by Brandee Eubank October 01, 2021
September was another busy month for vaping in the news. Much of the news is coming out of the United States, where THR advocates are fighting attacks on several fronts. This as the CDC and FDA release numbers showing a drastic decline in youth vaping, with only 3.1% of high school age teenagers saying that they vape daily. Read all about the challenges, achievements, and the ongoing struggle in the articles below, collected from around the web.
CDC Says Youth Vaping Dropped More Than 40% in 2021, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Preliminary results from the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey show a massive decline in youth vaping since 2020. The percentage of high school students reporting vaping in the past 30 days has only been this low one other year since 2013. The data were in a report published today by scientists from the CDC and FDA.
Youth Vaping Rates Decline Steeply in the United States, Alex Norcia, Filter
Although the agencies note that remote learning might have affected students’ access to nicotine products, and discourage comparisons to years prior, there was a dramatic decrease. The rate of current use fell from 19.6 percent (per last year’s figures) to 11.3 percent among high schoolers; and from 4.7 percent to 2.8 percent of middle schoolers. (“Current” e-cigarette use is defined as using at least once in the past 30 days.) Daily use, meanwhile, occurs only among a fraction of all youths defined as current users: 3.1 percent of high-schoolers vape daily, according to the latest data, and 0.2 percent of those in middle school.
Vape Advocates and Prohibitionists Temporarily Unite to Slam the FDA, Alex Norcia, Filter
The FDA has stated it needs more time to go over the corresponding science, an excuse that has met with vitriol from all sides: Small- and medium-sized vape producers have essentially concluded that the industry will transform into an oligopoly of well-financed brands; prohibitionists aren’t thrilled that the agency has yet to target the most influential players.
Tobacco Tax Equity Act Perpetuates Economic and Health Disparities, Michelle Minton, CEI
Mainstream interest in the issue of structural racism is long overdue. Yet nascent efforts to root out vestiges of racism in the U.S. political system will fail to achieve any real resolution to systemic inequalities if old forms of discrimination are simply replaced with new ones. That is what congressional Democrats will be doing if they enact the Tobacco Tax Equity Act (H.R.2786), which would double the federal cigarette tax and raise taxes on all forms of recreational nicotine, regardless of its relative risks and potential benefits, to an equivalent high level.
New Evidence Exposes Harms of Philly’s Smoking Ban in Drug Treatment, Helen Redmond, Filter
Most starkly, of those who left treatment prematurely, 85 percent said not being able to smoke was part of their reason for leaving. The data clearly show that banning smoking has had a negative effect on treatment initiation and retention.
Crackdown on vaping set for October 1 will drive smokers back to their habit, Alex Wodak and Colin Mendelsohn, The Sydney Morning Herald
The crux of the problem is that in Australia, nicotine for vaping is treated as a medicine regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, or TGA. The TGA includes nicotine liquid for vaping in the Poisons Standard while explicitly excluding cigarettes. The net effect is that a much less dangerous way of consuming nicotine is highly restricted while cigarettes, responsible for the deaths of up to two of every three long-term smokers, are readily available from 20,000 outlets.
Krishnamoorthi, who wants to "END ENDS," seems to have concluded that it is better for public health to eliminate competing nicotine products that dramatically reduce the dangers that smokers face. He reaches that implausible conclusion by pretending that the millions of Americans who have chosen vaping as a risk-reducing alternative to smoking don't exist. 26
Director calls own claim about nicotine bags "completely in the woods", Simon Clemmensen and Sofie Rye, Detector
How could you, as a professional in the field, believe that they could be 80 times as strong?
- I do not know why I said 80. I just said a high number. I had heard it somewhere, but I do not know where I got it from. (Translated to English)
WHO costing millions of lives with e-cigarettes opposition - shock claim, David Maddox, Express UK
Mr Bates branded the WHO as “negligent and incompetent” and claimed that the global health body is “ignoring the science”. He said: “Millions of lives are on the line. That is not hyperbole. If you resist a life-saving technology where progress has been very slow in the past then essentially you are culpable in denying people that life-saving technology and the result will be more cases of disease and death.”
