Vaping Digest July 29th

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Canada epitomises the fatal impact of flawed research ~ Canadian Constitution Foundation analyzes the constitutionality ~ Time to regulate vape industry ~ Outrage as Melbourne moves to ban VAPING in areas of the CBD that are already smoke-free zones ~ Plain packaging has failed. It’s time we looked at alternatives to reduce smoking risks ~ PMI Blocked From Selling Iqos in Australia ~ Canadian Correction ~ Australian Data Distortion ~ US Gateway Closed ~ Important! Docs, fines and prison! OH MY! – What your vaping prescription needs to say ~ Vaping up, smoking increasing among teens in San Francisco – despite bans

Canada epitomises the fatal impact of flawed research

, Totally Wicked

A 2019 study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) wrongly stated that youth uptake of both smoking and vaping in Canada increased significantly between 2017 and 2018. This conclusion was actually false and the study was corrected in June 2020, but the damage had already been done.

Canadian Constitution Foundation analyzes the constitutionality

of B.C.’s new vaping regulations

Canadian Constitution Foundation

TORONTO, ONTARIO — The Canadian Constitution Foundation is concerned that new vaping regulations which were finalized in British Columbia today are vulnerable to constitutional challenge.

The new regulations, announced on July 21st by B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, include:

A nicotine ceiling of 20 mg/mL imposed for products sold in all retail locations,

Plain packaging for vaping substances, meaning no images or text permitted except for brand name and regulatory text.

A requirement that all vaping substances be sold in packages bearing a skull and crossbones health hazard symbol, a health warning, concentrations and e-liquid volume sold.

Time to regulate vape industry

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.


Outrage as Melbourne moves to ban VAPING

in areas of the CBD that are already smoke-free zones


Vaping is on the verge of being banned in Melbourne’s CBD as the council votes on whether to redefine e-cigarettes as ‘smoking’, angering civil libertarians.

City of Melbourne Council will decide on Tuesday whether to ban vaping from all of council’s existing smoke-free zones.

Plain packaging has failed. It’s time we looked at alternatives to reduce smoking risks

Editor note: PDF Version

David Leyonhjelm, The Spectator Australia

For some people, hydroxychloroquine cannot possibly prevent or treat COIVD-19 infection because it would vindicate President Trump’s support for it. What is a straightforward medical question to some is deeply political to others

A similar phenomenon is seen with smoking. Some people view tobacco companies — Big Tobacco, as they like to call them — as so fundamentally evil that anything they support must be passionately opposed.

THREE from Dave Cross, Planet of The Vapes

Canadian Correction

Even before “Prevalence of vaping and smoking among adolescents in Canada, England, and the United States: repeat national cross sectional surveys” had completed its peer review process, University of Waterloo Professor David Hammond took to telling the world’s media about “a disturbing trend in Canadian teen vaping rates”. It turns out he was totally wrong.

Australian Data Distortion

“Unbelievable political games” are being played in the latest Australian National Survey 2019. Figures have been massaged to demonstrate a huge growth in teen vaping – but all is not as it seems because of the way they are choosing to define full-time vaping. The usual subjects are crawling out of the woodwork to attack ecigs as it’s business as usual for one of the world’s stupidest anti-tobacco harm reduction administrations.

US Gateway Closed

A cross-sectional, matched control study by researchers at University College London (UCL) has been published in the journal ‘Tobacco Control’. It looked to see if there was an association of between vaping and subsequent progression on to smoking, and also factored in other tobacco product use with smoking in American adolescents.

Vaping up, smoking increasing among teens in San Francisco – despite bans

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.

On this Day…2019

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

FDA, Democrat extremists..

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.

The truth about e-cigarettes

Jason Goodyer

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.

“Keep calm, it’s just vapour”: 

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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