Vapers Digest June 8th

Friday’s News at a glance:

Keep Smoking Tobacco, Says Finland – Vape Article Journo In A Pickle – Tobacco control plan: 2017 to 2022 – IBVTA launch new report – San Francisco Flavor Ban Will Be the First of Many – How Low Will They Go? – Some Accidental Truth-Telling – FDA Aims at Wrong Target – Comment to the U.S. FDA – Nicotine et réduction des risques – Plain packaging is plain stupid – Inconsistent and erratic regulators – Where Are All the Teen Juulers? – AVI urges govt to regulate e-cigarette – Fog of war – Previously Proposed Vape Bill Back On The Table – ‘Real‐world’ compensatory behaviour – The 10 Types of Anti-Vaper – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest

Keep Smoking Tobacco, Says Finland

Dick Puddlecote

Remember I’ve said for years that one day the lies of tobacco controllers will come back and bite them on the arse? Well, I kinda relished how they seemed unable to cope with e-cigs. I always presumed that it would be that kind of harm reduction which would expose them, simply because they are too dim to understand the nuances of a concept where smokers are gently encouraged to switch – when they are ready – to something which would evolve into a valid and satisfying alternative…

Vape Article Journo In A Pickle

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

Vapers are used to seeing nonsense written about something they know has benefited their health, and harm reduction advocates are accustomed to witnessing science being distorted – but sometimes the coverage goes overboard and is nothing more than a hysterical mess. Step forward Kate Pickles and the Daily Mail.

“E-cigarette timebomb,” screamed the headline. “Vaping is highly addictive and could cause a major health crisis in decades to come, warn lung experts,” wrote the journalist. Worryingly, Pickles is the Mail’s ‘health reporter’!

Tobacco control plan: 2017 to 2022

Department of Health and Social Care

Setting out actions for meeting the aims of the tobacco control plan for England and how progress will be monitored.

This delivery plan will monitor how the aims of the tobacco control plan for England are being met. The tobacco control plan was published in July 2017. The delivery plan sets out specific milestones and what is expected at national and local levels.

IBVTA launch new report

On the state of compliance and enforcement

When our organisation launched in 2016 the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was already a reality. Our immediate challenge was not fighting the TPD, but credibly influencing its implementation in the UK. Whilst our engagement has produced a better regulation set than was originally proposed, industry and vapers should be under no illusion that the IBVTA is happy with the current situation – we are not.


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San Francisco Flavor Ban . . 

Will Be the First of Many – Jim McDonald, Vaping360

San Francisco voters Tuesday overwhelmingly upheld the city’s ban on flavored tobacco products, including e-liquid. The law will serve as a model for legislation in other cities, with anti-vaping groups already promising bans across the country.

The law will take effect soon after the election results are certified. It bans all e-liquid flavors except tobacco, and also prohibits sales of menthol cigarettes, and flavored small cigars, blunt wraps, and smokeless tobacco.

San Francisco Votes To Make It ‘Harder For Adult Smokers To Quit’
Health advocates save San Francisco’s flavored-tobacco ban
San Francisco Voters Uphold Ban on Flavored Vaping Products

How Low Will They Go?

SF Flavor Ban Was An Abuse Of Process – Carl V. Phillips

Much has already been written about how San Francisco’s recent ban on tobacco product flavors, enacted via referendum, is terrible policy. The ban of menthol cigarettes and most flavors of  e-liquid, as well as smokeless tobacco with a characterizing flavors and most all hookah tobacco, will discourage smokers from switching to vaping. In theory the menthol cigarette ban could offset this impact by causing more smokers to quit to abstinence, though there is simply no reason to expect this to happen.

Some Accidental Truth-Telling

About Nicotine ‘Addiction’ – Carl V. Phillips

Of all the junk tobacco control research, the worst in some ways is the ongoing series out of Stanton Glantz’s UCSF shop that dredges through their “secret tobacco industry documents” library (materially illegally diverted from litigation discovery, a massive collection of memos, reports, notes and other documents from the late 20th century and first few years of the 2000s). Tobacco control’s epidemiology, toxicology and behavioral research are similarly dishonest and faulty.



FDA Aims at Wrong Target

In Effort to Protect Teens – Brad Rodu

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has again mistakenly blamed e-cigarette companies for teen vaping. Addressing the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Gottlieb issued a direct threat: “They better step up and step up soon – to address these trends along with us. So far, I must say, I’ve mostly been disappointed by the tepid response from companies that know that a meaningful portion of their sales are being derived from kids. The e-cig companies have a chance to do something about it.

Where Are All the Teen Juulers?

Jim McDonald, Vaping360

The first major youth tobacco survey since the teen juuling controversy began shows that if high school JUUL use is a problem, it’s not much of one. High school students in 2017 used e-cigarettes at just about the same rate they did in 2016, and at a much lower rate than in 2015, which remains the peak of the “teen vaping boom.”

Comment to the U.S. FDA

Regarding the regulation of flavors in tobacco products
Lindsey Stroud, The Heartland Institute

In this comment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Lindsey Stroud urges the regulatory body to acknowledge the vital role flavors play in tobacco harm reduction.