Congress’ latest tax plan pricey smoke & mirrors, Lindsey Stroud, Boston Herald
With the legislation, Democrats are attempting to establish tax parity among all tobacco products, despite the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognizing a continuum of risk among tobacco products, with combustible cigarettes having the greatest risk. In the proposal, IQOS (a heated tobacco product that the FDA has recently deemed a modified risk product) would be subject to a greater tax burden than combustible cigarettes.
False beliefs about tobacco alternatives are themselves a public health problem, Barnaby Page, Tobacco Intelligence
“Misinformation poses a real threat to progress” in a major area of public health concern, we’re told this week. Another study of the way fake “science” contributes to the vaccine hesitancy hampering efforts to damp down the coronavirus pandemic? No, though the pattern of dubious claims leading to misunderstanding leading to public-health opportunities missed is not all that different.
Now it’s the great vape conspiracy, Simon Clark, Taking Liberties
I repeat, Forest fully supports efforts by PMI (and other companies) to develop, manufacture and market risk reduction products. We also support efforts to educate and inform consumers about the relative risks of different nicotine products. We cannot however support a strategy that - some would say - belittles or undermines consumers who enjoy smoking and don’t want to quit whilst targeting a ‘smoke free world’ that can only be achieved by actively discriminating against millions of adults, raising the tax on tobacco to even more punitive levels, and creating a world in which consumers are not only denied a choice of combustible products but are increasingly restricted from using them.
The Media Needs to Get Vaping Right on the First Try, Alex Norcia, Filter
Media needs to get vaping right the first time around—especially at a moment when much of the industry is currently collapsing from the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory process. Even as any amount of product authorization stands to help improve the public’s perception of vaping—and finally accept, as countless tobacco control experts, scientists, and public health authorities have insisted, that it is far safer than smoking—missteps in reporting threaten to undo that progress.
Vaping Can Restore Lung Defence Finds New Study, James Dunworth, Ashtray Blog
A new study has found that switching from smoking to vaping can restore the lungs’ primary defence against harmful substances. This decreases the risk of infection and lung diseases such as COPD and can help to improve symptoms of pre-existing lung diseases.
The study, conducted by a team led by Professor Polosa of the University of Catania, looked at the impact of switching to vaping on a mechanism called mucociliary clearance (MCC).
Why compliance matters for the vape industry, James Dunworth, The Grocer
The UK government is currently reviewing vape regulations, and strong arguments are being put forward for a relaxation of nicotine strengths, bottle sizes and tank strengths.
Until that happens, though, it’s important that all players work hard to protect the reputation and viability of an industry which, it seems, is always under attack.
The FDA has decimated the e-cigarette market, Guy Bentley and Julian Morris, Reason Foundation
The U.S. e-cigarette market is rapidly transforming—but not in a good way. Once a place of dynamic competition where small and medium-sized businesses could thrive and offer smokers innovative and safer alternatives to cigarettes, the vape market is now in chaos and only the biggest players are set to survive.
Truth Initiative Creates Fake Vape Company to Promote Fake “Depression Stick”, Alex Norcia, Filter
The whole campaign is part of a larger Truth Initiative effort called “It’s Messing with Our Heads,” which hinges on a recent Journal of the American Medical Association study that concluded youth depression and anxiety doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Truth Initiative is suggesting that teens dealing with mental health issues are turning to vaping products to deal with stress, thereby inadvertently exacerbating that stress. Yet per the organization’s own report, “it is unknown whether a causal relationship between nicotine and mental health conditions exist.” In that part, at least, it’s telling the truth.
The Democrats’ proposal to tax e-cigarettes is a terrible idea, Robert Gebelhoff, Washington Post
It’s a basic principle of tax policy to target things you want to discourage. This is why Democrats, who are proposing the first-ever federal taxes on e-cigarettes, are making a serious error in their hunt for revenue — one that could end up hurting a proven tool in the fight against tobacco addiction.
