Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Vape shops open on NHS hospital sites, in bid to stub out smoking ~ Vape Stores in Hospitals ~ ACAS Advances Advice ~ Li-ion Lies ~ Kevin and the new model army of vapers ~ Stop Sale | E-Liquids Threatened by Surprise Regulation ~ Have we become too complacent about smoking? ~ New smoking statistics shows ‘gray vaping’ is on the rise in the UK ~ Vaping influencer marketing is misunderstood ~ When it Comes to Smoking, “Quit or Die” is Not the Answer ~ Canadian Vaping Association (CVA) to Challenge Edmonton Police Service Enforcement Action Plan ~ Vape Shop Customers’ Experiences of E-Cigarette Use, Vape Shops and the Vaping Community
Two NHS hospitals in the Midlands have opened vape shops in a controversial bid to stub out smoking.
The shops have begun selling e-cigarettes to patients and visitors, as the trust introduces £50 fines for those caught smoking.
It comes as the Government draws up plans which aim to eliminate smoking in Britain by 2030.
Three from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
Ecigwizard is celebrating eight-years as one of the leading vape retailers in the UK and has been working with smoking-cessation services for the past 5 years. Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust has recognised the role vaping can play in cutting tobacco-related harm and has given the firm the chance to run stores at two NHS sites.
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has reviewed its position on vaping that it gives to business owners. The old website advice hadn’t been updated since 2013 but, following a discussion at the UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA) 2019 Forum, Mark Pawsey MP has got the organisation to rethink.
Disreputable vendors are still selling lithium-ion cells for vaping with misleading statements about the product. Battery experts highlight that claims of high capacity or current output go beyond exaggeration and can only be described as outright lies.
Simon Clark, Talking Liberties
We don’t follow many Twitter accounts (146) and we don’t have a large number of followers (1,936) so it’s normally fairly quiet, bar the occasional anti-smoking troll.
Yesterday however one of our tweets was retweeted 40 times and got 158 ‘likes’, which is a lot for us.
Brent Stafford, Regulator Watch
U.S. e-liquid manufacturers may have to pull millions of bottles of e-juice off of vape stores shelves following a surprise mandate, issued via tweet, by a recently appointed Republican Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission earlier this year.
So do all the State of California commercials showing actual teens actually smoking and vaping somehow not affect teenage viewers?
I mean, you just said it’s the images…right?https://t.co/K1K6RJgxWD
— Jim McDonald (@whycherrywhy) July 9, 2019
For many years, Australia has been a world leader in tobacco control, enjoying steady and rapid declines in smoking rates. However, recently that has changed.
Over the last six years, Australian smoking rates have plateaued. One in seven adults still smokes and smoking remains the leading cause of death and illness across Australia.
What went wrong and what can GPs do about it?
New national statistics recently released by the National Health Service (NHS) of Great Britain indicates that – one again – smoking rates are plummeting as more smokers turn to vaping as a smoking cessation tool. Prepared by the National Statistics Office, the annual study also provides data which dispels the myth that teen vaping is a gateway to adult use of combustible tobacco products. While the numbers show a slight rise in young people experimenting with vapor products at least once, the figures also demonstrate that teenagers are avoiding burned tobacco in droves.
Michael McGrady, Vaping Post
While e-cigarettes should not be marketed to minors, there seems to be a misunderstanding about how influencer marketing impacts e-commerce sales and buying trends among millennials and Gen Z’ers.
Truth Initiative, a prominent tobacco control group in the United States, released a study about Juul-related posts on Instagram earlier this month.
“Findings reveal a proliferation of JUUL-related content on Instagram, which focused on product promotion and nicotine and addiction that included youth culture and lifestyle appeals,” conclude the researchers.
, The Quint
At the cusp of a dramatic shift, India has healthcare battles to fight on multiple fronts. For a country that spends only 1.3 percent of its GDP on healthcare, the swell in numbers of cancer-related deaths in the country is more than just alarming. In 2018, India became the second largest consumer of tobacco in the world, with over 1.35 million people dying of tobacco-related illness each year.
Vapour Advocates of Canada, Cision
Last week Edmonton Police Service (EPS) held a press conference to share their plan to address a purported rise in youth vaping. According to the EPS the cause of youth vaping is not the absence of legislation to prevent youth from vaping but the absence of adequate enforcement.
The EPS move to action is based on an understanding of the Alberta Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act that is completely at odds with the industry and the City of Edmonton’s interpretation of the Act, as well as federal vaping regulations, threatening not only to undermine existing business operations but also the potential for vaping products to positively impact public health.
UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Specialist electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) shops, known as vape shops, provide access to a less harmful alternative to smoking. This study aimed to understand customers’ experiences of vaping and vape shops, and the extent to which smoking cessation advice is and should be provided in these shops.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
Diane Caruana, Vaping Post
A Spanish vapers association, Anesvap has released data which confirms what other countless studies have shown. The three main findings were that contrary to what many sources, such as the previous US Surgeon General, have claimed, vaping does not act as a gateway to smoking in young adults, that vaping is not as addictive as smoking, and also that it dramatically reduces smoking rates.
FDA proposes NNN standard for smokeless tobacco
Clive Bates, The Counterfactual
Just looking for our submission to FDA’s consultation? Here it is: Submission by Clive Bates & David Sweanor – PDF
But carry on below for some discussion and explanation of the chart.
Standards, good but… Normally, I’d be in favour of regulators setting standards for things they are regulating – standard-setting is a transparent approach that means everyone knows what they have to do, the supply chain can gear up, consumers know what they are getting, and there is no nonsense about changing the rules or not even disclosing what the rules are. But… three qualifiers to this cheery endorsement of standards: