Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Latest Tax Return Sheds Light on The Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-free World ~ E-cigarettes: How safe are they? ~ Dual Use of Vapes and Cigarettes—Harmful or Harm Reduction? ~ Safer nicotine products ~ Vape Advertising Doesn’t Renormalise Smoking ~ Does Vaping Cause ‘Popcorn Lung’? ~ Stupid San Fran Ecig Ban ~ NHS in North East will promote vaping to smokers ~ No More Vaping in San Francisco? ~ San Francisco, banning e-cigarettes is the worst solution to your least pressing problem ~ San Francisco’s mantra: ‘All smokers are equal but some smokers are more equal than others’
Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP)
The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World (‘the Foundation’) was set up in September 2017, ostensibly as a scientific organisation aiming to “accelerate an end to smoking”. It describes itself as an independent foundation, yet was set up with a pledged amount of nearly a billion dollars from global tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI). On 13th May 2019 the Foundation filed a tax return for its first full year of operation, 2018, providing new information on the organisation and those it funds.
San Francisco has become the first US city to ban sales of e-cigarettes. Yet in the UK they are used by the NHS to help smokers quit – so what is the truth about the safety of e-cigarettes?
Mixing use of vapes and combustible cigarettes, known as “dual use,” is seen as a win by some—especially those who are working towards quitting smoking—while others view it as an absolute health threat. The latest data from the Food and Drug Administration’s Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study confirm an already-observed outcome: Dual users are exposed to higher levels of nicotine and the carcinogen NKK than people who exclusively use combustibles.
Mary Ann LL. Reyes, The Philippine Star
Leading experts on nicotine, tobacco-related disease, public health, policymaking, science and technology were joined by users of so-called “safer nicotine products” such as electronic cigarettes or vapes, oral tobaccos such as Swedish snus, and ‘heat-not-burn’ tobacco products, in calling on governments and regulators to stop ignoring the growing body of scientific evidence pointing to such products as a safe alternative to combustible tobacco.
While it has become a foregone conclusion that smoking cigarettes is bad for the health, there are some governments and regulating bodies which either ban the use of safer nicotine products outright or tax them just like they would for combustible tobacco, instead of encouraging their use.
Three from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
Researchers looked at the impact of online e-cigarette advertisements. Paula Booth from The University of East London worked with Ian Albery, Sharon Cox and Daniel Frings from London South Bank University. The paper has been published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
“Vaping is touted as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes with fewer health issues,” writes the go-to source for all health matters Healthyandnaturalworld.com. This is the point the writer departs from sanity and selectively chooses some sources to support a whole raft of ridiculous assertions about vaping. Planet of the Vapes gives you the definitive answer to the question ‘Does vaping cause popcorn lung?’
San Francisco faces a total ban on the sale of all vaping products following a unanimous vote. Stupid, idiotic, criminal – pick your own adjective – none seem to fully encapsulate how awful the actions of the board of city supervisors are. Wrapped up in the nonsense that they are acting to protect the state’s youth, the hypocrisy is all too evident because tobacco will remain on sale.
Juul has been fantastically successful among adults. Why do you think it has grown so quickly? Let me help you here: it is because in a free market consumers buy what works. The rate of decline in US cigarette volumes has more than doubled since Juul entered the market.
— Clive Bates (@Clive_Bates) June 25, 2019
Faye Dixon, Hartlepool Mail
An NHS anti-smoking group has provided recommendations for NHS Trusts to adopt a harm reduction approach to e-cigarettes. Dr Tony Branson, clinical lead for the Northern Cancer Alliance, said: “With e-cigarettes there is no smoke, no tar and no carbon monoxide. E-cigarettes are now proving more popular and it important that we get across to patients the short-term and longer-term health benefits from quitting smoking tobacco.”
Elizabeth Wright, Citizens Against Government Waste
The Los Angeles Times’s June 24 editorial, “San Francisco’s E-cigarette Ban Isn’t Just Bad Policy, it’s Bad for Public Health” is right on target.
Today, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on banning the sales of electronic tobacco products, or e-cigarettes, within the city until the Food and Drug Administration adopts regulations for the products. Meanwhile, anyone over 21 with an ID will be able to continue to purchase combustible cigarettes, liquor, and marijuana in markets throughout the city.
, USA Today
San Francisco is a city of mind-bending contrasts.
Park your car for more than two hours on a residential street and you’ll face a steep ticket or a tow. But set up camp on a sidewalk with a collection of tents, shopping carts, and stolen bicycles and the city gives you days or more to move.
Sip from an open container of alcohol in a city park and you may be cited. Inject yourself with heroin in public, and you’re unlikely to face official response.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
Christopher Snowdon, Velvet Glove Iron Fist
The smoking ban has always sat on a throne of lies. It was promoted on the basis of junk science and has been retrospectively justified on the basis of blatant quackery.
The tenth anniversary of England’s smoking ban is coming up on Saturday and so we must brace ourselves for more lies as we ‘celebrate’ its anniversary.
The fat cats at Public Health England have got the ball rolling with some utter tosh, as reported in the Guardian…
I have been rather quiet on the blogging front for a number of months due to various ‘issues’ going on in my personal life. However, that does not mean that I have not been reading other people’s blogs. A number of those blogs have got me thinking about the consequences of the ‘Prohibition Era’ that we seem to be descending ever deeper into due to the tax-sponging so-called Public Health Charities and bodies.