Vape makers struggle to stay in business after FDA bans flavored e-cigs, Katherine Ellen Foley, Politico
In the meantime, vape shops that are halting product sales in the wake of FDA’s recent decisions are considering whether to sue the agency. “In our association, the biggest thing that we’re hearing is a desire to pursue any available litigation avenues,” said Amanda Wheeler, the president of the American Vapor Manufacturers Association. “We're very committed to following the law,” Wheeler said. But she added that “there was a definite moving of goal posts that has happened through FDA throughout the course of the PMTA process,” which she and her member organizations found “concerning.”
According to Data from the CDC, Youth Vaping Has Not Led to Smoking, Lindsey Stroud, Townhall
In 2008, the year after e-cigarettes were first introduced, 23.4 percent of American smokers were 18 to 24 years old. By 2018, the same year that the CDC declared a so-called youth vaping epidemic, that number had decreased by 43.6 percent to 13.2 percent of smokers being young adults. Interestingly, in the two years after the shot-heard-round-the-tobacco-control-world regarding youth vape use, smoking rates among young adults have decreased by more than 27 percent. In essence, while public health may have decried a vaping epidemic, they failed to recognize the eradication of smoking among young adults.
Bureaucrats and politicians seem determined to cripple a lifesaving alternative to smoking, Jacob Sullum, Chicago Sun Times
The folly of the obsession with preventing underage vaping was apparent in San Francisco, where a ban on flavored ENDS seems to have boosted smoking by teenagers and young adults. That cautionary example has not deterred other jurisdictions from considering the same counterproductive policy.
The US Obsession With Youth Vaping Looks Odd From Across the Atlantic, Martin Cullip, Filter
In the UK, at any rate, we’ve welcomed vaping with open arms and lungs. Currently, 3.6 million of us vape—over 7 percent of the adult population. Two-thirds are ex-smokers, while under 5 percent have never smoked (the rest combine vaping and smoking, likely on a path to smoking less or quitting). And these numbers emphatically include those of us with a bit more life experience.
The real threat from the WHO and what UK consumers can and should do about it, New Nicotine Alliance
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is a threat to vapers, not just in other parts of the world, but in the UK too. Consumers have a role to play in protecting reduced risk products that have benefitted us so much and could do for many more smokers in the future.
Senators Propose $100 Million in Vape Industry User Fees...Again, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360 The bill is similar to other recent user fee proposals, and is the same amount the FDA has asked for in annual budget requests for the last three fiscal years. The CTP is completely funded by tobacco company user fees, which so far have not included manufacturers of nicotine products that don’t contain leaf tobacco.
Only 71 doctors across Australia have signed up to be authourised prescribers of vaping products ahead of the Federal Government’s October 1 deadline, setting up a chaotic scenario in GP surgeries around the country in the coming months as more than half a million vapers try to get access to a product that is a normal part of life in countries like the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
UK Smokers Remain Suspicious of E-Cigarettes, Diane Caruana, Vaping Post
The researchers of the CRUK study found that sadly, fewer than 6 out of 10 people, accurately believed that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. They compiled this data by using an online survey of 1720 UK smokers and ex-smokers and pointed out that sadly, misperceptions about the harms of vaping appear to be on the increase and are particularly strong in smokers and those who have never tried vaping.
FDA Has Now Denied PMTAs from 295 Vape Companies, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Since Aug. 26, 295 manufacturers have received MDOs for more than 1,089,000 products. Since the Sept. 9 deadline for unauthorized products to be removed from the market, the FDA Center for Tobacco Products has not authorized a single vaping product for marketing.
2 Years of Vaping Ban in India: Some Scientists Say it's Time for a Review, Samrat Chowdhery, The Quint
In this clutter of misinformation, the scientifically sound public health communication would be that if you are a non-smoker, avoid any nicotine-containing product; if you smoke, try to quit, and if you cannot or are not willing to give up nicotine use, reduce harm by switching to the least harmful options available such as vaping, snus or heated tobacco.
