Friday’s News at a glance:
Another day, another anti-vaping scare story in the Daily Mail – Why is the number of smokers in Australia increasing? – Policy study: E-vapor product bans – Vape detectors – Do electronic cigarettes increase cigarette smoking in UK adolescents? – Study of e-cigarettes in UK teenagers – Prevalence of population smoking cessation – Daily e-cigarette users had highest rates of quitting smoking – NHS smoking cessation services – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest
In the Daily Mail – Andrew Allison, The Freedom Association
There really isn’t any evidence to prove that e-cigarettes encourage teenagers to smoke, and even this new research from the university of Leeds doesn’t prove it. Even the researchers, according to Reuters, “urged caution in interpreting its results, noting that while e-cigarette use has increased in Britain, rates of smoking have continued to fall”.
In Australia increasing? – Colin Mendelsohn
This week, The Australian newspaper revealed that the number of smokers in Australia had INCREASED over the last 3 years while falling in other countries. Shocked tobacco control experts have suggested that the rise is simply due to migration or flawed calculations. How can this happen in a country which prides itself on its its outstanding tobacco control record?
Could violate international trade rules – David Bahr
Despite the fact that e-cigarettes have a much lower risk profile than their combustible cousins, governments around the world increasingly are banning e-vapor products in ways that appear to violate World Trade Organization rules against discriminatory treatment, a new R Street Institute policy study concludes.
R Street Associate Fellow Maria Foltea examines the legality of such bans under international trade law and concludes that prohibition of “like” products—in this case, e-cigarettes—is illegal and should be reversed.
As simple as a urine test to provide verification that vaping is less harmful than tobacco https://t.co/pNAnUrfz1K!
— Blujai (@jayeblan) August 18, 2017
Dumb tech meets the nanny state – Jim McDonald
If you’ve been following the news, you must be aware that vaping is the biggest threat to our youth in recent years. According to hundreds of news stories — based on actual studies by real scientists! — vaping is virtually certain to addict kids to nicotine, and probably turn them into cloud-blowing, fedora-wearing hipsters.
Luckily, caring school administrators now have an innovative new surveillance tool to find vape offenders early, so they can be safely shipped to re-education camps before they pollute the schools with their degenerate fake smoking.
Increase cigarette smoking in UK adolescents? Evidence from a 12-month prospective study
This is the first study to report prospective relationships between ever use of e-cigarettes and initiation and escalation of cigarette use among UK adolescents. Ever use of e-cigarettes was robustly associated with initiation but more modestly related to escalation of cigarette use. Further research with longer follow-up in a broader age range of adolescents is required.
Gives mixed signals – Kate Kelland
A British study into smoking and e-cigarette use among UK teenagers has produced mixed results, prompting scientists to caution against altering policy decisions or public health advice until evidence becomes clearer.
Senator Leyonhjelm questions the latest data, as well as asking whether it is causing an increase in black market criminal activity
By electronic cigarette use status in a national sample of recent smokers
Among those with a recent history of smoking, daily e-cigarette use was the strongest correlate of being quit at the time of the survey, suggesting that some smokers may have quit with frequent e-cigarette use or are using the products regularly to prevent smoking relapse. However, the low prevalence of cessation among infrequent e-cigarette users highlights the need to better understand this subgroup, including the individual factors and/or product characteristics that may inhibit cessation.
Had highest rates of quitting smoking
Among U.S. adults who were established smokers in the past five years, those who use e-cigarettes daily were significantly more likely to have quit cigarettes compared to those who have never tried e-cigarettes. Researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Rutgers School of Public Health found that over half of daily e-cigarette users had quit smoking in the past five years, compared to just 28 percent of adults who had never tried e-cigarettes. This is one of the first studies to reveal the patterns of cessation prevalence among e-cigarette users at a national level.
See continued decline in patient take-up
The number of people accessing NHS Stop Smoking Services fell for the fifth consecutive year in 2016/17.
NHS Digital’s annual smoking cessation report said there was a 15% drop in the number of patients setting a quit date, to 307,507, compared with the previous year.
But the report added that the ‘reduction in recent years may be partly due to the increased use of e-cigarettes, which are widely available outside of these services’.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
Jérôme Harlay – Vaping Post
A thick document has been returned by the FDA to Judge Amy B. Jackson on August 16 with the arguments the Agency considers relevant in this case: A memorandum in opposition to plaintiff’s motion. The file is a 102 page document describing the position of the FDA with regard to its deeming rules to counteract those of Nicopure Labs and The Right to be Smoke-Free Coalition.
To their Kids About the Hazards of Smoking – The Rest of the Story
A physician with the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, who is apparently a strong opponent of vaping, has advised parents to lie to their children about the hazards of smoking in order to dissuade them from using electronic cigarettes. Specifically, she urges parents to downplay the hazards of smoking so that kids will think that vaping is just as dangerous as smoking and will therefore avoid it at all cost.
Craig Boudreau – Daily Caller
“To our knowledge, this is the first study with smokers to demonstrate that substituting tobacco cigarettes with electronic cigarettes may reduce exposure to numerous toxicants and carcinogens present in tobacco cigarettes,” Maciej Goniewicz, PhD and lead author, told Roswell Park.