Vapers Digest 20th July
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
I reported previously how Ireland is struggling to formalise a Tobacco Control policy that promotes vaping and harm reduction. And it appears to be getting worse.
On July 17th 2022 the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health put forward a report regarding the future steps to take in Tobacco Control.
Sadly it isn’t as positive as the Khan Review in the UK for vapers.
John McGuirk, GRIPT
Like many absolute fools, I took up smoking in my late teens. The reasons are too many and varied to get into: the fact that the smoking areas created by Micheál Martin were generally the quietest and best places to talk to women was probably a factor. Feeling slightly rebellious was another. In any case, it’s up there with the worst decisions I have ever made in my life and, like most people, there are a few of those to choose from.
University Of Bath
Based on testimonies from tobacco control advocates and researchers working in different regions across the globe, the new study from the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) at the University of Bath published in Tobacco Control, indicates that intimidation seems to be happening in a coordinated way, suggesting targeted attacks.
Drew Schwartz, Vice
At a time when abortion rights in America are under assault, mass shootings have become a near-daily occurrence, and inflation is out of control, the Biden administration is expending a weirdly large amount of energy on an entirely separate issue: regulating the shit out of nicotine.
In April, the FDA proposed a rule that would prohibit the sale of menthol cigarettes. In June, it floated a plan to slash the amount of nicotine cigarettes can legally contain by 95 percent. And two days later, on June 23, it banned the sale of Juul products in the US, citing “insufficient and conflicting data” in the company’s application for market authorization.
Cameron English, American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)
The media reports the results of sloppy vaping research, then quickly forgets them. We do not. What follows is a list of many of the low-quality studies that have investigated the alleged health risks of e-cigarette use. We’ll regularly update this catalog of bad studies as necessary.
Christopher Snowdon, Velvet Glove Iron Fist
A study titled ‘Should IQOS Emissions Be Considered as Smoke and Harmful to Health? A Review of the Chemical Evidence’ was published two weeks ago. The study comes with a big red flag:
The authors acknowledge the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products funding (www.bloomberg.org). The funders had no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish or preparation of the manuscript. The authors also thank Prof. Anna Gilmore and Sophie Braznell from the University of Bath and Dr. Ed Stephens from the University of St. Andrews for valuable discussions and reviewing the content of this article.
Three from Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes
The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), the largest trade body representing the vaping industry, has reinforced its call for a range of get-tough measures to crack down on unscrupulous retailers who sell vapes to young people, including fines of £10k and a national retail licencing scheme.
Big vaping issues of the moment are set to dominate the UK’s largest B2B vaping conference. Tackling rogue vape traders, preventing underage access to e-cigarettes and creating a sustainable vaping industry will be amongst the hot topics of debate at the Vaping Industry Forum and Exhibition at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London on Friday 9 September.
Trading Standards officers are complaining that the market is being flooded by illegal grey market disposables and fakes. The BBC has documented illegal sales taking place where these devices were being supplied to under-age test purchasers. The Independent British Vape Trade Association has expressed its concern, and repeated its commitment to educating both the public and retailers.
Christopher Snowdon, The Snowdon Substack
Australia is a basket case when it comes to vaping. Reading newspaper op-eds from Down Under, you would think the country had been completely cut off from the rest of the world. Its health establishment is so detached from reality that all you can do is laugh at it.
S. Birruntha, The Malaysian Reserve
THE government’s “Generation Endgame” (GEG) policy is expected to see illicit trade increase from 58.4% as of March 2022 to 61.7%, or RM8.7 billion.
The 15 to 19-year-old age group accounts for 7.7% of the tobacco use population, according to a study by Datametrics Research and Information Research Centre (DARE).
Mallory Locklear, Yale News
In an attempt to curb the use of increasingly popular electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as e-cigarettes, 30 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. have implemented taxes on these products. But a growing body of evidence suggests that, among adults, these taxes can increase cigarette smoking, a habit whose health effects are likely to be more harmful than vaping nicotine according to the National Academy of Science and Medicine.
Duncan Mlanjira, Nyasa Times
Introduced in 2015, Phillip Morris International (PMI’s) new smokeless cigarette invention, the ‘IQOS’, is gaining popularity as evidenced in Japan where tobacco cigarette sales decreased at an accelerated pace after the introduction on the international marked of the leading electrically heated tobacco product.
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