Friday’s News at a glance:
The Plain Packs Farce Is Confirmed – Deception through omission – Stanton Glantz – Expert, or Extremist? – Time to act on the UK election opportunity – Small-town America takes on FDA over e-cigarette regulations – Frequency of Youth E-Cigarette and Tobacco Use – Lawmakers push to roll back Obama-era e-cig regs -Nearly All Vapers Are Former Smokers – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest
Before heading out this morning, I read this stunning statement in a BBC article about a new review of evidence (pfft) about plain packaging.
There was no evidence that changing packaging affected the number of young people taking up smoking, [Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, co-author of the report] said.
This is hardly surprising, because it is true. In fact I have written often about how the tobacco control lie-machine has tried very hard to avoid this unfortunate (for them) outcome of possibly the daftest ‘public health’ policy ever to have crept past lumpen-brained wooden-tops in parliament.
Or lying while staying accurate – RaithTech
Or, how to lie like a tobacco controller.
So, something I’ve noticed recently is an uptick in the number of ‘accurate’ but highly misleading claims being made by those who purport to be against tobacco harm. This normally takes the turn of stating an fact, but utterly removing the context.
Here are some examples….
Fergus Mason – Vaping Post
As any vaper knows there’s a lot of hostility to e-cigarettes from so-called public health campaigners. Almost every day, it seems, there’s another academic paper or media story about how bad vapour products are. This creates an impression of huge and widespread opposition to tobacco harm reduction. In fact, if you start to look into it, you’ll find that most of it originates from a fairly small number of people – and the most notorious of these people is Stanton Glantz.
New Nicotine Alliance
NNA calls on UK parties to repeal arbitrary restrictions on e-cigarettes and snus
We have written to the major UK political parties to urge them to include this in their election manifestos:
“We will help Britain’s 9 million smokers switch to healthier alternatives by removing unnecessary restrictions on e-cigarette advertising, tank and refill sizes, strength of liquids, and by ending the ban on snus as soon as we have left the EU. “
However, a lot more pressure is needed. The parties need to know that vapers are voters who are unhappy with the TPD.
— NNAlliance (@NNAlliance) April 28, 2017
More young people have ‘tried’ using a 95% safer e-cigarette instead of smoking with no evidence of long term use. For God’s sake REJOICE! https://t.co/o5AMVn3fW0
— INNCOorg (@INNCOorg) April 28, 2017
Takes on FDA over e-cigarette regulations
Kathy Hoekstra – Washington Examiner
Lou Ritter wants to see people stop dying from smoking cigarettes.
“I want to see people have the same opportunities to get away from tobacco that I had. And see if we can advance harm reduction,” he told the Hartland, Wis., Board of Trustees Thursday night.
Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
Our recently published study in Nicotine and Tobacco Research1 using data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) showed that the majority of US middle and high school students had not used tobacco or e-cigarettes in the past 30 days. Among youth who reported any past 30-day tobacco or e-cigarette use, poly-use was the dominant pattern of use.
Obama-era e-cigarette regulations – Fox News
The bill would reverse an Obama-era rule that categorized e-cigarettes as a tobacco product under the purview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Hunter’s bill would exempt vaping devices from many of the rules placed on traditional tobacco products, including a two-year review process requiring FDA sign-off before new products hit the shelves.
Convenience Store News
A recent online poll has found that an overwhelming majority of consumers who use vaping products are former smokers, and they rank convenience as important when using the products.
The findings are part of the 2017 Vaper Preference Survey, an online poll of more than 650 respondents conducted on behalf of Mistic E-Cigs and The Vaping Advocate.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
“Can we just take a moment? The RCP report is in 140 articles. One hundred and forty. How far did this go?”
Tobacco harm reduction – Royal College of Physicians
This report aims to provide a fresh update on the use of harm reduction in tobacco smoking, in relation to all non-tobacco nicotine products but particularly e-cigarettes. It concludes that, for all the potential risks involved, harm reduction has huge potential to prevent death and disability from tobacco use, and to hasten our progress to a tobacco-free society…
Oh dear. This is not going to be a good week for Stanton Glantz. https://t.co/kM09EXMA2R
— Sarah J (@Twigolet) April 27, 2016
As substitute for smoking – New Nicotine Alliance
It is with great satisfaction that we read this new report from a source so widely respected as the Royal College of Physicians*. The past two years have seen a slew of ill-considered and poorly conducted research hit the headlines regarding vaping and there can be no doubt that the perception of both smokers and non-smokers will have been impacted regards the relative harms of vaping vs smoking.