Such advise requires decoupling combustible tobacco from nicotine which does not cause cancer contrary to prevailing myth. We must go beyond framing tobacco use as a moral problem and understand it within the framework of dependence which requires a dispassionate, scientific approach to address.
Experts: Proposed e-cigarette tax could drive teens to more harmful products, Stephen Loiaconi, ABC 13 News
Democrats seeking revenue to fund President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion domestic agenda are eying new taxes on tobacco and nicotine products, including what would be the first federal tax on e-cigarettes, but some experts fear increasing the cost of vaping could have dire unintended consequences.
FDA Issues MDOs to Turning Point Brands, Other Large Vape Companies, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Other major brands in the independent vaping industry have also received MDOs this week for flavored e-liquids, including AVAIL Vapor. These are believed to be the first MDOs issued to major companies that submitted extensive product-specific scientific evidence in their PMTAs.
Major Disposable Vape Maker Disputes FDA’s Marketing Denial Order, Alex Norcia, Filter
“It looks like FDA is making a mistake in many, many cases,” said Azim Chowdhury, a partner at the law firm Keller and Heckman, where he advises Bidi and other clients on nicotine regulations. “I have a number of companies that have received MDOs, but those MDOs are also identifying their menthol products. It seems like FDA, in their rush to get all these out, they’re not doing a very thorough job.”
The NYT still doesn't understand the difference between vaping black-market weed and regular e-cigs, Lee DeVito, Metro Times
It didn't help that the mainstream media repeatedly conflated the two issues, routinely reporting on the vaping illness without clarifying that it was connected to black-market cannabis and not e-cigs. (A Metro Times story pointing out this simple distinction remains our top-read story of all time.) These reporting issues are still happening, however.
UK MP Says Snus Should be Legalized Right Away, Diane Caruana, Vaping Post
“The forthcoming tobacco control plan gives us the opportunity to take a fresh look at the new products and innovations in the UK, as well as those that we could have now that we have left the European Union,” Jones said during the debate.
If the FDA Doesn't Kill the Vaping Industry, the Democrats' Tax Hike Just Might, Christian Britschgi, Reason
Democrats' tax bill would impose a $100.66 excise tax on every 1,810 milligrams of nicotine, adding approximately $60 in taxes to that 60-milliliter bottle of 18-milligram strength e-liquid. The bill is estimated to add about $1 to a pack of traditional, combustible cigarettes. "I'm going to sit there and try to tell a man with a $6 pack of cigarettes that my [$75] product is better. This tax will close my shop," Gossett tells Reason. The competitive disadvantage that these new tax hikes would create for vape shops also poses a public health threat by encouraging people to continue smoking more dangerous combustible cigarettes.
Nicotine Flavor Bans: Symbolic Politics With Real-World Harms, Art Way, Filter
We now see attempts across the country to ban all legal access to flavored nicotine and tobacco products. This blanket prohibition will fail in two ways. First, it will not achieve the advertised substantive gains for public health through reduced use. Second, it will simultaneously create new problems—through the harms of new forms of criminalization, through the inherent risks of new illicit markets, and through incentivizing people to use riskier products by switching, for example, from vapes to cigarettes.
Flavored tobacco products likely to remain in Mille Lacs County, T.A. LeBrun, Mille Lacs Messenger
During a public hearing necessary to update the county’s tobacco ordinance and remove flavored tobacco products from store shelves, the public showed up and voiced their opposition.
Mille Lacs County Public Health recommended the drafting of a tobacco ordinance that would be slightly more restrictive than state statute, primarily in the way of banning flavored tobacco products. The draft ordinance also states that compliance checks will occur and that it will be a violation for any person to sell or offer to sell any licensed product to any person under the age of 21 years.
President Biden and his political allies have long promised not to raise taxes on anyone making less than $400,000 a year. But their new plans for increasing taxes on cigarettes and vaping products would stretch that pledge far past its breaking point.
