Vapers Digest February 26th
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Federal Funds Misspent on Anti-Vaping Research ~ Do Anti-Vaping Ads and Media Actually Encourage Youth Vaping? ~ What schools SHOULD do about teen vaping ~ E-Cigarette Opponents Do More Harm by Snubbing Big Tobacco ~ Coronavirus in China may mean global shortages for vaping manufacturers ~ Coronavirus Impacting Iceland’s Stocks Of Vape Supplies ~ Two thirds of UK vape stores fail test purchases, study shows ~ Taxes raised on all tobacco products in Egypt ~ Mexico Bans Import of All Vaping Products, Cites WHO Guidance ~ Exclusive: Juul halts Indonesia e-cigarette sales, throwing Asia expansion in doubt ~ Philip Morris are right and the EU is wrong ~ Review – Dispatches: The Secrets Of Big Tobacco ~ Whanganui business and agency to talk about vaping to help quit smoking ~ Northamptonshire To Promote Vaping ~ NZ Hits Flavour Availability ~ Congress’ Proposed Tobacco Ban Would Represent Most Far-Reaching Prohibition Bill Since Ban on Alcohol ~ Vaping battle heats up as FDA deadline looms ~ Juul to introduce new type of vaporizer after FDA crackdown
Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth
The Journal of the American Heart Association on February 18 retracted an article by Dharma Bhatta and Stanton Glantz. As I documented earlier, Bhatta and Glantz published demonstrably false findings. Details of the retraction were reported by USA Today’s Jayne O’Donnell, Ivan Oransky at Retraction Watch and Alex Norcia of Vice, among others.
More than two thirds of vape retailers failed test purchases undertaken by JTI as part of a scheme to identify retailers at risk of selling vaping products to minors.
The tobacco supplier undertook the tests as part of the IDentify programme, part of its “continued commitment to supporting retailers and preventing minors having access to vaping products”.
The test purchasing at 344 stores in Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and the West Midlands also discovered that 53% of businesses are not carrying out any test purchasing checks to understand if their own systems are working.
Doaa A.Moneim, Ahram Online
Tobacco and cigarette prices will increase at different rates as of Tuesday after parliament’s approval on Monday of new amendments to the VAT tax law no.67 for 2016.
The prices have been raised by 50 piasters for each unit, and the raised tax will be applied as soon as the new law is published in the official state gazette.
Vaping 360, Jim McDonald
Mexico has banned the import of all vaping products by presidential decree. The new law, which took effect on Feb. 20, bans all products, including zero-nicotine e-liquid and even hardware sold without e-juice.
Ironically, one of the positions that helped President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador earn a landslide victory in the 2018 election was his opposition to the prohibitionist war on drugs and support for legalizing cannabis.
Chris Kirkham, Fanny Potkin, Neil Jerome Morales, Reuters
Juul Labs Inc is halting sales in Indonesia, citing concerns that it can’t stop retailers from selling its high-nicotine e-cigarettes to young people in a largely unregulated tobacco market. Juul disclosed its Indonesia plans to Reuters as the news organization was inquiring about the company’s marketing to younger customers there and in the other two Asian countries where it operates – the Philippines and South Korea.
Christopher Snowdon, Velvet Glove, Iron Fist
Philip Morris has been getting grief from the pompously named ‘Bureau of Investigative Journalism’ and Channel 4’s Dispatches. I haven’t watched the Dispatches episode yet, but judging from the press coverage it’s very thin gruel.
TV producers seem to think that they can get a scandalous exposé out of any old leaked e-mail. In this instance, the story is that…
Fergus M, Heat Not Burn
I’ve been interested in Heat not Burn products for a few years now, as you probably guessed if you’ve been keeping up to date with this blog, so if there’s anything about them in the media I tend to check it out just to see what’s being said. This is why I ended up watching Channel 4’s Dispatches last night.
I’d been tipped off by an article in The Guardian that Dispatches was planning a programme on HnB – more specifically, on Philip Morris International and their goal of moving smokers onto safer alternatives.
, NZ Herald
A Whanganui business and the local quit smoking service want to “clear the air” on vaping and show the possible benefits in using vaping as a way to quit smoking.
Dr John McMenamin, the Whanganui Stop Smoking Service and Quit Clinic coaches invite people to meet at The Mushroom Cloud store today from 7pm learn more about vaping as a way to quit smoking.
TWO from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
Northamptonshire never strikes people as a remarkable county, yet it has given the world famous writers, sports stars, musicians, actors, and a guy who discovered the structure of DNA. Northamptonshire is now one of the world leaders as its Stop Smoking Service has embraced vaping as a means to switch away from smoking.
Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa has dithered making changes that the vape industry was crying out for and was frequently accused of not understanding the role harm reduction products could play. Now she has announced a restrictive approach to controlling access to eliquids and is being condemned by trade body VTANZ.
, The Washington Post
Robert Arnold has spent years building his company, Saffire Vapor, which cranks out 5,000 bottles of nicotine e-liquid a week including Red October (banana nut bread and strawberries), Naughty or Nice (sugar cookie) and Engineer (buttery cinnamon toast). He sells the “vape juice,” worth about $65,000, at his 24 vape shops in Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as online.
Juul Labs Inc. plans to present to federal regulators a new version of its vaporizer designed to unlock only for users at least 21 years old as part of an application the controversial e-cigarette maker must file to keep its products in the U.S. market.
All manufacturers must submit their vaping products for Food and Drug Administration review by May 12 to continue selling them in the U.S. after that date.
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