Vaping Digest September 25th
Wednesday’s News at a glance:
Pharma Vaporizer Brings Big BILLIONAIRE Names ~ Monoamine oxidase inhibitory activity of flavoured e-cigarette liquids. ~ Use of e-cigarettes (vaporisers) among adults in Great Britain ~ Harry’s blog 93: The acid rain of vaping lies ~ Council to cut back stop-smoking service due to rise in vaping ~ Vaping hysteria misleading Australians ~ India’s new e-cigarette ban goes against its history of being a leader in harm reduction for Asia ~ Witness Says Vaping Helped Her Quit Smoking. Rashida Tlaib Asks ‘Are You a Conspiracy Theorist?’ ~ Vicki Porter testifies before the ‘Don’t Vape’ House Oversight Subcommittee Hearing 24/09/19 ~ Massachusetts Governor Bans ALL Vaping Products ~ Why Vaping Devices Can’t be Blamed for US Outbreak of Lung Illnesses ~ Why Is the CDC Still Fostering Potentially Deadly Confusion About Vaping and Lung Disease? ~
Angela Garrity, Vapun Magazine
Remember that novel device the FDA spoke about in the past? Well, it all could be revealed very soon – at least via one company. Put on your tinfoil hat, because this is all starting to point to the government’s grand plan for this industry.
Hava Health is about to launch Hale – what Tech Crunch referred to as “the first vaporizer designed for smoking cessation.” This is a different animal than what vaping hardware companies are allowed to reference, per the Deeming Regulations that classified this industry as a Tobacco Product.
Massey University, New Zealand
BACKGROUND AND AIMS:
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors have been hypothesised to be important in tobacco dependence, reinforcing the brain’s response to nicotine by delaying the degradation of neurotransmitters by monoamine oxidases. The development of electronic cigarettes has provided an alternative nicotine delivery system, which is widely viewed as less toxic than tobacco smoke. However, significant data gaps remain. This paper reports the results of measurements of monoamine oxidase inhibitory activity in a small sample of commercially available, flavoured e-liquids.
Action On Smoking and Health (ASH)
SUMMARY OF KEY FINDINGS: This fact sheet provides a detailed analysis of adult attitudes and behaviour with respect to e-cigarettes and how they have changed over time. The data are taken from an annual survey, Smokefree GB, carried out for ASH by YouGov. The survey first started asking about e-cigarette use in 2010 and this update includes the results of the 2019 survey carried out in Spring 2019.
Related: ‘Half as many Britons’ vape as smoke
Harry Shapiro, Nicotine Science and Policy
Not sure if this riff goes anywhere, but with the Amazon on fire, huge storms battering the Caribbean, a memorial service in Switzerland for melting glaciers, animal species lost forever as habitats vanish and thousands out on the streets protesting about climate destruction (forget ‘change’), there are some synergies around the refusal of world health leaders, governments, health practitioners and academics of every stripe, to accept the reality that right now we have a world smoking pandemic that could be massively helped by encouraging the uptake of safer nicotine products. Not only are they sitting on their hands, they are actively lying to the general public and colleagues with all their Big Tobacco (BT) conspiracy theories, fake science, scare-mongering and ad hominin attacks. And anybody who fights back with what used to be called ‘evidence’ is simply dismissed as a BT stooge.
Phil Corrigan, StokeOnTrentLive
Funding for stop-smoking services will be slashed by £99,000 – due to the rising popularity of vaping.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is set to make the saving as part of £5.5 million of emergency budget cuts.
In 2019 around half as many Britons now vape as smoke, and the majority are ex-smokers. Find out more in our latest adult use of e-cigarettes fact sheet, published today https://t.co/MinEdiBrZS #ActOnTobacco pic.twitter.com/sRXHhCkjmH
— ASH (@ASH_LDN) September 24, 2019
Karl Stefanovic, Dr Colin Mendelsohn, 2gb.com
Medical professionals are hitting out at the government’s response to vaping ca
lling it alarmist and misleading.
27 leading independent medical professionals are rebuking the recent statement made by the Chief Medical Officer on vaping which implied it has contributed to the outbreak of severe respiratory illness in the US.
Chairman of the Australian Tobacco Harm Reduction Association, Dr Colin Mendelsohn tells Karl Stefanovic vaping is a much safer option than smoking tobacco.
Carrie Wade, ET HealthWorld
Indian officials have long recognized that public health is better served by focusing on attainable solutions rather than far-flung ideals. Yet when it comes to smoking, their faith in this principle is waning. Rather than developing a regulatory framework to ensure that e-cigarettes are available alongside their more dangerous cousins — combustible cigarettes — public health officials have simply chosen to ban them.
Robby Soave, Reason
A House subcommittee hearing on the allegedly harmful effects of e-cigarettes took a bizarre turn when Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D–Mich.) asked the panel’s only pro-vaping witness, Vicki Porter, whether she was a conspiracy theorist.
Tlaib had apparently noticed Porter winking at one of the Republican participants, and thought this was possibly indicative of something nefarious. Porter patiently explained that she knew this man personally and was just saying hello.
Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is temporarily banning all vaping products—both nicotine and cannabis, including flavored and unflavored products—claiming a public health emergency. Massachusetts is the first state to ban THC oil vaping products. Recreational cannabis sales are legal in the state.
Michael R. Strain, Bloomberg
Walmart is ready to stop selling e-cigarettes. The administration of President Donald Trump is moving to ban flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine pods. Opponents of vaping cheer these developments. Supporters are dumbstruck. “Idiocy of the highest order, responding to a fake crisis manufactured by the media,” is how a Washington Examiner op-ed put it.
Both sides are adding more heat than light.
Riccardo Polosa, The Globe Post
The finger is pointed at vaping as the source of respiratory illnesses – and sadly even fatalities – among several hundred teens and young adults in the United States.
The all too common error is to blame these terrible diseases on vaping. However, just as the needle can’t be blamed for an overdose, the vaping device can’t be blamed for these illnesses. The culprit is what a person consumed.
Jacob Sullum, Reason
Media outlets, following the lead of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continue to blame recent cases of severe respiratory illnesses among vapers on “vaping” and “e-cigarettes” in general, falsely implying a link to legal nicotine products. This misinformation is fostering public confusion that may lead to more disease and death, both from smoking and from the black-market products that have been implicated in the lung disease cases.
Related: Arizona Detectives Bust Illegal THC Vape Cart Operation and Butane Hash Oil Lab; CDC Continues to Go After Legal Manufacturers and Downplay the Role of these Black Market Marijuana Products
TWO from Dave Cross, Planet Of The Vapes
Randomised controlled trials are held up as the ‘gold standard’ in research. By pure chance, the outcomes of this latest RCT, funded entirely by a staunchly anti-vaping billionaire, has produced results fully in accordance with his views that vaping is a bad thing.
Walmart, the company that bought Asda for £6.7 billion in 1999, has made the decision to drop all vaping products from its stores. Its slogan “Save money, live better” rings a bit hollow as it denies safer nicotine products to its customers but continues to profit from tobacco product sales. Almost half a million people die in the USA every year from tobacco-related diseases.