Vapers Digest October 22nd

Monday’s News at a glance:

More attacks on vaping as FDA and NC target pod systems – Health Minister Quizzed About Vaping – Vaping In The News October 20th – Dr Hilary Jones: Go Vape! – FDA May Ban Flavored Vapes in Convenience Stores – Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy over anti-smoking ad – How far should we follow the money trail? – The political economy of vaping – The future looks bright – Rebuttal of SK Arora’s misleading article – Flurry of proposals issued by ministry to make Finland smoke-free by 2030 – What advice do I give to a smoker in my family or friends? – The great innovation of the 21st century – Teen Vaping & Nicotine Use Is “Overblown” – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest

More attacks on vaping

As FDA and NC target pod systems – Fergus Mason

FDA director Scott Gottlieb signalled yet another change of focus in the agency’s confused war on vaping last week, while North Carolina’s attorney general joined in the witch hunt against JUUL Labs. Meanwhile, Thai advocates are trying to challenge the country’s draconian anti-vaping laws which have seen both Thais and tourists arrested and fined for using a safer alternative to smoking.

Health Minister Quizzed About Vaping

Mawsley, Planet of the Vapes

Jim Shannon, the DUP Shadow spokesperson for Health, tabled a number of questions to Steven Brine, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, regarding vape legislation in the future. The responses have been recorded in Hansard, the official record of Parliament.

The first set of questions posed by Shannon asked “whether the UK will continue to include vaping products as tobacco products in the EU Tobacco Products Directive after the EU leaves the UK,” and “whether [Brine] plans to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 after the UK leaves the EU.”

Oral Tobacco – Department of Health and Social Care written question

Vaping In The News October 20th

Kevin Crowley, Vaping Links

Gottlieb: FDA May Ban Flavored Vapes in Convenience Stores ~ Applying harm reduction to smoking ~ Philip Morris ~ JUUL: Spreading Online and Offline ~ Formation of flavorant–propylene Glycol Adducts With Novel Toxicological Properties ~ Will there be an epidemic caused by e-cigs/vaping in the next 5-10 years? ~ Distorted Harms – Teen Vaping & Nicotine Use Is “Overblown” ~ Tobacco User Fees On the Rise in 2019 ~ de vangrailmaaier‏ fixed “Truth Orange ” video ~ Loss of face for vapers ~ Vapor Technology Association


Dr Hilary Jones: Go Vape!

The Sun

MANY people still believe that vaping is just as bad for you as smoking ordinary cigarettes. But it isn’t.

All the evidence, however, says that this just is not the case. Don’t get me wrong, as a doctor I’d prefer it if nobody smoked OR vaped.

Years ago, as medical students, who should have known better, many of us smoked a little — often to disguise the awful, lingering smell of the cadavers we had to dissect in the anatomy room. But we soon stopped when we saw with our own eyes what the long-term effects of smoking did to the human body.

FDA May Ban Flavored Vapes

Jim McDonald, Vaping 360

The FDA is considering prohibiting the sales of some vapes in convenience stores, says FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. The agency might also restrict online sales, as Gottlieb has already threatened, in an effort to stem what Gottlieb regularly calls an “epidemic” of teenage vaping.

“We have a sense of where we’re going to be heading from a policy standpoint,” Gottlieb told CNBC’s Squawk Box program. The FDA has given JUUL and tobacco industry vaping manufacturers a deadline to submit plans to reduce teen use.

Philip Morris accused of hypocrisy


One of the world’s biggest tobacco firms, Philip Morris, has been accused of “staggering hypocrisy” over its new ad campaign that urges smokers to quit.

The Marlboro maker said the move was “an important next step” in its aim to “ultimately stop selling cigarettes”.

But Cancer Research UK said the firm was just trying to promote its smoking alternatives, such as heated tobacco.

Listen to Sarah Jakes on BBC Radio today

Starts at 2hr 39m

Rebuttal of SK Arora’s misleading article


This is a point-wise response to tobacco control activist Dr SK Arora’s article in Mail Today. Dr Arora advocates for a complete ban on safer alternatives based on questionable facts which belie his lack of understanding of tobacco harm reduction, the devices, as well as the science.

How far should we follow the money trail?


Connections can come in surprising ways. Senator Elizabeth Warren released DNA testing showing that she has between one in 64 and one in 1024 parts Native American Indian. All of us have 4,096 people in our lineage if we go back 12 generations. It is likely we all have some ancestral input we would not expect.

