Vapers Digest 27th July

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Michael Landl, The Brussels Times

t is estimated that already more than 80 million people worldwide are vaping. Naturally, this leads to a discussion about the implications for public health and how to regulate those products. While there seems to be a scientific consensus that vaping is generally less harmful than smoking, the debate has intensified about vaping flavours.

Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Hungary, and Lithuania have implemented bans on flavoured vaping liquids over the last few years, and other countries are in the process. As of now, Ireland seems to be next on the list.

Banning Vape Flavours The Wrong Focus

(Podcast) Cork’s 96fm Opinion Line

Dr Garrett McGovern says to Fiona calls to ban vape flavours is focusing on the wrong thing, and could lead to younger people smoking cigarettes

Eli Rubashkyn at the Webinar: Are you feeling Burnout?

International Network of Consumer Organizations (INNCO)

“The most moving interview: Dr. Eli Rubashkyn. Massive fan. Massive respect for Dr. R’s science, evidence and devotion to #LGBTQ rights and the rights of intersex people worldwide.“ ~ Charles Gardner, PhD.

THREE from Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes

Popcorn Lung Poppycock

An employee at Johns Hopkins University is spreading lies and misinformation about ‘popcorn lung’ and vaping to either justify his funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies or as part of a quest to gain more cash. The nonsense has been repeated in media articles and a British celebrity doctor was quick to jump on the bandwagon. UK public health bodies maintain vaping does not cause popcorn lung.

Step Up High Street Shops!

High street vendors and not online retail stores need to stand up and be counted when tackling u18s access to vaping, according to age verification experts. The call comes in the wake of Government-commissioned report that could lead to a ban on online vape sales to safeguard children and new Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) statistics that highlight the significant number of illegal sales of vapes to minors in bricks and mortar stores.

WHO Q&A An “Absolute Scandal”

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) has described the latest ‘question and answer’ section on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) international website as an absolute scandal.


Smokers need a medically-licensed vape

Dr. John Oyston, Dr. John’s Blog

A vaping device or e-cigarette that meets the same standards as recognized medical devices such as an epinephrine auto-injector (“EpiPen”), an asthma inhaler or a naloxone nasal spray. These devices can all be prescribed by physicians, sold by pharmacies, and be covered by government or private health insurance plans. Currently, in countries where vaping products are legal, they are considered to be a consumer product, held to a lower safety standard than medical equipment and are not allowed to claim to have any health benefits.

On this Day…2020

Opportunity reduce tobacco related death

And disease is being missed by governments

A leading expert in tobacco harm reduction, Samrat Chowdhery, today stated that nicotine alternative products could help to wipe out the disease burden from smoking across the continent if Governments were willing to embrace them.

Mr Chowdhery is President of the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations (INNCO), and was the guest speaker this morning at a webinar co-hosted by the Campaign for Safer Alternatives (CASA) and the Africa Tobacco Harm Reduction Forum (ATHRF).

The effects of traditional tax rates

On adult tobacco product use

We study the effects of traditional cigarette and e-cigarette taxes on use of these products among adults in the United States. Data are drawn from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and National Health Interview Survey over the period 2011 to 2018. Using two-way fixed effects models, we find evidence that higher traditional cigarette tax rates reduce adult traditional cigarette use and increase adult e-cigarette use. Similarly, we find that higher e-cigarette tax rates increase traditional cigarette use and reduce e-cigarette use. Cross-tax effects imply that the products are economic substitutes. Our results suggest that a proposed national e-cigarette tax of $1.65 per milliliter of vaping liquid would raise the proportion of adults who smoke cigarettes daily by approximately 1 percentage point, translating to 2.5 million extra adult daily smokers compared to the counterfactual of not having the tax.

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