Vaping Digest 22 January

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

The World Health Organisation lies about vaping on an epic scale ~ Harry’s Blog 96: The WHO reneges on universal health rights for all ~ Expert reaction to World Health Organisation Q&A on electronic cigarettes ~ How opponents of vaping aid and abet Big Tobacco ~ A New Drug War ~ Infiltration ~ Why Vaping is Taking the Exhibition World by Storm ~ The “Vape Apocalypse” is still the law. Only legislation can change that ~ Confiscation at airports, e-cigarette users cry foul, says law allows personal use ~ Tobacco Free Nicotine ~ Health & Nutrition – In a puff! ~ Vaping mum’s babies weigh the same as non-smokers

The World Health Organisation lies about vaping on an epic scale

Christopher Snowden, Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

The deadly coronavirus that has infected hundreds of people in China and has now spread to the USA is the biggest global public health threat we have seen for some years. Naturally, therefore, the World Health Organisation spent yesterday putting out a series of deranged tweets about vaping.

On 10th  December 2017, the Director General of the WHO Tedros Ghebreyesus released this statement on Human Rights Day. It was headed “Health is a fundamental human right”. He said:

“The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition”.

Almost 70 years after these words were adopted in the Constitution of the World Health Organization, they are more powerful and relevant than ever.

Expert reaction to World Health Organisation Q&A on electronic cigarettes

Dr Nick Hopkinson, Prof Peter Hajek, Prof John Britton, Science Media Centre

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have run a Q&A via their website on electronic cigarettes. (Here are expert reactions.)



How opponents of vaping aid and abet Big Tobacco

Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association

Many opponents of vaping think it is a big tobacco conspiracy to keep people smoking and hook more kids. The reality is that vaping is a huge and disruptive threat to the tobacco industry. Campaigns against vaping support the cigarette market and are a huge gift to Big Tobacco.

Confiscation at airports, e-cigarette users cry foul, says law allows personal use

K R Balasubramanyam, The Economic Times

Despite the new e-cigarette prohibition law excluding personal use, e-cigarette users are reporting seizures of their devices at airports across the country after the civil aviation ministry issued an ambiguous circular, according to the Association of Vapers India.

Tobacco Free Nicotine

Five Pawns

The changes that have occurred over the last 10 years in how people consume their nicotine have been quite remarkable, especially, when you consider the lack of innovation that occurred over the previous 100 years. And here we are again on the precipice of something new and exciting that will undoubtably garner some attention and market share over the next 6 to 12 months. Five Pawns is proud to announce the launch of a new product line of premium fruit flavors that solely utilizes Tobacco Free Nicotine.

Health & Nutrition – In a puff!

Meredith Jones-Russell, Nursery World

In 2008, a year after smoking was banned indoors across the UK, e-cigarettes hit the market. By 2019, according to a YouGov survey, more than 3.6 million adults in Great Britain were using e-cigarettes or vaping, a total of 7.1 per cent of the adult population. However, as relatively new products, there is very little long-term evidence on e-cigarettes, and many people remain unsure as to whether or not vaping may pose a risk to children, particularly as more and more stories about the dangers of vaping are now hitting the headlines.

Vaping mum’s babies weigh the same as non-smokers

Eilish O’Regan, PressReader

Pregnant women in a dublin maternity hospital who used e-cigarettes delivered babies who had the same birthweight as non-smokers, a new study reveals.

The study at the Coombe Hospital found it was significantly greater than the birthweight of tobacco smokers.

On this Day…2018

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

Does Big irredeemably mean Bad?

Harry Shapiro

If you attach the word Big to any multi-national industry, it immediately takes on a threatening and evil connotation: Big Pharma, Big Food, Big Alcohol, Big Energy and of course, Big Tobacco. And often this is for very good reasons: their prime directive is to make profits for shareholders, often at the expense of customers’ health and wellbeing (eg fast food, cheap alcohol and cigarettes) and have used their extreme wealth at best to try and thwart legislative controls on their business and at worst, engaged in rampant bribery and corruption.

A junk history of tobacco harm reduction

 Christopher Snowdon, Velvet Glove Iron Fist

An article in Tobacco Controlby a pair of professional anti-smokers from San Francisco asks why the US and UK have such different approaches to e-cigarettes and other reduced-risk nicotine products.

Major British health organisations support tobacco harm reduction for smokers struggling to quit. The USA, in contrast, classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products and leaders are less supportive of tobacco harm reduction.

There Should Be More Smoking On TV

Dick Puddlecote

I also have some other things in mind to write about, it’s just finding the time to write them. However, I noticed something in the Irish Sunday Times today that might amuse/infuriate you. It seems some purse-lipped misery guts is getting arsey about smoking on TV.

An anti-tobacco lobby group has criticised RTE’s drama series Striking Out for its portrayal of smoking.
Ash Ireland has written to RTE director general Dee Forbes to complain about the “normalising” of cigarettes through showing smoking on screen. It has also contacted the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the industry regulator.

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