It’s great news when doctors come in support of e-cigarettes and recommend them as better quitting aids. E-cigarettes have come under attack over the last two years, so much that their existence has been threatened. Let’s find out why doctors think e-cigs are the better quitting aids.
E-cigarettes should be offered to smokers, say doctors
The UK’s Royal College of Physicians have said that smokers should be offered and encouraged to use e-cigarettes to help them quit. The doctors believe there is enough evidence that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking and aid quitting. In a 200-page report, the medical body said that with the right measures, vaping could improve the lives of millions of people. The doctors also felt that claims that e-cigs are a gateway to smoking are unfounded.
Sales of e-cigarettes have been rising steadily since 2007 when they first started selling in the UK. Since 2012, they have replaced nicotine patches and gum to become the most popular choice of smoking cessation aid in England.
Around one in 20 adults in England uses e-cigarettes, and nearly all of these are ex-smokers or current smokers who are trying to cut down or quit. E-cigarettes have continued to raise a lot of controversial and there have been attempts to ban them from public places. The medical body says smokers who use e-cigarettes or prescribed medications – with support from their doctor – are more likely to quit permanently.
Check out the rest of the story on BBC News.
Public health should step aside. Vapers are now leading the fight against smoking
E-cigarettes have the potential to dramatically reduce smoking levels in Britain and have actually already done so. According to the Office for National Statistics, more than 863,000 current e-cigarette users are no longer smokers and a further 720,000 people are both ex-smokers and previous e-cigarette users. Public health leaders unfortunately are not in support of these quitting aids. Only one out of 150 local directors of public health in Britain has pointed out the potential of e-cigs as successful smoking cessation aids.
Despite this opposition the vaping movement has, in just a few years, changed the landscape of smoking cessation. E-cigarette sales have overtaken sales of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products. They are the most common quitting aids used to help people stop smoking. Smoking cessation services are losing business, with the number of customers who set a quit date declining 45 per cent between 2011/12 and 2014/15.
Check out the rest of the details on Health Spectator.
Hello world. This week we had some good news from The House Appropriations Committee that passed a vaping amendment that will save over 90 percent of vaping products from the upcoming FDA regulation. Here are the details:
Vapers Win Big: House Committee Passes Amendment To Save E-Cigarettes
The House Appropriations Committee passed a vaping amendment this week that could save 99% of e-cigarette products from regulation. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to announce its vaping regulation which will require all e-cigarette products that came on the market after February 15, 2007 (predicate date), to go through the onerous Pre-Market Tobacco Application (PMTA) process.
The vaping amendment was introduced in the House by GOP Rep. Tom Cole and Democrat Rep. Sanford Bishop, and passed by 31-19 despite the protests from Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Unlike the US Food and Drug Administration, which is rumored to issue one-size-fits-all regulation of e-cigarettes as tobacco products as early as this month, the majority of members of the Appropriations Committee clearly understand that vapor products represent the first game-changing technology in the ongoing campaign to reduce cigarette smoking.
Tony Abboud, the Vapor Technology Association’s national legislative director said.
See further details on the vaping amendment on The Daily Caller.
Editorial: Don’t Regulate E-cigs as Tobacco Products
Although e-Cigarettes have little in common with actual cigarettes, the government is trying to regulate them as a tobacco product. This will consequently destroy the growing vaping industry that is believed to save lives otherwise lost to smoking.
The fight against smoking cigarettes in the United States is on the increase and the rates are decreasing. However, some people are still struggling to quit, or are enjoying the sensation of smoking but don’t want to risk their health. In such cases, e-cigarettes can be beneficial. The cartridge holds liquid nicotine that’s typically flavored and creates a water vapor, which many mistake to be smoke. But it doesn’t smell like smoke, and it isn’t smoke. There are no second-hand dangers. That means it’s a much healthier alternative than inhaling smoke from traditional tobacco products.
Unfortunately, the FDA is about to finalize and release its long-awaited regulation on e-cigs, and is considering a provision that would burden e-cig makers so heavily it will put almost all out of business. E-cigs offer benefits similar to other tobacco cessation products, such as gums or patches that help smokers taper off nicotine. The government should therefore regulate e-cigs lightly rather than trample science to achieve its misinformed goal.
Get more details on The Detroit News.
Hello vapers! Today we take a look at how to understand upcoming FDA regulation and other top vaping news.
Bluffer’s guide to FDA regulation of tobacco and nicotine products
Upcoming FDA regulations targeting e-cigarettes are causing a lot of concern within the vaping industry and to vapers a like. The consequences of the vaping regulations could cause a major problem in the industry, and could also lead to major changes that will affect how and where we vape. A lot of the anxiety is due to lack of knowledge on what the FDA regulation is all about. This Bluffer’s guide gives some facts on the FDA and regulations to make it easier for you to understand what is about to happen.
Check out the guide on The counterfactual.
Governor, Legislature Clash Over E-Cigarette Regulations
There has been a continuous trend in the US to tax e-cigarettes. Michigan lawmakers however, appear to have little interest in taxing e-cigarettes in the same way as traditional tobacco products. In the current Legislature, just one bill has been introduced to do so, sponsored by Sen. Coleman Young II (D-Detroit). This bill has interestingly been met by strong criticism from other legislators opposing treating e-cigarettes as a tobacco product for tax reasons. The bill appears stuck in committee with no indication it will be brought to the floor anytime soon. Michigan currently has a tobacco tax of $2 per pack. The state also has the 10th-highest cigarette smuggling rate nationally.
Coleman Young’s bill is laughable and dead on arrival.
Said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
Read the rest of the story on Michigan Capitol Confidential.
