Vapers Digest 1st June
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Clive Bates, The Counterfactual
The World Health Organisation continues to present misleading information about e-cigarettes that spreads doubt and confusion among the public, media and policymakers. This post reviews its latest Q & A and finds multiple errors of analysis, misleading statements, and obvious biases.
Clive Bates, Tobacco Reporter
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has had jurisdiction over tobacco products since Congress passed the Tobacco Control Act and it entered into force in 2009. Through its Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), the FDA regulates tobacco products, which include nicotine products such as e-cigarettes and e-liquids in the United States. With the recent retirement of Mitchell Zeller, the CTP’s director since 2013, it is an excellent time to take stock. Here we look at six lessons from the experience that might help guide regulation in other jurisdictions.
Jack Revell, The Latch
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on Earth. Associated with cigarettes and the cancer — and other health conditions — they cause, nicotine itself is actually not considered harmful and evidence, although limited, would suggest it may actually be good for us.
Still, the ‘rise of teenage vaping’ has been the latest scare story fuelled by reports of schoolchildren vaping in classrooms and principals having to install vaping detectors in bathrooms.
Today marks the 35th anniversary of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). Since 1988, the World Health Organization (WHO) has used the annual date to inform “the public on the dangers of using tobacco … and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.”
Unfortunately for the millions of smokers around the world andthe millions of adult consumers of less harmful alternatives to smoking, the WHO remains steadfast in its opposition to tobacco harm reduction.
Executive Director of Harm Reduction Alliance Ghana, Samuel Cudjoe Hanu has underscored the importance of Tobacco Harm Reduction in improving public health and smoking addiction.
Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) is a public health strategy adopted by health experts to lower the health risks to individuals and the wider society associated with using tobacco products.
TWO from Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes
UK-based e-liquid and disposable vape company, Riot Labs, has sent a pointed message to the World Health Organisation (WHO) ahead of World No Tobacco Day (31st May). The calendar event was created by the WHO in 1987 and has since been used to encourage smokers across the globe to quit smoking.
Last week, the global vaping advocacy group World Vapers Alliance delivered an open letter to the Swedish parliament urging policymakers to stop the flavour ban. It combined this with another protest to stand against the ban on vape flavours.
Geoff Russ: Nova Scotia’s disastrous e-cigarette flavour ban should be a warning to the federal government
Geoff Russ, National Post
You may have missed it, but May 30 was World Vape Day. In Canada, it took place amidst an atmosphere of uncertainty for those in the vaping industry, and vapers in general.
Health Canada is considering a countrywide flavour ban on all electronic cigarette products, except for the flavours of menthol and tobacco. While flavour bans are intended to reduce vaping rates among youth, that benefit is outweighed by its negative consequences: a flavour ban will kill jobs, drive many back to smoking cigarettes and pack cancer wards from Charlottetown to Victoria.
The study in question was written by Michael Landl (Director of the WVA) and passionate vape advocate.
Say WHO is blocking innovation and wasting opportunities to save millions of lives
Clive Bates, The Counterfactual
As the World Health Organisation’s World No Tobacco Day takes aim at low-risk alternatives to smoking, several international experts have made critical comments in response.
Not Letting This Pandemic Go to Waste – Brad Rodu
Anti-tobacco forces are callously abusing COVID-19-driven anxiety, pain and suffering as they spew their unique brand of science-free propaganda. A good example is a video interview, titled “The Dangers Of Vaping and Smoking During Coronavirus,” with Matt Myers, head of the Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids (here). Following are selected Myers quotes, with my observations (in bold).
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