Vapers Digest 5th October
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Neil McKeganey, Tobacco Reporter
If there is one thing that you can say about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) process, it is that it is exceedingly data heavy. E-cigarette manufacturers’ submissions under the PMTA process can run to the thousands of pages, reporting the results of research costing millions of dollars. To receive a marketing authorization, e-cigarette manufacturers have to be able to show that their product is “appropriate for the protection of the public health” (APPH).
TWO from Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes
Questions about tobacco harm reduction have been posed in the Houses of Parliament and to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Labour’s Dan Carden wanted to know about the government’s absent Tobacco Control Plan. Shadow Health Minister Andrew Gwynne asked the government about teen electronic cigarette use. The Green’s Zack Polanski is concerned about the cost of throwaway vapes on London rates payers.
Tobacco harm reduction and public health experts have responded to the final annual update in the current series of evidence reviews about vaping released by the UK Government. The report provided clear evidence of the reduced harm from vaping when compared to smoking tobacco.
TWO from Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
In October 2016, a coalition of pro-vaping organizations traveled across the country in a custom RV on what was called the Right to Vape Tour. Along the way, they stopped at vape shops, parks, and state capitals to discuss the coming destruction of consumer choice that would be caused by the FDA’s then-new Deeming Rule.
A financial reporter’s tweet about Juul “preparing to file” chapter 11 bankruptcy caused some excitement Tuesday afternoon. But it was the kind of story that seemed to bounce around like a stray rubber ball until it tired itself out—for now anyway.
Nataly Delcid and Kenneth Lee, The Stanford Daily
Following the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) initial ban on Juul sales in the U.S., researchers specializing in the effects of e-cigarette usage expressed mixed opinions on Juul’s role in the teenage vaping crisis and its future in the U.S. market.
The FDA temporarily banned Juul products on June 23 in response to Juul’s alleged role in fueling the teen vaping crisis through youth advertising campaigns promoting their smooth salt-based nicotine formulas. However, less than two weeks later, the FDA announced it would temporarily freeze the ban as they further reviewed the case.
I’ve trekked out to Geneva to catch the last knockings of the latest WHO anti-tobacco shit show that is COP8 (see COP6 and COP7 tags in the sidebar for previous tobacco control codswallop) but I just had to share this incredible hypocrisy from the EU….
…And attend she did. Bucher is new to the job and it showed, her very first contribution to stopping those 7 million deaths was to advocate a global ban on advertising of e-cigs and to classify them as tobacco products subject to the same restrictions as smoking.
FCTC COP8’s Secrecy & Exclusion! – Joseph Magero
If you have been following the events at COP8 I am sure you were as shocked as I was. The process for negotiating and implementing the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (“FCTC”), the world’s first public health treaty and the first adopted under the auspices of the World Health Organization (“WHO”), has been characterized by novel features of secrecy and exclusion that cannot be reconciled with accepted norms of international lawmaking.
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