Vaping Digest August 19th
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
This segment of What’s Ahead tackles the mortally misbegotten campaign against electronic cigarettes. The attacks are factually false. Contrary to the antivaping narrative, e-cigarettes are the best, least harmful way for smokers to give up tobacco. By discouraging smokers from switching to e-cigarettes, antivapers are consigning hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of people to painful, premature death. While a growing number of teenagers vape, they are not moving on to cigarettes. In fact, cigarette smoking among teens has plummeted.
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
With another school year comes another FDA Real Cost campaign. Yes, your favorite federal agency is back with another round of cringe-worthy anti-vaping propaganda for teenagers to ignore and vapers to rage over.
The latest crop of ads employs the age-old Drug War strategy of stigmatization. Specifically, the ads are designed to shame teens for vaping “addiction” and promote the idea that everyone who vapes is in danger of becoming hooked and degrading and embarrassing themselves to get the nicotine they crave.
Urban Health Today
OBJECTIVE: We compared estimates of adolescents’ nicotine product use and perceptions of harm from two national surveys: Monitoring the Future (MTF) and Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH). We explored one explanation for the different estimates for nicotine product use and adolescents’ perceptions of harm.
Jeffrey A. Singer, Cato Institute
There is no link between nicotine in e‐cigarettes and E‐cigarette of Vaping Product‐Use Associated Lung Injury (EVALI). EVALI cases have been traced to vitamin E acetate, used as a solvent for THC in black market vaping products. Flavored vaping products are preferred by adults who switch from combustible tobacco smoking to vaping. Yet none of these facts prevented a federal ban on flavored vaping products from going into effect last February.
Guy Bentley, Orange County Register
In news that seems to fit with the 2020 memes: Cigarette sales have increased during the coronavirus pandemic.
People are spending less money than they would have on things like leisure activities and vacations. “They are also switching back to traditional cigarettes from vaping devices in the wake of federal restrictions on e-cigarette flavors,” The Wall Street Journal reports.
Rovers are delighted to announce an extension to our partnership with vaping giants Totally Wicked.With a national network of owned retail stores, a thriving online business and representation within many retail chains across the country, Totally Wicked have sponsored Rovers’ training range for the last two seasons – and this deal has now been extended for a further year.
Timothy Z. LaComb, The National Law Review
Altria Group, Inc. and JUUL Labs, Inc. fired back at the FTC’s April complaint alleging Altria’s acquisition of 35% of JUUL and the corresponding agreements violated the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Act. The Commission argued the deal unlawfully reduced competition and consolidated the e-cigarette market, and would allow the companies to split the resulting monopoly profits.
The Food and Drug Administration will start reviewing Juul Labs Inc.’s applications for its e-cigarette device and nicotine cartridges, the company announced Tuesday.
Juul filed its highly anticipated FDA applications late last month seeking the regulator’s permission to keep selling its device, as well as Virginia tobacco and menthol-flavored pods with 3 and 5 per cent concentrations in the U.S.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Legalise nicotine vaping – Terry Barnes
Last week, federal Health minister Greg Hunt was at the National Press Club selling his vision of the Coalition’s health policy for the next three years.
Good on him. There was much good stuff in what he said. Amongst his statements of priorities, however, was this:
“Today, I want to announce that the Government will set a new target of reducing smoking rates below 10 per cent by 2025. This may be one of the most important things I ever have the privilege of being involved with. We’ve already committed $20 million to the education campaign but there is more to be done and we’ll develop that with the health preventable and mental health.”
Criticise Federal Government’s push to cut smoking rate
Anti-smoking crusaders have labelled a new government push to help Australians butt out as a “recycled” and “frustrating” strategy, saying when the exact same policy was initially introduced more than a decade ago, it failed to reduce smoking rates.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt used part of this week’s National Press Club address to announce the Morrison Government would spend $20 million cutting Australia’s smoking rate to under 10 per cent by 2025.
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