Vapers Digest July 27th

Friday’s News at a glance:

Mass Panic Over Juul – JUUL Uses Politicians as Marketing Tools – More Proof from FDA Population Data – Nicotine absorption from e-cigs over 12 months – Legalise Vaping launches in Western Australia – Queensland Crackdown – Denmark adopts new tax category – BAT pulls ahead in U.S. vaping battle – Young People Adopt Vaping – Getting the Vapors Over Vaping – Americans Under 30 Vape More – South Africa’s Tobacco Control & Electronic Delivery Systems Bill – ‘Eliminate Cancer Initiative’ – FDA’s Anti-Smoking Strategy Puts Lives At Risk – Warning label may have misled tobacco consumers for over 30 years – Sir Kevin Barron Supports Vaping – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest

Mass Panic Over Juul

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

The attorney general is conducting a Juul witch-hunt over fictitious fears the company is marketing to children. The action comes just as Wells Fargo Securities confirm that the latest Nielsen data shows Juul has increased its market share to a whopping 72.5%.

Massachusetts is no stranger to witch-hunts; the state witnessed the infamous Salem witch trials in 1692 due to an outbreak of mass hysteria. Nineteen innocent women and girls went to the gallows, followed by around 150 more people over the following few months. It appears its Attorney General has learnt nothing from history.

Juul Nic Drop Prompts More Debate – Mawsley, POTV

JUUL Uses Politicians as Marketing Tools

Jim McDonald, Vaping360

In a rambling press conference that recycled almost every known lie, exaggeration and myth about JUUL and vaping, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced an investigation of controversial San Francisco-based vape company JUUL Labs.

“I want to be clear with the public,” Healey said. “This isn’t about getting adults to stop smoking cigarettes. This is about getting kids to start vaping. That’s what these companies are up to. They’re engaged in an effort to get kids addicted, get them hooked so they will have customers for the rest of their lives.”

Sir Kevin Barron Supports Vaping

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

The New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) has applauded Sir Kevin Barron for vocalising his support for vaping. In a parliamentary Tobacco Control Plan debate, Sir Kevin spoke of his commitment to electronic cigarettes and called for the government to be more positive about the benefits of tobacco harm reduction products.
The debate took place on the 19th July in the House of Commons, where Barron highlighted the gulf between the UK and Ireland, two countries with identical traditional tobacco control policies but with differing approaches to e-cigarettes.


More Proof from FDA Population Data 

Showing E-Cigarettes As Popular Quit-Smoking Aids
Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth

While the number of American vapers declined over the last three years (as I reported here), e-cigarettes were still far more popular quit-smoking aids than medicinal nicotine or other drugs, according to researchers at the University of California San Diego (here).

Tarik Benmarhnia and colleagues used information from Waves 1 and 2 of the FDA-funded Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study to evaluate “the influence of [e-cigarettes] and pharmaceutical cessation aids on persistent abstinence (≥30 days) from cigarettes, and reduced cigarette consumption” during the period 2013 to 2015.  They concluded:

South Africa’s Tobacco Control Bill

Joseph Magero

According to the Tobacco Atlas, about 6.5 Million South Africans continue to smoke cigarettes every day. Many smokers in South Africa are unable — or at least unwilling — to achieve cessation through complete nicotine and tobacco abstinence; they continue smoking despite the very real and obvious adverse health consequences. Conventional smoking cessation policies and programs generally present smokers with two unpleasant alternatives: quit or die.

Nicotine absorption from e-cigarettes

Cat Kimber, Hayden McRobbie, Dr Lynne Dawkins, K Soar

Research indicates that, over time, exclusive e-cigarette users (vapers) gradually reduce the nicotine concentration in their e-liquid and transition to more sophisticated devices. Alongside this, consumption of e-liquid increases and constant cotinine levels are maintained.

We aimed to confirm these observations in 27 experienced vapers tested at baseline and 12 months later, by measuring nicotine absorption (via salivary levels of the nicotine metabolite cotinine; ng/mL), nicotine concentrations in e-liquid (mg/mL), volume of e-liquid consumed (mL per day), device types and flavours used, both at baseline and 12 months.

Under 30’s Vape More Than They Smoke

Jim McDonald, Vaping360

Vaping has surpassed smoking as the preferred nicotine product among Americans under 30, according to a new poll by Gallup. And younger people’s attitudes toward vaping are much more positive than older groups.

“Because young people have become much less likely to smoke in recent years, it’s possible that vaping is functioning as a substitute, which, if true, may have positive health implications,” says a report from the 83-year-old polling organization.

FDA’s Anti-Smoking Strategy

Jeff Stier

July 28th marks the one year anniversary of the FDA’s landmark announcement to embark on what it called a “new comprehensive plan for tobacco and nicotine regulation” that “places nicotine, and the issue of addiction, at the center of the agency’s tobacco regulation efforts.”

