Vapers Digest 12th July

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Two From Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes


MPs in the House of Commons continue to look at tobacco harm reduction and ask questions about vape products. Alison Thewliss wanted to know more about disposable recycling, Navendu Mishra wants child use numbers reduced, as did Tulip Siddiq, while Matt Vickers wants nicotine content to be guaranteed.

NNA Details Committee Concerns

The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) has written to express its concerns about statements made during the Health and Social Care Committee oral evidence session conducted last Wednesday. Two panels of witnesses gave evidence and were questioned by MP members of the committee and the NNA was “extremely disappointed” by the “many instances of incorrect statements, myths, mistaken beliefs and even simple falsehoods expressed by MPs and panellists.”


Youth Use Of Traditional Tobacco Products At Record Lows In Georgia, Vaping Slightly Up

Lindsey Stroud, Independent Women’s Forum

There is welcome news for policymakers in the Peach State. According to the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), conducted in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the use of traditional tobacco products including cigars, cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco, is at record lows among Georgia’s high schoolers. Further, ever-use of e-cigarettes has declined, while current use increased slightly between 2019 and 2021.

Report Refutes Claims Vaping is Gateway to Youth Smoking

Nate Scherer, The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI)

Policymakers, and federal health agencies, have long insisted that teenage vaping serves as a gateway to future smoking. The theory goes that allowing a variety of vape products on the market entices young Americans to try e-cigarettes and eventually transition to combustible tobacco products where they establish lifelong addictions.

Consequently, policymakers have sought to impose harsh new restrictions on adult vaping products including blanket flavor bans, heavy taxes and limits on nicotine levels.

Backlash against new tobacco bill gets white hot

Ciaran Ryan, MoneyWeb
Legislation that would force retailers to conceal cigarette displays and restrict vaping products has been called anti-science and counterproductive. Smokers feel they have had it rough these last few years, what with the outright tobacco ban for five months during Covid and tighter restrictions on where and how you can smoke. Older smokers recall with fondness the days you could smoke on aircraft, in pubs and restaurants, and at the office.

Those days are over, but the war on smokers continues, and a quarter of South Africans who smoke don’t like this one bit, as the comments on the Dear South Africa platform make clear.

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