Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Science Lesson: Even If Smoking Were New, We Would Already Know It Is Harmful ~Research & Commentary: Study Finds ‘No Detectable Changes in Lung Health’ of E-Cigarette Users Who Have Never Smoked ~Moving beyond vaping as a cessation-only practice ~ UK parliamentarians urge government to use full potential of vaping as a smoking cessation tool ~ Presentations from the 2017 e-cigarette summit | November 2017 ~ Welcome to the Global Forum on Nicotine 2018 ~ Why Banning E-cigarette Ads on TV Could Backfire ~ Watch: Andrew Allison discusses vaping on the Sunday Politics in Yorkshire & Lincolnshire ~ How Low Will They Go? Tobacco Control Tries To Shut Down Journal For Defying Them ~ Senator Leyonhjelm on Simon Chapman ~ First Major Action of Foundation for a “Smoke-Free World” Shows that It is Largely a Scam ~ Rep. Hunter accused of ethics violation for vape connections
Carl V. Phillips, The Daily Vaper
Last week’s science lesson explained how we know that vaping poses little or no health risk, despite the claims that we just do not know enough. One of the favorite tropes offered in support of the latter claim is that it took decades to realize smoking is so harmful, and therefore we cannot know anything about vaping until decades have passed. This is wrong both because we have a good measure of vaping, as previously explained, and because today we would already know smoking is harmful if it had only come to exist in the past few years. ~ First Major Action of Foundation for a “Smoke-Free World” Shows that It is Largely a Scam ~
Research & Commentary: Study Finds ‘No Detectable Changes in Lung Health’ of E-Cigarette Users Who Have Never Smoked
Lindsey Stroud, The Heartland Institute
In this Research & Commentary, Lindsey Stroud examines a November 2017 long-term study on the effects of e-cigarettes and vaping devices.
In a first-of-its-kind analysis, researchers found “no detectable changes in lung health in never smokers who have been regularly vaping for at least four years,” according to a November study published in Scientific Reports. To date, this is the first long-term study analyzing electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) users.
Megan Weier, Wiley Online Library
A primary argument for why e-cigarettes should be treated with caution calls upon a lack of evidence concerning whether or not the devices ‘work’ as a safe and effective form of tobacco harm reduction [1, 2]. Work by Villanti and colleagues  adds to the growing body of work that demonstrates that, in controlled randomized settings, e-cigarettes may help adult smokers to quit or reduce their tobacco cigarette consumption. For users of e-cigarettes (‘vapers’), this conclusion may serve as a frustrating confirmation of their own advocacy efforts, for many years, to have e-cigarettes recognized as a valid form of tobacco harm reduction .
Augusta Free Press
With a lot of Western countries opting for stricter e-cigarette regulations, there’s a growing concern in the UK that the torrent of misinformation surrounding vaping is harming the nation’s quit rates. In light of that, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for e-cigarettes has issued a report titled ‘State of the Vaping Nation’, which urges lawmakers to adopt a less strict regulatory policy toward electronic vaping devices. They note that both Public Health England (PHE) and Cancer Research UK (CRUK) have examined e-cigarettes and found them to be safer than their regular, combustible counterparts, with PHE reporting that they could actually be up to 95% safer.
UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies
The 5th annual E-Cigarette Summit was held at the Royal Society in London on Friday 17th November 2017. Linda Bauld, Robert West and several other members of the UKCTAS network presented their research at the event to a large audience of other scientists, policy makers, medical and public health professionals and e-cigarette stakeholders. The presentations included the latest evidence on the safety of e-cigarettes for users and bystanders, usage in young people and non-smokers, advertising and marketing, use in public places and the conflicts arising from the tobacco industry’s dual corporate ownership of tobacco harm reduction products and cigarettes.
Global Forum On Nicotine, Nicotine Policy
Welcome to the Global Forum on Nicotine 2018. The conference will take from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th June 2018, at the Marriott Hotel, in Warsaw.
The theme for the conference is ‘Rethinking Nicotine’, which reflects the appetite that now exists to examine the changing methods and patterns of use, along with the emerging science relating to nicotine.
We are now seeking abstracts for both oral and poster presentations during the programme.
Anna Tuchman, Kellogg Insight
Americans would likely be surprised to see a traditional cigarette ad during their favorite television show. After all, they have been banned on TV and radio since the 1970s. Yet their modern equivalents exist. Ads for electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are not technically included in this ban, and have been allowed in all types of media since the product’s introduction to the US in 2007.
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The Freedom Association
Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns, was invited to take part in a discussion on vaping on the BBC Sunday Politics programme in Yorkshire & Lincolnshire on 3 December.
Carl V. Phillips, The Daily Vaper
Continuing the series about tobacco control’s willingness to harm science, social norms and anything else in pursuit of the movement’s special interest goals, we now have a story of censorship and intimidation. In a recent blog post, Stanton Glantz criticized a paper in the journal Addiction that argued against the gateway claim that vaping causes smoking. Glantz, an anti-smoking and anti-vaping activist at University of California, was presenting genuine – though simplistic – scientific debate, largely based on a letter which is partially accurate in its criticisms.
Christopher Snowden, Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Jurassic wowser Simon Chapman talked so much bollocks in Australia’s recent e-cigarette inquiry that Public Health England sent a letter to the Senate to correct his ‘series of factual errors’.
Michael Siegel, The Rest Of The Story
I have already written about why I refused to participate in the activities of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, which I believe is essentially a front-group created by Philip Morris International (PMI) primarily to promote its business interests. I explained that if PMI were serious about creating a smoke-free world, it would stop aggressively marketing its deadly products throughout the world and stop opposing public health policies to reduce tobacco use.
The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World recently released a call for research proposals for preliminary projects that entail research to help the Foundation obtain the background information necessary for it to proceed effectively in its supposed mission to create a smoke-free world. By reviewing the call for proposals, we are now able to understand just how the Foundation is essentially a scam operation.
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
A political group has accused California Congressman Duncan Hunter of being too close to the vaping industry, and asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate Hunter. The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) — an organization founded by Hillary Clinton supporter David Brock — sent a letter to the ethics office complaining about Hunter’s “endorsement of private vaping products in blatant disregard of the House Ethics Rules.” Hunter has become “too closely affiliated with the vaping industry, creating the appearance that he is accruing benefits and dispensing special favors for the industry,” says to the group’s complaint. The story was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Clive Bates, Counterfactual
On 17 November 2016, the Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller, gave a speech at the E-cigarette Summit 2016 (with biography) on e-cigarettes examining the claims of anti-vaping activists, and their scientific, ethical and legal basis. The full text of the speech is here: America Needs England (PDF). I reported an earlier speech here.
The speech should be widely read, especially in the United States. To facilitate an informed reading, I have reproduced the speech here, with some thematic subheadings, source links and illustrations [these are my additions].
Paul Barnes, Facts Do matter
In an all-too-familiar refrain, the Daily Fail has once again thrown journalistic integrity out of the window (as if they had any to begin with) to boldly tell the world that “e-cigs are bad mmkay”. Regular readers will of course remember a similar “study” – these things seem to come out at regular intervals – that claimed e-cigs have the potential to have severe adverse effects on the heart. It was a festering pile of fetid dingo kidneys then and, guess what, it still is.
Of course, you could easily be forgiven for the headline:
E-cigs: The incendiary truth… Just 10 puffs increases your risk of heart disease and they may even make smokers LESS likely to quit
Just ten puffs eh?