Vapers Digest 6th July

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Africa lags world in adopting alternatives to smoking ~ Prohibition Of New Nicotine Products – For Or Against Public Health? ~ A Sydney GP’s advice for smokers has the medical establishment all steamed up ~ US study: Most doctors misunderstand e-cigarettes ~ The FDA’s Drift Toward Harm Production ~ Episode 8: Clive Bates ~ Oz Black Market Boom ~ Parliament 1 ~ FDA temporarily suspends order banning sales of Juul ~ Court Rules FDA Acted Improperly In Regulation of Premium Cigars ~ Innco Weekly Issue ~ Vapor Taxes by State, 2022

Africa lags world in adopting alternatives to smoking

Policy Watch Africa

Most physicians have misconceptions about e-cigarettes, depriving patients with accurate information on the alternatives available to help them quit smoking, according to a major US study.

“Physicians play a primary role in patient smoking cessation, yet their communication regarding e-cigarettes is not well understood,” according to the Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Network Open in April.

The FDA’s Drift Toward Harm Production

Marc Hyden,

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made headlines recently as the hulking federal agency banned the company JUUL from selling its e-cigarettes in the United States even though they have long been on the market. The FDA justified its decision, according to the Wall Street Journal, because the agency “wasn’t aware of a hazard associated with using JUUL devices but that the company hadn’t submitted sufficient evidence that its devices were safe.”

The e-cigarette maker vehemently disagrees, and even obtained a temporary stay from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia—permitting their products to remain on store shelves for the time being.

Episode 8: Clive Bates

Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Clive Bates, Director of The Counterfactual joins Martin and Lindsey to discuss recent developments by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the alarmism towards tobacco harm reduction.

TWO from Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes

Oz Black Market Boom

Consumer group Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) has slammed a lie-strewn document released by Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council. It comes as the country discovers the government’s blinkered approach has fuelled a boom in illicit black-market trade. CAPHRA says vaping going backwards under new Aussie Government.

Parliament 1

A very busy period in the Houses of Parliament produces two articles this week covering questions and answers about vaping and tobacco harm reduction. Our first features the Bishop of St Albans asking bout teens and long-term health in the House of Lords. Also, Andrew Gwynne MP wanted to know who the Prime Minister has spoken to regarding tobacco control policy.


Charlie Minato, Half Wheel

Earlier today, a federal court ruled that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of premium cigars is arbitrary and capricious. The ruling came as part of the Cigar Association of America et al. v. United States Food and Drug Administration et al. lawsuit that was originally filed in 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by three cigar trade groups: Cigar Association of America, Cigar Rights of America and the Premium Cigar Association.

Today’s ruling is the largest win for the premium cigar industry in court as the next step of the process could very well be the deregulating of premium cigars.Innco, International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations,

On this Day…2020

A Message to Politicians and Public Health

From A Former Smoker: Fuck Off

In the years since I quit smoking, I’ve heard more about my “nicotine use” than in all the years that I smoked. And I heard plenty from people before I quit, thank you. It’s unavoidable if you smoke. The harassment, the shaming and shunning, is unending. It’s so normalized that even the public are in it- friends and family who might otherwise be counted on to be supportive or at least normal regularly harangue and berate, oblivious to the impact that endless shaming and judgment can have on a person and their relationships. The more I talk to people, the clearer it is that they’ve no idea why people smoke or why they quit and they don’t particularly care to learn. Hating smokers is socially acceptable, expected even. It’s an activity we can all get in on, guilt-free, and now we’re extending it to people who enjoy nicotine in any form. I have one message for all of you, but particularly those working in government and public health: fuck right off.

Cigarette Smuggling Will Worsen

If Vaping Not Promoted – AVCA

If the Government’s smokefree action plan does not adequately elevate nicotine vaping as the much safer alternative, then cigarette smuggling will become a bigger problem at New Zealand’s border, says a leading Kiwi Tobacco Harm Reduction advocate.

Her comments follow a media investigation which revealed Customs is currently seizing around 125,000 smuggled cigarettes and 155 kilograms of loose tobacco every month.

New Zealand Customs describes it as a lucrative market. In fact, it’s thought to be eight times more profitable than cocaine – and one which has attracted organised crime. Large scale, commercial-grade cigarette smuggling operators are now well established.

Coalition Letter on PMTA Enforcement

The Honorable Janet Woodcock….

On behalf of millions of taxpayers and consumers across the United States, we, the undersigned 23 organizations, believe that, in the interests of public health, adult access to safe e-cigarette products must be maintained in order to reduce cigarette consumption nationwide and save millions of lives.

A substantial body of scientific evidence suggests these products save lives by reducing the use of traditional combustible tobacco products. Pulling e-cigarettes and other vapor products from shelves will harm consumers and small businesses.

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