VAPING NEWS: Vermont Considering a 92 Percent Vaping Tax
Vaping tax is a hot topic that leaves every vape enthusiast with a bad taste. A good number of states have managed to enforce vaping tax rules affecting business. We have this and more news for you today. Read on!
Vermont Is Considering a 92 Percent Vaping Tax to Protect the Children
A bill has been proposed in Vermont that could nearly double the cost of e-cigarettes in the state, making it one of the steepest vaping taxes in the country. The bill was brought up by Representative George Till (D) and if passed, will lump e-cigarettes, as well as vape pens, mods, e-liquids, and even nicotine-free e-juice, under the state’s tobacco tax laws. The proposed 92 percent vaping tax will put it at one of the highest in the US. The highest vaping tax is currently in Minnesota at 95 percent.
Legislators claim to be greatly concerned with the growing popularity of vaping among teens and young adults, posing this as the reason for such vaping tax proposals. According to the state’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey, in 2015, 30 percent of Vermont high schoolers reported trying e-cigarettes, compared to 21 percent who reported smoking cigarettes.
Frankly, the numbers are pretty frightening. When 30 percent of your high school students are trying these things, it seems pretty obvious we have a problem.
Rep. Till said when he introduced the bill.
Read more on Motherboard.
Cigarette Companies Try To Change Vaping
Big Tobacco is moving into the actual vaping territory after introducing its first big vaping product that is set to hit the public this month. Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco are expected to roll out their vaping tobacco kits this spring. Both companies claim the kits would have been released earlier but they are facing shipping difficulties.
The entry of tobacco companies in the vaping world through manufacturing and selling of vaping products means they are embracing vaping for their own needs, rather than trying to destroy it. The companies are introducing real tobacco into vaping products, thereby reducing and eliminating the several differences between smoking a cigarette and vaping.
See more details on ChurnMag.
Hello vapers. Another week has gone by and as always a lot has happened in our vaping world. A few topics such as the effects of increasing the vaping age made headlines this week.
Cornell Study Finds Raising The Vaping Age Actually Increases Teen Smoking
A new study by Cornell University has found that raising the vaping age does not curb smoking as suggested, it in fact leads to an increase in teen smoking. In the study that was published in Preventative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine investigators found an 11.7 percent increase in teen cigarette use after states introduced new age restrictions for e-cigarettes between 2007 and 2013.
Believing that increasing vaping age will help curb smoking among teenagers, legislators all over the US have been proposing bills to raise the vaping age in line with the smoking age to a new high of 21 in some states. Politicians and public health activists argue e-cigarettes could hook kids on nicotine and lead to them to transition to tobacco and, therefore, need to be more tightly regulated. However, according to the study, this is not true because more teenagers have taken to smoking after vaping age restrictions have been effected.
Check out more details on The Daily Caller.
Cigarette tax hike ballot measure seems like a war on vaping, too
The ballot measure to hike North Dakota’s tobacco taxes was announced this week and resulted in a 400 percent tax hike on cigarettes. This new taxation has taken North Dakota’s $0.44 per-pack tax to $2.20 per-pack. Legislators are justifying the tax hike with price prohibition. They claim that if the cigarettes are more expensive then there will be less smoking.
Some of the revenue collected from the tobacco tax will go to a new trust fund for veterans. Even though the use of the taxes is great, the measure to increase the tobacco tax is far more than just a tax hike on cigarettes. It’s also a war on vaping.
We do know that it reduces usage, and that saves money for everybody.
Dr. Eric Johnson, a Grand Forks physician and chairman of the measure’s sponsoring committee, said.
Read more details on this on Inforum.
VAPING NEWS: It’s the People Who Harmfully Attack E-Cigarettes Who Need to Quit
Hello world. Let’s take a quick look at the vaping news that made headline this week.
It’s the People Who Harmfully Attack E-Cigarettes Who Need to Quit
There is an all-out war calling for e-cigarettes ban. E-cigarettes are the newest and most promising delivery device to help people stop smoking or to maintain nicotine dependence. People opposing e-cigarettes have created a huge hysteria. Pure nicotine, delivered via vaping, has now taken the “demon drug” position formerly held by marijuana, among others.
There has been a lot of scaremongering, misinformation, fear-based lies, and junk science that implies that there should be an e-cigarette ban. An expert, independent review conducted by Public Health England estimated that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking.
E-cigarettes are not completely risk-free but when compared to smoking, evidence shows they carry just a fraction of the harm.
Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England said.
Are the enemies of vaping so implacably and irrationally opposed to it that they prefer smokers die rather than switch to e-cigarettes? Read the rest of the story on The Influence.
Does a tobacco-free world need to be nicotine free?
This week we saw the celebration of No Smoking Day, a day to support those who want to quit smoking. A good question was raised as the world celebrated a tobacco free world; should smokers who quit aim to quit nicotine too? This question was also motivated by the numerous calls to have an e-cigarette ban that would force people to quit nicotine too. Research has shown that it’s not the nicotine in cigarettes that causes all the health risks associated with smoking.
The process of burning tobacco releases many thousands of chemicals, around 70 of which are known to cause cancer. Nicotine is toxic at very high doses if consumed orally, but deaths from nicotine are very rare. Despite this revelation, e-cig opposers want an e-cigarette ban introduced claiming that e-cigarettes are harmful and that there is no enough evidence to support e-cigarettes as safe quit smoking aid. This relative lack of evidence is leading to some confusing policies. Some councils and organisations are treating e-cigarettes exactly the same as cigarettes, and not allowing vaping anywhere that smoking is prohibited. This might be really harmful to those using e-cigarettes as an attempt to quit.
Read more on The Guradian.