Harry's Blog #95
Flavour bans are fruitless

TAnti-tobacco harm reduction campaigners backed by US Federal and state authorities, supportive media and large wodges of Bloomberg cash are about to deliver the worst possible news for millions of American smokers who wish to continue using nicotine while significantly reducing the risk of a premature and painful death...Read More

Resource highlights
Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction 2018
2018-12-31 , Submission deadline
IJERPH is now accepting submissions for a special issue on Tobacco Harm Reduction, on research that advances our understanding of the potential place of tobacco harm reduction strategies within a comprehensive approach to reducing the burden of smoking related disease, and that will assist policy makers to determine what level of regulation is most appropriate for potential reduced risk products.
2018-01-19 , vapetrotter.com
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Monday, November 18, 2019
Donald Trump is reportedly backing away from a proposal to ban flavored e-cigarettes amid fears of a backlash from voters. The president had considered outlawing the controversial products that have been linked to a series of deaths, with even the first lady 'feeling strongly' about the issue. But it is understood the POTUS is hesitant to press ahead with action on vaping as he fears suffering a backlash from voters, according to a report in The New York Times .
Monday, November 18, 2019
United States
A new study from Penn State College of Medicine researchers has shown that different electronic cigarettes or “electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS)” have different rates of nicotine delivery to the users. Most popular brand of e-cigarettes JUUL for example has been found to deliver more nicotine at a faster rate compared to other brands. [...] Jessica Yingst [...] explained that there have been studies that have revealed that electronic cigarettes with cartridges containing higher nicotine concentrations were also providing low nicotine to the users compared to traditional cigarettes.
Monday, November 18, 2019
Amid concerns over the health impact of electronic cigarettes or vapes, technology giant Apple has taken down mobile applications related to the product on its App Store. “Apps that encourage consumption of tobacco and vape products, illegal drugs, or excessive amounts of alcohol are not permitted on the App Store,” read the update on the App Store guidelines released this week. “Apps that encourage minors to consume any of these substances will be rejected. Facilitating the sale of marijuana, tobacco, or controlled substances (except for licensed pharmacies) isn’t allowed,” it added.
Monday, November 18, 2019
New Zealand United Kingdom
One of the biggest names in New Zealand vaping is making a play for the UK market. Vapo, the company owned by entrepreneurs Ben Pryor and Jonathan Devery, has hit retail shelves in the United Kingdom with a range of nicotine vape products. Michael Mason, who has been appointed as the national sales manager for Europe and the United Kingdom, says there has already been strong uptake of the products this far. "We're set to sign with some of the UK's best well-known vape retailers," Mason said.
Friday, November 15, 2019
United States
Monday marked exactly two months since HHS Secretary Azar said the administration would act to remove flavored e-cigarettes from the market, including everything except tobacco flavor. But there are some signs that the administration may be softening its stance, allowing menthol to remain, and potentially excluding vape shops from the flavor ban. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Pfizer board member and former FDA commissioner, join "Squawk Box" to discuss.
Friday, November 15, 2019
The idea of our children getting addicted to any substance is a nightmare to most adults and parents. And unfortunately, nicotine has been hooking our children since tobacco products have been in use. This fact is why we understand the reactions to nicotine’s latest delivery method, vaping, and the fear that our children are being put in mortal danger for using these products. There is just one problem though – vaping has also helped countless adults quit a far more scientifically proven dangerous and deadly habit – combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes.
Friday, November 15, 2019
United States
Tobacco marketing researchers and anti-smoking advocates say regulators — namely the Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission — are ill equipped, relying on rules and standards that fail to understand modern marketing. Eschewing the glossy magazines and television ads favored by tobacco giants, brands like Juul, Logic and Myblu have leveraged sophisticated internet campaigns, relying heavily on Instagram, the photo-sharing platform used by about three-quarters of American teenagers. [...]
Friday, November 15, 2019
United States
The bill, which the state House passed yesterday, says police may seize vehicles in which they find untaxed vaping products. According to the Institute for Justice, Massachusetts has "the worst civil forfeiture laws in the country." It looks like state legislators are about to outdo themselves. The Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday approved a bill that would ban flavored e-cigarettes, impose a 75 percent excise tax on "electronic nicotine delivery systems" (including e-liquids as well as devices), and authorize forfeiture of cars driven by vapers caught with "untaxed" products. [...]
Wednesday, 13 November

Anti-tobacco harm reduction campaigners backed by US Federal and state authorities, supportive media and large wodges of Bloomberg cash are about to deliver the worst possible news for millions of American smokers who wish to continue using nicotine while significantly reducing the risk of a premature and painful death.

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