Vaping Digest 12th October
Monday’s News at a glance:
ETHRA launches major survey on nicotine use in Europe – Time to do the nicotine users survey – Major Survey of European Nicotine Consumers Launched – Health Research Board Review in Direct Contrast to Available Evidence – Major Survey Launch – NZ City Ban – HRB claims to shows e-cigarettes are associated with adolescents starting to smoke – The road ahead for substitution of combustible cigarettes with low risk technologies – Correcting misconceptions about nicotine – House leader seeks probe on grants given to FDA – Nicotine Science and Policy Daily Digest
Today ETHRA is launching a major survey. Published in the run up to the revision of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), this is the only questionnaire to survey nicotine consumers, the people most affected by possible regulatory changes to nicotine products.
ETHRA, which brings together 22 European groups representing consumers of safer nicotine products, is launching this questionnaire today to examine nicotine use in Europe. ETHRA is calling for maximum consumer participation and is asking for consumers to do the survey and also to help with its distribution, by sharing it on social media. The questionnaire is open to adults only and has been translated into 11 languages. The development of the survey is the result of collective voluntary work of ETHRA with the support of its scientific advisors. ETHRA is independent from the nicotine and pharmaceutical industries.
Stor europæisk forbrugerundersøgelse – DADAFO
Huomio, kuluttajien mielipiteitä kaivataan! – Vapers Finland RY
Wichtige Umfrage zum Thema E-Dampfen gestartet – Nebelkraehe
New Nicotine Alliance
Please participate in this exciting new survey on nicotine use in Europe. This is no ordinary questionnaire, it has been designed by nicotine consumers, for nicotine consumers, and consumers have translated it into eleven languages.
We are asking for your help in making this the biggest survey of its kind. These are uncertain times for nicotine consumers in Europe. For EU countries, the TPD is currently being evaluated and the European Commission is looking at the possibility of including safer nicotine products in the tobacco excise directive. Here, in the UK, Brexit is giving us an opportunity to diverge from the TPD restrictions. How do you use nicotine products? How do the current regulations affect you? What changes would you like to see? This survey will be crucial, in the UK and the rest of Europe, for examining how consumers use nicotine products and what regulatory changes would benefit smokers who may wish to quit
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
An important survey of nicotine consumers across Europe is launching today. The survey will gauge public opinion ahead of 2021 European Union (EU) revisions to tobacco and vaping regulatory standard and tax directives.
The survey is sponsored by European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (ETHRA), which is an umbrella group representing 22 vaping and nicotine consumer organizations in Europe. ETHRA advocates for policies that support tobacco harm reduction (THR), and is supported solely by its member groups.
— Martin C (@NannyFreeState) October 12, 2020
Are associated with adolescents starting to smoke tobacco cigarettes
The health Research Board had produced a report on e-cigerettes. You can read it here.
The New Nicotine Alliance Ireland is incredulous that a report could make the claim that; “E-cigarettes are no more effective than approved and regulated nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) to help people stop smoking. However, e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation device are not regulated or approved and their safety beyond 12 months is not yet known” while the data from Healthy Ireland shows that almost twice as many smokers quit using e-cigarettes as all other therapies combined.
“Adolescents who use e-cigarettes are three to five times more likely to start smoking tobacco cigarettes compared to those who never used e-cigarettes” without noticing that adolescent smoking rates are at a historic low. That’s a big leap from association to causation.
In Direct Contrast to Available Evidence – IVVA
It is with some surprise and disappointment that the Irish Vape Vendors Assocation (IVVA) read today’s Health Review Board (HRB) review into e-cigarette use, where they state that e-cigarettes are associated with adolescents starting to smoke tobacco cigarettes.
Speaking about the Health Research Board press release, Declan Connolly spokesperson and director of IVVA, says “the findings of the Health Research Board are in direct contrast to the available evidence. The latest Healthy Ireland Survey (2019) commissioned by Department of Health shows that prevalence of smoking has dropped from 23% in 2015 to 17% in 2019. In the same period use of e-cigarette has increased from 3% to 5%. And most importantly the Healthy Ireland 2019 Report shows that just 1% of e-cigarette users were non-smokers. ”
Two from Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes
European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (ETHRA) is launching a major survey. Published in the run up to the revision of the European Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), this is the only questionnaire to survey nicotine consumers, the people most affected by possible regulatory changes to nicotine products. Planet of the Vapes is encouraging all members and newsletter subscribers to take part as it will only take a few minutes.
