Friday’s News at a glance:
Snus Gets A Day In Court, And Wins The First Round – Update on the challenge to the ban on snus – Welsh hostility to vaping continues, but FDA backs off another step – Fun Police To Ban Tasty E-Liquids in Wales – E-Cigarettes: A Tobacco Harm Reduction Assessment – “Clarifying” When a Tobacco Product is Actually a Medical Product – Trace metals: A comparative study between Ecigs aerosol and cigarette smoke – Apple might be eyeing the vaping industry – Health Dept says willing to regulate e-cigarettes – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest – Friday, 27 January 2017
And Wins The First Round – Dick Puddlecote
Yesterday I wrote about a challenge to the EU-wide snus ban by Swedish Match and the NNA that was being heard in the High Court and my thoughts on why it should succeed. Well, the outcome was indeed successful as the case was given leave to appeal to the European Court of Justice despite being opposed by the Department of Health.
To the ban on snus – New Nicotine Alliance
NNA has succeeded in its request to join the challenge against the ban on snus in the UK and the EU.
The High Court agreed on 26th January that the challenge can be referred to the European Court of Justice. There were two issues before the court.
But FDA backs off another step – Fergus Mason
The Welsh government’s health agency issued a new position statement on vaping this week, which admits that vaping is safer than smoking but repeats earlier demands for a flavour ban. Meanwhile research from the USA adds more proof that age limits on e-cig sales increase teen smoking, while a less positive paper from UCSF tries to resurrect the discredited gateway argument.
The Welsh government may have failed to ban e-cigs in public places, but they’re determined that if you do use e-cigarettes to get off tobacco cigarettes, you’re not going to enjoy it.
In its latest attack on vapers, Public Health Wales has stated:
“confectionary-like flavours of e-liquid should not be permitted, in order to reduce the appeal of vaping to children and young people.”
According to Ashley Gould from Public Health Wales (PHW), only children like sweet flavours and vaping companies who sell sweet flavours are deliberately targeting children.
Cannabis vapers wanted for online research study: https://t.co/poPnp5f6YX
— Lynne Dawkins (@LynneDawkins) January 27, 2017
Kevin Crowley, Vaping Links
Do you want to know if your “quit smoking” advice is sound? Do you believe you’re truly sincere about reducing tobacco use for Americans? Don’t you want to know you’re doing all you can? I certainly do.
I’ve devised this quick and easy interactive tool below for anyone in public health or tobacco control to assess the choices (and more) seen above for tobacco harm reduction, and your views.
“Clarifying” When a Tobacco Product is Actually a Medical Product
Keller and Heckman
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) “Deeming Regulation” became effective on August 8, 2016, extending the Agency’s regulatory authority over tobacco products beyond traditional cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco products to include “other” tobacco product categories such as cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah/shisha, electronic vapor and e-liquid products, and components and parts of such products….
Between Ecigs aerosol and cigarette smoke – Jérôme Harlay
A study shows that metal concentrations in e-vapor are one order of magnitude lower than in smoke. This result is highly dependent on the couple e-liquid/hardware tested. Here, nickel is present in the aerosol generated by the e-cigarette. Its origin is the heating element but its toxicity to the organism is dampened because of a quasi absence carbon monoxide.
Apple may be dabbling in cars, wearables, and other technologies outside its core smartphone and computers business, but here is an area few people would expect the Cupertino, California company to enter. A recently published patent application suggests the company may be eyeing the booming vaping industry with its own high-tech vaporizer unit…
Ziyanda Ngcobo – Johannesburg
The National Health Department says it’s still willing to regulate e-cigarettes, but will only be doing so once it has assessed how harmful they are to smokers.
On Wednesday, during a vapour product association panel discussion, medical doctors and researchers argued that there is no real evidence to prove that vaping is indeed healthier than a normal cigarette.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
In two different groups leads to….headlines – Facts Do Matter
Unsurprisingly there has been yet another study published making a big song and dance about the “gateway” theory, claiming that “teens that use e-cigarettes are three times more likely to smoke” (taken from a headline), or that teens that use e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke.
Brick walls in the UK – Vaping Point
I am a Vaper – one of THREE MILLION in the UK. I have not had a cigarette for four and a half years. I have a YouTube channel that promotes vaping rather than smoking. This channel might be banned under the new legislation. This is my latest VIDEO that talks about the “sword of Damocles” that hangs over our heads from April next year….
My impressions, not necessarily accurate! The presentations were very fast paced, so stuff has been missed. The meeting only lasted 1hr 20mins. There was mention of the slides being made available afterwards. Sarah Jakes (@twigolet) has already tweeted Gerry Stimson’s slides.