Vapers Digest November 16th

Friday’s News at a glance:

Sarah Jakes at the E-Cigarette Summit – E-Cig Summit Roundup 2018 – Youth vaping and the dangers of over-reaction – FDA Will Ban Most Vape Flavors Except in Adult-Only Stores – The ‘Epidemic’ of Underage Vaping – Drakeford’s Back – Thailand To Change Tack? – Does Vaping Reduce Cigarettes Consumed? – Kids As Clickbait: Tobacco Control & Its Unethical War on Vaping – Vaping discussed in the House of Lords – Delhi HC tells States to take dim view – Tobacco Harm Reduction Takes a Hit in Minnesota – Loss of tax behind extreme anti-vaping laws – Juul will continue to sell flavoured e-cigarette pods in Canada – Goodbye to Juul Season – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest

Sarah Jakes at the E-Cigarette Summit

New Nicotine Alliance

Here is the text from Sarah’s talk at the E-Cigarette Summit at the Royal Society on 15 November 2018:

The veterans of harm reduction will tell you that they’ve seen all this before. Some see it as a battle between absolutism and pragmatism, and that a pragmatic view necessitates the involvement of all parties, including industry.

Others see it as a fight for the vulnerable against powerful commercial interests, and so those interests must be excluded and fought at all costs.

The New Nicotine Alliance calls for a new approach from public health towards vaping and other safer nicotine products

E-Cig Summit Roundup 2018

James Dunworth – Ashtray Blog

I still can’t believe that we’ve reached the 6th E-Cig Summit – it doesn’t seem so long ago that the first one was held! This is very much a non-commercial conference, with sales pitches banned (hooray!) and proficient speakers who are good at lightening up some challenging topics with a bit of humour. Add that to superb organisation and it all makes for a great conference.

I’d like everyone who is interested in vaping to go along, but not everyone has the time or the funds. So once again, for those of you who are interested I’ve popped my notes on to the blog.


Youth vaping & the dangers of over-reaction

A letter to the FDA – Clive Bates

Letter from Iowa Attorney General Miller and others, including me, to Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner. See PDF at the link below:

Re: Youth tobacco and nicotine use – proportionate and responsible reaction

This is a letter and 7-page briefing to set out issues with youth vaping and to caution against over-reaction. For the fully referenced version, please see the PDF at the link above.  The main text is below.

Let’s not overreact about e-cigarettes – Tom Miller

FDA Will Ban Most Vape Flavors

Except in Adult-Only Stores – Jim McDonald

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced his plan to reduce youth vaping, and it turned out to be rather anticlimactic. After months of build-up, the FDA chief’s statement was only particularly surprising for its attention to combustible products — which of course is where the FDA’s focus should be.

Vape advocates will be unhappy with Gottlieb’s plan to restrict flavors (other than tobacco, menthol and mint) to adult-only locations. And anti-vaping activists will be disappointed to hear that the commissioner didn’t announce an immediate flavor ban.

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D.
F.D.A. Seeks Restrictions on Teens’ Access to Flavored E-Cigarettes

The ‘Epidemic’ of Underage Vaping

Does Not Justify the FDA’s E-Cigarette Restrictions – Jacob Sullum

Today Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who has been talking for months about an “epidemic” of underage vaping, finally released the survey datato which he was referring, along with his agency’s plan to reverse the trends that trouble him. As expected, the plan includes a ban on e-cigarette flavors other than menthol, mint, and tobacco in stores that admit minors, along with a complete ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

More from
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The FDA’s New E-Cigarette Regulations

Respond to an “Epidemic” That Doesn’t Really Exist – Jacob Grier

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb ended months of speculation about the future of vaping with his Thursday announcement of sweeping new regulations on e-cigarettes, flavored cigars, and menthol cigarettes. The new rules are a response to what he has taken to calling an “epidemic” of youth uptake of e-cigarettes, particularly those produced by the brand Juul, whose wide range of flavors, sleek design, and unique nicotine delivery have made it popular among both youth and adults.

A trio from Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes:

Drakeford’s Back

The Welsh anti-vaping boogieman has returned following two quiet years. Mark Drakeford is campaigning to become the leader of Welsh Labour and is pushing for a vape ban all over again. His last attempt to push this through the Welsh assembly met with a humiliating defeat – but he’s picked up the old drum and is tapping away furiously once more.

People who’ve managed to swap smoking for vaping since 2016 will not have heard of his previous attempts to ignore science and evidence as he attempted to push a ban on vaping in public areas through the Assembly.

Thailand To Change Tack?

