Vapers Digest 19th June
Monday’s News at a glance:
NNA Launch “Go Fund Me” Fundraiser! – Urge The UK Political Parties To Back Vaping! – Enforcement Not New Laws – A tobacco-free society is a realistic goal – Second Circuit Court Rejects Magellan MDO Appeal – Ministry Of Health Pushing People Back To Smoking – Policy experts express concern over WHO ‘going rogue’ – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest
Two from Michelle, ECigClick:
The NNA (New Nicotine Alliance) have launched a fundraiser on the Go Fund Me platform. I became a Trustee for the charity in May and see first-hand how hard these people work for free! It would be great to help this hardworking bunch of volunteers continue their good work!
Many ex-smokers are involved in the charity who have managed to quit the habit using alternative nicotine systems. In our Zoom meetings I see those of us who vape!
The excellent vape advocate Martin Cullip has authored a piece for the 1828 website titled “Banning disposables would be the first step towards total vape prohibition“.
I class Martin as someone I can turn to when I need help understanding the Labyrinth of vaping legislation and he is always 100% on the ball and extremely helpful.
He is also an International Fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Consumer Centre and is located in the UK.
Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes
The lack of enforcement of existing laws has contributed to youth vaping in New Zealand, says the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Advocates. The leading consumer advocacy group is calling on the New Zealand Government to enforce its existing laws and hold retailers to account as a first step to help prevent young people from getting access to vaping products.
The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Advocates (CAPHRA) is a regional alliance of consumer tobacco harm reduction advocacy organisations. Its mission is to educate, advocate and represent the right of adult alternative nicotine consumers to access and use of products that reduce harm from tobacco use.
#GFN23 week has begun!
Let’s start things off with a critical look at nicotine science – if we put our core nicotine knowledge back under the microscope, what might we find?
— Global Forum on Nicotine (@GFNicotine) June 19, 2023
Why We Started Vaping https://t.co/14f0cgFBJ3
— CASAA (@CASAAmedia) June 17, 2023
But a nicotine-free society is difficult – Karl Fagerström
Forty-five years ago, when he had just turned 30 and was working in a unit that looked after people who wanted to quit smoking, clinical psychologist Karl Olov Fagerström devised the so-called Fagerström test — a brief questionnaire, made up of eight questions, to assess a smoker’s addiction to nicotine. Four decades on, the test is still used, just with two fewer questions.
“The test offers a rough estimate of a given smoker’s likelihood of successfully quitting,” explains Fagerström, who initially designed the test for individual use, since it allowed him to diagnose his patients and personalize treatment based on the level of their disorder.
Rejects Magellan MDO Appeal – Jim McDonald
Today, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected vape manufacturer and distributor Magellan Technology’s appeal of an FDA marketing denial order (MDO) for Juno-brand refill pods. All 12 of the denied products contained non-tobacco flavors.
Magellan could now seek an en banc review of the case (a rehearing by the full Second Circuit), or could appeal to the Supreme Court. Following the appeals court decision, the Juno products cannot be sold without risking FDA enforcement.
Pushing People Back To Smoking – CAPHRA
An advocacy group representing vapers in the Asia Pacific region says that proposed limits on nicotine concentrations in vaping liquids in New Zealand may not help smokers quit and could backfire.
The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) submitted a response to the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s proposal to cap reusable vaping product nicotine concentrations at 28.5mg/mL for nicotine salts. CAPHRA executive coordinator and prominent New Zealand public health consumer advocate Nancy Loucas argues in the submission that limiting nicotine levels could push users back to smoking cigarettes.
Over WHO ‘going rogue’ – Manila Bulletin
International policy and public health experts expressed dismay over the World Health Organization’s (WHO) controversial moves over the years regarding its policy making, saying that it should prioritize health and common sense rather than engaging in controversial political maneuvers.
An article by Martin Cullip published in The Washington Times titled “World Health Organization has gone rogue, should no longer be considered credible” raised the mounting criticisms surrounding the WHO, and exposed the underlining numerous instances where the organization’s credibility and decision-making processes came into question.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Discussions about human rights have long been underdeveloped in tobacco control. Human rights considerations were neglected in the development of the international treaty – the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Any subsequent advancement of human rights issues has focused mainly on the justification for demand and supply control strategies, prioritising the obligations of states to protect people from both tobacco products and the tobacco industry. Human rights discourse in tobacco control has neglected to address the issue of the right to health and an individual’s freedom to take positive steps to protect their own health.
The International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights affirms that everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. This was elaborated by the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights which determined that a right to control one’s health and body requires “a variety of facilities, goods, services and conditions necessary for the realization of the highest attainable standard of health”.
American smokers trying to quit have a choice between vapes, nicotine pouches and—a more recent introduction—heated tobacco sticks. Cigarette companies have a lot riding on which way they turn.
Today, vaping is the preferred alternative to smoking in the U.S. Reynolds American owner British American Tobacco BTI -1.41% expects it to stay that way, arguing on a recent earnings call that Americans won’t buy heated tobacco products in big numbers. BAT is applying to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for permission to launch its Glo heated tobacco sticks, but executives say this is mainly to get leverage with overseas regulators rather than because they are bullish about local demand.