We saw a public health body in the UK come in support of vaping and urged employers to give e-cigarette smokers more vaping breaks as well as a separate area where they can enjoy their vapes. At the same time, it’s a sad week for Alaska vapers as smoking and vaping are now banned in downtown’s Town Square Park. Check out details in this week’s vaping news roundup.
E-CIGARETTE SMOKERS NEED MORE BREAKS AT WORK AND SEPARATE ‘VAPING’ ROOMS, HEALTH WATCHDOG SAYS
Public Health England (PHE) is urging employers across the UK to designate vaping areas for e-cigarette smokers t avoid mixing with traditional tobacco smokers. PHE said that forcing vapers to vape outdoors undermine their ability to quit smoking. The government health body has also asked employers to give employees who vape extra breaks.
According to a PHE report from August 2015, e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than normal cigarettes, which contain higher nicotine levels, tar and other dangerous chemicals.
Vaping provides a generally lower blood nicotine level and takes longer to reach a desired level, requiring frequent interim top-ups. This difference should be taken into account, particularly when developing policies for workplaces.
PHE said in the guidelines for employers.
Check out further details on Newsweek.
Gabor Kovacs of ‘smoke no smoke’ smokes an e-cigarette that his shop sells at Camden in London June 9, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Smoking, vaping banned in Anchorage’s Town Square Park
The Anchorage Assembly this week approved the banning of smoking and vaping in downtown’s Town Square Park. This new law reversed vote held in June rejecting the ban. This came after Assembly members Tim Steele and Bill Starr changed their votes, leading to a 7-4 vote in favor of the ban.
Anyone found smoking tobacco or using e-cigarettes in the plaza will now get a $100 fine. Fortunately, the ban doesn’t extend to the Alaska Center Performing Arts property just to the west. The sponsor of the measure, Assembly member Dick Traini, said it was aimed at stopping people from smoking Spice and marijuana in the plaza, though Spice is a banned substance and it’s already illegal to smoke pot in public.
Some Assembly members including Patrick Flynn, who represents downtown, criticized the smoking ban. Flynn had earlier noted that smoking in the park did not necessarily indicate illegal activity.
People misbehaving in Town Square Park — yes, we need to take steps to eradicate that behavior. But I don’t think banning smoking is the way to do it.
Read more on Alaska Dispatch News.
As the war against vaping rages on, it’s great to hear reports in support of e-cigarettes. A statistical analysis published this week revealed that e-cigs could cut smoking deaths by 20%! Continue reading for details.
E-cigs “could cut smoking deaths by 20%”, statistical model suggests
A statistical analysis of how people vape and smoke was published in a scientific paper this week. From the model, analysts found that that e-cigarettes could cut smoking-related deaths in the U.S. by more than 20%. The paper analysed how “vaporized nicotine products” or VNPs impact public health “in terms of how it alters smoking patterns among those who would have otherwise smoked cigarettes and among those who would not have otherwise smoked cigarettes in the absence of VNPs.
The paper projects a reduction of 21% in smoking-related deaths and of 20% in life years lost as a result of VNP use by the 1997 US birth cohort compared to a scenario without VNPs. This projection is based on current use patterns and conservative assumptions,
The model incorporates transitions from trial to established VNP use, transitions to exclusive VNP and dual use, and the effects of cessation at later ages.
Read more on the statistics on ECig Intelligence.
Source: ECig Intelligence
Arkansas Lawmakers Prepare To Defund State’s Smoking Hotline
Lawmakers in Little Rock have elected to defund the Arkansas smoking hotline, which provides advisers to tobacco users looking to quit. The legislators proposed that the $1.8 million operations fee used to run the hotline be used elsewhere in the budget.
$1.8 million is a lot of money, when you see social workers in foster care are short workers, and we are short the ability to pay them what they need to be paid.
Bart Hester, State Senator from Cave Springs, one of the supporters of the defunding said.
The proposal was heavily supported in Little Rock but, those who work directly with tobacco users said the move would be a bad one for the state. The Northwest Arkansas Tobacco & Drug Free Coalition said the funding was incredibly useful.