Nicotine Tax: Vapers Apply Pressure & Some Democrats Have Doubts, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Politico reported this morning that Republicans attacked the proposal yesterday during markup debate (when a bill’s language is settled), and that “several Democrats also aren’t keen on the idea.” The publication says those Democrats are “worried it would predominantly pinch lower-income people and people of color, who smoke in larger numbers.”
House Democrats Seek to Hike Taxes on Vapes as Smokers Keep Dying, Alex Norcia, Filter
“If the goal is to extract more taxes from lower-income Americans who are already multiply disadvantaged, while maintaining higher than necessary mortality and morbidity, this proposal does the job,” David Sweanor, an adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa who played a key role in getting tobacco taxation policies adopted globally, told Filter. “If, however, the goal is to empower and encourage people to make healthier personal decisions, they could learn a lot from the experience of ensuring unleaded gas was less expensive than the toxic-leaded variety.”
E-cigarettes: misconceptions about their dangers may be preventing people from quitting smoking, Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
What we do know is that smoking disproportionately harms people from disadvantaged groups, including those from lower-income groups and people with mental health conditions. Not only is smoking linked to many harmful diseases, it’s also killed more people than COVID – around 720,000 in the US since March 2020. The evidence we have so far shows that e-cigarettes can be an effective way to help people successfully quit smoking – and are likely to have far fewer health risks than cigarettes.
When we communicate about the risks of e-cigarettes, we need to be clear about which e-cigarettes, who might be at risk, and who might benefit. The people who stand to benefit the most from vaping – namely people who smoke – have a right to be receiving accurate, evidence-based information, too.
("Charlie's" or the "Company"), an industry leader in both the premium, nicotine-based, e-cigarette space and the hemp-derived CBD wellness space, today announced Charlie's Premarket Tobacco Product Applications ("PMTA's") for the Company's best-selling e-liquids remain among the select minority of applications submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") that have not received Marketing Denial Orders or Refuse-to-File designations. Including product-specific scientific data, thorough perception studies, and detailed environmental assessments, Charlie's PMTA's cost more than $5 million and are among the most comprehensive PMTA's in the entire industry.
It is no surprise that people who have a mental health issue, like anorexia, will use caffeine and nicotine to avoid eating. In the past, they would have smoked to get nicotine. Now they might vape. Is that healthier? Yes, 98 percent healthier. The problem they face is the eating disorder but this paper wants to claim vaping caused or enables their anorexia or bulimia.
Further Considerations on the Association Between Flavored Tobacco Legislation and High School Student Smoking Rates—Reply, Abigail S. Friedman, PhD, JAMA Network
Beyond sensitivity checks supporting the original findings, this correspondence underscores a pressing need: vaping data that explicitly identify the substance(s) being vaped. Such information will be crucial to policy analyses as more states legalize recreational marijuana use.
FDA Bans Vast Range of Life-Saving E-Cigarettes, Hans Bader, CNS News
"It's a new day and every e-cigarette in the U.S. is now illegal to sell thanks to the FDA. Enforcement will lag and a few big brands are expected to be approved eventually, but there's no underselling what a terrible decision this is with 34 million Americans still smoking," says Jacob Grier, an expert on tobacco and nicotine products. The FDA has also rejected applications for most "vapor products" containing nicotine.
The FDA’s Inexplicable Crusade Against Tobacco Smoking Harm Reduction Continues, Jeffrey A. Singer, CATO Institute
Studies show flavored e‐cigarettes, while popular with teens, are preferred by adults trying to quite tobacco and are not associated with an increase in youth tobacco smoking initiation. And a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that San Francisco’s ban of flavored vaping products may have unintentionally increased teen tobacco smoking.
Alarming headlines about a youth vaping “epidemic” in the US and unfounded claims in Sweden that snus and nicotine pouches are a gateway to cigarette smoking contribute to a misperception among policymakers and the public about the relative risks of such products.
