by Shane Eubank May 02, 2021
There were a lot of articles written on tobacco harm reduction, vaping, and on the activities of anti-tobacco activists in the month of April. If you’ve been following our news round-up for any length of time, you’ll have noticed that anti-nicotine campaigns have really ramped up in the last while. So too has the pushback, and there were a lot of great pieces written on the consequences of prohibition and of limiting choice. The list below includes brief excerpts and links to the full articles, starting with the most recent.
Can Tobacco Harm Reduction Work for India’s Poor? Samrat Chowdhery, Filter
Until the underlying causes of tobacco use—and the roles nicotine plays in people’s lives—are accepted, understood and addressed, efforts to reduce the tobacco health burden will continue to fail.
US to ban Backwoods, Swishers and other flavored blunt wraps, David Downs, Leafly Astute historians will note the same language used to criminalize cannabis in the 1930s (saving vulnerable minorities from making personal health decisions) is being used to criminalize flavored tobacco vendors today. For example, in 1911, US Drug War architects worried “Hasheesh, of which we know very little in this country, will doubtless be adopted by many of the unfortunates if they can get it.” “If the Biden administration bans menthol cigarettes, it will be carrying on this long and unfortunate tradition,” wrote one drug policy critic this week.
Pot is now legal, and menthols are under attack, “because weed is white and wealthy now but menthols remain Black and poor,” tweeted Reason’s Nick Gillespie.
MEPs raise concern over EU committee’s findings on electronic cigarettes, Martin Banks, The Parliament Magazine
“It is important that tobacco consumption is tackled, as it is the main cause of preventable cancers, but we must not blindly avoid considering less harmful alternatives, like vaping, if they can help us overcome cancer. I find it deeply concerning that the scientific evidence coming out of SCHEER on e-cigarettes can be so completely different to the studies we have seen come out across Europe, and call on the Commission to explain how the scientists reached their conclusion and why US studies are being used to analyse a potential health issue in Europe.”
Case for safer options to tobacco smoking in Africa, Joe Magero, The Standard
Far too many Africans die as a result of smoking. Few who try to stop smoking actually succeed. It’s clear that the ‘quit or die’ approach to tobacco control is not working on our continent, where cigarette consumption is on the rise in stark defiance of global trends. If we are serious about saving lives, we’d do well to look at how that fight is being won in other parts of the world. And that means rethinking the way we look at nicotine.
PMTA Confusion Update: FDA "Clarifies" One-Year Sales Extension, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
Following attorney Azim Chowdhury’s discussion with the Center for Tobacco Products ombudsman (described in the article below) and a letter to CTP Director Mitch Zeller from pro-vaping British consultant Clive Bates, the FDA sent an email today to all PMTA applicants intended to clarify the agency’s position on PMTA enforcement deadlines and the one-year grace period for applicants who submitted applications on time.
The Sweet Smell of Government Overreach, Jack Shafer, Politico
Aamra Ahmad, the ACLU’s senior legislative counsel, fears the ban will create a demand for an underground supply of mentholated smokes, and this underground will give police the pretext to conduct overreaching criminal investigations involving Black people and others based on the smell of their cigarette smoke.
No more vape stores for Maple Ridge, Colleen Flanagan, BC Local News
The City of Maple Ridge has banned any new vape retail stores from opening shop in town. The bylaw amendment is to be effective immediately.
The FDA’s Slippery Slope Toward Mandating Raw Broccoli for Breakfast, Veronique de Rugy, The American Spectator
While it may sound old-fashioned, I don’t believe that it’s the role of the government to tell fully consenting adults what they can and cannot do with their own bodies, even if their choice is something that most people disapprove of.
The remaining 256 respondents opposed a ban. Among the concerns raised were that vapes would not be available as an alternative to cigarettes or a tool to quit smoking, and that new regulations would not prevent youth vaping. The report notes that a significant number of those respondents held that "vaping is … not harmful" or is a "healthy alternative to smoking."
COVID-19 And Teen Vaping: Do E-Cigarettes Boost Infection Risk? Cameron English, American Council on Science and Health
Given that research and thinking like a business owner for a moment, it makes sense that vape shops would offer lots of flavors to attract adult customers. The more important point from a public health perspective is that banning flavored e-liquids to protect children, 86.2 percent of whom don't use e-cigarettes, could encourage many thousands of ex-smokers to return to their deadly tobacco habit.