Workers ask questions, they do an interview to see where callers are at, and what kind of cigarettes they are smoking.
Sandy Montero, Project Coordinator for the coalition said.
Check out the rest of the story on 5 News.
VAPING NEWS: Smokers Have No Idea What Ingredients Are In Traditional Cigarettes
As the FDA sets its claws on the vaping industry by requiring e-liquid manufacturers to list all ingredients on packaging labels, a study has just revealed that most smokers have no idea what ingredients are in traditional cigarettes. Don’t you think this is something the FDA should focus on? Read on to find out more on the study.
What Are You Smoking? Study Suggests You Have No Clue
According to a new study in BMC Public Health, apart from nicotine and tobacco, most smokers have no idea what’s in the traditional cigarettes that they smoke. Traditional cigarettes smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals and at least 400 of these are toxic and 43 of them are known to cause cancer. Besides nicotine and the tar, cigarette smoke also contains carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, as well as cyanide and arsenic.
The telephone survey of 5,014 U.S. smokers revealed that most of them had no idea what was in their cigarettes. Nearly one third of the participants had spent some time trying to find this information, but couldn’t because the information was not easily available on the package or online.
The majority of the U.S. public wants easy access to information about chemicals in traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products. Young adults and smokers were more likely to say that they had previously looked for this information.
Said co-author Marcella Boynton of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, in a press statement.
See the rest of the story on Vocativ.
Public ban on e-cigs could stop smokers quitting, say experts
Health officials are afraid that banning e-cigarettes in public spaces could be damaging. Public Health England (PHE) expressed this fear after a medic at the British Medical Association’s annual meeting in Belfast called for restrictions on places where e-cigarettes could be used in public. If such a policy was in place, it may put off smokers from using e-cigarettes to help them quit, the PHE said.
Vaping is not the same as smoking. Second-hand smoke is harmful, but there is no evidence that e-cigarette vapour carries the same harms. In fact, a ban on using e-cigarettes in public places could be damaging as it may put off smokers from using e-cigarettes to help them quit.
Rosanna O’Connor, director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at PHE said.
Get more details on the Belfast Telegraph.
As expected FDA harsh e-cig regulations have raised tempers and vapers in America are not taking this lying down. Vapers and vape entrepreneurs are now turning to activism to voice their concerns about these draconian e-cig regulations. Let’s take a look at this and other news that made headlines this week
Harsh Regulations Have Turned Vapers into Activists
As the ongoing vape debate continues vape activists have come up to protest the deeming e-cig regulations. Vapers and vape businesses alike have now turned to activism as a way to voice their concerns and lobby for better vape legislation. An article published this week by Motherboard features one such activist.
Cheryl Richter, managed to quit smoking after smoking a pack of traditional cigarettes a day for 30 years after she started vaping. She then took her love for vaping and turned it into a business. She now co-owns a retail shop in Port Chester, New York, called Vape Den, as well as runs a wholesale online business with her friend and business partner Chris Mikovits.
After the new FDA vape regulations, Richter said that every e-liquid she makes and sells, every flavor, size, and nicotine level in her shop would need to be approved for sale. This means approving 75 flavors at six different milligram levels, with cost estimates ranging from hundreds of thousands to over $1 million per application. She doubts her business will survive the costly proposed measures. Richter has turned to advocacy and she and other members of the vaping community, meet at her shop, to discuss a way forward.
We feel vulnerable almost, we feel that we’re in a fight, so that kind of bonds the community as well.
Read the rest of her story on Motherboard.
Vaping Lawsuits Against The FDA Piling Up
Vaping lawsuits against the FDA are piling up and many more companies and groups are expected to join existing lawsuits or launch more of their own lawsuits. Nicopure was the first company to file a suit against the FDA new e-cig regulations. Nicopure is the maker of the famous Halo eCig vape juice and eVo e-liquid lines. The lawsuit asserts that the the FDA is failing in how they are defining tobacco products. The company also claims that the new law has arbitrary elements and do not properly account for the burdens of businesses imposed by the pre-market approval process required.
