In the News September 8th
Thursdays News at a glance:
The WHO position on e-cigarettes – Eat, drink, smoke, vape – Poland bans sale of e-cigarettes to minors, public vaping – Supporting the right to Vape – FDA’s misguided approach to regulation of e-cigarettes will harm public health – New FDA rules on vaping will actually encourage cigarette smoking – Vaping helped them quit smoking – Ban on ‘life-saving’ e-cigarettes ‘unethical’ – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Thursday, 8 September 2016
Christopher Snowdon – Velvet Glove Iron Fist
In advance of its secret meeting in India in November, the WHO has published its thoughts on e-cigarettes. I was surprised to see my name in the references but even more surprised to see people on social media describing the WHO’s position as ‘supportive’ of vaping yesterday. That’s not how I read it.
Their main statement is below. Note that they have decided that calling e-cigarettes ‘electronic nicotine delivery systems’ is not clumsy enough so they have added ‘electronic non-nicotine delivery systems’.
Should electronic cigarette use be covered by clean indoor air laws? asks paper in Tobacco Control. My PubMed reply:https://t.co/7cMotaOLIZ
— Clive Bates (@Clive_Bates) September 8, 2016
Simon Clark – Taking Liberties
Eat, Drink, Smoke, Vape takes place at Nuvo, Birmingham’s premier cocktail bar, on Monday October 3 from 21:00-23:00.
The aim of the event is to highlight the pledge given by new PM Theresa May on the steps of Downing Street when she declared, “We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives.”
Poland will ban the sale of popular e-cigarettes to minors and their use in public spaces under a law that comes into effect on Thursday.
Adopted by parliament in July, the new measures put e-cigarettes on a par with their traditional tobacco-based counterparts, making it illegal to sell them to anyone under 18 years of age or “vape” anywhere that smoking is banned.
Millions of people around the world have successfully used e-cigarettes to kick their addiction to cigarettes and these products should be regulated sensibly and made widely available. This November the World Health Organization meets to discuss tobacco policy and alternatives to smoking. The signals are that the WHO is considering advising governments to ban e-cigarettes which would be a massive mistake.
Will harm public health – Tony Abboud
The innovation that led to vapor products such as e-cigarettes is without question one of the most exciting advancements in public health and tobacco harm reduction in the last 10 years. Despite an overabundance of distorted and misleading information propagated by some in the public health community, responsibly manufactured vapor products are not only a safer alternative to traditional combustible products…
Will actually encourage cigarette smoking
Tobacco is a tough thing to defend. It’s smelly, noxious, unhealthy and generally awful. Cigarettes are an expensive habit that leads to even more expensive health problems.
That said, the FDA’s new “deeming” rule is a terrible mistake. By regulating all forms of tobacco – including “e-cigarettes” (vaping), cigars and pipe tobacco – in even more stringently than it regulates cigarettes, the FDA is hurting small businesses and actually ensuring continued cigarette smoking.
Michele Munz – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Evan Wright, 18, started smoking cigarettes and cigars early in high school. He sometimes smoked three cigars a night and began to have serious breathing problems, he said.
A year ago, he started vaping, which delivers nicotine in an appealingly flavored aerosol without all the toxic chemicals that come from burning tobacco. His breathing problems went away.
Australian law is protecting big tobacco, researchers say as they push for the legalisation of nicotine in e-cigarettes.
The medicines regulator has been asked to exempt nicotine from the Schedule 7 dangerous poisons list, at concentrations of 3.6 per cent or less, in a bid to reduce the harm caused by tobacco.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Compiled by Robert Innes @BrainyFurball
How can we pass on our knowledge and experience to the smokers we don’t know personally? Those who have the desire to stop smoking but may be leery of ecigs? How do we allow them the opportunity to know?
How do we #DoSomething?
Aerosol contains less volatile compounds than normal exhaled breath
A new study was published today in Journal of ChromatographyA. The study was performed by the Spanish Council of Scientific Research. They measured the levels of several volatile organic compounds (VOC, they measured 156 compounds) in indoor air, normal exhaled breath, smoke of tobacco cigarettes, exhaled breath of smokers after taking cigarette puffs, e-cigarette aerosol and exhaled breath of vapers after taking e-cigarette puffs…
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are designed for users to inhale nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking. They deliver nicotine by heating and vapourising a solution that typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol and/or glycerine, and flavourings. As there is no burning involved, there is no smoke. Unlike cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not produce tar and carbon monoxide. The vapour has been found to contain some toxicants also found in cigarette smoke, but at much lower levels….