Defund the World Health Organisation! MPs put pressure on Boris to act over vaping attack, Giles Sheldrick, Daily Express
“We wanted to evaluate whether it remained fit for purpose in an evolved landscape where new technology has enabled new harm reduction strategies. One of the founding pillars of the Treaty the UK signed up to nearly 20 years ago was that of harm reduction. If the WHO is opposed to adhering to this and continues to pursue an agenda-driven approach to ban less harmful alternatives to smoking, then the UK should consider dramatically scaling back our funding.”
Higher-Nicotine Vapes Seem Better at Helping Smokers Quit Cigarettes, Alex Norcia, Filter
“If you give an e-cigarette a lot of disadvantages, like lowering the nicotine level so it can’t compete with a cigarette,” he continued, “then it simply won’t compete.”
Durbin Introduces Bill to Tax Vapes Like Cigarettes, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
What is likely to happen if the federal government taxes vapes is an increase in adult smoking. Studies show that vaping products and cigarettes are economic substitutes. When e-cigarettes prices increase, so do sales of combustible cigarettes—and vice versa. To reduce cigarette smoking—the most dangerous of all nicotine products—low-risk products should be taxed at much lower rates, or not at all.
All-or-Nothing Approach an Ill-advised Gamble for Public Health, Doug Moursay, Int Policy Digest
Sadly, this is just a particularly acute example of a worrying trend around the world. Even in Europe, overall more forward-thinking on public health issues, lawmakers are falling short by failing to integrate reduced-harm products like e-cigarettes into their efforts to stamp out the tobacco habit that claims the lives of 700,000 Europeans each year.
As part of a trial being led by the University of East Anglia, for the first time ever from this Autumn the NHS will provide vaping devices and e-liquids to smokers coming to the emergency departments of five hospitals across the UK to help them quit.
The FDA is Considering a Cigarette Regulation that Could Have 2 Deadly Consequences, Brad Polumbo, Foundation for Economic Education
Many smokers won’t be happy with the new weak cigarettes for sale at legal storefronts and may turn to black markets to buy stronger stuff. Because black market dealers have little business accountability or oversight, there’s a greater chance that the products could be laced with dangerous substances or dangerously made.
Secondary Schoolboy Caned 3 Times For Vaping, Complains That Punishment Was Extreme, Sarmistha Neogy, Yahoo News
Parents and academicians are often unsure on whether the types of corporal punishment in schools including caning, is necessary at all. But a recent case of the caning of a young schoolboy has left Singaporeans divided, humoured, and sad; all at the same time. A secondary schoolboy who was caned by his school shared his ordeal online, and asked fellow netizens if he was ‘caned more’ intentionally.
Tripling the price of vaping liquids will have a ‘catastrophic effect’ – Vapers, World Vapers’ Alliance
In addition to the Liberal and Green opposition parties, the German Police Union publicly voiced their opposition to the tax increase. They stated that such tax increases would be a welcome “start-up for smugglers and counterfeiters”. The German customs union, BDZ, said that: “Due to the considerable tax burden on, for example, liquids, a black market for tax avoidance will inevitably develop.”
Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: A Missed Opportunity, Stefanie Rossel, Tobacco Reporter
“Reducing smoking prevalence requires a new approach, which takes into account the technological advances which allow citizens to consume nicotine without being exposed to the cancerous compounds generated from combustion. Doubling down on outdated ‘quit-or-die’ policies and applying them to safer nicotine products is more likely to increase the ‘die’ part of that equation than the ‘quit’ part. Countries where safer nicotine products have been permitted to flourish, such as Sweden and the U.K., have been rewarded by steep drops in smoking prevalence. Countries which rely on traditional tobacco control measures are performing a lot less well. The EU should take a lesson from this.”
Philippines FDA urged to cut ties with anti-vaping foundations, 24 Share Updates
“Obviously, there is a conflict of interest in the case of the anti-vaping Bloomberg Philanthropies providing grants or technical assistance to the FDA in the drafting of regulations on vaping and HTPs. We need a law to make sure it won’t happen again,” Gallardo said.
Why Africa must embrace science rather than ideology in fight against smoking, Joseph Magero, Enviro News Nigeria
Most African countries have ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health. While there has been some success in its execution, this international legislation focuses primarily on non-health related approaches to tobacco control – including price and tax measures to reduce demand, strategies to reduce smuggling, indoor air laws, and limits on tobacco advertising – but fails to directly address smoking cessation and harm reduction strategies.