When rolling out the multi-year plan, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that “the overwhelming amount of death and disease attributable to tobacco is caused by addiction to cigarettes.” Never was a more obvious statement more necessary, given the recent media hysteria over e-cigarettes.

Why the ‘Eliminate Cancer Initiative’

Will INCREASE cancer rates – ATHRA

The Eliminate Cancer Initiative was established to reduce cancer. Perversely, its campaign to ban e-cigarettes will increase cancer rates.

The ECI, set up by Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation, wants regulation to prohibit vaping. However, in doing so it denies millions of addicted Australian smokers access to a far safer alternative that has the potential to save
many thousands of lives.

Legalise Vaping launches in W. Australia

Satyajeet ‘Satya’ Marar

Legalise Vaping Australia is excited to announce our launch in Western Australia, with Aaron Stonehouse MLC as our WA spokesperson.

Mr Stonehouse has been in parliament for little over a year but has been a strong champion for the legalisation of nicotine vaping: life-saving technology that has helped millions of Americans and Europeans to quit smoking, and is actively endorsed as a safer alternative to smoking by independent health experts and public health agencies in the UK and elsewhere.

Stonehouse launches campaign to legalise vaping
Poll shows WA voters overwhelmingly support vaping legalisation
Baldivis MLC pushes for vape nation

Queensland Crackdown

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

Queensland was the first state in Australia to incorporate vape products into law and treat them as if they were combustible tobacco products. To cement its place at the forefront of Australian idiocy, the state is cracking down on vaping and making seizures of imports.

In Queensland, only those in possession of a licence or prescription are allowed to have nicotine juices. Anyone else importing, possessing or using an eliquid containing nicotine could have a fine of up to Au$10,400 (almost £6,000) fine imposed on them.

Denmark adopts new tax category

Philip Gambaccini

Denmark’s Ministry of Taxation has issued an Executive Order creating a new excise tax category for heated tobacco. The communiqué announced amendments to Order No. 186 of 26 February 2013 which contains the basic outline of tobacco taxation for the Nordic country.

Heated tobacco is defined in the new order as tobacco “intended for inhalation and which is intended to produce a vapor without the need for a combustion process”.

BAT pulls ahead in U.S. vaping battle

Martinne Geller

British American Tobacco (BATS.L) plans to test its new Eclipse tobacco heating device in the United States this year, allowing it to pull ahead of Philip Morris (PM.N) in the world’s biggest vaping market.

Its shares rose 5 percent as BAT, the world’s second-biggest international tobacco company by revenue, also reported better-than-expected first-half profit, helped by its recent takeover of Reynolds American.

Young People Adopt Vaping

Frank Newport

The use of e-cigarettes, or vaping, is much more prevalent among Americans under 30 than among those who are older, and is as common among these young people as the use of conventional cigarettes. Because young people have become much less likely to smoke in recent years, it’s possible that vaping is functioning as a substitute, which, if true, may have positive health implications.

Getting the Vapors Over Vaping

Robert F. Graboyes

To this lifelong non-smoker, using electronic cigarettes (“vaping”) seems like a desirable and effective tool for weaning nicotine addicts off the toxic clouds of smoke with which they fumigate their lungs. I do understand why an educated observer might disagree — less so why the issue has become intensely partisan.

Warning label may have misled..

Tobacco consumers for over 30 years – David J. Hill

In 1986, the U.S. government passed legislation requiring a series of warnings for smokeless tobacco products, one of which advised “This product is not a safe alternative to cigarettes.”

That warning, however, obscured an important distinction — that cigarettes are much more harmful to health than smokeless tobacco products — and over the 30-plus years since, the American public has mostly been unaware that smokeless tobacco is much less harmful than cigarettes, one of the nation’s leading tobacco policy experts writes in a paper published recently in Harm Reduction Journal.

On this Day…2017

A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….

Another study shows…

That vaping helps people quit smoking
Christopher Snowdon, Velvet Glove Iron Fist

A study published in the BMJ today will have the usual anti-vaping fanatics howling at the moon. It found that vapers were much more likely to attempt to quit smoking than those who don’t vape, and that they are 73 per cent more likely to succeed in quitting smoking when they do. It also finds a significant increase in smoking cessation in the USA that coincides with the rise of vaping.

Anti-vaping throwbacks will no doubt say that correlation does not equal causation, but the authors examine two possible alternative explanations for the decline in the smoking rate and find them wanting…

Long-term e-cigarette use and smoking cessation – (PDF)

Pharma Co Values Profits Over Health

Dick Puddlecote

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks in Puddlecoteville, so like yesterday this is another I’ve had in my drafts just waiting for a time to write.

You see, I’ve long believed that e-cigs carry the potential to expose the lies and hypocrisy of tobacco control, but the extent to which they are doing so has exceeded even my wildest hopes. Those vacuously opposed to vaping are screaming like stuck pigs at the moment as they see their mendacious house of cards about to come crashing down, and seem to be happy to throw their integrity down the drain.

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