Wednesday’s News at a glance:
We’re making it harder for smokers to quit ~ E-Cigarettes: The Case for Regulatory Restraint ~ ‘Passive Vaping’ Bullshit In The Daily Mail ~ Ontario vapers fight back against “cigarette lobbyists” ~ University of Leicester to Study Youth Vaping ~ Vapers Fight Back Against the Cigarette Lobby ~ Advice from Former-Smoking E-Cigarette Users to Current Smokers on How to Use E-Cigarettes as Part of an Attempt to Quit Smoking ~ Vapefest highlights the stupidity of the Tobacco Products Directive ~ Vapor Products Tax
James Paterson, Herald Sun
E-CIGARETTES have been a powerful tool for reducing smoking around the world. They could be in Australia too if we let them. Public education and policy changes have reduced Australian smoking rates from 25 per cent of the population in 1993 to 12.2 per cent in 2016.
Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth
Debate over FDA regulation of e-cigarettes often degenerates into bitter argument and ad hominem attack. In contrast, a point/counterpoint presentation in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management is calm, thoughtful and enlightening.
While I’ve been busy lately, there was an astonishingly shit article popped up in the Daily Mail last week which is a classic of the junk science clickbait genre so beloved of tobacco control. Scientists have issued a warning on passive vaping because of toxic chemicals in e-cigarette vapour.
Jim McDonald, Vaping360
It didn’t take Ontario vapers long to hit back after last week’s weird sneak attack by a convenience store association.
Vapor Advocates on Ontario (VAO) — an organization of vape shop owners and vaping advocates — has reactivated its VapingIsntSmoking.com website, and is asking vapers and anyone interested to visit the site and use its automated email system to send a pro-vaping message to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Health Eric Hoskins.
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Mawsley, Planet Of The Vapes
University of Leicester research team has received a grant from Cancer Research UK in order to explore the adolescent use of electronic cigarettes. The lead researcher is going to be Professor Jason Hughes, a man who has written a book looking at the socio-legal regulation over the manufacture, sale, and promotion of tobacco products.
— Scott Gottlieb, M.D. (@SGottliebFDA) August 8, 2017
Advice from Former-Smoking E-Cigarette Users to Current Smokers on How to Use E-Cigarettes as Part of an Attempt to Quit Smoking
, Oxford Academic
Substitution of e-cigarettes for tobacco smoking has the potential to prevent almost all the harm caused by smoking. Identifying strategies that may increase smokers’ capability, opportunity and motivation to use e-cigarettes in place of tobacco cigarettes is vital.
Gateway or common liability? Important distinction for policy: https://t.co/cNXTN8rXux
— Sarah J (@Twigolet) August 9, 2017
, The Freedom Association
I attended Vapefest in Shrewsbury at the weekend. Although I had a good time, it was certainly much flatter than it was last year. I don’t know if it was because of the weather forecast, or the law of diminishing returns, but there were significantly fewer people attending compared to last year.
(Website) Vapor Products Tax, the online source of news, data and analysis of taxation of vapor products, such as electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
The FDA’s deeming rule went live yesterday, 8th August 2016. You will see a blizzard of expert comment about what it all means (feel the pain of Phil Bursado – see 8/8). In essence, FDA requires an enormously burdensome Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA) to be filed and accepted by FDA for any new product from now on. So that’s the end of innovation, including pro-health and pro-safety innovation. For all products currently on the market, a PMTA has to be filed within two years, with a further year for FDA to review – that will wipe out most products and most smaller firms and open way to black market. (For the official view, see FDA overview and Q&A)
Kellie Ann Forbes, VAEP
Nurses assist people in achieving better health by helping them adopt less harmful behaviours; this is called‘harm reduction’.Vaping is rapidly becoming recognized as the most effective harm reduction strategy for smokers. Public Health England and the Royal College of Physicians have reviewed the vaping science and recommends vaping for smokers. Outlawing vaping in public places is contrary to harm reduction.
The August 8th “Freeze Date” Has Arrived! E-Cig/Vapor Industry Chafes At The New Rules of Engagement That Stifle Innovation – MO/RAI Actively “Engage” With the FDA Supporting Hope for Potential Industry-Friendly Changes – While the final deeming e-cig regulation brings much needed structure and oversight to the e-cig/vapor category, there is little doubt that the cost and complexity of compliance overwhelmingly favor big tobacco (the goose) at the expense of smaller, less well funded players (the gander).