Vapers Digest 11th April

 

Tuesday’s News at a glance:

E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors – E-cigarettes effective in fighting nicotine addiction – Smoking age law simply more nanny state – Greek doctor wants PH to regulate e-cigarettes – Vaping laws are changing next month – HIQA advises Minister that interventions to help people quit smoking not only work, but are good value for money – When The Music Stops, RSPH Look The Fool – Media Roundtable on Vaping, Regulation and the Law – CEI E-Cigarette Lawsuit Takes on Activist Agencies – NSP Daily Digest

E-cigarette critics get research dollars from industry competitors

Minnesota Watchdog

Some interesting news recently landed in Jeff Stier’s inbox.

“Today’s a good day to quit smoking!” proclaimed an email from NYC Quits, part of a statewide tobacco control program that gives away free nicotine patches and gum every year.

Stier, a risk analyst with the National Center for Public Policy Analysis, signed up for the program, not because he’s a smoker (other than the occasional cigar) but for research.

E-cigarettes effective in fighting nicotine addiction

Business Mirror

There are more than 1,000 studies proving that vaping or smoking e-cigarette is less harmful than tobacco or cigarette smoking, and is an effective tool in promoting smoking cessation, an expert said.

Konstantinos E. Farsalinos, a research fellow at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, Greece, and at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Patras, Greece, said e-cigarette use can, in fact, help save millions of smokers who are at risk of premature death.

Smoking age law simply more nanny state

The World

Senate Bill 754 is known as the “Vaping and Tobacco Ban” measure. It increases the minimum age from 18 to 21 years for the legal purchase of tobacco, nicotine and vaping products.

I think the legislature gave its best shot at offering 18 to 21-year old adults an entirely new freedom — “freedom from responsibility.”

The nanny-state will squeeze another three years of control over a group which they deem in need of protection. If we read between the lines, the nanny-staters are hoping this “freedom from responsibility” will enable more state intervention for many years to come.


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Greek doctor wants PH to regulate e-cigarettes

Manila Standard

As the government intensifies its collection of cigarette taxes in the Philippines, a Greek visitor in Manila reminds authorities that saving millions of Filipino smokers from premature death is a campaign that deserves a greater attention.

“Smoking is an epidemic worldwide.  We have over 1.1 billion smokers in the world, or about 23 percent of the adult population. The World Health Organization predicts that within the 21st Century alone, we are going to have 1 billion premature deaths due to smoking. In the Philippines, the smoking prevalence is about 20 percent.  Of these 20 million smokers, 10 million of them are going to die prematurely by smoking-related diseases. The average life expectancy of a smoker is 10 years less than a non-smoker.  It is a huge cost in lives and in economy,” says Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos, a researcher at Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre in Athens and University of Paltras in Paltras, Greece.

Vaping laws are changing next month – this is what you need to know

The Mirror

The new Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 comes into force on Saturday, May 20, and introduces a number of rules about the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids

New rules on vaping are coming into force within weeks – and if you’re a vaper you will need to be aware of these changes.

The new Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 comes into force on Saturday, May 20, and introduces a number of rules about the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids

Ahead of the changes to the law, the Plymouth Herald spoke to the local Trading Standards who want to make sure that all local manufacturers and retailers are aware of the changes.

HIQA advises Minister that interventions to help people quit smoking not only work, but are good value for money

Health Information and Quality Authority

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has advised the Minister for Health Simon Harris TD that investing in interventions to help people quit smoking is effective and provides good value for money.

HIQA’s health technology assessment (HTA) is the first ever analysis carried out to compare the cost-effectiveness of alternative mixes of smoking cessation interventions with an existing standard of care, and the first assessment in the EU to examine the cost-effectiveness of e-cigarettes as an intervention to help people quit smoking. The report found that all interventions are effective at helping people quit smoking, and are cost-effective when compared with unassisted quitting.

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When The Music Stops, RSPH Look The Fool

Dick Puddlecote

On Friday, for some unfathomable reason, the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) decided it was a doozy of an idea to do the dirty on vapers who had put much store in their support of e-cigs.

As you may remember, it wasn’t “the industry’s code of conduct” but that of the Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA) which makes up just a small proportion of the industry as a whole.

However, the RSPH made great play of this code of conduct and wanted to see it adhered to by every e-cigarette company and vendor nationwide. Specifically, they wanted e-cig businesses to never sell to non-smokers under any circumstances.

Media Roundtable on Vaping, Regulation and the Law

Wire Service

On April 11 at 11 A.M., Derek From, staff lawyer at the Canadian Constitution Foundation (“CCF”), will be a panelist at a Media Roundtable on Vaping, Regulation and the Law in the Gatineau Room at Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier. Mr. From will be speaking about the constitutionality of the federal government’s proposed anti-vaping legislation.

WireService.ca Media Release (04/10/2017) Ottawa, ON – The CCF released a report titled “Vaping and the Law” on February 23, 2017 that surveyed vaping legislation from across Canada and evaluated it in light of recent Supreme Court of Canada jurisprudence on harm reduction and section 7 of the Charter, which guarantees our right to life, liberty, and security of the person.

CEI E-Cigarette Lawsuit Takes on Activist Agencies

Michelle Minton, CEI

The battle over electronic cigarettes heats up even more this week as the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s general counsel Sam Kazman argued in court today against a federal regulation banning use of electronic cigarettes on planes. The lawsuit, filed by CEI and the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA), says the Department of Transportation overstepped its authority when it decided to prohibit vaping on all airplanes. People may think health concerns must have spurred the regulator crackdown, but that is contrary to all the scientific evidence showing that vaping is relatively safe in the short term and certainly less harmful than smoking traditional cigarettes.

Until the DOT decided to ban the use of vapes on a plane (alleging that vaping counts as smoking), airlines were fully able to prohibit their use and most did. However, in March 2016, the agency decided to impose a new prohibition under Congress’s anti-smoking airlines statute. The agency did this despite the fact the DOT itself admitted five years earlier that e-cigarettes neither burn tobacco nor produce smoke and without providing evidence of harm to passengers.



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