Vaping Digest August 5th
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Scottish Grocer & Convenience Retailer
THE UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) has called on the UK Government to consider reducing VAT on vape products in a bid to curb smoking. The UKVIA has written to chancellor Rishi Sunak urging him to bring vaping VAT in line with the rates applied to nicotine replacement therapies (NRT).
— Colin Mendelsohn (@ColinMendelsohn) August 4, 2020
Sanchez DeVanny Eseverri SC, International Law Office
The Mexican health authorities argue that the use of vaping products constitutes a health risk and promotes tobacco product use by smokers and non-smokers alike. Based on this interpretation, the health authorities have made several attempts to prohibit the sale and marketing of vaping products. Most of these attempts have been challenged by individuals or legal entities engaged in the tobacco industry, with favourable outcomes in the federal courts and the Supreme Court of Justice.
Elizabeth Sheld, Real Clear Policy
The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019.
We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine products. To curb underage vaping, the government needed to get rid of the flavored nicotine replacement products.
This short documentary, concerning COVID-19, smoking, vaping and racism in America, was co-directed by Filter Senior Editor Helen Redmond and Marilena Marchetti. Parts of it were filmed on location in Bologna, Catania and Messina, Italy, in 2019.
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will have to decide very soon on whether the state will allow sales of flavored vaping products. Whether DeSantis signs or vetoes the bill may very well depend on how many vapers and vape shop employees contact him to express opposition—because many of his political allies are pushing him to sign the bill.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
Isn’t getting any better – Fergus Mason
The World Health Organisation has a poor reputation on tobacco harm reduction, and it’s not hard to see why. A new report released this week claims that vaping doesn’t reduce cancer risks compared to smoking – despite exposure to carcinogens being reduced by two or three orders of magnitude. Meanwhile a team of US researchers claims vaping makes former smokers more likely to relapse, despite their own data saying pretty much the opposite, while a county official in New York has been caught telling the media that one puff on a vape device is equivalent to a whole cigarette.
Dave Cross, Planet of the Vapes
Australian researchers Kahlia McCausland, Bruce Maycock, Tama Leaver, Katharina Wolf, Katherine Thomson, Becky Freeman and Jonine Jancey were fortunate to be given money to sit reading posts on Twitter. They found that vape companies and tobacco harm reduction advocates make truthful claims – and they don’t like it one bit.
“The sale of electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is prohibited in all Australian states and territories,” write the team, “yet the increased availability and convenience of the internet enables promotion and exposure across countries.”
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