Tuesday’s News at a glance:
Everything Changes But ASH – Malaysian state threatens prison for public vaping – Sibling Rivalry – University Of California Push Ecig Fibs – ASH data considered as indication of TPD’s negative effect
You’ll notice that the link to an ASH London page is a dead one, which is probably for the best because the claim that shutters would only cost £120 is a downright lie which was uncovered by FOI requests in 2009. I wrote about it at the time, as did Chris Snowdon; you can read about how ASH deliberately and grubbily misled politicians in parliament by reading his report, The Dark Market (highly recommended), see the document Lord Darzi used to mislead MPs here, and the email where Debs Arnott was told explicitly that she was misleading legislators here.
Jim McDonald, Vaping360
In the Malaysian state of Selangor, vaping in a park could earn you a fine of more than $2,300, and up to two years in prison. The new law will also apply to shopping complexes, air-conditioned buildings, government property, hospitals and gas stations.The penalties apply to smokers too.
Selangor is the most populous state in Malaysia, a Southeast Asian country of 30 million that lies between Indonesia and Thailand. Though Islam is the state religion, Malaysia has a large vaping population and industry — and also a large number of smokers.
Religious authorities in the country have declared vaping “haram,” meaning forbidden by Islam. However, the religious edict is widely ignored. Smoking cigarettes is also haram.
The national distribution of Zonnic, a nicotine-replacement therapy product from a Reynolds American Inc. subsidiary, could create an intriguing sibling rivalry with Reynolds’ electronic cigarette in attracting consumers wanting to eliminate or reduce nicotine consumption.
Zonnic, marketed by Niconovum USA Inc., is the first stop-smoking aid sold by a tobacco manufacturer with Food and Drug Administration approval.
Meanwhile, subsidiary R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. is nearing completion of its national rollout of e-cig brand Vuse, which is marketed in part as a product to smoke where traditional cigarettes are prohibited in public spaces. It does not have FDA approval as a stop-smoking aid, nor does any other e-cig or vapor product.
Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes
Doctor Laura Crotty Alexander, a researcher an assistant professor at the University of California at San Diego, according to her employer, answers the question: “The sale of electronic cigarettes is on the rise but how safe are they?” It is a two-year old statement that the University is curiously promoting once more. Many might question the timing, given the research in another of this week’s articles, and who it’s aimed at, as it makes Sesame Street appear high-brow.
There is overwhelming evidence that the University of California is actively promoting a strong anti-tobacco harm reduction stance and contributing greatly to the misinformation about vaping. This latest contribution is shameful, especially as Crotty Alexander is an expert in the fields of host-pathogen interactions, molecular mechanisms of asthma, microbial pathogenesis in the lung, innate immunity in the lung, hypoxia inducible factor, and extracellular traps.
Not as if I haven't been warning of this. It's been obvious for ages. Our vocabulary MUST change.
— [INN] Dave Dorn [CO] (@DavidDorn_VTTV) June 6, 2017
Diane Caruana, VapingPost
Health experts in the UK are concerned, as the rapid growth in the numbers of people switching from smoking to vaping has come to a halt. This is being partly attributed to the negative messages and strict restrictions brought about by the TPD.
An article published last month by the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), pointed out that for the first time in history, the number of ex-smokers in the UK is larger than the number of smokers. These numbers were confirmed by the annual Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) survey, and this significant drop in smoking has been widely attributed to the advent of electronic cigarettes.
However, the situation is not looking as promising anymore. “The rapid growth in e-cigarette use has come to an end while over a third of smokers have still never tried e-cigarettes, saying the main reasons are concerns about the safety and addictiveness of e-cigarettes. It’s very important smokers realise that vaping is much, much less harmful than smoking.” said ASH in their press release.