Vaping Digest November 20th

Wednesday’s News at a glance:

Communicating the relative health risks of E-cigarettes ~ Duterte bans use, importation of vapes ~ Vaping and Public Health: Fact vs. Fiction ~ Israel’s First ‘Vaping Disease’ Victim in Critical Condition ~ Regulatory Restriction Of E-Vapor Products Under International Human Rights Law ~ Influential U.S. doctors group calls for ban on vaping products ~ CDC Comes Clean on Cause of So-Called Vaping Epidemic ~ America’s Vaping Problem ~ The Virtues of Vaping (As in Quitting Cigarettes) ~ We Can’t Overlook Adults In The Vaping Health Epidemic ~ Vaping, babies and bathwater. Why Australia’s vaping ban is poor policy ~ The AVA’s Greg Conley on Yahoo Finance (18/11/19) ~ Surgeon General Endorses Dubious Research Again, This Time on Vaping ~ Massa Tax ~ Proper Heart Science ~ Trump Changes His Mind on Flavors; Future Remains in Doubt ~ Don’t Trust Trump ~ Trump Trap: Did Progressives Overreach on Vape Ban? ~ Trump’s Decision to Back Away From Vaping Ban Is the Right Policy

Communicating the relative health risks of E-cigarettes:

An online experimental study exploring the effects of a comparative health message versus the EU nicotine addiction warnings on smokers’ and non-smokers’ risk perceptions and behavioural intentions.

Science Direct

This study investigated the effects of the European Union Tobacco Products Directive [EU-TPD] Article 20 E-cigarette (EC) health warnings (“This product contains nicotine which is a highly addictive substance. [It is not recommended for non-smokers.]”) and a comparative harm message (“Use of this product is much less harmful than smoking” [COMP]) on smokers’ and non-smokers’ perceptions and behavioural intentions.

Duterte bans use, importation of vapes

Xave Gregorio, CNN Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte issued a verbal order to ban the use and importation of vapes, following the first confirmed report of electronic cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI) in the country.

Duterte said he is banning vapes because it is “toxic” and has not been approved the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Vaping And Public Health: Fact vs. Fiction

Molly Gluck, Medium

Vaping and lung illness cases and perspectives are infiltrating headlines, conversations, and policies across the nation — but medical professionals, the government, the public, and corporations can’t seem to get on the same page. Michael Siegel, a physician and professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health has been a tobacco researcher for the past 30 years focusing on tobacco control, exposure, and policies.

Israel’s First ‘Vaping Disease’ Victim in Critical Condition


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Regulatory Restriction Of E-Vapor Products Under International Human Rights Law

Carrie Wade, RStreet

Key Points

  1. That health is recognized as a right under international law demonstrates its importance for most nations and considers that the protection of human health is a responsibility that must be undertaken by governing bodies.

  2. According to major leading public health experts, e-vapor products are considered to carry no more than 5 percent of the risk associated with combustible cigarettes.

  3. Under international treaties, Governments may have a duty to provide access to less harmful alternatives to combustible cigarettes in the pursuit of a right to health. This includes equal or preferential taxation and treatment of e-vapor products.

Influential U.S. doctors group calls for ban on vaping products


The Virtues of Vaping (As in Quitting Cigarettes)

Katie Myers Smith, Hayden McRobbie, Peter Hajek, The National Interest

Many smokers successfully quit by switching to e-cigarettes (vaping), but doctors can’t recommend this treatment without good evidence from clinical trials. They now have this evidence. Our latest study confirms that e-cigarettes are indeed an effective way to help smokers quit.

Related: We Can’t Overlook Adults In The Vaping Health Epidemic


Vaping, babies and bathwater. Why Australia’s vaping ban is poor policy



Two from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes

Massa Tax

The American state of Massachusetts taxes tobacco at 40%. To reduce the rates of smoking related harm it plans to tax vaping at 75%. Not only does the state want to tax vaping at almost twice the rate of smoking, but it I threatening to impound cars belonging to vapers if they are caught with “untaxed” products.

Related: Massachusetts, Planning Asset Forfeiture, Leads the War on Vaping
Related: Massachusetts Lawmakers to Vote on Bill to Ban Flavored Tobacco, Menthol Cigarettes

Proper Heart Science

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) raises money to fund research into cures and treatments, “so we can beat heartbreak forever.” The BHF funded a team from the University of Dundee to investigate “the early vascular impact of switching from [cigarettes] to [vaping] in chronic smokers.”

 Alex Berezow, American Council on Science and Health

It hasn’t been a good year for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams.

Back in July, Dr. Adams endorsed giving post-operative patients Tylenol instead of morphine. Let’s think about surgery for a moment. It often involves cutting through a person’s skin and muscle, poking and pulling at stuff inside, and then sewing it all up like a patch on worn jeans. It’s painful, and a couple of Tylenol probably won’t cut it for many people.


Trump Changes His Mind on Flavors; Future Remains in Doubt

Jim McDonald, Vaping 360

In a story published Sunday evening, the Washington Post reported that President Trump has taken no action on flavored vaping products. The inaction is attributed to Trump’s concern over potential lost votes in 2020 battleground states and job losses.

The story was a big one across Washington, not because of concern over vaping kids or lost harm reduction opportunities for adults, but because it is another example of the President backtracking on previous commitments. Oh look, said the pundits, he backed down again after being lobbied, just like he did with immigration and background checks on guns.

Don’t Trust Trump

Michael McGrady, Vaping Post

President Donald Trump blocked members of the vaping industry. The U.S. Vaping Association, in an interview with Vaping Post, accuses the administration of barring industry stakeholders from the regulatory process.

News outlets have reported that the president is potentially backing off any adverse policy that could negatively impact the health of the industry.

Trump Trap | Did Progressives Overreach on Vape Ban?

Brent Stafford, Regulator Watch

No doubt progressives embedded within the “public health deep state” thought they had President Trump boxed into a corner.

And just like that, the Trump flavor vape ban is dead. But for a heartwrenching two months, it appeared otherwise. After decades evangelizing the evils of smoking, five years of pumping the dangers of e-cigarettes and vaping, and following 12-months of Juul inspired hysteria over the so-called youth vaping epidemic, President Trump (and the American public) were primed to fall for one of the biggest public health lies of all time: vaping kills.

Trump’s Decision to Back Away From Vaping Ban Is the Right Policy

Guy Bentley, Reason Foundation

Several news reports suggest President Donald Trump may not push ahead with the full-scale prohibition of e-cigarette flavors he was previously close to implementing. The Washington Post reports: Everything seemed ready to go: President Trump’s ban on most flavored e-cigarettes had been cleared by federal regulators. Officials were poised to announce they would order candy, fruit and mint flavors off the market within 30 days — a step the president had promised almost two months earlier to quell a youth vaping epidemic that had ensnared 5 million teenagers.


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