Wednesday’s News at a glance:
GFN UK Dialogues 2017 ~ Long-term vaping ‘far safer than smoking’ says ‘landmark’ study ~ Debunking the ‘experts’ on vaping ~New Study Concludes that Vaping is a One-Way Bridge to Cigarette Smoking among Youth ~ IG-ED: Statement on taxing vape products ~Expert reaction to study on teen vaping and future smoking ~Leader comment: Maximise the good vaping does ~ Failure to Disclose Sample Size: A Flaw at Multiple Levels ~Planet of the Vapes: E-Cigarettes Much Less Toxic Than Traditional Tobacco
Global Forum on Nicotine
As part of on-going work in relation to tobacco harm reduction, Knowledge-Action-Change is organising a series of dialogues, to examine the often contentious issues that attach to the use of electronic cigarettes, or vaping, in workplaces, places of entertainment and public spaces.
NHS UK NEWS
“Vaping has been endorsed by health experts after the first long-term study of its effects in ex-smokers,” ITV News reports.
E-cigarettes contain nicotine but not many of the harmful substances produced by smoking tobacco, such as tar or carbon monoxide. However, there has been debate about exactly how safe their long-term use is.
The study, involving 181 smokers or ex-smokers, has been described as “landmark” as it is thought to be the first (or at least one of the first) looking at long-term vaping outcomes in “real world” users. Previous studies of this kind have mainly relied on laboratory equipment, or animal research, to estimate the long-term effects of e-cigarettes.
A recent article on the millennial-focused website Mic.com deigned to summarize “what the experts say” about the long-term effects of vaping, which certainly is an important topic. Alas, the piece by author Aric Suber-Jenkins was hardly objective or unbiased. In fact, it’s wrong in nearly every major assertion it makes and every bit of analysis if offers.
The Rest of the Story / Michael Siegel
A new study published online ahead of print in the journal Tobacco Control concludes that vaping is “a one-way bridge to cigarette smoking among youth.”
The study involved a one-year follow-up of 347 high school seniors who were surveyed at baseline in 2014 and at follow-up in 2015. At baseline, they were classified as recent vapers (used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days) or non-vapers. At follow-up, smoking initiation was defined as having smoked a cigarette in the past year.
IG-ED / Kein Kommentar
As we reported before, the EU Commission published a survey on taxing tobacco products in November 2016. Among all tobacco-related topics this survey also focused on the question of whether vape products in the EU should be subject to taxation, and if so, how they should be introduced.
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Prof. Peter Hajek, Director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), said:
“This paper just shows that teenagers who try cigarettes are more likely to also try e-cigarettes (and the other way round) compared to teenagers who do not do such things. This is trivial. People who read sci-fi novels are also more likely to watch sci-fi movies than people who do not like sci-fi. There is no reason why these activities should be performed in one order only.
The vast growth of the e-cigarette industry has prompted much discussion about just how safe it is. While the ruinous health effects of tobacco are widely established, there has been an ambiguity surrounding the risks – or indeed, the benefits – of vaping as a substitute.
The Rest of the Story / Michael Siegel
Yesterday, I revealed that a new study published in the journal Tobacco Control which concluded that e-cigarettes are a “one-way bridge” to youth smoking failed to disclose the sample size upon which its major conclusion was based. It turns out that the paper’s sweeping conclusion was based on only 4 kids who had tried an e-cigarette at baseline and went on to try a cigarette in the next year.
Planet of the Vapes / Sputnik News
A Cancer Research UK study has found electronic cigarettes are less toxic than their analogue ascendants. The study found vapers’ systems exhibited much lower levels of toxic and carcinogenic substances than those who smokes tobacco.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Dave Dorn – The Sun Also Rises
Let’s get this straight. As Mike Russell said in the 70s, smokers smoke for the nicotine, but die from the tar. Implicit in that statement was the “pleasure principle” – that is to say that folks derived a benefit from the nicotine in lit tobacco – and that benefit was (and is) enjoyment, pleasure, call it what you will. Some call it a high (they’ve never smoked. You don’t get “high”. You get happy. )
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For the reader with any interests in snus and snus science, please note that the TPSAC references below are not unimportant. The same TPSAC (Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee) at FDA recommended FDA against granting Swedish Match a Modified Risk Tobacco Product status for some products.
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