Vapers Digest 24th August

Thursday’s News at a glance:

That shady link between Big Tobacco and nicotine gum – The battle for a proportionate regulatory regime continues – It’s time for visionary pragmatism on nicotine – Research: Media Coverage of Ecigs – It’s getting old now: study shows vaping helps smokers quit – High prices on tobacco causing black market trade – Facebook Blocking ‘Life Saving Technology’

That shady link between Big Tobacco..

..and nicotine gum – Christopher Snowdon
This represents a new narrative opening up. The story now is that Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT – gums, patches, etc.) are not very effective and this somehow the fault of the tobacco industry, rather than the pharmaceutical industry.

Stanton Glantz – for it is he – jumped the shark a long time ago so I am reluctant to say that this is a turning point for him. Nevertheless, this is quite a pivot. Not only does he say that NRT doesn’t work, he says that it keeps people smoking.

The battle…

for a proportionate regulatory regime continues

From the outset, IBVTA made it clear that we did not support the TPD, indeed many IBVTA members had spent a great deal of time and money fighting the TPD over a number of years. However, in April 2016, when IBVTA launched, the TPD was a reality. The challenge for us therefore was not fighting the TPD, but credibly influencing its implementation in the UK.


Time for visionary pragmatism on nicotine

David Sweanor

At the end of July, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States did something remarkable — even revolutionary. They decided to behave in a rational way about nicotine – embracing a sensible “harm reduction” approach. Canada would do well to follow.

Instead, Canada has been focused on “risk aversion” where nicotine is concerned – and such a stance, ironically, protects the cigarette trade.

Research: Media Coverage of Ecigs

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

The ‘Nicotine and Tobacco Research’ journal has carried a study by New Jersey and New York clinicians and academics, titled “Content analysis of U.S. news stories about e-cigarettes in 2015”. Vapers may have a good idea what they discovered, but documenting the facts may add weight to future debates.

The paper begins in a positive fashion, reporting the increase in use across multiple markets and stating: “Emerging evidence indicates lower levels of toxicants compared to combusted tobacco and some observational and population studies suggest that some individuals have transitioned away from cigarettes with help from e-cigarettes.”

It’s getting old now:

Study shows vaping helps smokers quit – Jim McDonald

For the third time in recent months, a study shows clearly that vaping is helping smokers quit or stay off cigarettes. When will American public health officials and special interest groups like the American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association start to pay attention?

The new research shows that among established adult smokers in the last five years, daily vapers were more like to have quit smoking than those who never used vapes. Over the five year period studied, 52 percent of the daily vapers quit, versus just 28 percent of the non-vaping smokers.

High prices on tobacco

Causing black market trade – Colin Mendelsohn

Have you noticed the exorbitant price of cigarettes recently? With cigarette prices increasing by 12.5% every year, the Federal Government has opened the floodgates for a black market on cheap tobacco.

Brian Carlton talks with Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Colin Mendelsohn, about this new black market industry.

Facebook Blocking ‘Life Saving Technology’

With Vaping Ad Ban – Steve Birr

A Facebook ban on advertising related to electronic cigarettes is undermining public health and blocking access to “life saving” information for smokers, according to medical experts.

It comes as little surprise that Facebook bans advertising actively promoting tobacco brands or advocating the use of tobacco products, but that ban extends to vaporizers and e-cigarettes. Vaping devices heat liquid nicotine and do not contain tobacco, but are often labeled as tobacco products and included in any restrictions applied to traditional cigarettes.

Tobacco giant asks the FDA…

To approve ‘less risky’ cigarette

Philip Morris International wants to move smokers away from conventional cigarettes to a new product that’s heated rather than burned — but first it needs a green light from the government.

It has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval to sell IQOS, which it calls a “less risky” smoke-free tobacco product, in the United States.

FDA gives Southern California..

Electronic cigarette businesses a lifeline

While state leaders in Sacramento continue to ignore the increasing body of scientific evidence demonstrating that vapor products could be integral to reduce smoking, lung cancer and heart disease, the new head of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, just threw a lifeline to California businesses — and to public health.

Alberta government adjusts expectations

“People are spending less of their discretionary [income] on things like that,” said Ceci. “Vaping taxation is something that is on radars, not a great deal on my radar, but it’s something we’ve talked about at the [federal, provincial, territorial finance minister] meetings.”

On this Day…2016

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

Economics holds the smoking gun

For why e-cigarettes shouldn’t be discouraged – Carl V. Phillips

Smoking and other tobacco use is not a disease, it is a consumption decision. So attempts to understand it through the lens of medicine, rather than that of welfare economics (the science of consumer preferences, choice, and welfare), create confusion, absurd claims, and bad public policy.

These errors are particularly harmful in discussions about low risk alternatives to smoking, part of what is known as “tobacco harm reduction”. The alternatives, including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, have such low risk that the health benefits of switching are basically the same as for quitting entirely

E-cigs help local smokers quit smoking

Danny Coy – Lincolnshire Today

Public Health staff have been working with two local organisations to support long term smokers to switch from smoking tobacco to e-cigarettes, reducing their risk of serious harm from smoking.

Lincolnshire has one of the highest levels of smoking in England, and an average of six people a day are admitted to each hospital with smoking related illness. Half of all long term smokers will die from a smoking related condition…

Evidence, Policy, and E-Cigarettes

Clive Bates

Let me start with a misunderstanding. Professor Daube accuses me of a personal attack on Professor McKee. In fact, I madefive specific substantive comments on Professor McKee’s short letter, to which Professor Stimson added a further two. These are corrections of fact and understanding, not a ‘personal attack’. It is important that academics understand and recognise this distinction.

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