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:

NNA Launch “Go Fund Me” Fundraiser!

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!

The NNA was founded in 2014 and the group have contributed to improving individual, organisational and public understanding of the topic of Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR).

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!

Urge Political Parties To Back Vaping!

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.


Enforcement Not New Laws

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.

A tobacco-free society is a realistic goal

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.

Second Circuit Court

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.

Ministry Of Health

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.

Health, policy experts express concern

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.

On this Day…2022

A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…

The right to health and the right to THR


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”.

Race to Replace Cigarettes Is Heating Up

Carol Ryan

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.

Original WSJ Link

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