Vapers Digest 11 January
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Dutch nicotine pouch consultation: urgent action needed ~ Language policing in ‘public health’ ~ FDA Responds with More of the Same Misinformation to Reagan Udall Report ~ “Poorly Designed, Conducted, and Interpreted” Research Deters Smokers From Life-Saving Safer Cigarette Substitutes ~ Proposals Must Not Hit Smokers ~ Velo Reduced Risk Demonstrated ~ Innco Weekly Issue | Jan 9th, 2023 ~ Falling Youth Vaping Rates Prove Activists Wrong ~ Premature Flavor Ban In DC Disregards Declines In Youth Vaping And Tobacco Use
Tobacco harm reduction advocates are being urged to respond to a consultation on Dutch legislation that aims to ban tobacco-free nicotine pouches in the Netherlands. The deadline to submit is January 16, 2023.
The Dutch government wants to formally ban tobacco-free nicotine pouches through new legislation that would regulate them under the country’s Tobacco and Smoking Products Act. A consultation seeking comment on the proposed changes is currently open. The deadline for submissions is January 16th.
Christopher Snowdon, ChristopherSnowdon.com
Much of academia is focused on policing the English language these days so it is not surprise to see the ‘public health’ lobby joining in. In the video below, Joanna Cohen, a wild-eyed woman from one of Mike Bloomberg’s front groups, wants people to focus on “accuracy and consistency” when they talk about tobacco harm reduction.
She doesn’t like people calling new products ‘novel’. She doesn’t like them being described as ‘alternative’ either, because it makes people think of 1990s rock bands, apparently. She doesn’t like the term ‘heat not burn’ because “it suggests the product is safe”, which is news to me. I expect she disapproves of the term ‘tobacco harm reduction’ too.
Vapers have been patiently awaiting the findings from the Reagan Udall inspection of the CTP at FDA. This evaluation focuses on four areas, compliance and enforcement, regulations and guidance, application review, and communication with public and stakeholders. Even though in the end the FDA is not obligated to follow these recommendations, some hoped they might bring about some positive change.
While this report shows FDA’s many flaws it still manages to tote the same anti-vaping youth usage rhetoric we have come to expect. Many vapers like me were hopeful but not expecting much to come from these findings as it is particularly hard to keep a positive outlook when the FDA has not budged on their messaging thus far.
Dr. Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth
I recently published research in Internal and Emergency Medicine demonstrating that a dozen prior articles describing diseases in vapers were flawed and unreliable. Subsequently, the journal editors commissioned a commentary on our work from eminent tobacco harm reduction experts Riccardo Polosa and Konstantinos Farsalinos. Following are extracts from their article.
“[Rodu and Plurphanswat] have provided cogent and convincing evidence based on a creatively simple assessment of data from the first wave of the PATH survey that smoking-related diseases…were only rarely diagnosed in respondents who had initiated e-cigarette use prior to the age of diagnosis of these disorders…these diseases were nearly always diagnosed following (mostly many years after) the…initiation of smoking…97% of all cases for COPD, 96% for emphysema, 98% for myocardial infarction and 93% for stroke. Indeed, most of these diseases were ultimately diagnosed in respondents who initiated smoking prior to 18 years of age.”
TWO from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
Proposals for new measures in New Zealand must not hit smokers who are desperate to quit, says the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA). “Kiwis need to have their say on the Government’s proposed measures aimed at youth vaping, with submissions closing on 15 March,” says Nancy Loucas, the organisation’s Executive Coordinator.
The potential of Velo to be used as a cigarette alternative like vapes has been reinforced by innovative real-world study. The study shows Velo consumers had significantly better results for several indicators linked to smoking-related diseases compared with smokers, providing important new data and adding to the weight of evidence that supports nicotine pouches and their potential for reduced harm.
We hope you are doing amazingly well. For INNCO members, please remember that we have a Townhall this Saturday; you should have a reminder with the invitation in your email. We hope to see you all on Saturday, as important news will be announced.
We had a Press Release concerning media coverage on topics related to Harm Reduction for people who smoke or used to smoke combustible tobacco; if you have yet to see it, you can check it out here.
Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates, CAPHRA
“Alarm bells about a United States’ youth vaping epidemic have now been proven to be false,” says Nancy Loucas, Executive Coordinator of CAPHRA (Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates).
Her comments follow a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA) which suggests that youth vaping rates appear to be dropping, compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Lindsey Stroud, Independent Women’s Forum
The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education recently published the results of the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey for Washington, DC youth. There is welcome news, youth use of combustible cigarettes and vapor products has remarkably declined in recent years, yet, the newly published data comes just months after a flavor ban took effect in the nation’s capital.
Among middle school students, in 2021, 1.3% reported current use of combustible cigarettes, defined as having used the product on at least one occasion in the 30 days prior to the survey. Only 0.2% of middle schoolers in DC reported frequent and daily cigarette use. Regarding vapor product use, among middle school students in DC, 4.5% reported current use in 2021, 0.4% reported frequent use, and 0.3% reported daily e-cigarette use.
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