Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Good quality research and innovation are necessary ~ Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People in England 2018 [NS] ~ PM to keep e-cigs illegal ~ Specialists urge ICMR to reconsider its recommendations on banning ENDS ~ Fighting Evil or Protecting Health? Another Anti-Vaping Law goes up in Smoke ~ Vaping Hospitalizations Likely Linked to Black Markets ~ Dank Vapes Is the “Biggest Conspiracy” in Pot That Can Put You in a Coma ~ Vaping May Be Driving Down Smoking, Says Federal Survey Report ~ Vaping Hysteria Will Mean More Tobacco Deaths ~ Essay on bans by Marewa Glover ~ Tobacco Harm Reduction Spells Out Bleak Future For Farmers ~ More schoolchildren ‘rejecting cigarettes’ ~ VTA Sues US Government ~ BREAKING: JUUL Attacks VTA Lawsuit ~ Pop-up Lungs ~ Trials in Thailand
This is the time of research on electronic cigarettes. Every day the number of scientific publications around the world seems to proliferate and, although opposing views on the efficiency of these products continue to feed the scientific debate, the interest on these issues is higher than ever and the combustion-free products continue to be chosen by millions of people.
Part 4: Electronic cigarette use (vaping)
In 2014, pupils were asked for the first time about e-cigarettes, with further questions added in 2016.
New legislation came into force in England and Wales on 1 October 2015, introducing a minimum age of sale of 18 for e-cigarettes and prohibiting the purchase of these products on behalf of someone under the age of 18.
Mongkol Bangprapa, Bangkock Post
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has vowed to retain Thailand’s ban on e-cigarettes, insisting the new government will not yield to lobbying from an interest group that has been working hard to lift the prohibition.
More than 60 specialists in nicotine, science and medicine have urged the ICMR to reconsider its recommendation of prohibiting e-cigarettes, citing a critical appraisal by experts which stated that the apex research body’s white paper did not present a balanced overview on the issue and has failed to justify the ban.
David Sweanor, Ottowa Hub for Harm Reduction
On May 3rd, the Quebec Superior Court struck down key sections of Quebec’s anti-vaping law that sought to treat vaping products essentially the same as cigarettes. The decision recognizes vaping as a form of harm reduction as it allows people who would otherwise smoke lethal cigarettes to get the nicotine they need or want without the inhalation of smoke. As the harm from cigarette use is overwhelmingly due to the inhalation of smoke rather than the nicotine, the decision underscores important lessons for harm reduction.
Lindsey Stroud, Heartland Institute
In August 2019, public health officials in several states reported an increase in young people being hospitalized due to lung illnesses believed to be caused by vaping. Health departments in Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin have issued health warnings against e-cigarette. Indeed, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is urging “Wisconsinites to avoid vaping and e-cigarettes.”[i] CNN reported more than 120 cases in 15 states.[ii]
Emma Betuel, Inverse
Patrick DeGrave’s brother was still in a medically induced coma in a Wisconsin hospital when he spoke to the local news. Standing before a crew from FOX 6 Milwaukee, he was ready to go public, and the vaporizer cartridge he held up for the cameras was the reason for his brother’s significant heart and lung damage.
The story that aired was also reported on by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the national Fox News website, amongst others. In each story, a black box with a candy-colored logo appeared: Dank Vapes.
Jacob Sullom, Reason
New survey data indicate that cigarette consumption among teenagers, young adults, and the general population continues to decline, notwithstanding fears that vaping would become a gateway to smoking. To the contrary, says a report on the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, e-cigarettes may be contributing to the downward trend in smoking.
“Some forms of smokeless tobacco could provide an alternative to cigarettes. For example, Swedish snus,
the contents of which are strictly regulated, is much less harmful than smoking.”
From new ASH Factsheet Tobacco and Ethnic Minoritieshttps://t.co/zYN7T1y5yz
— NNAlliance (@NNAlliance) August 21, 2019
, Issues and Insights
When products could save lives, it’s important for people to be informed about those benefits, along with the risks. Conversely, it’s harmful and immoral to spread misinformation that negatively affects public perception of life-saving products and discourages their use. Consider, for example, the unscientific, ideology-driven campaign against e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine through vapor rather than smoke.
Carl V Phillips, Anti-THR Lies and related topics
I wanted to call attention to a new essay about bans by Marewa Glover, probably the most thoughtful and clear-reasoning person who still self-identifies as a tobacco controller. The piece is entitled “Do We Really Need Another Law? The cost to New Zealand of banning smoking in cars,” which describes its titular focus and the motivating policy proposal. But it is more a wide-ranging examination various implications of bans and tobacco control more generally. It is a long read at 16K words (which she calls a book, even though I would call it two long blog posts :-), but easy going and worth the time.
Joseph Magero, Medium
What does the substantial decline in cigarette sales mean for tobacco farmers? Worldwide, smokers are shifting to vaping, h-n-b, snus and other safer nicotine products. Safer alternatives are causing a reduction in demand for tobacco. Several Africa countries rely heavily on tobacco farming.
The most recent survey in a series that began in the 1980s indicates just 16% of the pupils have ever smoked tobacco, down from 19% in 2016 and 49% in 1996.
However, a quarter of the 13,000 pupils surveyed, from 193 schools across England, have tried drugs.
This includes nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, as well as cannabis.
Four from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
The Vapor Technology Association (VTA) filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA) accelerated filing deadline. The deadline had been moved to 2021 but acting Commissioner Ned Sharpless said companies didn’t need that time in which to act and accelerated the deadline to May 2020.
On Monday, POTV announced how The Vapor Technology Association (VTA) filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration over its Pre-Market Tobacco Application accelerated filing deadline. JUUL Labs has announced its opposition to the lawsuit and its intention to leave the VTA.
The Department for Public Health at Kings County, California has issued an important clarification for a nation working itself into apoplexy over vaping and lung problems. It is the first official source that lays the blame for the rash of respiratory disorders squarely at the feet of cannabis or cannabidiol oils.
Gerard Jan Joling became famous in Europe during the 1980’s with songs like “Ticket to the Tropics”. With over 20 gold and platinum records, he went on to become a big star in the Far East. Unfortunately, due to Thailand’s blinkered approach to tobacco harm reduction, Joling will now be singing about his “Ticket to the Jail”.