Vaping Digest 15th July
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Queen Mary, University of London
Nothing is known about the effects of vaping on the probability of contracting Covid-19, and on its effects on the severity of illness. We are trying to collect information on this, so that vapers can receive appropriate advice.
If you could fill in this brief questionnaire, it would be much appreciated. The more vapers will respond, the more useful the survey will be. We will let you know the survey results.
Renée O’Leary, Riccardo Polosa, Emerald Insight
This paper aims to overview the need for tobacco harm reduction, the consumer products that facilitate tobacco harm reduction and the barriers to its implementation. The worldwide endemic of tobacco smoking results in the death of over seven million smokers a year. Cigarette quit rates are very low, from 3%–12%, and relapse rates are high, from 75%–80% in the first six months and 30%–40% even after one year of abstinence. In addition, some smokers do not desire to quit. Cigarette substitution in tobacco harm reduction is one strategy that may reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality.
Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth
Drs. Dharma Bhatta and Stanton Glantz published a study in February’s American Journal of Preventive Medicine claiming that “Use of e-cigarettes is an independent risk factor for respiratory disease in addition to combustible tobacco smoking.” (here) In a University of California San Francisco press release, Professor Glantz made additional claims: “We concluded that e-cigarettes are harmful on their own, and the effects are independent of smoking conventional tobacco…
The Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) has written to New Zealand’s Associate Health Minister, Jenny Salesa, urging her to reject inaccurate claims by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on smoke-free nicotine products.
Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association
THREE AUSTRALIAN anti-vaping advocates posted an article on The Conversation yesterday supporting further restrictions on nicotine vaping. The article is truly awful. Here are a few reasons why.
The article is fatally flawed by
- Cherry-picking data
- Misinformation and false claims
- Lack of context for claims
- Exaggerating harms
- Understating benefits
, Colorado Politics
The Trump Administration recognized an opportunity to save thousands of small businesses across Colorado. The president issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to identify burdensome regulations hindering economic recovery and propose modifications or waivers “for the purpose of promoting job creation and economic growth.”
I would call that a primer.
— Charles A. Gardner, PhD (@ChaunceyGardner) July 15, 2020
European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates
Here we publish the letter we sent to the Dutch Health Minister Mr Blokhuis and to the Parliament yesterday, to protest against the proposed ban on e-liquid flavours. The letter is signed on behalf of ETHRA and Acvoda by Sander Aspers, Acvoda’s Chair and is also signed by ETHRA’s scientific partners.
Saddle Horse Blues
The Canadian federal government has, once again, added to the legislation around vaping. The focus of this latest round has been on marketing and the government has made several changes. “It will now be prohibited to advertise vaping products in public spaces if the ads can be seen or heard by youth, whether in brick and mortar stores, online or other media channels.” The government announced at the same time that they are, “also considering additional regulatory measures that would further restrict the nicotine content of vaping products, further restrict flavours in vaping products, and require the vaping industry to provide information about their vaping products, including sales, ingredients, and research and development activities.”
Jim Mcdonald, Vaping 36o
Chinese vape manufacturing giant Smoore became a publicly traded company on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange last week, launching the biggest initial public offering on the HKEX this year. The IPO raised more than $900 million from investors before the stock began trading publicly on Friday.
The initial stock price of 12.40 Hong Kong dollars (HKD) (about $1.61 U.S.) soared as high as 31HKD on the first day of trading, and finished Monday trading at 29HKD. Smoore is now valued at almost $22 billion U.S.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
In 10 Months or Shut Down – Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Vaping manufacturers must submit premarket tobacco applications (PMTAs) within 10 months or remove their products from the market, according to an order issued today by federal District Court Judge Paul W. Grimm.
The judge struck down the FDA’s 2017 guidance in May, agreeing with plaintiffs that the agency’s 2022 PMTA deadline (which extended the due date for applications from 2018) was issued without following the rulemaking process mandated by the Administrative Procedures Act, and that the four-year delay the FDA granted vaping manufacturers was “so extreme as to amount to an abdication of its statutory responsibilities.”
A large study in the US has found that smokers who vaped daily were nearly twice as likely to have quit smoking two years later than smokers who were not vaping. The study adds to the growing the evidence that vaping helps smokers to quit.
The study involved 8,000 smokers from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study and was published in Nicotine Tobacco Research this week.
Smokers were asked if they vaped at the baseline. Two years later they were assessed again.
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