Vapers Digest 30th June

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Is It Time To Rethink Nicotine for People With Mental Challenges? ~ Innovation in nicotine delivery tech seen to reduce deaths from smoking ~ Cyber-stalking, anti-vaping fanatics ~ The Truth Will Prevail ~ Chinese vaping crackdown threatens to snuff out industry ~ Policymakers’ Confusion Will Ultimately Harm Adult Smokers ~ Juul Settles NC Lawsuit for $40M, but Faces Bigger Legal Hurdles ~ The 4th Asia Harm Reduction Forum ~ NICE Advice To Tackle Smoking Harm ~ E-cigarettes more helpful than nicotine replacement treatments for dependent smokers ~ Study Shows 90% of Smokers Don’t Know E-cigarettes Are Much Less Harmful than Smoking ~ Up in smoke: States are using tobacco settlement money to balance their budgets. Here’s why that matters

What causes some people to take up smoking while many others go their whole lives without ever trying a cigarette? While race, gender, socioeconomic status, and familiarity with tobacco due to family members smoking all increase risk of initiation and use, one indicator stands out. Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are over twice as likely to use tobacco products as their mentally healthy counterparts.

Innovation in nicotine delivery tech seen to reduce deaths from smoking

Manila Bulletin

The revolution in nicotine delivery technology encourages millions of smokers to switch to less harmful alternatives and presents an opportunity to reduce up to 4 million deaths from smoking each year, according to a global health expert.

Dr. Derek Yach, president of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World said during the 8th Global Forum on Nicotine on June 18, 2021 that the world is experiencing a revolution in nicotine delivery technology, as there are now more than a hundred million people using harm reduction products.

Cyber-stalking, anti-vaping fanatics

Christopher Snowdon, Velvet Glove Iron Fist

The public health sector is clearly divided about the use of e-cigarettes. E-cigarette proponents promote the devices as an integral policy solution for reducing smoking prevalence. By contrast, Australian leading health authorities have noted the documented harms associated with e-cigarette use, the growing evidence linking use with smoking initiation among youth, and the insufficient evidence on the efficacy of e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids. On this basis, they have adopted a precautionary approach, as recommended by the World Health Organization, and called for (a) urgent efforts to reduce the accessibility of e-cigarettes and (b) the continued promotion of only those cessation therapies that have been independently tested for efficacy and safety.

The Truth Will Prevail

The Advocates Voice, CAPHRA

11 Jul 21 at 6pm HK/11am GMT. TAV sheds light on the bully tactics towards consumer advocates & pro THR scientists. Followed by a panel discussion w/Konstantinos Farsalinos, MD, Asa Saligupta ECST, Jena Fetalino JFPR, Mirza Abeer ASAP. LInk to Stream:

Chinese vaping crackdown threatens to snuff out industry


China seeks tighter scrutiny of electronic cigarettes, with plans to expand regulations on traditional tobacco use to cover vaping products and possibly quintuple their tax rate.

“Enforcement on ID requirements has really gotten strict since last year,” grumbles a worker at a RELX shop in the city of Guangzhou. RELX dominates China’s vaping market with a more than 60% share.

Policymakers’ Confusion Will Ultimately Harm Adult Smokers

Lindsey Stroud, Town Hall

Since 2018, when then-U.S. surgeon general Jerome Adams declared a youth vaping epidemic, America has been engaged in the great American vape debate. In the three years since the infamous shot heard round the anti-tobacco control world, states and localities and the federal government have pushed to restrict adult access to e-cigarettes through taxes, regulations, and some have supported all out prohibitions.


TWO from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes

The 4th Asia Harm Reduction Forum

The 4th Asia Harm Reduction Forum (1) (2) takes place today and the virtual event promises to be a dynamic gathering of global Tobacco Harm Reduction (THR) advocates with significant developments to discuss. The event is being organised from the Philippines, and the Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) (3) has been encouraging its members to take part.

NICE Advice To Tackle Smoking Harm

The National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE) has published “comprehensive” draft guidelines to tackle the impact of smoking in conjunction with Public Health England (PHE). The document aims to help healthcare practitioners deliver better services and is supportive towards electronic cigarettes and has been produced as part of NICE’s consultation process.


E-cigarettes more helpful than nicotine replacement treatments for dependent smokers

Queen Mary University of London

E-cigarettes are more effective than nicotine replacement treatments in achieving long term smoking reduction and cessation, according to the results of a clinical trial by Queen Mary University of London.

Some 80 per cent of smokers receiving intensive treatment continue to smoke after a year. Smokers could benefit from approaches that reduce the harm from smoking without ceasing nicotine use, with an option to stop nicotine later on. Nicotine replacement treatments (NRT), such as nicotine patches, chewing gum, nasal/mouth spray and inhalators, have been licenced to do this for over 30 years. They work, especially if behavioural support is also provided, but the results are modest.

Study Shows 90% of Smokers Don’t Know E-cigarettes Are Much Less Harmful than Smoking


Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) welcomes the launch today of a consultation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on revised tobacco guidance, including updated advice for healthcare professionals on what to say to smokers about vaping.

School districts are shaking down Big Vaping

, The College Fix

‘Their greed is not only reprehensible, it is unlawful,’ said one attorney general, of Juul

Over the past two years, a huge number of school districts across the country have joined or threatened to join lawsuits against the big e-cigarette manufacturers, chiefly Juul, for allegedly marketing and selling their wares to minors.

Up in smoke: States are using tobacco settlement money to balance their budgets.

Here’s why that matters

Andrea Riquier, MarketWatch

In 1998, 46 states and several U.S. territories came to a groundbreaking settlement with major tobacco companies. The “Master Settlement Agreement” set rules restricting tobacco marketing and sales, while also requiring the industry to pay states billions of dollars annually — amounts intended to help local governments defray the economic toll stemming from tobacco use.

On this Day…2015

Why isn’t Totally Wicked receiving more support?

Why Oh Why – Alan Beard:

The TPD especially Article 20 has dire consequences for users, vendors,manufacturers of what is undoubtedly the most popular method worldwide of Tobacco Harm Reduction ie the bloody things work for a vast number of people and THIS is THREATENED

Without a definitive and long winded history of opposition towards the TPD, two campaigns have received modest support from the general public…

Why are So Many Anti-Tobacco Groups and Advocates Throwing Vapers Under the Bus?

The Rest of the Story – Michael Siegel:

There is no evidence that electronic cigarettes are a gateway to smoking, that they are attracting nonsmokers to become regular vapers, or that they are impeding smoking cessation. Nevertheless, even if all three of these were the case, one thing would remain true: smokers who succeed in quitting smoking by switching to electronic cigarettes ought to be congratulated rather than scorned. However, the anti-tobacco community has shown nothing but scorn for the vaping community….

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