While most Asians live in countries with smoking rates above 20 percent and harm reduction is the exception rather than the rule, the report highlighted several notable success stories. China, where the e-cigarette was invented, is now a leading manufacturer of nicotine vaping products. And heat-not-burn products have made inroads in South Korea and Japan, where cigarette sales have since fallen by more than 30 percent.
These bans on flavored e-cigarettes could do more harm than good. Marc Gunther, Medium
E-cigarettes also do not seem to be a gateway to smoking, despite claims from anti-tobacco groups. The nonprofit, anti-tobacco Truth Initiative declares that “young people who vape are much more likely to become smokers,” but trends in teenage tobacco use say otherwise. If anything, it seems probable that the adoption of e-cigarettes has helped drive down teen smoking rates.
Are we ready to achieve a smoke free future? Sharon Cox, BMJ Opinion
Today, around two hundred people will die from smoking in Britain alone. This is often compared to a plane of smokers crashing down everyday. This makes for a powerful metaphor, but it needs updating. Because where these planes fall, and who the passengers are, is not evenly distributed.
The FDA's War on Nicotine Will Encourage Americans To Smoke More Cigarettes, Eric Boehm, Reason
The FDA would be effectively telling smokers that they have to buy many more cigarettes—and inhale much more cancer-causing tar—to get their fix. (Maybe that would be enough to make some smokers switch to vaping, if only the FDA wasn't determined to make that alternative as expensive and unattractive as possible too.)
Biden May Adopt Gottlieb’s Cigarette Restrictions, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
In the end, all three policy choices—banning menthol cigarettes and flavored vapes, and reducing nicotine in cigarettes—would create black markets. An illicit market in high-nicotine cigarettes could be big enough to attract and revitalize major organized crime syndicates.
[OPINION] In response to ‘The tragic irony of defending the tobacco industry’, Clarisse Yvette P. Virgino, Rappler
Would Ms. San Luis prefer the industry to play the villain instead of being one of the good guys in these extraordinary times? If tobacco firms and other companies she considers to be morally compromised refrain from contributing to the national effort to combat COVID-19 and its deadlier mutations, how far could the government go by its lonesome?
Attempts to marginalize the tobacco industry will not solve the issue of smoking. There is an alternative to the author’s suggested common ground: listening to the needs, wants and opinions of people who smoke. They are the ultimate decision-makers. They will decide what course of action they want to take, provided they are empowered to do so by science-based regulation.
To Increase Smoking Rates Among Young Adults, Keep Hiking Vape Taxes, Lindsey Stroud, Filter
Data from the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) is limited to 2019, and identifies the proportions of different age groups among current smokers in a given state, rather than their absolute numbers. But of only eight states that had e-cigarette taxes prior to the start of that year, seven saw an increase in proportions of young adult smokers after their state e-cigarette tax went into effect.
A critical review of high-impact studies of vaping, a literature plagued with fatal flaws, Carl V. Phillips, OSF Preprints
There is a great deal of misinformation about vaping in the popular discourse. The mantra of the day is “the science must guide us!” and the subtly circular “believe in science!” But what happens when “the science” is a lot of the problem? What happens when science-based policy is based on “science” that is more misleading than informative?
Calls to consider e-cigarettes a first line therapy for smoking cessation, Charlotte Mitchell, Health Times AUS
“There could be huge gain in public health if we can transition smokers from cigarette to e-cigarette, particularly for those who have trouble quitting using other methods.” Dr Chan’s research found that e-cigarettes were 50 per cent more effective than nicotine replacement therapy, and more than 100 per cent more effective than the placebo.
Clive Bates interview: Fighting for vape’s good name, Vape Business
The basic ‘value proposition’, the offer from the industry to the consumer, is very strong and will, in my view, endure. The threats come from outside – misleading communications, badly designed regulation, and moral panic. These will create some bruising fights in future, so joining a good trade association and be on your game when it comes to the policy arguments. Remember, that your biggest competitors are not your rivals in the industry, but forces that would like to close the whole industry down.
Offering a less-harmful alternative to deadly smoking has prompted a drop in to buy fewer cigarettes, sending cigarette sales down by 34 percent.
