Vapers Digest 31st January

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Three From Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes

Trade Bodies Respond to UCL Research

The Independent British Vape Trade Association (IBVTA) and the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) have responded to two studies by University College London researchers that found the Government’s smoke-free ambition is stalling and a disposables ban will have unintended consequences. The studies are pertinent given this week’s likely announcement that Rishi Sunak intends to ban disposable vapes, restrict eliquid flavours and place a huge tax on vaping.

UCL: A Disposables Ban Would Be Bad

A ban on disposable vapes, currently being considered by the UK Government, would affect one in seven young adults (aged 18-24) in Great Britain, and one in 20 adults overall, according to a new study led by University College London researchers. The study and comments were released at the end of last week in advance of any announcement.

Scientists Respond to Ban Announcement

Scientists specialising in the research of vaping and tobacco harm reduction have reacted to the Government announcing the ban on disposable vapes and other measures, including Professor Lion Shahab, Dr Sarah Jackson, Professor Ann McNeill, Professor Jamie Brown, and Professor Caitlin Notley – all well known to those who follow their work on Planet of the Vapes.


Cumulative Exposure to E-Cigarette Coupons and Changes in E-Cigarette Use Among U.S. Adults

American Journal of Preventative Medicine, AJPM


Coupons are an effective, frequently used tobacco marketing strategy. This study examined prospective associations between cumulative exposure to e-cigarette coupons and changes in e-cigarette use among U.S. adults.


Data were from a representative U.S. adult cohort (n=19,824) in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study (waves [W] 2, 3, 4, and 5), collected from October 2014 to November 2019. Analysis was conducted in 2022. Four logistic regression models examined associations of a number of waves for which participants received e-cigarette coupons during W2–W4 with changes in e-cigarette use: W2 never use to W5 current use (initiation); W2 current nondaily use to W5 daily use (progression); W2 current use to W5 former use (cessation), and W2 former use to W5 current use (return-to-use).

On this Day…2022

A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…

Bloomberg Refuses Proposed Discussion

Of Vaping Evidence – Jim McDonald

Over the past year, pro-harm reduction tobacco control and public health experts have sought to meet privately with philanthropist Michael Bloomberg and his foundation Bloomberg Philanthropies’ anti-vaping leadership. They have been rebuffed, according to an article by reporter Marc Gunther.

THR: That Africa is not left behind

There is unanimity across the world on the need to reduce smoking rates among people. Whether it is the ubiquitous cigarettes, or cigars or water pipes known locally as shisha in Nigeria, every concerned stakeholder wants a drop, indeed a continuous drop in smoking rates. While cigarettes have always received the most attention, people are beginning to also realise the danger that shisha portends especially to young people among whom it is increasingly popular.

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