Vaping Digest August 5th

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

WHO Statement on The US FDA Decision Regarding HTPs ~ ‘Oral nicotine products “infinitely better” than smoking’ ~ Oral Nicotine Pouches, Snus, PM and Hon Nicky Wagner’s SOP ~ Vape group calls for a VAT cut ~ Vaping Nicotine Is Far Less Harmful Than Smoking Tobacco ~ NIH Awards $2.3 Million to The Lundquist Institute to Study the Impact of Vaping While Pregnant ~ You Don’t Know Nicotine ~ Tax Report Update ~ PMTA For Juul ~ Tobacco yes, marijuana yes, vaping no: absurd approach to major health problem ~ Flavor Ban Hurts Smokers Looking for Harm Reduction ~ “Trail of Death”—A Short Film About COVID, Nicotine and Racism ~ Can Florida Vapers Convince Gov. DeSantis to Veto the Flavor Ban?

WHO Statement on The US FDA Decision Regarding HTPs

Diane Caruana, Vaping Post

Following a lengthy approval process which started four years ago, Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) (NYSE: MO) has recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the marketing of their IQOS tobacco heating device as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP).

‘Oral nicotine products “infinitely better” than smoking’


Economists and leading international Tobacco Harm Reduction experts, drawn from Africa and Europe, have stated that snus and tobacco-free nicotine pouches are “at least 90% safer than smoking.”

“This figure is “most likely closer to 99 per cent when one accounts for the food-grade standard to which some of the latest products are produced,” said Atakan Befrits, a Sweden-based Tobacco Harm Reduction policy advocacy and products regulation expert.

Oral Nicotine Pouches, Snus, PM and Hon Nicky Wagner’s SOP

, Scoop

With the current lack of understanding and fake news circulating around the Vaping Bill and Hon Nicky Wagner’s SOP to regulate tobacco-free Nicotine Pouches, NZ Smokefree Tomorrow (NZSFT), who are the subject matter experts, think it is fair to ‘clear the air’ to ensure the Vaping Bill goes through this term.

Vape group calls for a VAT cut

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).


Vaping Nicotine Is Far Less Harmful Than Smoking Tobacco

Colin PaulMendelsohn, Wayne Hall, Chest Journal

To the Editor: In a previous issue of CHEST (May 2020), Bozier et al1 reviewed the recent research on the potential health effects of e-cigarettes. We would like to comment on several of the claims made in the article.

The most relevant question for smokers is whether vaping nicotine is less harmful than smoking the cigarettes it is designed to replace. The evidence suggests it is far less harmful. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report2 found substantial evidence that “exposure to potentially toxic substances from e-cigarettes is significantly lower compared with combustible tobacco cigarettes” and “reduced short-term adverse health outcomes in several organ systems.”

NIH Awards $2.3 Million to The Lundquist Institute

to Study the Impact of Vaping While Pregnant
Kevin Byrum, Business Wire

Study will allow The Lundquist Institute to determine the multi-generational risks of developing asthma from vaping while pregnant

Studies have shown that pregnant women who smoke increase the risk of their children having asthma, and that those children—even if non-smokers—can pass it on to their own children, but few objective studies have evaluated the effects of vaporized nicotine and vapor flavorings.

(Editor note: Respectful comments needed)

Breathlessness. This is our territory. Not the exhilarating breathlessness of a run or a climb, or the joyous breathtaking first meeting with a newborn. We work with the bad type of breathless. The gasping for breath, air hunger, intense tightening in the chest, feeling of suffocation and accompanying fear and desperation that come with diseased or worn out lungs.

THREE from Dave Cross, Planet of The Vapes

You Don’t Know Nicotine

‘A Billion Lives’ was a celebrated cinematic first, picking up a raft of awards and rave reviews for the powerful way it told the story of vaping and those who campaign against it. The team behind that success have finished putting the final touches to the follow up ‘You Don’t Know Nicotine’, a documentary film directed and narrated by Aaron Biebert.

Tax Report Update

Researchers Pesko, Courtemanche, and Maclean from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) published a paper last year looking at the effects of traditional cigarette and e-cigarette taxes on adult “tobacco product” use. The trio has just released a follow-up study showing how increasing taxes reduce vape sales and use declines.

PMTA For Juul

Juul Labs says its mission “is to transition the world’s billion adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes, eliminate their use, and combat underage usage of our products.” The journey to achieve that has been rocky thus far, but will the future be more secure now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received Juul’s Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA).

On this Day…2019

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

Global ignorance on vaping…

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.

Anti-Vape Oz Twits

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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