New vaping laws in Saskatchewan aimed at lowering use among young people, Jonathan Guignard, Global News Saskatchewan introduced new vapour regulations on Monday aimed at lowering vaping rates among young people in the province. Changes to The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act restrict the sale of flavoured vapour products to adult-only vape shops and limit marketing and availability to youth.
Smoking age bill clears final Senate committee by narrowing margin, Hayley Brown, Florida Politics
Republican Sen. Jeff Brandes, who voted against the bill, asked a series of questions Friday indicating he did not agree with making the smoking age later than the age of adulthood, and a provision in the bill for people under 21 to be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor if caught smoking within 1,000 feet of a school. “So, if they were 20-years-old, and they had acquired a vape, and they were vaping at their personal house in their backyard, law enforcement could then charge them with a second-degree misdemeanor?” Brandes asked.
Opinion: SJ flavored tobacco ban would hurt small businesses Why City Council approval would not achieve the desired result of keeping products out of kids’ hands, Khushvinder P. Singh, The Mercury News
The City Council intends to introduce an ordinance to ban the sales of flavored tobacco products within the city limits. As the owner of a convenience store operating in San Jose since 2005, I do not believe this ban will achieve the desired result.
Smoke-free or nicotine-free? That’s the question the WHO must consider, Aidan Semmens, ECigIntelligence
As the report states: “In recent years the UK has very successfully integrated vaping into its public health policies on tobacco harm reduction. However, this position is not shared by a number of countries, the [WHO] itself, and the Secretariat to the FCTC. It is clear from leaked papers, official channel social media posts and statements by the Head of the FCTC Secretariat, that the body is looking at treating vaping and reduced-risk products in the same way in which it treats combustible tobacco products.”
Low Nicotine Ciggies Will Drive Up Poverty, Press Release: ACT New Zealand
“We knew this Government was dim but trying to wean smokers off nicotine by making them smoke more tar takes the cake. And we know Labour won’t cut taxes, so they’ll be increasing the tax on nicotine by a factor of 20, hitting poorer New Zealanders hardest. As a former smoker I have to say I’m sick and tired of this Government trying to socially engineer us into changing our behaviour.”
NNA Welcomes Estonia’s Decision to Suspend Excise Duty on E-Liquids, Diane Caruana, Vaping Post
“Estonia’s example with over-taxation of e-liquids should definitely be an educational experience for other countries as well. If laboratory-tested and legal products are made too expensive for consumers, they will look for solutions in the black market, self-mixing and cross-border trade. Some people give up e-cigarettes and return to smoking, which happened in Estonia,” said Ingmar Kurg, CEO of NNA Smoke Free Estonia, and a member of the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organisations (INNCO).
Dental group clarifies stand on e-cigarettes, Red Mendoza, Manila Times
Dr. Fernando Fernandez, a member and former president of the group, spoke during the Scientific Conversations on Tobacco Harm Reduction that if patients cannot quit, they should shift to a “non-combustible nicotine delivery system.” “We are convincing our patients to stop smoking. But if our patients cannot quit, we advise them to at least consider shifting to a non-combustible nicotine delivery system, rather than continue smoking cigarettes and see our patients die of oral cancer,” Fernandez said, referring to smoke-free tobacco harm reduction devices such as electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products.
Plymouth Vaping Experiment, Dan Preece and Gary Wallace, Next Stage Radicals
People engage and respond to ideas they value, not what we value. Provoking change is really a process of creating value in others. If we root this in our own value systems we’ll create partial change that favours people with the same value systems. Too much public health is created by middle class people for middle class people.
A systematic review., Daniel A Erku, Linda Bauld, et al.
“Our findings suggest that although health warnings, such as those mandated by the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Union TPD, resulted in greater health and addiction risk perceptions, they also resulted in inadvertently deterring smoker intention to switch to vaping.”
E-cigarettes that deliver a cigarette-like amount of nicotine are associated with reduced smoking and reduced exposure to a major cancer-causing chemical, or carcinogen, in tobacco even with concurrent smoking, according to a new study led by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The study provides new and important information for smokers who may be trying to use e-cigarettes as a means to cut down on their smoking habit and lower their exposure to harmful toxicants.
Harry’s blog 110: A new paradigm for tobacco regulation, Harry Shapiro, Nicotine Policy
In the drive to a UK free of tobacco smoke, the imperative is to give smokers every opportunity to switch away from smoking and not put unnecessary barriers in the way - which is currently the fall-out from the EU TPD. As the NNA submission states, a THR approach “works through market forces, relying on private sector innovation and, importantly, the free choices of consumers to protect their own health and wellbeing on their own.”
