Vapers Digest 10th November

Friday’s News at a glance:

Visiting expert encourages Australian smokers to switch to vaping – Take all extreme scientific claims with a pinch of salt – More Vaper Insights – Making a call on passive vaping – Evolution & Growth – Vaping draws fire in war on smoking – E-cigarettes included in Phuket beach smoking ban – Final action expected on e-cigarette ban – New laws for electronic cigarettes – MOH’s adverseness against alternative tobacco products is “religious” in nature – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest

Expert encourages Australian smokers

To switch to vaping – Dr Colin Mendelsohn

The co-author of a major international review into e-cigarettes is set to tell an audience of Australian healthcare professionals that encouraging smokers to switch to vaping has great potential to improve their health.

“The best thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking,” says Hayden McRobbie, Professor of Public Health Interventions at Queen Mary University of London, UK. “For those smokers who won’t or can’t quit, the next best thing would be to switch to vaping.”

Take all extreme scientific claims

With a pinch of salt – ECig Intelligence

Reports of scientific research into e-cigarettes should be approached with caution – especially if they appear stridently either pro or anti – one of Britain’s leading researchers warns.

“People should be wary about differences between headlines and the text of articles, and suspicious of any claims that state that things have been proven,” suggests Robert West, an addiction and smoking cessation specialist who is professor of health psychology and director of tobacco studies at University College London (UCL).


Royal Society for Public Health

Whilst the public are aware of vaping, they often have a misunderstanding of what vaping is, and its success in supporting smokers to quit. If the goal of a smoke free nation is to be realised then smokers need to be given the confidence to make an informed decision to switch to a significantly less harmful alternative than smoked tobacco.

More Vaper Insights

Drawn from the FDA PATH Survey, 2013-14
Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth

Following are additional insights into smoking and vaping from my Nicotine & Tobacco Research study (abstract here), coauthored by my economist colleague Dr. Nantaporn Plurphanswat. Earlier blog notes on this analysis of the 2013-14 FDA-funded Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Survey arehere.

Flavors are important to vapers, but the PATH questionnaire inquired about flavoring only by grouping them: “menthol, mint, clove, spice, candy, fruit, chocolate, alcohol (such as wine or cognac), or other sweets.”  Nevertheless, we report that flavors “were consumed by 7 out of 10 current users.

What we’re reading and watching


Elk Grove Village – Loyola University, The Greyhound, Jack Ebmeier – Middleboro, MA – The Enterprise, Eileen Reece –, Michelle Minton – news sources – The Washington Times, Laura Kelly

Making a call on passive vaping

Martin Palin

I’m calling it on passive vaping. I say that in 15 years scientists will conclude that the public health risks associated with second hand vaping are negligible.

I’ve looked at the research, considered the importance of quantities in relation to toxins, reflected on my own experiences, used a dose of deduction and I’m calling it.

My mates play a game where we entertain each other by framing a market around public affairs. What price the latest public figure before ICAC to be found corrupt? What odds Nathan Tinkler makes a successful commercial comeback before 2020 ($150 I reckon).

Evolution & Growth

Aotearoa Vape Community Advocacy

Just an update from AVCA Central for those interested. Hard to believe that we have been officially doing our thing for over two years now (Mind you we have all been at it for much longer, but officially, when we decided to organise that is), but here we are!

First, we would like to announce that we have begun adding to our group of merrymakers here with the addition of Hazel Lyn Malgapo Mallare to AVCA as our Research and Resource Coordinator. Hazel has kindly accepted our offer to be our researcher and help to post information to our Facebook Groups, and assist with the management of our (eventual, currently in process) resource library for our website.

Vaping draws fire in war on smoking

Cape Town

The new war against smoking has e-cigarettes and vaping in its sights.
Anti-tobacco lobbyists want legislation amended to include the latest smoking craze, which some say also has harmful effects.

Executive director of the National Council Against Smoking Savera Kalideen said vaping products should not be compared to cigarettes, but compared to itself as it came with its own harms.

E-cigs included in Phuket beach ban

Tanyaluk Sakoot

Vaping in public is already illegal in Thailand as it is by law already considered the same as smoking, Watcharin Thintalang Director of the Phuket DMCR’s Marine and Coastal Management Division, told The Phuket News.

“E-cigarettes, or vaping, create smoke and that is banned under the same DMCR regulation (for banning smoking at the beaches). Vaping is ‘smoking’, and that breaks the law,” he said.

Final action expected on e-cigarette ban

The Alexandria City Council will consider a second and final reading of the ordinance regarding electronic delivery services during its Nov. 13 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

The council approved the ban on a 3-2 vote on Oct. 23, after a public hearing drew 11 speakers — eight, mainly from the e-cigarette industry who opposed the ban, and three health professional who supported it. There won’t be a public hearing at Monday’s meeting.

New laws for electronic cigarettes


This fact sheet describes new laws in the Public Health Act 1997 starting on 29 November 2017.

The new laws:

  • treat personal vaporiser products (including e-cigarettes) similarly to tobacco products
  • increase penalties for supplying these products to a person under 18 years
  • introduce ‘fit and proper’ checks for licence applicants
  • set reporting requirements for licence-holders.

Adverseness against alternative products

Terry Xu

The amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act which have been approved by Parliament on Tuesday will see an introduction of a ban for people from buying, using and owning imitation tobacco products, such as e-cigarettes, e-cigars and e-pipes, which will likely be in force by next year. This basically extends the current ban on the sale, import and distribution of battery-powered devices that heat nicotine-infused liquids to produce a vapour for inhalation.

On this Day…2016

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

WHO’s castle of cards toppled (updated)

Clive Bates – The Counterfactual

The UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) has produced a devastating critique of the WHO paper on ‘Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems’ (e-cigarettes or vaping products to everyone else).  The paper by WHO is for the 7th Conference of the Parties to WHO’s tobacco control treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, (FCTC COP-7) which will be held in Delhi 7-12 November, 2016.

The route to a smokefree New Zealand

Marewa Glover – NZ Herald

There are lots of things about other people that annoy us. Those barely-there-shorts young women wear; when people argue in public, shooting their mouths off at each other very loudly in front of your kids; and how it seems most people can’t drive properly. These are the joys of living in a diverse live-and-let-live society. We only ban behaviours that result in actual harm to people.

Reporters Banned From #COP7FCTC

Drew Johnson – Daily Caller

A United Nations legislative body has voted to kick journalists out of its meeting Monday.

Delegates voted unanimously to ban journalists from the remaining sessions of the biennial legislative conference of World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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