Vapers Digest 26th June

Monday’s News at a glance:

Medics Urge E-Cig Legalisation In Australia, But Bans Continue To Spread – 10 years of lying about the smoking ban – Thoughts On GFN – The Consequences Of Prohibition – We Used Terrible Science to Justify Smoking Bans – FDA’s proposed smokeless tobacco nitrosamine regulation – Fight for New Cigarette Substitute Heats Up – Cigarette Industry Could Go Up in Smoke – Waiting for your wound to heal? – Vaping In The News ~ June 18th-24th – Nicotine in the News – 26 June – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest

Medics Urge E-Cig Legalisation In Australia

But Bans Continue To Spread – Fergus Mason

An open letter signed by 135 renowned health experts urges Australia to back off from its harsh restrictions on nicotine e-cigs, as a proposed amendment on legalisation moves through the parliamentary system. However, across the world health authorities continue to crack down – as a Texan city adds vapour products to smokefree laws, Hong Kong arrests a liquid vendor and San Francisco lawmakers threaten to shut down every vape shop in the city.

10 years of lying about the smoking ban

Christopher Snowdon, Velvet Glove Iron Fist

The smoking ban has always sat on a throne of lies. It was promoted on the basis of junk science and has been retrospectively justified on the basis of blatant quackery.

The tenth anniversary of England’s smoking ban is coming up on Saturday and so we must brace ourselves for more lies as we ‘celebrate’ its anniversary.

The fat cats at Public Health England have got the ball rolling with some utter tosh, as reported in the Guardian

Thoughts On GFN

Fergus Mason, Vaping Post

Last weekend I was in Warsaw for the annual Global Forum on Nicotine. This was the fourth year the event has run and I’ve attended all of them except the first. For a variety of reasons this was the most optimistic one so far, and although there haven’t really been any great advances in the health science since last year the conference had a less tense atmosphere than previously.


The Consequences Of Prohibition

Midnight Musings

I have been rather quiet on the blogging front for a number of months due to various ‘issues’ going on in my personal life. However, that does not mean that I have not been reading other people’s blogs. A number of those blogs have got me thinking about the consequences of the ‘Prohibition Era’ that we seem to be descending ever deeper into due to the tax-sponging so-called Public Health Charities and bodies.

The Plague Of Public Health Part 1 – The Black Market
The Plague Of Public Health Part 2 – Going Underground

We Used Terrible Science

To Justify Smoking Bans, Jacob Grier

Helena, Montana, does not often make global headlines, but in 2003 the small capital city became known for briefly achieving one of the most astounding public health triumphs ever recorded. In June of the previous year, Helena had implemented a comprehensive smoking ban in its workplaces, bars, restaurants, and casinos.

FDA’s proposed nitrosamine regulation:

Innumeracy and junk science (part 1)
Carl V. Phillips, Anti-THR Lies

I am a bit late to analyze this proposed FDA rule, which was promulgated on Inauguration Day. But it is still open for comments, and I will be submitting these posts (though for reasons I will get to shortly, these and all other comments are probably moot except as for-the-record background).

Before getting to the substance it is worth noting that this is really the first bit of genuine regulation proposed by the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in its eight years.

Fight for New Substitute Heats Up

Lisa Du and Grace Huang

Big tobacco has a new hope: the fast-growing trade in heat-not-burn products. Faced with long-term declines in smoking and stricter policies on tobacco use and sales across the globe, companies have been counting on e-cigarettes to keep business up. Some consumers, however, say vaporized nicotine doesn’t deliver the satisfaction or flavor they crave.

Cigarette Industry Could Go Up in Smoke

Kinsey Grant

The cigarette market will post a record loss of $7.7 billion by 2021 as the tobacco industry turns to heated tobacco and vaping, according to Euromonitor data.

The value of the global cigarettes category as a proportion of total tobacco sales dropped below 90% in 2016 for the first time in decades and is on pace to dip to 86% by 2021.

Waiting for your wound to heal?

Stay off smoking, switch to vaping instead – Asian News International

If you’re prone to wounds, and are waiting for a wound to heal, your smoking habits may come into play. Specifically, vaping may be better than cigarette smoking, according to a recent research. The laboratory study reveals that cigarette smoke completely prevented wound healing at concentrations over 20% in a wound healing assay, whereas e-cigarette vapour had no effect, even at 100% concentration and double the amount of nicotine relative to smoke.

Scratch test — wound healing disrupted by smoke but not by Vype vapor

San Francisco ban on menthol flavorings

Richard Craver – Winston-Salem Journal

Menthol and other flavored tobacco products are being targeted for a sales ban in San Francisco, potentially setting the first U.S. precedent on the controversial topic.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the city’s Board of Supervisors are scheduled to take a final vote on the ordinance this week, with Mayor Ed Lee pledging to sign it.

Vaping In The News ~ June 18th – 24th

Kevin Crowley, Vaping Links

Letter to Scott Gottleib ~ Do As You Are Told ~ Does the Gateway Effect Really Exist? ~ Clive Bates ~ Is Raising the Smoking Age A Good Idea? ~ Is the American Heart Association a terrorist organization? ~ GFN ~ Agent Ania

Nicotine in the News – 26 June

Harry Shapiro, Nicotine Science and Policy

For those of you fortunate enough to be there, I hope you enjoyed the Warsaw GFN conference as much as I did. There was a very rich and diverse mix of science, technology, law, public policy, health and advocacy. Something for everyone in an excellent venue where all the logistics ran with quiet efficiency.

My contribution as conference rapporteur will be published later, but here are just a few headline thoughts.

On this Day…2016

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

Brexit: What Does It Mean for Vapers?

James Dunworth – Ashtray Blog

Brexit has arrived. And vapers may have had something to do with it. After all, there are 2,500,000 vapers. And when we surveyed more than 1000 of them, 89% of them said their vote would be influenced by the regulations the EU had introduced on electronic cigarettes, while 77% were concerned about EU plans to introduce taxes on e-cigs.

ECIV: Interview with co-founders

Richard Hyslop and Remi Parola – Nathalie Dunand – Vaping Post

The French Fédération Française de la Vape (FIVAPE) and the Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA) announced the creation of an association to represent European vaping stakeholders: ECIV (European Coalition for Independent Vape). For Vaping Post, two co-founders, met at the GFN16, talk about its creation and purposes.

Sin-taxation of harm reduction in Hungary

Krisztian Pifko

According to the updated law on excess taxes, Hungarian vapers will face a new tax of 65 HUF/ml (cca 0.2 EUR/ml) on e-liquids from 1 January 2017 which will subsequently be raised to 70 HUF/ml (cca 0.22 EUR/ml) after 1 July 2017. As a comparison, the local net wholesale price of e-liquids varies between 45-70 HUF/ml.

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