Vapers Digest 28th April

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

The Plain Packs Farce Is Confirmed

Dick Puddlecote

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.

Plain packs: an illiberal and pointless policy – Spiked

Deception through omission

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….


Stanton Glantz – Expert, or Extremist?

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.

Time to act on the UK election opportunity

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.

Small-town America

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.


Youth E-Cigarette and Tobacco Use

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.

Lawmakers push to roll back..

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.

Nearly All Vapers Are Former Smokers

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.

On this Day…2016

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?”

Nicotine without smoke:

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…

Promote e-cigarettes widely

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.

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