UK should legalise snus ‘now’: MP, Snusforumet
Citing the impact of snus on helping reduce smoking levels in Sweden, Conservative Party MP David Jones has called for the UK to “legalise it now” as part of an expected overhaul of UK tobacco legislation. Jones, a Tory MP, is the latest politician to join the growing chorus of voices pushing for the UK to legalise snus following Brexit.
Criminalization of menthol cigarettes “really scares me,” Maritza Perez, director of national affairs at the Drug Policy Alliance, tells me. “It will give law enforcement another excuse to harass, surveil and police people of color,” she says. “This will have tremendous racial disparities.”
Bloomberg Anti-Nicotine Lobby Among US Backers of Duterte’s Drug War, Annie Kleykamp, Filter
It’s hard to believe that Bloomberg Philanthropies and its affiliated tobacco control organizations, The Union and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, didn’t realize that the grants being awarded to enforce tobacco bans in the Philippines (some with unsettlingly aggressive titles such as “Greater Teeth and Tools: Enforcing and Implementing the Tobacco Regulation Act”) could be used to add a further crackdown to the extrajudicial arrests, incarcerations and killings already taking place.
How This Chinese Vaping Billionaire Became One of the World’s Richest Women in Three Years, Giacomo Tognini, Forbes
Plenty of China’s legions of smokers, many of whom were older, were struggling to quit—like her father—and she decided to build a brand that could appeal to them in a way that none of the others could. “I realized the solution should be something else, rather than forcing him to quit,” she says, recalling the conversation where she confronted him about his habit. “That’s the moment [e-cigarettes] caught my interest.”
Forbidden Flavours, Amanda Polese and Johnathan Ciaccia, The City Mag
“If you ban all the flavors, people will go back to cigarettes,” says Dr. Gaston Ostiguy, a pulmonologist who ran the smoking cessation clinic at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital for 15 years. He believes that e-cigarettes are an excellent method to stop smoking.
Vaping Prohibitionists Host Conference to Confirm Their Own Views, Alex Norcia, Filter
For the relatively sparse numbers who tuned in live, it was a call to arms. Prohibition-minded academics, lobbyists, parents and elected officials got together on Zoom to confirm their own beliefs about the dangers of vaping and the necessity of banning flavored e-cigarettes. They also charted a path for the future, as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluates the premarket tobacco product applications that vaping companies had to file last September.
Completely absent from the conversation, of course, were tobacco harm reductionists and adults who used vapes to quit cigarettes.
Marvel Comics Creates Anti-Vaping Propaganda for FDA, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
In the new fear-based anti-vaping campaign—called “The Mind Control Menace”—e-cig vapor is a sickly green miasma that turns once-motivated high school students into zombie-like dullards. It’s less exciting than being eaten inside-out by vape worms, but equally plausible.
New Tobacco Regulations Prohibits Smoking, Vaping In Public; Restricts Sales, Carrie Gentille, Cape News
“I’m a 40-year smoker who has recently managed to quit through the use of Juul five,” Ms. Hartman said in a comment read aloud by board of health chairwoman Diana Molloy. She told board members she tried to quit several times using a patch or nicotine gum, but the only method that worked was using the Juul with 59 milligrams of nicotine that curbed her cravings enough to quit. “The remaining smokers today are those who need nicotine replacement options to assist in quitting,” she said.
Vaping and e-cigarettes might actually help smokers quit, according to new research. What does that mean for Australia’s highly restricted nicotine market? Bianca Healey, Business Insider Australia
“Our study found e-cigarettes are 50% more effective than nicotine replacement therapy, and more than 100% more effective than the placebo,” Dr Chan said in a statement accompanying the findings. Electronic cigarettes containing nicotine may be more effective than nicotine replacement products, he said, because “they deliver a small amount of nicotine to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and provide a similar behavioural and sensory experience as smoking tobacco products.”
Smoke-free Worksite Laws Curbing Vaping, Ivette Aquilino, Yale School of Public Health
However, results also suggest that adding vape-free worksite restrictions may have muted the smoke-free law’s reduction in young adult smoking by over 50%. A variety of mechanisms might explain the latter relationship; for example, restricting vaping to the same extent as smoking may reduce smokers’ incentives to switch, leading some would-be-vapers to continue smoking instead. The study authors wrote that more research is needed to fully understand these restrictions’ effects.
