Vaping Digest 25th May

Monday’s News at a glance:

Ray Yeates Fundraiser Launched To Help Fund Life Saving Oxygen Supply – Glantz Invents Another Study – l’OMS viole la Convention-cadre anti-tabac – Vapers celebrate World Vape Day – Vape-friendly Aussie quit guidelines receive WHO award – Vaping body wants to be disassociated from tobacco sector – New York’s Flavour Ban Goes Into Effect on July 1st

Ray Yeates Fundraiser Launched

To Help Fund Life Saving Oxygen Supply – Neil Humber

A Ray Yeates fundraiser has been launched to raise cash to buy life saving oxygen tanks denied by health officials for the ‘crime’ of vaping.

For those of you unaware of Ray’s desperate plight, here’s a brief outline. 70-year-old Ray suffers from emphysema and is a founder member of the Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada.

He founded the association back in 2014 after switching from 45 years of smoking to vaping which he says has extended his life given his many health issues. Ray and his desperately ill common-law-wife sold their home and were ready to move into sheltered accommodation, but at the 11th hour this was denied because he vaped.

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Glantz Invents Another Study

Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes

Statements by doctors observing the beneficial impact of treating COVID-19 patients with nicotine patches kicked Stanton Glantz into speedily inventing a new study, where he links vaping to smoking and declares it dangerous. It was promptly dismantled by the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Chris Snowdon.

“Smoking depresses pulmonary immune function and is a risk factor contracting other infectious diseases and more serious outcomes among people who become infected. This paper presents a meta-analysis of the association between smoking and progression of the infectious disease COVID-19,” write Patanavanich and Glantz in their paper.


l’OMS viole la Convention-cadre anti-tabac

Philippe Poirson – (Google Translate is your friend!)

Entrée en vigueur en 2005 et signée par 167 pays et l’Union européenne, la Convention-cadre pour la lutte anti-tabac (CCLAT) intègre, dans la définition de ses objectifs, l’approche de réduction des risques. Pourtant, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) vient de lancer une nouvelle campagne contre le vapotage. Si outrancière qu’elle touche au ridicule en mettant en scène une enfant de huit ou neuf ans. En la signant de la CCLAT, l’OMS bafoue le texte fondateur de la Convention en stigmatisant l’approche de réduction des risques.

Entered into force in 2005 and signed by 167 countries and the European Union, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) incorporates, in the definition of its objectives, the risk reduction approach. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) has just launched a new campaign against vaping. So outrageous that it touches on ridicule by staging an eight or nine year old child. By signing the FCTC, WHO is flouting the founding text of the Convention by stigmatizing the risk reduction approach.

Vapers celebrate World Vape Day

Manila Standard Business

Millions of e-cigarette users, or vapers, across the globe are celebrating World Vape Day on May 30, 2020, a day before World No Tobacco Day.

World Vape Day aims to raise awareness on e-cigarettes or vapes and encourage smokers who are unable to quit on their own or with currently available smoking cessation tools to switch to safer nicotine products.

“Safer nicotine products, such as e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products, are the most disruptive influence on smoking in decades.These are the innovations that have the potential to save millions of lives in the Asia Pacific region as well as globally,” said Nancy Loucas, executive director of the Coalition of Asia-Pacific Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates, or CAPHRA, one of the lead organizers of World Vape Day 2020.

Aussie guidelines receive WHO award

Colin Mendelsohn, ATHRA

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has been named as a recipient of the WHO World No Tobacco Day awards for the latest update of its smoking cessation guidelines.

The new guidelines acknowledge a role for vaping in helping smokers quit based on a rigorous review of the scientific evidence.

The guidelines provide up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations for a wide range of health professionals to use when assisting patients to quit smoking.

Vaping body wants to be disassociated

From tobacco sector and allowed to operate online during Level 3

The vaping industry is demanding to be allowed to sell its products online and for delivery during lockdown level3. They also want to be disassociated from the tobacco sector.Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) chief executive Asanda Gcoyi told The Star that the narrative that vapour products, cigarettes and tobacco products were the same was problematic.

“Vaping is not smoking, those are two different things. Both vaping and cigarettes contain nicotine, but nicotine is not what kills people in smoking, people die because of the tar,” she said.

New York’s Flavour Ban

Goes Into Effect on July 1st – Diane Caruana

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new $117 billion budget signed last April, has set in place some questionable measures. Amongst other things, it banned flavoured vaping products and has abandoned the proposal to legalize marijuana products. “The coronavirus isn’t just an excuse to implement bad policies with little or no debate. Officials can also use the situation to abandon good reforms,” pointed out an article on Reason.

“The budget implements a number of bad regulations while abandoning or scaling back some good ones. And the whole budget was hammered out behind closed doors and passed with very little discussion or debate,” added the article.

On this Day…2019

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

E-cigs can double success rates

Kate Kelland, Reuters

People using e-cigarettes to quit smoking are about 95% more likely to report success than those trying to quit without help from any stop-smoking aids, according to the results of a large study in England.

The research, funded by the charity Cancer Research UK and published in the journal Addiction on Thursday, analysed success rates of several common stop-smoking methods – including e-cigarettes, nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) patches and gum, and Pfizer’s varenicline, sold as Champix in the UK.

It also adjusted for a wide range of factors that might influence success rates for quitting – such as age, social level, degree of cigarette addiction, previous attempts to quit, and whether quitting was gradual or abrupt.

Expert reaction to study of smoking cessation aids
E-cigarettes are ‘THREE TIMES more effective – Daily Mail

State lawmakers balk at more laws

And JUUL hit back at dubious Twitter study – Fergus Mason

There are signs of growing opposition to the USA’s demented war on tobacco harm reduction, with state politicians in California working to reach a compromise that will protect children while letting smokers access safer alternatives. Their counterparts in Arizona have gone a step further and are trying to block towns and counties from imposing any more anti-vaping laws. However, opponents of harm reduction continue to spread misinformation and push for tougher restrictions.

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