Vaping Digest April 8th
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Brian P. Dunleavy, UPI
Severe lung illnesses caused by vaping are more common in states where consumers do not have legal access to recreational marijuana dispensaries, an analysis published Monday by JAMA Network Open suggests.
A spate of e-cigarette- or vaping-associated lung injury, or EVALI, in 2019 was associated with use of marijuana-based products and more than half of the documented cases occurred in people 25 years of age and younger, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
India should emulate the success of smoke-free products in the EU, UK, USA and Japan as an effective tool for nicotine replacement under a regulated environment. @MoHFW_INDIA @ICMRDELHI @NITIAayog @WHOSEARO https://t.co/afFLeuzzJZ
— AVI (@vapeindia) April 7, 2020
Having donated life-saving ventilators to the people of Greece, tobacco companies are now trying to help homeless smokers by offering them free vaping gear. But apparently it’s all a dastardly plot to undermine the almighty Article 5.3https://t.co/Hk2zVDRKCt pic.twitter.com/s3HcvL0qHp
— David Newell (@dnglos) April 3, 2020
Welcome to our twitter chat as we host @ChaunceyGardner to discuss ‘Innovative approaches to support smoking cessation ‘. Use the hashtag #SaferAlternatives to join in the conversation pic.twitter.com/XVdz9FKWm1
— Campaign for Safer Alternatives (@GoingSmokefree) April 8, 2020
The Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy (AVCA) will challenge Parliament’s Health Select Committee tomorrow morning, saying the Government’s vaping bill in its current form runs the risk of protecting Big Tobacco.
Director of AVCA, Nancy Loucas, says the submission highlights some glaring omissions that prevent the bill from being comprehensive and risk proportionate. It also warns that vaping must be regulated differently to smoking, given it’s considerably safer and effective in helping smokers quit tobacco.
Three Four from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
A heart ‘study’ by Stanton Glantz was used by anti-vape activists to push for a ban on vaping in Thailand. Now, following its retraction for academic malfeasance by the publishing journal, the Ends Cigarette Smoke Thailand (ECST) group has called for a rethink and pressed for the use of responsible research in future discussions.
The Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) represents manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of smoke-free vapour products in South Africa. Facing up to misinformation being spread about vaping, the organisation speaks out to demystify vape.
BBC’s Healthcheck UK Live follows bartender ‘Ace’, a smoker, as he successfully uses vaping to improve his health and reduce his tobacco-related harm. Along the way we meet Dr Nick Hopkinson from the British Lung Foundation, who issues some no-nonsense facts about vaping.
Thomas Miller, the Attorney General of Iowa has written to Mitch Zeller, the Director of the Centre for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He and a number of other tobacco harm reduction advocates are concerned about recent statements linking vaping to the COVID-19 pandemic.
European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates
With the onset of COVID-19, governments around the world are frantically trying to put measures in place to deal with the greatest crisis we have faced in a generation. In many countries all but non-essential businesses have been shut, mass gatherings have been banned, countries have closed their borders and strict travel restrictions have been put in place. These measures, together with social distancing, are vital to ensure we ‘flatten the curve’ and slow down the spread of the virus, but they have also presented some challenges and had unintended consequences of their own.
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
The Federal Trade Commission is suing to stop Altria’s $12.8 billion investment in JUUL Labs, claiming that the two companies engaged in anti-competitive practices. That deal, which was announced in December 2018, gave the Marlboro cigarette manufacturer a 35 percent stake in e-cigarette market-leader JUUL.
Helen Redmond, Filter
On April 3, at 3:38 am, the New York State Assembly passed a budget that includes a ban on the sale of vapor products in flavors other than tobacco. The ban was passed with no public debate; the State Capitol has been on lockdown for weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Cuomo hates vaping and has made it his personal project to pass a flavor ban. Last fall, he directed the state health department to impose an emergency ban of flavored vaping products. That action was first put on hold by the courts, and eventually struck down entirely.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Carl V. Phillips, Anti-THR Lies
As regular readers know, I have written a fair bit about the nature of lies. I make a serious study of it as part of the mission of this blog and my larger approach to the politics of harm reduction and real public health. I do this with as much scientific rigor as is possible for such a question. Recently a confluence of events — the ongoing attempts of the press to deal with Trump’s claims, dealing with my ex’s lawyer, and most importantly the “vaping causes seizures” controversy — reminded me that I have not updated my thinking on this for a while. So here goes.
A new survey suggests that very few smokers know there is sugar added to cigarettes to reduce the harshness of the smoke, and that the added sugar also increases toxins in cigarette smoke.
This is according to a study published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research.
“Knowledge is power and there is a clear gap in awareness,” said lead researcher Andrew Seidenberg, a public health doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He added that in addition to increasing the amount of harmful chemicals in smoke, the sugar additive also adds to the addictive potential of smoking.
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