The second company to file suit John Middleton Co. who want to use the word “mild” in describing their products. The FDA claims that the word mild implies a modified risk while the company claims that mild is more of an indicator of flavor. There many other companies with suits in court. Read about them on Electronic Cigarette Consumer Reviews.
VAPING NEWS: Nottingham Hospitals Lift Vaping Ban
Hello vapers! As vaping bans keep getting effected all over the world, hospitals in Nottingham have decided to take an opposite turn and instead have decided to lift an existing vaping ban. In other news, smoking rates in the US experience the highest drop in 20 years. Check out our updates for details on this exciting news.
Nottingham hospitals become first in England to lift vaping ban
Hospital bosses in Nottingham gave vaping the green light after lifting a blanket vaping ban. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust, which runs the Queen Medical Centre and City Hospital in Nottingham, became the first NHS Hospital Trust in England to allow vaping outside its buildings. This came after a Public Health England Evidence Review concluded that e-cigarettes were 95% safer than traditional cigarettes.
Until now, there was a vaping ban preventing the use of e-cigarettes on hospital grounds just as all forms of tobacco are prohibited. Patients will now be allowed to use e-cigarettes outside hospitals but not in buildings after the vaping ban was lifted. The new smoking policy, approved last month, also commits the Trust to promote stop smoking services for patients and staff.
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.
Dr Stephen Fowlie, medical director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said.
Read more on Nottingham Post.
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US smoking rates see biggest decline in more than 20 years
Smoking rates among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year making it the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years. According to a new government report, the rate fell 2 percentage points from 2014, when about 17 percent of adults in a large national survey said they had recently smoked. The smoking rate has been falling for decades, but it usually drops only 1 point or less in a year, last year however saw a 2 points drop.
The closest big decline was between 1992 to 1993, when the smoking rate fell 1.5 percentage points. Smoking is the nation’s leading cause of preventable illness, causing more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States, the CDC estimates.
More details on CNBC.
It’s indeed a sad end of week for vape enthusiasts in the US following the new FDA e-cigarette rule to treat e-cigarettes like tobacco products. This new rule will greatly affect the vaping industry. Read on to find out about the new regulation.
Feds announce much tougher e-cigarette, cigar rule
A new FDA e-cigarette rule was put into place on May 5th announcing that electronic cigarettes will now be regulated much like tobacco cigarettes. The sale of vaping products was also banned. The new rule will now require U.S. FDA to approve all tobacco products not currently regulated that hit stores after February 2007. The Tobacco Control Act of 2009 sets Feb. 15, 2007, as the latest date by which all tobacco products would have to have to be grandfathered in.
The new regulation will also affect premium, hand-rolled cigars, as well as hookah and pipe tobacco. The FDA officials have termed this new regulation as “historic” and will prohibit selling “covered tobacco products” to people younger than 18, and buyers must show photo ID. Manufacturers of vape products will also be required to display health warnings on cigarette tobacco, roll-your own tobacco, and covered tobacco product packages and in advertisements. The new rule has also banned free samples and the sale of covered products in vending machines not located in adult-only facilities.
Read more on this sad news on the USA Today.
(Photo: Ron Johnson, AP)
Why is the government out to destroy vaping?
E-cigarettes were introduced into the market with the aim of assisting smokers quit. The vaping devices are believed to reduce harm from smoking by 95%. Unfortunately, unlike other value added products, e-cigarettes have received negative appreciation from various corners, especially by various governments around the world. The reaction has been silence at times, outright suppression at others. There have been plenty of lies to accompany this bizarre smear campaign.
Despite studies such as a recent one by the Britain’s Royal College of Physicians that found that if smokers switched to e-cigarettes, it would “prevent almost all of the harm from smoking,” e-cigarettes are still being opposed. Instead of pretending vaping is nearly as dangerous as smoking, those against it should tell the truth. What the critics need to understand is that if regulation “makes e-cigarettes less easily accessible, less palatable or acceptable, more expensive, less consumer friendly or pharmacologically less effective, or inhibits innovation and development of new and improved products, then it causes harm by perpetuating smoking.”
Check out the rest of the opinion piece on The New York Post.