As a result, says Warner, there is “little consideration given to the potential benefits for adult smokers” of alternative nicotine products. “We hope to get the attention of the public health community, the media, and legislators to consider the evidence we present in the paper,” he tells Snusforumet.
Seven years after the FDA officially declared its intention to regulate e-cigarettes as "tobacco products," in other words, the entire industry remains in legal limbo, existing solely thanks to the agency's enforcement discretion and limited resources. The FDA laughably maintains that it is bringing "regulatory certainty" to a market it concedes has great potential to reduce smoking-related disease and death. In reality, the agency, despite its promises of regulatory flexibility, is perpetuating a situation in which companies that tried to play by the rules have no idea whether they will still be in business next week, next month, or next year.
Don't Rush FDA's Vaping Products Review, Clifford E. Douglas, JD, MedPage Today
This complex process takes time, and all stakeholders should prioritize the need to protect the scientific integrity of FDA's assessments rather than politicize the process or pressure the agency to reach predetermined conclusions regarding any products still under review.
FDA Has Now Issued PMTA Denials to 168 Vape Companies, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
The day after announcing that no vaping products have been authorized so far for legal marketing, the FDA Center for Tobacco Products says it has issued Marketing Denial Orders (MDOs) to 168 manufacturers since Aug. 26. The denials cover nearly 1 million flavored products—mostly bottled e-liquid—for which Premarket Tobacco Applications (PMTAs) were submitted.
New Paper Highlights How Vaping Brings New Zealand Closer To Smokefree 2025, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Association, Scoop NZ
Mr Houlbrooke says, “Historically, public health commentators have attributed reductions in smoking rates to annual excise tax hikes. But now, despite an end to annual tax hikes, we see progress accelerating. This latest data makes it increasingly difficult to deny that it is alternative products like e-cigarettes – not tax – that will ultimately bring New Zealand to our Smokefree goal. However, the question remains to what extent our progress will be slowed by new regulations currently being implemented to reduce access to vaping products.”
Intended and Unintended Effects of E-cigarette Taxes on Youth Tobacco Use, Rahi Abouk, Charles J. Courtemanche, Dhaval M. Dave, et al. NBER
We find that ENDS taxes reduce youth e-cigarette consumption, with estimated e-cigarette tax elasticities of -0.06 to -0.21. However, we estimate sizable positive cigarette cross-tax elasticities, suggesting economic substitution between cigarettes and e-cigarettes for youth. These substitution effects are particularly large for frequent cigarette smoking. We conclude that the unintended effects of ENDS taxation may more than fully offset any public health gains.
PMTA Decision Day: FDA Leaves Vape Industry Twisting in the Wind, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
After a year of hype and endless stories about FDA’s Sept. 9, 2021 decisions that would “determine the future of vaping,” the agency punted on its obligations and left the vaping industry twisting in the wind. The FDA issued no product authorizations, announced no marketing extensions to manufacturers, and offered no enforcement discretion for small businesses whose products haven’t been denied.
FDA Fails to Meet Deadline to Decide on PMTA Applications for Vapes, Alex Norcia, Filter
While the agency had repeatedly signaled that it would not be able to review all the PMTAs in time, it did clarify that the focus would be on finishing those submitted by the major players. That was largely understood to encompass the so-called Big Five: Juul, Vuse (owned by RJ Reynolds Vapor Company, a subsidiary of Reynolds American), NJOY, Blu (owned by Imperial) and Logic. But the FDA has not been able to accomplish even that.
Prince Rupert vape shop at the mercy of proposed flavour restrictions, Norman Galimski, The Northern View
“Bottom line is that we’re going to lose a lot of customers because they’re going to go away from vaping and return to smoking cigarets. Because if they’re going to be tasting the tobacco — or nothing anyways — why not,” Bishop said. “Everybody that I’ve talked to about it says that they’ll just go back to cigarets,” he said.
