Vaping Digest 17th June

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Time we switched to nicotine options ~ Dr. Mark Tyndall at GFN20 ~ Startup Seeks Approval for Inhaler That Would Help Smokers Quit ~ Electronic cigarettes and obstetric outcomes: a prospective observational study ~ Bloomberg’s War on Vaping Expands to Latin America and Beyond ~ Report: Youth Vaping Rate Increased with Anti-Vaping Campaigns ~ Perverse Psychology ~ ‘Unpleasant’ Ban ~ Clive Bates Kicks Off ~ The Michael Russell Oration 2020 ~ Breakenridge: Alberta’s vaping legislation strikes a reasonable balance ~ Hong Kong’s Rejection of Vapes Ban Could Have Welcome Influence ~ Germany must use its EU Presidency to act wisely on e-cigarettes ~ More than 70% of people in Munster back vaping as part of a strategy to reduce tobacco smoking ~ European War On Vaping Intensifies – Total Chicago Flavour Ban Looms – Loneliness and Smoking – Scaremongering Scottish Scientists + More ~ Sort Vaping Bill Or Risk Rising Smoking Rates ~ Vaping represents a winnable issue for those opposed to ideology hindering scientific data and personal freedoms ~ The War on Vaping


TWO from Michelle Minton, Competitive Enterprise Institute

Report: Youth Vaping Rate Increased with Anti-Vaping Campaigns

Today the Competitive Enterprise Institute released a report on the connection between underage e-cigarette use and anti-vaping advocacy.

“Anti-vaping public messaging campaigns by government, advocacy groups, and the media backfired. Teen vaping did not escalate despite the increased anti-vaping messaging but because of it,” said Michelle Minton, CEI senior fellow and author of the report. “Looking at the timeline, underage vaping rates went up along with anti-vaping campaigns that unintentionally portrayed vaping as cool and rebellious.”

Perverse Psychology

Executive Summary: Cigarette smoking is a lethal habit that kills approximately half of those who sustain it over their lifetime. But, contrary to popular belief, the nicotine in cigarettes does not contribute significantly to this death toll. Combustion, the burning of materials, produces the vast majority of toxic chemicals, which, when inhaled repeatedly and over many years, leads to the death and disease associated with smoking. If smokers could switch to a product that delivers nicotine without combustion, they would eliminate most of the risk associated with tobacco use.

THREE from Dave Cross, Planet of The Vapes

‘Unpleasant’ Ban

A New Zealand city famous for its university, scientists, and academics is now being accused of making decisions about vaping based on emotion, not evidence. Palmerston North City Council believes there is an “unpleasantness of being exposed to vapour in public” and stands to reverse the gains made in tackling tobacco-related harm.

Clive Bates Kicks Off

Clive Bates was introduced by Professor David Sweanor through adapting a quote from a speech by union leader Nicholas Klein in 1914: “First they ignore you. Then they attack you, viciously attack you and we can see that happening. And then you win. We can seize on this opportunity.” Opening the Global Forum for Nicotine, Clive laid out a bit of history to inform our futures.

The Michael Russell Oration 2020

Louise Ross single-handedly pushed the NHS into changing its position on vaping, drove change within smoking cessation centres across the country, and now volunteers as the Deputy Chair of the New Nicotine Alliance as well as doing extensive educational work. She was due to deliver the Michael Russell Oration at Global Forum for Nicotine 2020 in Warsaw, but the COVID-19 pandemic put pay to a live event. Instead, Louise gave an amazing speech online.

Hong Kong’s Rejection of Vapes Ban Could Have Welcome Influence

Helen Redmond, Filter Magazine

The Coalition of Asia Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (CAPHRA) has won an important victory. On June 2, the Hong Kong Legislative Council dropped a bill to ban vaping products. Its Bills Committee on Smoking ended discussions over the plan to ban both e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs, also known as “heat-not-burn” devices), as well as other nicotine delivery systems.

Vaping represents a winnable issue

for those opposed to ideology hindering scientific data and personal freedoms

, The Progressive Brief

The practice of vaping and how adequate it is as a nicotine deterrent divides opinion worldwide, but the emerging data seems to suggest the smoking of vaping devices to be a considerably healthier alternative to typical cigarette tobacco smoking. Public Health England’s landmark 2015 review on the topic suggested e-cigarettes to be 95% less harmful compared to regular cigarettes.

The War on Vaping

, Commentary Magazine

Necessity is the mother of invention, and cigarette smokers are in dire need of invention.

Few stigmas are as pervasive today as the one surrounding tobacco use, but it serves a valuable purpose. “Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States,” the Centers for Disease Control warned in 2018. “Tobacco-related deaths account for about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.”

On this Day…2019

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

Global Forum on Nicotine 

Asserts Urgency of Tobacco Harm Reduction – Will Godfrey

Where else,” wondered tobacco harm reduction advocate David Sweanor, “do we permit a really deadly product, but try to restrict access to safer ones?”

Delegates at the Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN) in Warsaw from June 13-15 were left in no doubt of the scale of challenges facing tobacco harm reduction (THR). Despite the potential of safer nicotine delivery to save more human lives than any other harm reduction initiative, the hostility, lies and bad policies⁠—from punitive taxation to severe restrictions to outright bans⁠—being aimed at THR are daunting.

GFN 2019 – Where Science and Policy Meet

Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes

Professor Gerry Stimson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is the program director of the 6th Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN). The conference took place in Warsaw, Poland, last week, and POTV will be covering a number of the presentations and news in depth over the coming days.

“The rapid development and use of safer nicotine products raises a number of challenging scientific questions about safety, who uses them and why, and the impact on smoking. These products also raise challenges for governments who seek to understand what kind of policy and regulation is appropriate,” said the organisers.

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