Vaping Digest April 22nd

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Nicotine, a weapon against the Covid? ~ Risk And Reason: Australia, England, And The US E-Cigarette Crisis Of 2019 ~ COVID-19 Lockdown and The Damage to Vape Businesses and Their Customers ~ COVID Susceptibility ~ Foundation’s COVID-19 Advice ~ Warning to NZ Select Committee ~ Vaping Is Better Than Counselling Alone ~ CDC’s Misuse of EVALI Misleads Americans That Smoking Safer Than Vaping ~ Once Again: Flavours Are Preferred by Adults, Not Just Teens ~ Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan  

Nicotine, a weapon against the Covid?

Véronique Julia, France Inter (Editor’s note: Translated English Version)

Does Nicotine Protect Against Covid? This is the very serious hypothesis of a Pitié-Salpêtrière team and a world renowned neurobiologist. It should soon be the subject of a clinical study: nicotinic patches will be administered to patients and caregivers to measure the effects.

Original (French) Article is found here: La nicotine, une arme contre le Covid ?

Risk And Reason: Australia, England, And The US E-Cigarette Crisis Of 2019

Ronald Bayer, Amy Fairchild, Virginia Berridge, Wayne Hall, Coral Gartner, Health Affairs

The summer of 2019 witnessed a dramatic amplification of the controversy in the United States over the potential threat to the nation’s youth posed by e-cigarettes. After years of festering debate, a summer outbreak of vaping-related injuries imperiled the idea that e-cigarettes could serve to advance the role of harm reduction for cigarette smoking.

We consider the responses in two countries that stand at opposite policy poles when it comes to tolerance for e-cigarettes as harm reduction for those who smoke combustible cigarettes.


Four from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes

COVID Susceptibility

Tobacco controllers have been trying to claim smoking and vaping increased the chance of developing COVID-19 symptoms – but is this really the case? Not according to some research coming out of France.

Foundation’s COVID-19 Advice

“The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted all of us around the world”, writes The Foundation for a Smoke-free World (FSFW). It is the latest vape-related organisation to step up with advice regarding the current pandemic, following yesterday’s announcement by the Independent British Vape Trade Association, only this is aimed at the general public.

Warning to NZ Select Committee

The Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand (VTANZ) is warning the Health Select Committee that their Government’s vaping bill creates barriers for Kiwi smokers’ keen to quit tobacco and could see others return to cigarettes. The warning has been mirrored by The Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy in its submission to the Committee.

Vaping Is Better Than Counselling Alone

E-Cigarettes are more effective than counselling for smoking cessation according to a recent study from Canada. Vaping isn’t a “magic bullet” according to the lead author, but when combined with counselling it proved better than traditional methods.

CDC’s Misuse of EVALI Misleads Americans That Smoking Safer Than Vaping

Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth

In a campaign of disinformation, culminating in the prolonged mischaracterization of the EVALI (e-cigarette, or vaping, associated lung injuries) crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has caused more Americans to believe the untruth that vaping is more dangerous than cigarette smoking.


Once Again: Flavours Are Preferred by Adults, Not Just Teens

Diane Caruana, Vaping Post

In line with previous studies, a paper by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, has indicated that adults like candy-flavoured e-cigarettes too.

“Our data show that flavors aren’t just popular with the youth, but with adults as well,” said lead author and associate professor of medicine and public health sciences, Dr. Ping Du. “Many of the participants in our study indicated that they used e-cigarettes as a means to quit smoking or avoid relapse, and these flavors may be part of the reason why they end up using e-cigarettes in the long term,” she said.

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

European Commission

The consultation is addressed to individual citizens, patients, and carers replying in their personal capacity as well as health professionals and organisations involved in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care and research.

On this Day…2015

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

Why Nicotine Replacement Therapies

Are a Threat to Public Health – Lee Johnson

They seemed like a great idea. “It’s completely safe,” they said, “and it helps smokers move away from something that stands a substantial chance of killing them.” And politicians and the medical establishment – probably suckered in by backhanded bribes from Big Pharma – embraced them wholeheartedly. Soon, they were available over-the-counter: “we’ll make them as easily available as possible, to maximize the number of quitters,” they thought.

Cigarette smoke but not E-Cigarette aerosol

Activates a stress response in human coronary artery endothelial cells in culture – Drug & Alcohol Dependence

It is generally acknowledged that e-cigarettes are unlikely to be as harmful as conventional cigarettes, but there is little data that quantifies their relative harms. We investigated the biological response to e-cigarette aerosol exposure (versus conventional cigarette smoke exposure) at the cellular level…

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