping law that essentially put a single private security firm—located in his town and run by his high school classmate—in charge of selecting winners and losers in the e-liquid manufacturing industry, is now admitting the law created an unfair playing field.
Fergus – Black Note
Most vapers are probably sick of hearing about nicotine by now. If you believe the media it’s carcinogenic, immoral and as addictive as chocolate-coated heroin, and Big Vaping loves to add it to liquids to trap a future generation of addicts. It’s a constant complaint from people who don’t like vaping – “You haven’t really quit; you’re still addicted to nicotine.” Large parts of society have decided that Vaping Is Bad because there’s still too much nicotine involved.
BMJ- Tobacco Control
Our findings indicate that bitterness and harshness, most likely from nicotine, have negative impacts on the liking of e-cigarettes, but the addition of flavourants that elicit sweetness or coolness generally improves liking. The results suggest that flavours play an important role in e-cigarette preference and most likely use.
Dr. Steven J. Allen
What do Sports Illustrated magazine, vampire movies, NASCAR, The X-Files, piña colada flavoring, and puns based on the expression “Let it go” have in common? Why, they’re all aimed at children, of course—which you would “know” if you were a member of the braindead Washington political elite….
John Seiler – Fox & Hounds
Taxes have consequences. One is black markets. Vice.com’s “Black Market: Dispatches” just ran an episode on Ukraine’s “people who rely on the underground cigarette trade for survival during a time of war and economic struggle.” They smuggle smokes West into the wealth European Union. Here’s a preview.
Brian Fojtik – Orange County Register,
Even among the complex maze of 17 statewide ballot initiatives and the 224-page voter guide this year, Proposition 56 stands out. Prop. 56 would increase tobacco taxes by $2 per pack, which is expected to be a $1.4 billion annual tax increase on cigarettes and other tobacco products (and a new tax on e-cigarettes).
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Compiled by Robert Innes @BrainyFurball
If You Don’t Quit the Way We Want You to Quit, Then Don’t Bother
The Rest of the Story
After last week’s publication of a new study which found that smokers switching to very low-nicotine cigarettes did not compensate by smoking more, anti-tobacco groups jumped on the bandwagon, telling the public that these products helped smokers cut down and quit and should therefore be an integral part of a national smoking cessation strategy….
Michael D. Shaw – JunkScience.com
This column has already documented officialdom’s unrelenting war on e-cigarettes. In fact, those articles were some of the best-read I have ever posted, so I guess we touched a nerve. The insidious tag team—comprised of Big Tobacco and the supposed public health interest groups against smoking—is perfectly evocative of the “Bootleggers and Baptists” phenomenon, originally described by economist Bruce Yandle.
Lauren Cooper – Consumer Reports
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of experts that advises the government on public health issues, recently concluded that there’s insufficient evidence to recommend e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking conventional cigarettes. But when we reported on that news, we heard from more than 1,300 readers, most saying that electronic cigarettes helped them kick their habit.