Vaping Digest 8th January

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Nicotine E-Cigarettes, Patches Benefit Smoking Cessation ~ Expert reaction to study on smoking/vaping and stroke risk ~ FDA’s Vape Ban Is What Happens When People Legislate What They Don’t Understand ~ A Billion For Free ~ Tobacco Flavour Ban Sparks Fears ~ VTANZ Fag Curb Call ~ The “Winston Man” Speaks Out in Support of Vaping ~ Tax hike makes it pricier to buy vape products in B.C. ~ To save lives, California must end war on vaping ~ Two Old Guys Reveal They Know Nothing About Vaping

Nicotine E-Cigarettes, Patches Benefit Smoking Cessation

Kevin Kunzmann, MD Mag

A combination of reduced-harm, non-cigarette nicotine products could provide a small improvement to a person’s smoking cessation efforts, according to a new study.

A team of investigators from the University of Auckland’s National Institute for Health Innovation found that combining nicotine patches with an electronic cigarette which includes nicotine could slightly improve a person’s nicotine cigarette smoking cessation with no risk of serious, short-term harm.

Expert reaction to study on smoking/vaping and stroke risk

Prof John Britton, Prof Peter Hajek, Dr. Lion Shahab

A study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, reports that use of e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes increases risk of stroke.


FDA’s Vape Ban Is What Happens When People Legislate What They Don’t Understand

Katherine Timpf, National Review

When our government passes laws based on the emotional whims of media and public hysteria rather than statistical fact, the American people lose.

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced that it would ban the sale of pre-filled flavored e-cigarette cartridges nationwide — which is both a terrible idea and a perfect example of what happens when government officials insist on legislating what they don’t understand.

Tax hike makes it pricier to buy vape products in B.C.

CBC News

If you vape, expect to pay more for your products at the register in B.C.

As of Jan.1, the provincial sales tax on vaping devices and substances jumped from seven to 20 per cent. The tax increase applies to e-cigarettes and vape pens, as well as the vapour pods and liquids that go in them and can contain nicotine or cannabis.

The Ministry of Finance says British Columbia is the first province in Canada to introduce a specific tax rate related to vaping products.

To save lives, California must end war on vaping

Ross Marchand, The Orange County Register

As millions of smokers across California readied their New Year’s resolutions on December 31 to kick their deadly habit for good, bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had, well, other plans.

The federal agency announced a ban on flavored, disposable vaping pods (other than mint and tobacco), making it more difficult for smokers to quit cigarettes and embrace e-cigarettes, which are 95 percent safer than combustible tobacco products according to leading medical bodies. And now, California lawmakers are furiously trying to outdo the FDA, courting restrictions on vaping products that would make federal agency officials blush.

Two Old Guys Reveal They Know Nothing About Vaping

Alex Norcia, Vice

Over the weekend, voters asked Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden how they’d handle the vaping crisis as president. They were rare questions—ones that nearly all the Democratic contenders have yet to address. And though the two frontrunners clearly differ on a range of issues, their remarks here were similar: All vape products should be removed from the market.

On this Day…2018

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

Challenging prohibition

New Nicotine Alliance

E-cigarettes do not emit smoke. There are no known harms or anticipated harms to bystanders from second hand vapour. Therefore there is no scientific basis on which to ban vaping in public places. Bans send the wrong message to the public, including smokers, vapers and potential vapers, that e-cigarettes are as harmful as smoking. This discourages smokers from trying e-cigarettes or from making a full switch to the substantially safer product, and may lead to vapers relapsing to smoking.

New Zealand liberalisation faces delays…

While bans and taxes continue to spread
Fergus Mason, Vaping Post

Vapers in New Zealand fear that their government is trying to roll back the progress made before the country’s elections last September, as failed tobacco control policies contribute to spiralling crime and nicotine e-liquid remains illegal. Meanwhile Singapore is moving towards a total ban on vaping, while another US state has just introduced a punitive tax on vapour products. As the responses to a pro-vaping article by Professor Linda Bauld show, dangerous ignorance is still on the rise.

The travesties that are Glantz…

Epidemiology modeling, and PubMed Commons
Carl V. Phillips, Anti-THR Lies

I was asked to rescue from the memory hole a criticism of a Glantz junk paper from a year ago. I originally covered it in this post, though I do not necessarily recommend going back to read it (it is definitely one of my less elegant posts).

I analyzed this paper from Dutra and Glantz, which claimed to assess the effect of e-cigarette availability on youth smoking. What they did would be a cute first-semester stats homework exercise, but is beyond stupid to present it as informative. It is simple to summarize:



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