RE: Docket No. FDA-2017-N-6565: Regulation of Flavors in Tobacco Products



Nicotine et réduction des risques

Dr Karl Fagerström

Nous ne vivons pas au paradis et les hommes doivent faire face à de profonds problèmes. L’appétit pour les drogues illégales et le sexe sont deux exemples qui donnent naissance à de grandes douleurs et souffrances. Les drogues ne se limitent pas aux drogues illégales. Chaque société produit ce que l’on peut nommer ses “drogues culturelles”. Celles d’aujourd’hui, le café, l’alcool et les produits du tabac et de la nicotine servent pour partie de soupape. Dans plusieurs pays, le cannabis semble aussi se rapprocher d’une acceptation culturelle.

Inconsistent and erratic regulators

Risk stifling our thriving vaping industry – Gillian Golden

Independent vaping companies, free from ownership or control by the tobacco or pharmaceutical industries, make up 90 per cent of what is one of the fastest growing industries in Britain.

UK vaping businesses are known globally for their innovation and product stewardship, and locally, independent vape shops are one of the few areas of positive growth on our high streets.

Plain packaging is plain stupid

It’s been a year since mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products was introduced in the UK. All tobacco products now have to be sold in greenish packets without distinctive branding. It was supposed to discourage smoking by making the packaging look unappealing. But when we look at plain-packaging policies around the world, the evidence tells us it has been a failure.

AVI urges govt to regulate e-cigarette

Press Trust of India

Association of Vapers India (AVI), an organisation representing smokers, has urged the government to bring a robust policy to regulate e-in the state.

The consumer advocacy group has offered to provide support to the government for the formulation of the policy.

Philip Morris plans to target Indian smokers with iQOS device

Fog of war:

Is vaping good for smokers or only for Big Tobacco?

Karen Counter isn’t quite sure what side of the law she’s on, but she’s 100 per cent sure she is right. The GP from the NSW north coast is signing up to proliferate electronic cigarettes – a product that has sparked outright war within her profession and disagreements within the government.

Previously Proposed Vape Bill

Back On The Table – Juliana Iluminata Wilczynski

Parliament is re-considering a bill proposed by the Bright Future party in 2017, which would create restrictions on vaping, Vísir reports.

The bill was first proposed by former Minister of Health Óttarr Proppé of Bright Future in early 2017, and would prohibit vaping in certain spaces such as restaurants, cinemas, cafes, bars, and other public spaces like schools, hospitals, and on public transportation. Some schools have already banned vaping on school premises, such as Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð.

Icelandic MPs Filtering Out Emails About Vaping


‘Real‐world’ compensatory behaviour

With low nicotine concentration e‐liquid: subjective effects and nicotine, acrolein and formaldehyde exposure

Lynne Dawkins, Sharon Cox, Maciej Goniewicz, Hayden McRobbie, Catherine Kimber, Mira Doig, Leon Kośmider

To compare the effects of i) high versus low nicotine concentration e‐liquid, ii) fixed versus adjustable power and iii) the interaction between the two on: a) vaping behaviour, b) subjective effects, c) nicotine intake, and d) exposure to acrolein and formaldehyde in e‐cigarette users vaping in their everyday setting.

Ex-smokers might be better off..

With high rather than low nicotine e-cigs

Vapers using low rather than high nicotine e-cigarettes may be using their devices more intensely, potentially increasing the risk of exposure to toxins in the vapour, according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK and published in Addiction today.

Researchers, based at London South Bank University, studied 20 e-cigarette users and found that people using low nicotine e-liquid in their devices puffed more deeply and more often than those using high nicotine liquid. Those using low nicotine also increased the power of their vaping devices when possible.

Vape News

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

Well done to Canada for allowing smokers to access harm reduction vape technology. Boo to the idiots at the Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland for producing a quit guide of breath-taking stupidity. Big boos too go out to Italian politicians, who have presided over a halving of the number of vapers. Finally, raised glasses all-round to Doctor Sharon Cox for speaking about harm reduction in such a coherent and levelheaded manner.

Vapecon Switzerland 2018

The 10 Types of Anti-Vaper

Ashtray Blog

Do you know that feeling when something gives a huge number of people a bit of pleasure, and helps them kick a habit that stands a substantial chance of killing them, and all you want to do is criticise it and mock them for it?

No, neither do I….


On this Day…2017

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

Snus would have saved 355,000 lives

Atakan Erik Befrits

Significantly fewer people die from tobacco-related diseases in Sweden than in any other EU country. This is despite the fact that Swedes consume as much tobacco as in other EU countries. In fact, in 24 of the 27 other EU countries tobacco related mortality is more than twice as high as in Sweden.

Sweden Figured Out How to Stop People From Smoking –  Joe Nocera

The healing power of smoking (vaping)

Vaping Point

There is something evil in the air worldwide – and its not smoke or vapour. What the evil is, is the intrusion of The Tobacco Control Industry into the private lives of smokers and vapers and their malice aforethought in re-sculpting the whole of society.

I shall use smoking to mean vaping and smoking. For vapers, the way smokers are treated is the absolute pivot of their own treatment in the world. To defend ourselves, we have to defend smokers.


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