The same applies to the money we receive. We may get a surprise as to where it has been before. ATHRA supports legalising vaping in order to reduce the death and disease toll from smoking in Australia and has recently been questioned over its funding.

The political economy of vaping

Dan Mitchell

In an ideal world, the discussion and debate about how (or if) to tax e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn, and other tobacco harm-reduction products would be guided by science. Policy makers would confer with experts, analyze evidence, and craft prudent and sensible laws and regulations.

In the real world, however, politicians are guided by other factors. There are two things to understand, both of which are based on my conversations with policy staff in Washington and elsewhere.

The future looks bright

Gaelle Walker

It’s already on the up, but the opportunities offered by the vaping market could be transformational if the right approaches are taken.At the last count the UK’s vaping market was worth an estimated £167m and growing at a rate of about 12% year on year, with independent retailers accounting for 39% of the UK market.

It’s a sum that should certainly make even the most archaic of convenience store retailers sit up and take note of the category. And the truth is that those figures could sky-rocket should the UK government finally take heed of the growing swell of calls from health professionals and its own committees to release the legislative hand brake and allow the market to reach its full potential.

Flurry of proposals issued by ministry

To make Finland smoke-free by 2030

Finland has set a goal to make the country smoke-free by the year 2030. In order to reach that goal in time, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health submitted a lengthy list of proposals which will likely addressed by the new government after next year’s elections.

“Smoke-free” is a bit of a misnomer, because in reality the goal is to reduce tobacco use to a level of less than five percent of the population. That includes all nicotine products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine-containing e-cigarette products and others.

Use and Perceptions of Pod-Based E Cigs

Karma McKelvey, Mike Baiocchi, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher

Conclusions and Relevance Use by adolescents and young adults of newer types of e-cigarettes such as pod-based systems is increasing rapidly, and adolescents and young adults report corresponding misperceptions and lack of knowledge about these products. Rapid innovation by e-cigarette manufacturers suggests that public health and prevention efforts appear to be needed to include messages targeting components common to all current and emerging e-cigarette products to increase knowledge and decrease misperceptions, with the goal to try to ultimately reduce e-cigarette use among adolescents and young adults.

Välismaa rahvatervise spetsialist:

mis nõu annan suitsetajale oma peres või sõprade hulgas? – Gerry Stimson

Mis oleks, kui saaksime suitsetamist ohutumaks muuta? Me ei saa panna inimesi autodest loobuma, seepärast teeme autosid ja teid turvalisemaks. Põlemismootor väljutab mürgiseid gaase ja osakesi – seetõttu ärgitame inimesi üle minema elektrisõidukitele. Kas samad ideed kehtivad ka nikotiini suhtes? küsib rahvatervise spetsialist ja teadlane Gerry Stimson.

La gran innovación del siglo XXI

Carmen Escrig Llavata

Hace casi un año que España terminó de transponer la Directiva Europea que regula los productos del vapeo. Si bien la legislación acertó a la hora de diferenciar entre los cigarrillos de toda la vida y los llamados ‘e-cigs’ -y en el establecimiento de estrictos controles de calidad y seguridad del producto- no han sido pocas las voces que han intentado extender el alarmismo en torno a los nuevos productos sin datos que lo avalen.

Teen Vaping & Nicotine Use Is “Overblown”

Brent Stafford, Regualtor Watch

It’s a crucial moment for the U.S. vaping industry. In a matter of weeks, FDA is set to release new data purported to prove a massive uptick in teen e-cigarette use. Alarm over the anticipated findings is dramatically raising misperceptions of vaping; proselytized by tobacco control zealots via weak science, errors of omission and distorted harms.

On this Day…2017

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

Legalise Vaping in Australia

Vaping is currently illegal in Australia and carries penalties of up to $45,000 and/or 2 years prison

In the US, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and in the EU, vapourisers are helping millions of people to stop smoking and improve their health.

But in Australia, these life saving devices are banned from sale. This is unacceptable – and is putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk.

Make a submission & tell your politician to legalise vaping now!

Derry council enforcing new vaping regs

Diane Caruana – Vaping Post

Last Thursday, a report presented at a meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Health and Community Committee, held in Strabane, highlighted a new legislation. This new law includes two offences. The first is selling nicotine products to a person under 18, and the second is purchasing such a product on behalf of a minor.

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