Vapers Digest February 12th
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Consumer Advocates for Smoke-Free Alternatives Association (CASAA)
A January 2020 poll by Morning Consult of 2,200 adults found that 66% mistakenly believe that nicotine e-cigarettes are the cause of the EVALI outbreak. Despite the fact that the CDC announced January 16, 2020 that the strongest link to the outbreak was illicit THC vapor products tainted with vitamin E acetate, the number of adults who believe nicotine products are the cause has risen 8 percentage points since the height of the outbreak in September 2019. Here’s what you need to know about EVALI.
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Most Americans believe nicotine vaping products caused of the recent vaping-related lung injuries that have killed 60 people and hospitalized more than 2,700 others. According to a recent Morning Consult poll, just 28 percent of the public understands that illicit adulterated THC vape cartridges are responsible for the injuries, and not nicotine products.
The poll, released last week, measured the beliefs of 2,200 adults during the last week of January. Morning Consult did a similar poll last September, just as the lung injury outbreak was beginning to peak. Both polls have a two percent margin of error.
THREE from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) has written to the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health, on the subject of non-tobacco nicotine pouches. Britain’s nicotine consumer charity is keen to engage with the government to inform and educate officials about its tobacco harm reduction potential.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been trying and failing to regulate alternative nicotine products like vaping for years. According to documents released yesterday, it looks as though time is possibly up for the agency. Plans to set up a new dedicated tobacco products agency forms part of the Trump Administration’s budget proposals for 2020.
A video on The Economist’s YouTube channel contains Professor Robert West and the message that “E-cigarettes could be a game changer in public health helping millions of people quit smoking”. It marks a stark contrast to outlier Martin McKee’s nonsense being regurgitated by the Sunday Times.
Barney Cotton, Business Leader
Despite Brexit, from 20th May 2020, The EU revised Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) will make it an offence to produce and sell products that allow consumers to modify the smell and taste of tobacco products. This will include:
- Menthol cigarettes
- Skinny cigarettes
- Flavoured tobacco
- Flavoured rolling papers
- Flavoured filters or capsules
Brian P. Dunleavy, UPI
Policies designed to discourage vaping may have unintended consequences — namely, encouraging other forms of tobacco use — a new study has found.
In an analysis posted online Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the authors conclude that raising taxes on e-cigarettes, or vaping devices, as a disincentive to consumers may drive people to purchase more traditional cigarettes.
Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes
Sin taxes are excise taxes imposed on goods or behaviors – like booze and cigarettes – that lawmakers deem harmful. In addition to raising revenue, the idea is that bumping taxes high enough should trigger a slowdown in the behavior. But what happens if taxpayers simply exchange the “sinful” behavior – not for a “better” response – but for another bad behavior? That’s precisely what a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health suggests: raising taxes on e-cigarettes in an attempt to curb vaping may cause people to purchase more traditional cigarettes.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
Lee Johnson, Vaping 360
Before vaping came along, quitting smoking wasn’t a particularly exciting thing to do. Most smokers tried to quit “cold turkey,” with no support whatsoever. The few that opted for additional support tended to go with nicotine replacement therapy products like patches and gums, or pharmaceuticals like Chantix.
For cold-turkey quitters, the low success rates and general difficulty meant it was often a disheartening experience. After a few days of itching for a cigarette, “I’ll just have one…” turns back into a pack a day pretty quickly….
Lee Johnson, Vaping 360
Vaping is much safer than smoking. Along with the Royal College of Physicians and Public Health England, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a report saying it too. We aren’t at the point where we can be absolutely certain about the precise level of risk, but the evidence is quite clear that vaping is substantially safer than smoking.
So why doesn’t the public know it? Research from the U.S. and the U.K. shows that most people don’t know that vaping is safer than smoking. Even more troubling, the perceptions of risk are moving in the wrong direction.