Vapers Digest 20th March


Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Two From Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes

No Smoking Day Ignores Vaping

Ex-smoker Andrea Leadsom MP has a dim take on the use of electronic cigarettes. In the past she co-sponsored anti vape legislative proposals and made many flawed statements in the House of Commons. This year’s No Smoking Day campaign saw vaping shamefully reduced to a bit-part role.

NNA Launches Blistering Attack – Part 2

As yesterday’s article began to explain, following the Budget statement, the New Nicotine Alliance says the Chancellor’s vape tax is wrong in principle and naïve in application. The charity is explaining how the budget proposals undermine the government’s swap to stop campaign, making the Smokefree 2030 aspiration now unattainable, punishes vaping more than smoking (costing lives), and relies on Government documents that are “childlike and embarrassingly misunderstand science”.


It’s not considered good practice to make new laws at 4am on no sleep: but that’s how the Tobacco Products Directive – which regulates vapes across the EU – was agreed more than a decade ago.

In those frantic, last-minute negotiations between EU countries and the European Parliament, a new clause was added at the behest of the European Commission and almost as an afterthought. No one has really discussed it since, but it could be about to bite back hard.

The clause says that where three Member States ban a particular kind of e-cigarette, the Commission can then extend that ban across the EU using a little known and highly opaque process. Were they to decide to do this, a ban could be agreed in a few short weeks.

On this Day…2023

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

Shoddy Research Reinforces Narrative

Jacob Sullum

In 2019, The Journal of the American Heart Association published a study suggesting that nicotine vaping doubles the risk of a heart attack. The authors claimed e-cigarette use is “independently” associated with a heightened risk of myocardial infarction, which is “similar” to the risk among cigarette smokers.

Contextualised e-cigarette testing strategy

Shows flavourings do not impact lung toxicity in vitro
E Bishop, N East, F Miazzi, S Fiebelkorn, D Breheny, M Gaca, D Thorne

Vaping has the potential to reduce the individual health risks associated with smoking and e-cigarette flavours have been reported to help smokers’ transition from cigarettes. In this manuscript, we provide evidence to support the reduced risk potential of e-cigarette aerosols and flavours by assessing commercially available e-liquids (Vuse ePod – Manufactured by British American Tobacco) in a 2D in vitro screening approach.

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