Wednesday’s News at a glance:
E-cigarette evidence update – patterns and use in adults and young people ~ Vaping in England: an evidence update February 2019 ~ Regular e-cigarette use remains low among young people in Britain ~ Vaping Cures Infection ~ Help With Research ~ Here Comes Trouble ~ More good news from scientists, but politicians aren’t listening ~ The American Cancer Society: For and Against Tobacco 21 ~ Restricting Access To Flavored E-Cigarettes Should Be The Last Resort ~ Scare-mongering ~ UAE Ban On E-Cigarettes To Be Overturned Soon ~ Lying about vaping ~ How Technology Disrupts Smoking ~
Public Health England
Smoking prevalence is at an all-time low in England, but over six million people are still smoking. The recently published NHS Long Term Plan hails prevention as a way to save over 500,000 lives across the next ten years, and helping smokers to quit is a key part of the plan.
Public Health England
Annual update of Public Health England’s e-cigarette evidence review by leading independent tobacco experts.
Public Health England
Regular vaping among young people remains low in Britain and has plateaued among adults, an independent report led by researchers at King’s College London and commissioned by Public Health England (PHE) has found.
The report is the first in a new set of 3, commissioned by PHE under the Government’s Tobacco Control Plan for England. It looks specifically at the use of e-cigarettes rather than health impacts, which will be the subject of a future report.
Three from Dave Cross at Planet Of The Vapes
Many POTV forum members have commented on vaping help them with respiratory problems but there has been little by way of research to support this. A paper in Medical Hypotheses has documented a case where a non-smoker was cured of a chronic nasal Staphylococcus aureus infection after vaping.
Dr Sharon Cox at London South Bank University is conducting a study “to ascertain awareness of the JUUL brand, use of this device, and amongst smokers and vapers, willingness to use or past experience with the device.” The online questionnaire is quite short and Planet of the Vapes encourages you to take part. Dr. Abby Hunter would also like assistance for her study if you haven’t already done so.
No More STEM Harassment is a grassroots organisation, based in San Francisco, “fighting sexual harassment in STEM by exposing hypocrisy.” Members attended the recent SRNT event in order to protest about the lack of action taken against Stanton Glantz following sexual harassment and racism allegations and an out of court settlement.
— Clive Bates (@Clive_Bates) February 27, 2019
New paper from us and the start of an important programme of work. A cross sectional survey of smoking characteristics and quitting behaviour from a sample of homeless adults in Great Britain. @LynneDawkins @LindaBauld @aptTyler @CABR_LSBU https://t.co/9x9yu66gha
— Sharon Cox (@Sharon_ACox) February 26, 2019
Fergus Mason, Vaping Post
A new study shows that smokers who switch to vaping reduce their exposure to chemicals known to cause cancer. This isn’t exactly news, but it does add yet more evidence in favour of e-cigarettes as a much safer alternative to smoking.
Brad Rodu, Tobacco Truth
My op-ed about Virginia’s adoption of Tobacco 21 was published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (available at Richmond.com here and below). As I have documented before (here), the American Cancer Society is out of touch with American smokers and their need for reasonable and rational ways to quit. Further evidence is seen in the Society’s U-turn from supporting to opposing Tobacco 21 in Virginia (below) and Utah (here).
Chris Howard, LinkedIn
Put yourself in the shoes of a smoker who is trying to quit. You’ve tried various quit-smoking products like nicotine patches, gums and prescription medications. None have worked. Your friend tells you how vaping with flavors works, so you decide to give e-cigarettes a try.
You stop at a convenience store, seeking a vapor product that meets your needs. Surprisingly, the flavors that seemed so appealing are nowhere to be found.
, Whanganui Chronicle, Scoop
Community members and the smoke-free sector are calling into question a Whanganui Chronicle opinion piece for giving a misleading and misguided stance on vaping.
The writer, Jay Kuten, draws a long bow in suggesting that Ministry of Health vaping recommendations should be called into question because they accept feedback from quality vape vendors on their expert panel. The article also details the risks of using “false claims”, “deceptive practice” and “opinions of those with vested interests in vaping”.
STA Law Firm, mondaq.com
Smoking is a habit that is harmful and has adverse effects in the short term and also the long run. However, it is still a legal practice. It has become more popular to use e-cigarettes in recent years as they are often seen as safer being and cleaner than ordinary cigarettes.
These battery powered devices are, at this point, banned in the UAE since they often, though not always, contain nicotine and having not been approved of by the authorities, cannot be sold within the country.
If there is one thing of which the tobacco industry is painfully aware, it is that once public trust is lost, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to gain it back.
And yet, even with the example of the tobacco industry being up there in lights, it’s not unusual to see other industries and businesses handling the truth of their activities carelessly.
But one area of human endeavor must surely be immune to such shenanigans: public health.
From 1954 to 1999 five cowboys modeled as Marlboro men in the Marlboro advertising campaign. Three of them died because of lung cancer, the fourth because of prostate cancer and the last one the most famous and the one that outlived all his predecessors reached 85 and cancer-less. Since then the anti-smoking campaign has tightened up legal restrictions and fines and it has produced encouraging results.