Thailand has banned vaping more times than a new vaper dry burns their wicks. Each time the fresh ban has been accompanied by stark warnings. This changed in 2018 when the government actually did ban all vape products and locked up people transgressing the legislation. An aside from a government department hints that this could all change once again.

UAE residents warned against vaping in Thailand

Does Vaping Reduce Cigarettes Consumed?

Readers might assume that University of California San Diego (UCSD) researchers set out to do what University of California researchers do – this time debunking the fact that vaping works as a smoking cessation tool. What their results clearly demonstrate is that vaping increased the probability of a successful switch away from smoking, whereas the use of pharmaceutical therapies did not.

Kids As Clickbait: 

Tobacco Control & Its Unethical War on Vaping – Marewa Glover

Extremism has taken over public health and tobacco control groups. The exploitation of children to push agendas is completely unethical and has to stop. The War on Vaping just got a lot uglier. It’s TIME someone spoke up for the kids – because their parents seemingly won’t!

World War II (1939-45) was so long ago the men and women who fought and nursed and labored and survived will soon have all passed on…

Vaping discussed in the House of Lords

13th Nov ’18 Thanks as always to @dnglos for the YouTubage

Delhi HC tells States to take dim view

Of Centre’s advisory on E-Cigarettes

The Delhi High Court on Thursday told States to adopt measures of regulating/banning E-Cigarettes on their own without relying upon the advisory of the Centre.

The single-judge bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru gave the direction on the plea filed by one Piyush Ahluwalia seeking revocation on the restrictions by Centre on E-Cigarettes contending that E-Cigarettes caused significantly less harm as compared to Cigarettes.

Harm Reduction Takes a Hit in Minnesota

The Daily Advocate

We’ve all heard the heartbreaking news that over 480,000 Americans die from smoking related causes every year. We’ve also heard the projections that a BILLION people around the world will die from smoking this century. Heartbreaking to think of so many early deaths, so many families grieving for loved ones. So much money spent on the health effects of smoking.

Loss of tax behind extreme anti-vape laws

Smoking rates among men in Asia remain extraordinarily high by world standards, with Indonesian men aged 15 and over leading at 76.2 percent. Despite very high smoking rates, high taxes on tobacco and far more extensive bans on smoking than New Zealand, some Asian countries are banning harm reduced alternatives.

E-cigs, vape at least 95 per cent safer

Tasnim Lokman

Alternative smoking devices, which are 95 per cent less harmful than combustible cigarettes, is the future, says Indonesia Public Health Observation Foundation advisor and lead researcher Dr Drg Amaliya.

Speaking during the launch of the 2nd Asia Harm Reduction Forum in Manilla, she said thanks to innovation and technology development, alternative nicotine products were available to provide satisfying and less harmful option for smokers to get their nicotine fix without the harmful tar.

Juul will continue to sell…

Flavoured e-cigarette pods in Canada

An American e-cigarette maker will continue selling mango, fruit, and cucumber flavoured pods in Canadian convenience and vape shops, despite no longer doing so south of the border because they might entice young people to use its products.

Goodbye to Juul Season

Jia Tolentino

In March, while reporting a feature about vaping, I interviewed a Cornell junior named Jason Jeong, who had written a college newspaper column called “The Juul Manifesto.” A tongue-in-cheek tribute to the irony-steeped habits of today’s young people, the piece celebrated the paradox of a generation that can pronounce the phrase “açai bowl” but made a meme out of eating Tide Pods.

She Couldn’t Quit Smoking. 

Then She Tried Juul – Jan Hoffman

Try as she might, Brittany Kligman couldn’t free herself of a pack-a-day cigarette habit, eight years in duration. And she ached to.

She was mortified the time that a taxi driver sniffed as she entered his cab and remarked, “You’re a smoker, huh?” (And she had just showered!) She was getting more sinus infections.

On this Day…2017

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

The local authority information deficit

Obstructing harm reduction – New Nicotine Alliance

Last November, the Freedom Association sent freedom of information requests to all UK councils requesting details of their policy towards e-cigarettes and produced a comprehensive report. The results were depressing but offered a snapshot of how council smoke-free policies were routinely including vaping along with smoking, despite guidance from Public Health England advising otherwise.

2017​ ​Vaping​ ​Policies​ ​in UK​ ​Councils​ ​Report

Andrew Allison, The Freedom Association

In November 2016, we published a groundbreaking report looking at the vaping policies of all UK councils. We have done the same again this year to see if any councils have changed their policies as a result of advice from Public Health England (PHE) which was included in the Government’s Tobacco Control Plan.

In total, 391 councils responded to our freedom of information requests – a successful response rate of just under 94 per cent. The key findings of this research show that:

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