Vapers Digest 12th April
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
The Norwegian government wants to ban online snus sales as part of a new tobacco strategy. But experts warn the measure may be counterproductive for efforts to reduce smoking rates.
Norway’s new tobacco strategy was included in a sweeping public health report released on March 31.
“Our vision is a tobacco-free generation, and we want to make ensure children born in 2010 and later are given that opportunity,” said Norwegian health minister Ingvild Kjerkol in a statement.
Strong nicotine pouches are no longer classified as medicine in Finland, announced the medicines regulator on Thursday, freeing them from import restrictions applied to medications.
Finnish Customs announced it would implement the new designation immediately.
Three from Gov.UK
It’s an enormous pleasure to be here today at Policy Exchange to set out the government’s next steps on vaping and smoking. Everybody agrees that we must do more to prevent ill health in the first place – not just treat it afterwards. Cutting smoking is one of the most evidence-based and effective interventions that we can make.
New Nicotine Alliance (NNA)
Today, public health minister Neil O’Brien announced a raft of new initiatives to reduce smoking in the UK and prevent adolescents from accessing vaping products. They are designed to accelerate the government’s target of reaching smokefree status by 2030 – defined as smoking prevalence of less than 5% – and will cement the UK’s place as the world leader in recognising tobacco harm reduction as a powerful public health tool.
Sean Seddon & Rachel Russell, BBC News Services
One million smokers will be given a free vaping starter kit to encourage them to give up tobacco products.
Pregnant women will also be offered up to £400 to stop smoking as part of a package of measures in England unveiled by the government on Tuesday.
A consultation will be launched on compelling cigarette manufacturers to put advice on quitting inside packs.
One million cigarette smokers will be offered vape starter kits as part of a government “swap to stop” scheme to make the nation “smoke free”.
The kits will be offered to almost one in five of all smokers in England as part of a push that is “the first of its kind in the world”, Health Minister Neil O’Brien will announce on Tuesday.
Marita Moloney, BBC News Services
Plans to make it more difficult for children to illegally buy e-cigarettes in England are to be laid out by the government next week.
An enforcement squad made up of trading standards officers will be set up to carry out test purchases and clamp down on shops selling vapes to under-18s.
The Department of Health says it will allocate £3m to tackle the issue.
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
The United Kingdom will offer free vapes to one million smokers in England—the first time such a plan has been tried nationally. The quit-smoking scheme was announced today in a speech by British Health Minister Neil O’Brien.
People who want to quit smoking will be given free vape starter kits, along with behavioral support. Such “swap to stop” programs have been proven effective in local trials.
Martin Cullip, CAPX
The Government’s refusal to give in to anti-vape campaigners in the recent Spring Budget is a win for smoking harm reduction advocates. It is also encouraging to note that ministers have announced plans to spend £3m on creating a new ‘illicit vapes enforcement squad’ to enforce the sensible laws on sales of vaping products that are already in place.
Aaron Brown, Reason
In February 2022, the World Journal of Oncology published an article by a team of 13 researchers claiming that vapers are about as likely to get cancer as people who smoke traditional cigarettes.
Citing this article, Stanton Glantz, a tobacco-control activist and retired professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, claimed that not only are there “some carcinogens in e-cigarette aerosol,” but “now there is also direct evidence that people who use e-cigarettes are at increased risk of some cancers.”
And then the World Journal of Oncology‘s editors retracted the study because “concerns have been raised regarding the article’s methodology, source data processing including statistical analysis, and reliability of conclusions.”
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