Tobacco Control: Professor Brad Rodu, DDS, School of Medicine, University of Louisville. Strong and Free podcast on YouTube, Hour-long interview with Brad Rodu
Tobacco harm reduction and the high cost of misinformation, Retail Brief Africa
Despite the growing volume of scientific evidence from reputable institutes over the past few years, the value of electronic vapour products (EVPs) as highly effective harm reduction or less harmful alternatives continue to be downplayed. Even worse, the sensational spread of misinformation impedes the rights of smokers to make educated choices about alternatives to conventional cigarettes. While we are reminded of the old adage “Why spoil a good story with the facts?”, we also need to be increasingly mindful of how harmful this misinformation can be to the health of both our citizens and our economy.
It’s hard to know what motivates them. Though they say their goal is reducing cancer, they act as though it is more to do with eliminating nicotine. I believe they will never succeed in achieving a ‘nicotine-free society’ because it is a popular drug without harmful side effects and not very dangerous when consumed in smoke-free products.
State Bans on Tobacco Products Are a Disaster, Katherine Revello, Inside Sources
Attempts by regulators to modify behavior rarely have their intended effect. That’s what New England is finding out, as residents exploit the region’s geography and skirt state bans on tobacco by purchasing their preferred products in neighboring states.
Regina vape shop owner worried about possible upcoming regulations, Dominick Lucyk, CJME
A Regina vape shop owner is worried possible new restrictions could force people back to smoking cigarettes, along with destroying the industry. Health Canada is considering a limit on how much nicotine can be in vaping products. Vape advocates have speculated that a ban on flavours could also be in the works.
A strange tobacco policy is becoming more and more strange, Mimmie Björnsdotter Grönkvist, Bohusläningen (Google translation to English)
Symbolic measures are given great importance, even though they risk counteracting the goal. High public health ambitions are interspersed with equally high taxes, completely unrelated to the danger of the products.
EUROPE MUST EMBRACE HARM REDUCTION POST-PANDEMIC, EU Policies
European policymakers have long been hesitant to embrace a harm reduction approach for fear of endorsing products or behaviours that still carry health risks. This equivocation, however, carries its own public health hazards. In the case of tobacco, surveys have shown that European consumers are singularly misinformed on the relative risks of various nicotine products. In contrast with available scientific evidence, the large majority (70%) of Europeans with little to no experience with e-cigarettes believe that the devices do not help smokers quit. Even more concerningly, many Europeans are completely off base when comparing the risk profiles of e-cigarettes and combustible tobacco; one study found that a staggering 61.8% of respondents incorrectly believed that e-cigarettes were just as harmful as cigarettes, if not more so.
UK Parliamentary Inquiry Challenges WHO's Anti-Vaping Stance, Jim McDonald, Vaping 360
The APPG says the UK government should consider “dramatically scaling back” its funding of the WHO and FCTC if the international organizations don’t reconsider their opposition to vaping and harm reduction in general. Harm reduction is supposed to be a pillar of the FCTC’s tobacco control strategy, but that tool has been largely ignored. The report concludes that the FCTC is no longer “fit for purpose,” meaning that the organization’s strategies and results don’t meet its original objectives.
Holding the Bloomberg anti-vaping propaganda complex to account, Clive Bates, the Counterfactual
Let’s be clear, the authors of this letter, Henning, Myers and Koval, are not debating strategies that work. If they were interested in what works or debating it, their organisations, outputs and activism would look very different.
What It’s Like to Be a Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocate in Taiwan, Michael McGrady, Filter
The continent is home to a diverse range of nicotine policies, ranging from innovative approaches that the world should watch to harsh prohibitions. Taiwan has chosen the latter path. Nicotine vapes are broadly banned in the country of 24 million off the coast of mainland China—although there are legal complexities and gray areas, with one lawsuit by vape sellers succeeding against the government and legislative amendments pending.
Vaping Prohibitionists Threaten Harm Reduction Efforts, Lindsey Stroud, Issues and InsightsApril 1 is April Fools’ Day and it also marks the 26th annual Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action hosted by the nanny-state organization Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). The prohibitionist nonprofit uses the day as a “signature platform for empowering people to stand up and speak out against the tobacco industry.” Having its event on April Fools’ Day is only appropriate considering the foolish science it’s peddling to prevent people from using tobacco harm reduction products.
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