Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Is Simon Chapman dancing to the tune of Big Tobacco? ~ The latest from Oz: vapers, the Senate, and Simon’s smears ~ Support grows to legalise e-cigarettes in Australia ~ Adolescents and e-cigarettes: Objects of concern may appear larger than they are ~ Blowing smoke? E-cigarettes might help smokers quit ~ Smoking cessation rises for first time in 15 years, and e-cigs may be the key
Vaping360, Dr. Attila Danko of the New Nicotine Alliance-Australia
Simon Chapman is rightly proud of his role in eliminating tobacco advertising in Australia. He has been one of the leaders of Australian tobacco control for decades, amassing influence in media and the political world. He recently retired but has continued fighting, but curiously now more against vaping and vapers than against smoking.
Vaping 360, Jim McDonald
Australian vapers have until August 4 to submit their comments to the Australian Senate, which is conducting an inquiry into the Vaporised Nicotine Products Bill 2017. The bill would legalize nicotine in vapor and heat-not-burn (HNB) products.
ABC.Net.Au, Allyson Horn
Alison Paul was addicted to smoking for 30 years and made countless attempts to quit. It wasn’t until she started vaping in 2014 that she found success.
— The Vaper (@vaper_the) July 26, 2017
CPDD News and Views (PDF)
In this essay we examine the relative merits of leading studies on whether e-cigarettes pose significant threats to youths’ health and well-being.
Where are those minors who buy e-cigs online (purported reason for the ban on web sales in Belgium)? We found none. https://t.co/lzar9jvYpz
— Frank Baeyens (@FBaeyens) July 26, 2017
— NZ Vaping Alliance (@VapingAlliance) July 26, 2017
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Medical Express, Maria Cheng
People who used e-cigarettes were more likely to kick the habit than those who didn’t, a new study found. Nicotine patches, gums and medications are known to aid smoking cessation, but there’s no consensus on whether vaping devices can help anti-smoking efforts. The U.S. research is the largest look yet at electronic cigarette users and it found e-cigarettes played a role in helping people quit.
San Diego Union-Tribune, Bradley J. Fikes
Electronic cigarettes may be helping Americans quit smoking, a study led by UC San Diego researchers has found. The annual quit rate rose from its longtime average of 4.5 percent to 5.6 percent for 2014-15, the most recent period with verified data, according to a U.S. Census survey of tobacco use. It was the first recorded rise in the smoking cessation rate in 15 years.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
A persistent misconception is the belief that snus is safer than American moist snuff or chewing tobacco. The belief is based on the fact that Swedish snus has lower levels of trace contaminants than do American products. I confirmed this in a 2004 study, co-authored by a scientist at the Swedish National Food Administration, demonstrating that Swedish snus had lower levels of tobacco-specific nitrosamines than American moist snuff products ; other research has produced similar results.
A big subject, then; the sort of subject you could really get your teeth into as a discourse for a degree: it’s new, it’s complicated, it addresses global health in the immediate future, it all hinges on new technology in a health-related area, and it concerns the fight of the public against exploitation by giant industry and their partners in government. As I’m not punting for a masters in Social Justice at this time, forgive me if this answer is somewhat shorter than a thesis. I’ll do my best to outline the issues, though.
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