Tuesday’s News at a glance:
Insufficient evidence for the safety of e-cigarettes – Save vaping. Last chance. – Cigarette sales at Imperial Brands keep declining – A tale of two state-funded charities – All Aboard The Gravy Train
Australian Government, National Health and Medical Research Council
National Health and Medical Research Council CEO, Professor Anne Kelso AO, has today released a statement updating Australians on the latest evidence for the safety, quality and efficacy of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
The statement concludes that ‘there is currently insufficient evidence to support claims that e-cigarettes are safe, and further research is required to enable the long-term safety, quality and efficacy of e-cigarettes to be assessed.’
Oliver Kershaw, vaping.com
If you’re new to vaping, or even a relatively experienced vaper you might be unaware of just how many times vape has nearly been prohibited over the last 10 years, both in the US and internationally.
Vape survives today only because of the actions of thousands of people like you who step up when asked. Today is one of those days and CASAA has issued a call to action:
Call and urge your Senators and Representative to support Cole-Bishop’s inclusion in the 2017 budget!
Also from Jim McDonald, Vaping360
Diane Caruana, VapingPost
Imperial Brands’ cigarette sales have declined again in the first half of its 2017 financial year.
Chief executive Alison Cooper said that the full-year guidance remains on track despite the fact that sales in the first half have been “driven primarily by a deterioration in industry volumes following strong industry volumes last year”.
Last November, management announced a plan to invest £300m in its “growth and specialist brands divisions” in 2017. “The early results of our investment programme are encouraging, with improved market share trends in many of our priority markets,” said Imperial.
Patience, due diligence and faith in the legislative process are a few of the essential elements of the vaping industry’s strategy going into this week’s presentations to the Senate’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology.
What else? A readiness to educate, negotiate and fight, if necessary, for the changes in Bill S-5 deemed vital to the survival and longevity of Canada’s vaping industry. In part one of this two-part special, hear from Shawn Kreger Vice President and PR Co-Chair from the Canadian Vaping Association and get a preview of what the industry plans to fight for—only on RegWatch by RegulatorWatch.com.
Christopher Snowdon, Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
I once spoke at a debate about state-funding of charities at which I said that no third party organisation should be able to use taxpayers’ money to campaign for their political pet projects. It was hosted by a charity which was 99 per cent funded by the government and the audience was predominantly, predictably left-wing.
Suspecting that the crowd would not much care about taxpayers’ money being used to further the agenda of ‘social justice’ or ‘public health’, I tried to think of a political cause that would be universally unpopular in a room of metropolitan liberals and arrived at anti-abortion activism. I may also have mentioned fox-hunting. ‘Imagine how you would feel’, I said, ‘if the government was giving your money to charities to campaign against abortion rights.’ I suggested that there would be outrage.
Fancy a glimpse into the tiny, self-proclaimed David v Goliath ‘underdog’ world of ‘public health’?
Up and down the country there are people being paid hefty sums of your taxes to work full-time telling you what you are allowed to consume with your own post-tax cash.