Vaping Digest November 6th
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Electronic Cigarettes: Where does the UK Stand amid the International Backlash? ~ Open letter to London mayor Sadiq Khan ~ People Who Vape Probably Would Have Smoked Cigarettes Anyway, Study Shows ~ Why Prohibition Will Never Work ~ The vape ban and policymakers’ clouded judgment | IN 60 SECONDS ~ Want to prevent cancer & reduce cancer-related morbidity? Adoption of a tobacco harm reduction approach can help ~ Vaping: Reassuring the public is a public health imperative ~ Vape Shops Likely to Be Exempted in Planned FDA E-Cig Curbs ~ NHS Success ~ ETHRA Blossoms ~ Seventh Report of the Science and Technology Committee on E-cigarettes ~ Let’s get the real facts out about the vaping health crisis
In recent months, the safety and regulation of electronic cigarettes (commonly known as “e-cigarettes” or “vapes”) has come under public scrutiny internationally by governments and the media following a series of e-cigarette related deaths and lung injuries reported in the United States (“US”). In particular, flavoured e-cigarette products which mimic the taste of popular sweets and desserts have been criticised for allegedly encouraging teenagers to try e-cigarettes.
New Nicotine Alliance
Dear Mayor Khan,
We note in your response to a London Mayoral question from Assembly Member Onkar Sahota on 22nd October that vaping adverts are currently not permitted on the London Underground, and that Transport for London “is currently reviewing its overall approach to Vaping advertising”.
While it is disappointing that a ban on advertising vaping products is in place on the tube, we are encouraged that the policy is wisely being reviewed.
Hannah Smothers, Vice
Researchers have been hypothesizing for months that e-cigarettes are just a “gateway” to traditional cigarette use. But a study published this morning in Nicotine & Tobacco Research calls this theory into question, and finds that what we thought was causation may just be correlation: it’s possible that the demographic of person who takes up vaping, due to a number of cultural and institutional forces, is the same kind who would have taken up cigarettes anyway, had vaping not existed.
Joseph Magero, Medium
Prohibition has never worked in the history of humankind. There are few policies so widely supported that have been disastrously counter-productive and unjust; prohibition being one of them. With over 7.1 million deaths from smoking every year, there is urgent need to cut cigarette consumption. Scientific evidence has shown that electronic cigarettes, snus ,and heating products are safer than traditional cigarettes.
American Enterprise Institute
Want to prevent cancer & reduce cancer-related morbidity? Adoption of a tobacco harm reduction approach can help
(PDF) Marewa Glover, PhD
This submission seeks to highlight the importance of supporting evidence informed methods that can more rapidly than ever before assist people to stop smoking. Tobacco smoking is a significant cause of several cancers and the principal cause of lung cancer. Smoking is also associated with poorer prognosis. The first section of this submission recaps why reducing tobacco smoking needs to remain a top priority for intervention if the New Zealand Government truly wants to reduce the incidence of cancer overall, and particularly if reducing the health inequities between non-Māori and Māori is a genuine goal.
European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates, ETHRA
At the 3rd Sommet de la Vape in Paris, around twenty experts discussed vaping as a way to provide millions of years of healthy life to millions of ex-smokers.
Chaired by Jean Pierre Couteron, who guaranteed an ethical framework, the event opened with the release of a survey conducted by BVA and commissioned by SOVAPE: The alarming headline figures were that three in five French people think that vaping is at least as dangerous as smoking (if not more) and 80% believe that nicotine is carcinogenic.
Here’s a list of folks screwed out meetings with the OMB (they scrubbed mentions from their website)…
– Vapor Technology Association
– Reason Foundation
– Americans for Tax Reform
– American Vaping Association
– Gorilla Vapes, LLC
– New York State Vapor Association
— Gregg Crowe (@dosdank) November 5, 2019
Josh Wingrove, Gerald Porter Jr., Bloomberg
The Trump administration may exempt vape shops when it unveils expected restrictions on e-cigarette flavors, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said.
Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, Conway drew a line between two groups of flavors — tobacco and menthol on one side, and mint, fruit and all other flavors on the other. The latter group appeals to kids and the White House must address use by minors, she said.
The FDA Plans To Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes Based on a Nonexistent ‘Epidemic’ of Adolescent Nicotine Addiction
Jacob Sullum, Reason
The main justification for state and federal bans on flavored e-cigarettes is the “epidemic” of underage vaping, which former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb worried might result in “a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine.” A new analysis of survey data on e-cigarette use by teenagers suggests such fears are overblown, since heavy vaping is rare among adolescents who are not current or former smokers.
Three from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital Trust recently introduced vape shops to hospitals in a bold move to drive down smoking rates. The brave initiative has reaped early results with low rates of smoking on hospital sites. The Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby is using a smoking shelter to advertise the benefits of switching to vaping.
European Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocates (ETHRA) has flourished over the few weeks since its inception. With the addition of the Danish Vapers Association (DADAFO), the number has risen to seventeen and looks to grow further thanks to the positive responses to the consumer group’s proactive nature and professionalism.
Shortly before Parliament focussed on the general election, the Conservative’s Ranil Jayawardena wanted to know about how many children had been rushed from school to hospital due to vaping THC/Spice cartridges. Meanwhile, in a committee room, Sir Kevin Barron and Norman Lamb took part in in their final ever Science and Technology Committee. The report reaffirmed vaping’s position as a powerful tool to combat smoking-related disease and the world-leading role the U.K. is playing.
A look back at how things have moved on or otherwise….
Yesterday, The Sun wrote of a report on when the England might go ‘smokefree’ according to tobacco control criteria.
ENGLAND could be smoke-free by 2040, a new study has claimed.
The goal, which means less than five per cent of adults using cigarettes, is getting closer due to new tech such as e-cigarettes.
Current quitting rates mean it will take another 23 years to hit that level.
As NYC vendors fight over alleged harassment
Fergus Mason, Vaping Post
This was a bad week for vape bans, as New Jersey adopted the Tobacco 21 scheme and an English health trust outlawed e-cigarettes from all its premises. An Australian state is also pushing for a wide-ranging ban on public vaping. Meanwhile, Imperial Tobacco has purchased a specialist nicotine and e-liquid vendor, apparently in a bid to kick-start its innovation of new products, while two vape shop owners in New York are squaring up for a legal battle over what one says is a campaign of harassment aimed at his business.