FDA Shows Its Bias against E-cigarettes as Deadline Approaches, Michelle Minton, CEI
After years facing the constant threat of extinction, it seemed the vapor industry would finally be vindicated. The evidence on e-cigarettes regarding their safety and effectiveness in helping adult smokers is strong. It is at least as strong as that for the other new tobacco products recently approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
'Rights 4 Vapers' bus touches down in Thorold to fight vape flavours ban, Bernard Lansbergen, Thorold Today
Last Saturday the ‘Rights 4 Vapers’ tourbus touched down in front of vape shop Quitters on Pine Street in Thorold. The bus is travelling around Quebec and Ontario to raise awareness and advocate for the rights of vapers, especially now that Health Canada has started looking into a banning flavours in vaping products.
The Promise and Peril of Synthetic Nicotine as a PMTA Loophole, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Seven anti-vaping organizations, led by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, have demanded that the FDA immediately regulate synthetic nicotine as a drug. The tobacco control organizations say synthetic nicotine will be used as a loophole by small vaping companies shut out of the flavored e-liquid market. The demand came in a Sept. 2 letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock.
Two More California Cities Preparing To Ban Flavored Tobacco and Vape Products, Eric Boehm, Reason
After San Francisco banned adults from purchasing flavored tobacco and vaping products in 2018, a funny thing happened. Teen smoking rates increased. Now, two other major California cities are considering similar bans.
Time to look beyond tobacco cessation; here's how, Dr. Kiran Melcote, Business Today India
If India chooses to reverse the ENDS ban, it will be in a stronger position where it can set the ground rules, regulations and safety standards and require the industry to toe the line. With prohibition, it has only driven the trade underground and beyond its oversight. The very class of citizens - the underage - it aimed to protect with a ban are now the most vulnerable to unregulated access from the black market.
Hiroshima government office reverses course on anti-smoking measures, Chugoku Shimbun, The Japan Times
The city of Hiroshima’s Joint Government Building abolished all its smoking areas in June 2019 due to the partial enforcement of the revised Health Promotion Law, which strengthened measures against passive smoking. But since then, the Chugoku region’s administrative evaluation bureau, set up under the internal affairs ministry, has received complaints from local residents about smoking by employees at the building on the street and elsewhere. The bureau eventually decided their smoking manners are highly unlikely to improve. According to the evaluation bureau and the Chugoku Finance Bureau, the restored smoking areas will be located at the northern end of the premises of the joint government office, where 23 organizations, including government offices, are gathered.
THR Radio Programs Get Heartening Feedback from the Community, Morton Manjawira, Tobacco Harm Reduction Malawi
Most of our feedback has come from daily smokers themselves, some who smoke combustible cigarettes and others who smoke the tobacco fresh off the farm. In a few heartwarming instances, we have also received calls from young men seeking to know more about tobacco harm reduction for their smoking fathers and not necessarily themselves.
“Where can I buy these products? My father is struggling with cigarette smoking,” asked Nikolasi Davis in a phone call.
Mental health ward inpatient dies by suicide when on unsupervised smoke break, Jimmy Ellingham, Stuff NZ
“Deal with the life-threatening issue then deal with the health issue later on. “Most of the patients smoke because that’s their one relief. They used to give cigarettes to soldiers under stress back in the day. It’s the one thing that they have. When people get very unwell they just smoke a lot.”
The FDA Is Set To Unintentionally Push Quitters Back to Smoking, Jacob Grier, Reason
On September 9, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must meet a court-imposed deadline to decide which electronic cigarette and vapor products will be allowed to remain on the market. The agency's decisions will affect more than just the livelihoods of small business owners and big vaping companies; at stake are the rights of millions of current and former smokers to access a safer alternative that could literally save their lives.
FDA Denies PMTAs for 300,000 More Flavored E-Liquids, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
The FDA said that the products on the new list were all flavored (meaning flavors other than tobacco). In its Aug. 26 announcement, the agency said for the first time that manufacturers of e-liquid in non-tobacco flavors must show “product-specific scientific evidence to demonstrate enough of a benefit to adult smokers that would overcome the risk posed to youth.”
