News Review 18th October

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This is the week that was…

Nothing earth shattering was in the media this week, but once again many interesting blogs and analysis to enlighten the curious reader were evident. 3 particularly interesting stories will be highlighted here in this round-up:

Monday 12th October

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BBC Radio 4 featured Professor Linda Bauld on ‘You and Yours’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_gSw0oGvgA&feature=youtu.be which is well worth a listen

One of the countless stories appearing from the USA of evidence free illogical bans http://www.seminolevoice.com/news/2015/oct/09/oviedo-bans-smoking-vaping-controversially/ , yet another reason why all of these ‘local’ bans require opposition,the domino effect is all too apparent.

Tuesday 13th October

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#battleofideas http://www.battleofideas.org.uk/2015/session_detail/9978 resulted in this truly splendid appearance by Lorien Jollye from the NNA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH457aoSN9s&feature=youtu.be
hopefully the whole discussion will be uploaded by the event organisers at a later time

Save E-Cigs produced this damning letter that they forwarded to all Welsh Assembly AM https://saveecigs.wordpress.com/2015/10/13/let-us-repeat-that-the-most-recent-welsh-health-survey-failed-to-find-a-single-vaper-who-said-they-had-never-smoked-before/

Dr Siegel savaged the validity of a recent Spanish study http://tobaccoanalysis.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/new-article-demonstrates-severe-bias-by.html

A petition began on Change opposing Facebook’s bizarre decision to disallow ‘A Billion Lives’ adverts to promote the video https://www.change.org/p/mark-zuckerberg-cora-zuckerberg-facebook-stop-vape-censure-on-facebook-one-million-signings-for-one-billion-lives?recruiter=227535661 -this was a great success and remarkably Facebook reversed their original decision after support of in excess of 5000 people was given.

Wednesday 14th October

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Professor Kevin Fenton(Public Health England Director) wrote this excellent blog in the HuffPost Lifestyle http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/professor-kevin-fenton/ecigarettes-what-we-know_b_8284460.html

Mawsley (POTV) produced a very good review of recent proceedings in the Welsh Assembly Health and Social Care Committee https://www.planetofthevapes.co.uk/news/vaping-news/2015-10-14_welsh-committee-debates-ecig-legislation.html just as a follow on the Welsh Health Minister:- Mark Drakeford is due to appear on Wednesday 21st before the committee. As a means of greeting his appearance

I invite ALL readers to sign up to https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/32946-e-cigs

This seemingly routine article from China Daily contained some ridiculous quotations from Dr Chan(WHO) http://www.ecns.cn/2015/10-13/184069.shtml and suitably savaged in this analysis by Clive Bates http://www.clivebates.com/?p=3364

Thursday 15th October

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Excellent blog on conflict of interests and ‘shilling’ from Fergus Mason http://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog/2015/10/ecigs-advocacy-payments-vape-debate.html

An important and thoughtful blog appeared in the BMJ from Richard Smith(former editor of BMJ and also debated at #battleofideas) http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2015/10/15/richard-smith-how-public-health-moralists-are-promoting-harm-from-tobacco-and-helping-the-tobacco-industry/

Good article in the Spectator (apart from where the EU Parliament voted in 2013 not 2014!) http://www.thecommentator.com/article/6110/eu_chooses_corporatism_on_e_cigarettes

Tragic update from Western Australia and Vince https://www.gofundme.com/Ecigs-Our-Right-to-Choose

Friday 16th October

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From Louise Ross .http://www.guidelinesinpractice.co.uk/from-smoking-to-vaping-to-quitting-a-nurses-guide#.ViOPKvmrTIV

From Jon Fell https://storify.com/JonFell73/ecigs-and-the-tobacco-industry-an-investor-s-view

From Carly Souther http://ecigintelligence.com/opinion-why-zoning-is-the-next-big-threat-to-americas-vape-stores/

It was an encouraging sign that a former neutral or sceptic Richard Smith, joined the ever growing band of pragmatists who support e-cigarettes, writing his blog and appearing on stage with Lorien Jollye and Chris Snowdon at #battleofideas .
Nothing much of substance appeared in the press from influential opponents, apart from the apparent faux-pas by Margaret Chan (Director-General of World Health Organisation WHO)

It was truly pleasing and heartening to see a reversal in policy by Social Media juggernaut Facebook, towards film-makers ‘A Billion Lives’, why cannot Regulators act in a similar manner,as opposed to the aloof evidence- free decision making all too prevalent across the World?

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