Does Tobacco Control Want You to Keep Smoking?

27th May 2016

A recent tobacco control summit called the ‘Global Dependency Treatment Summit 2016’ has shown just how divided, or uniformed, many in tobacco control are when it comes to e-cigarettes. Clive Bates writes about the summit on his website, and shows a slide to illustrate this point. The slide shows the result of a straw poll regarding vaping. The question asked was: ‘The long term use of non-combustible nicotine (as in e-cigarettes) is an acceptable, if not ideal, alternative to continued cigarette smoking.’ The results are surprising to say the least - with 39% strongly disagreeing, 27% somewhat disagreeing. As Clive states, the summit brought together…

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Could E-cigs be Taxed by States Missing out on Tobacco Revenue?

26th May 2016

This question is raised this week in the Bloomberg online magazine. Writing that the number of smokers is falling, yet the number of vapers increasing, States are missing out on an estimated $1 billion in tobacco tax revenues. “It does provide revenue when the state needs that increase,” said Chris Stadelman, a spokesman for Democratic West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Tomblin had earlier proposed an e-cigarette tax to fill a $270 million budget gap. He also stated, “There’s also a health aspect, especially for young people, to discourage use,” but this it seems was a secondary concern. The e-cigarette Industry is expected…

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Johnson Seeks Answers from FDA on Burdensome E-Cigarette Regulations

23rd May 2016

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf raising concerns about the agency’s recent e-cigarette regulation.   "Johnson Seeks Answers from FDA on Burdensome E-Cigarette Regulations Wednesday, May 18, 2016 WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf raising concerns about the agency’s recent e-cigarette regulation, which could create undue burdens on small businesses and possibly lead to negative unintended health consequences. Johnson asked the FDA whether…

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Nottingham Hospitals Becomes First in England to Lift Vaping Ban

19th May 2016

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust have changed their vaping policy to allow vaping on hospital grounds. Until this new ruling came into force, vaping was regulated as tobacco smoking and was strictly prohibited. Dr Stephen Fowlie, medical director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust said: "We have a duty to help our patients and staff make healthy life choices, and can't ignore the potential benefits of electronic cigarettes as a nicotine replacement therapy. We're now allowing e-cigarettes on our grounds to give our patients, staff and visitors more choice in how they quit smoking." The Nottingham Post write about this positive change for…

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‘Ridiculous’ FDA regulations for e-cigarettes.

16th May 2016

The FDA have allegedly claimed that their ruling on e-cigarettes last week will encourage innovation. This claim has been mocked by experts, according to the Daily Caller as ‘ridiculous’. Last week the FDA released their much anticipated regulations for e-cigarettes, with the general consensus that they gift e-cigarettes to the tobacco industry, and, that after a two-year period of grace will wipe out 99% of the industry leaving only the tobacco industry as the main producers. The Daily caller writes, “The centerpiece of the FDA regulations is the requirement for all vapor products released after Feb. 17, 2007, (predicate date) to go through…

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FDA Regs. - A win for big tobacco, a loss for public health

9th May 2016

  Today the Food and Drug Administration finalized regulations asserting regulatory authority over e-cigarettes and various tobacco products, such as cigars. According to the agency, this rule will help protect public health. Insofar as the rule subjects actual tobacco products to the same regulations as cigarettes, this might be so. But the part of the rule that “deems” e-cigarettes to be tobacco products and subjects them to extensive regulatory requirements is more likely to harm public health than to help it. Big Tobacco, meanwhile, is likely to be pleased with the new regulations. The new FDA regulation “deems” e-cigarettes to be tobacco products, for the purposes of federal…

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Human Heart Cells Show Stress Response to Tobacco Smoke, but NOT to E-cig Vapor

4th May 2016

Tobacco smokers may be able to reduce immediate tobacco related harm by switching to vaping. A press release today from the University of Bristol, in England announced that: “New research has shown substantial differences in the way human heart cells respond to e-cigarette smoke and conventional cigarette smoke.” Researchers from the Universities Medical Research Council Integrative Epidemiology Unit, investigated how the same type of cells as those found in the arteries in the heart responded when exposed to both electronic cigarette vapor and conventional cigarette smoke. A member of the research team, Professor Marcus Munafò said “The past few years have seen a rapid growth…

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Press Statement: European Court Rules in Totally Wicked Legal Challenge to Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive

4th May 2016

Today Totally Wicked UK lost its challenge to Article 20 of the European Union's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). This amongst other things limits nicotine strength to 20mg and the size of bottles to 10ml - almost certainly the FDA is watching. - Press Statement - European Court Rules in Totally Wicked Legal Challenge to Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive Wednesday 4th May 2016 - For Immediate Release United Kingdom – Today the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has given its judgment on the legal challenge to Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive. The judgment can be read in full on the…

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Press Statement: Royal College of Physicians Report - ‘Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction’

28th April 2016

Statement from Fraser Cropper, Managing Director of Totally Wicked, following the publication of the Royal College of Physicians latest report, ‘Nicotine without smoke: tobacco harm reduction’. The Royal College of Physicians has today stated it wants GP’s to understand the clear benefits and opportunities of vaping and want Doctors to urge smokers to switch to vaping.  They also question the validity of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) that will come into effect on the 20th May, regulating e-cigarettes at the EU level for the first time. This is the very same TPD that the Department of Health’s own impact assessment states will…

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Heavy Taxation On Electronic Cigarettes Would Be Bad For Public Health

25th April 2016

Doctors Attack E-Cigarette Taxes, Tell FDA To Focus on Benefit Of Vaping. An article in the Daily Caller made interesting reading. A collection of scientists and researchers are calling for the FDA to focus on the benefits of e-cigs and warn that heavy taxation would be bad for public health. Seven of the leading tobacco control experts used the journal “Addiction” to look at the evidence on e-cigarettes. They found the devices reduced smoking overall and could slash the number of deaths from combustible cigarettes. “We’re concerned the FDA, which has asserted its right to regulate e-cigarettes, will focus solely on the possibility…

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