Big Public Health flunks Tobacco Control 101 – yet again, David Leyonhjelm, The Spectator (AU)
Clearly, this is a problem of the government’s making. The market for illicit cigarettes would not exist but for the huge excise. The 20% of smokers who consume illicit tobacco products can hardly be blamed for wanting to save money. And it is understandable, if not excusable, that our non-law-abiding individual finds supplying the market irresistible.
Vapeys Vape Store in Panmure, Auckland, robbed for third time in lockdown, New Zealand Herald
After his store was ransacked a second time, owner Naresh said he had been suffering nightmares and panic attacks. Lockdown was preventing him from improving security.
The shopfront was covered by a wooden board and people could not fix it in level 4, Naresh said. He wanted a metal roller door installed but could not do so during lockdown. He had considered closing the store altogether but wanted to keep it open for customers who had quit smoking.
E-cigarettes: misconceptions about their dangers may be preventing people from quitting smoking, Jamie Harttman-Boyce, The Conversation
When we communicate about the risks of e-cigarettes, we need to be clear about which e-cigarettes, who might be at risk, and who might benefit. The people who stand to benefit the most from vaping – namely people who smoke – have a right to be receiving accurate, evidence-based information, too.
Lithuania Will Prohibit Vape Flavors Next Year, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Lithuania has notified the European Commission it will ban e-liquid containing flavors other than tobacco beginning July 1, 2022. The flavor prohibition would apply to both nicotine-containing and nicotine-free products. The public is able to comment on the draft law until Oct. 11.
Health Canada consults on the really dumb idea of making vaping a less appealing alternative to smoking, Clive Bates, The Counterfactual
Health Canada is trying to ban almost all vaping liquid flavours. This is on top of measures to limit nicotine strengths and marketing. It is the nearest they can get to a prohibition without actually having to prohibit the most promising low-risk rival to cigarettes. The likely effects are obvious: more smoking. But in a bizarre twisting of reality and evidence, Health Canada finds that making vaping less attractive relative to smoking will… um … reduce smoking. And that’s how it justifies the measure. We respond with a counter-analysis.
Vape Age Restrictions Will Mean More Young Smokers, James Dunsworth, The Ashtray Blog
“I’ve known many people who started smoking at 12 years old. They already have to wait 6 years before they can access one of the best routes out of smoking. With an age limit increase, they would then have to wait another 3 years before they have access to vaping.” (Louise Ross in interview.)
Vapers Digest 1st September, Kevin Crowley, Vapers Org UK
Wednesday’s News at a glance: Public health gains from investment in non-combustible alternatives ~ Denied FDA Authorization, Vaping Companies Start to Explore Loopholes ~ As New Zealand Cigarette Taxes Climb, So Do Harms to Poor and Indigenous Smokers ~ Lawmakers’ Pressure On FDA Review Of New Tobacco Products Blurs Line Between Oversight And Undue Influence ~ Taxing Tobacco and E-Cigarettes at Same Rate Will Harm Young Users, New Study Finds ~ NNA Welcomes AJPH Article ~ 4.5 Million Vape Products Denied ~ Canadian Protest Bus… (Note: articles are linked, visit webpage for links)
Democrats Claim to Care About Poor People – Unless They Smoke. Lindsey Stroud, Inside Sources
Unfortunately, while a feel-good measure, increasing cigarette taxes unduly burdens lower-income persons who 1) tend so smoke in greater numbers and 2) spend a greater share of their disposable income on tobacco products. Further, analyses show that increasing cigarette taxes does reduce smoking rates – but mostly among higher-income persons.
Study Says Durbin’s Tax Parity Bill Would Increase Youth Smoking, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
“If ENDS are substantially safer products as suggested by several major government-commissioned reviews,” write the working paper’s authors, “our results suggest that the proposed bill may harm youth health in the United States.”
by Brandee Eubank September 14, 2021
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