Vaping Digest July 29th
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Tasnim Lokman, New Straights Times
LETTERS: Regulation of e-cigarettes and smoke-free nicotine products became a major topic at the virtual Global Forum on Nicotine 2020 (GFN 2020), themed “Nicotine: Science, Ethics and Human Rights”, as advocates seek a more promising solution for smokers to quit.
The forum, held on June 11 and 12, saw 30 experts speak with one goal: to provide a safe and transparent industry for smokers and those planning to make the switch to alternative tobacco products.
Looking for the latest from @FDATobacco Director Mitch Zeller?
Here’s a round-up of his recent perspectives, commentary, testimonies, and podcast appearances. https://t.co/GwAj6wHSIl pic.twitter.com/gagCx7XB3O
— FDA Tobacco (@FDATobacco) July 27, 2020
Diane Caruana, Vaping Post
It has been estimated that approximately 239,000 people are using e-cigarettes in Australia, 178,000 of whom are vaping more than once a month. This remains a challenge for most, as the devices are legal, but the use of nicotine-containing refills is not. Local public health experts and liberal party MPs alike, have long been efforting to overturn the current nicotine ban.
Lindsey Stroud, Tobacco Harm Reduction 101
In April 2018, the ban on flavored e-cigarettes and vapor products went into effect in San Francisco and in January, 2020, the city had implemented a full ban on any electronic vapor product.
These endeavors have failed to lower youth tobacco and vapor product use.
Data from the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that 16 percent of San Francisco high school students had used a vapor product on at least one occasion in 2019, an increase from 7.1 percent that had used an e-cigarette in 2017.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise…
And state politicians attack vaping on all fronts – Fergus Mason
The FDA has launched one of its strongest attacks on vaping yet, with a new campaign featuring misleading images and misunderstood statistics. Meanwhile vape taxes continue to spread across the USA, with Kentucky among the latest states to consider penalising safer alternatives to tobacco. While Democrat politicians continue to be the strongest opponents of harm reduction it’s now becoming a bipartisan issue, with US vapers left with few friends at court.
San Francisco recently became the first US city to ban sales of e-cigarettes, citing the fact that the long-term health effects of vaping are still unknown and that there seems to be an upswing in young vapers. However, some people believe this decision may turn former smokers who now vape back onto traditional tobacco products. Professor John Britton, director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies at the University of Nottingham, explains.
A content analysis of vaping related tweets from Australia
Despite Australia’s cautious approach toward e-cigarettes and the limited evidence supporting them as an efficacious smoking cessation aid, it is evident that there is a concerted effort from some Twitter users to promote these devices as a health conducive (91/1303, 6.98%), smoking cessation product (266/1303, 20.41%). Further, Twitter is being used in an attempt to circumvent Australian regulation and advocate for a more liberal approach towards personal vaporizers (90/1303, 6.91%). A sizeable proportion of posts were also dedicated to selling or promoting vape products (347/1303, 26.63%), and 19.95% (260/1303) were found to be business listings.
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