ETHRA brings together 22 European groups representing consumers of safer nicotine products. It is calling for maximum consumer participation and is asking for consumers to take part in the survey and help with its distribution by sharing on social media.
A vaping ban enacted by Hamilton City councillors has left advocates, businesses, and vapers wondering what they are playing at. The politicians voted unanimously to “include vaping alongside smoking as a prohibited activity in Smokefree areas in reference to the Smokefree Outdoor Areas Policy”. The owners of Vapo and Alt New Zealand are also addressing central government on the green benefits of supporting vaping.
The Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) has slammed Hamilton City councillors for classing vaping as bad as smoking.
Of combustible cigarettes with low risk technologies as a strategy to reduce harm in the 21st Century
Dr. Renée O’Leary & Prof. Riccardo Polosa
Tobacco smoking is one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. It kills many of its users, 80 percent of whom live in low-and middle-income countries. One of the six primary tactics adopted by the WHO to counter the tobacco epidemic is promoting cessation – asking people to quit tobacco use.
But achieving high levels of quitting to abstinence in the tobacco smoking population is an unrealistic goal. Successful quit rates are abysmally low, with rates of resuming smoking are high and with a number of smokers wishing to continue smoking.
Consequently, there is a pressing need for alternative and more efficient means to reduce or prevent harm in those who would end up returning to smoking.
Can change smoking behavior – Nada Adibah and Michael Paskow
More than 1.3 billion people use tobacco around the world, and even though more than 8 million people die each year from tobacco-related diseases, traditional combustible cigarettes are still the most common form of nicotine consumption in the world.
Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that nicotine is responsible for smoking-related cancers and other illnesses. However, as Michael Russell stated, “People smoke for the nicotine, but they die from the tar.” The misperceptions around nicotine have given it a bad reputation, especially over the last few years. The subsequent decisions made by governments as well as smokers as a result of the misinformation underscore how vital it is for those who have gained the public’s trust to be properly informed about nicotine research so they can communicate accurate information to the public.
Given to FDA by anti-tobacco groups
A ranking member of the House of Representatives pushed for a congressional inquiry into the acceptance of grants from anti-tobacco groups by the Philippines Food and Drugs Administration which is tasked to prepare the guidelines for the regulation of vapor products and heat-not-burn tobacco products.
House Deputy Speaker and Ilocos Sur Rep. Deogracias Victor Savellano and Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing also called for the suspension of public hearings by the FDA following its admission that it received funds from foreign anti-vaping groups The Union and Bloomberg Initiative.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
UK Vaping Industry Association
National newspapers will today feature full-page messages from the UK’s leading vaping trade body, with premium advertising space taken up in the I and Metro.
The UK Vaping Industry Association committed to the campaign after misinformation and scare-stories threatened to push British vapers back to cigarettes. Public Health England advises that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking and a valuable tool for smoking cessation.
The national campaign, Facts Not Fiction, reassures the UK’s 3.6m vapers that British vaping standards are robust, and products are highly regulated. Cases of illnesses in the US, which have been linked to black market batches of THC, are therefore not being seen here.
BBC Breakfast 11th Oct. Thanks as always to @dnglos for the YouTubage
Vape Club Blog
Vaping has been on the receiving end of a brutal bashing recently, with news reports stating that there are now at least 18 deaths attributed to ‘inhaling e-cigarettes’. Consequently, as things stand, Trump is trying to push through a nationwide flavour ban, Massachettus has temporarily issued a statewide ban on e-cigarettes, whilst the widely expected flavour bans in the states of New York, Rhode Island and Washington are in the pipelines. As well as this, India have put a blanket ban on vaping altogether, resulting in a damning condemnation of vaping worldwide. All of this is down to the media and easily swayed governments of course, who are overwhelmingly rejecting a scientifically-proven safer alternative to smoking.