The word “smoker” is a disparaging term, like “addict” or “alcoholic” and we should stop using it.
It is no longer acceptable to talk of “the disabled”.as if they are one homogenous group of, perhaps, rather sub-human beings. Instead, we use the term “People With Disabilities” or “PWD”. This is called “person-first” usage, and it identifies the humanity of the person before describing their condition.
It is easy to dismiss this idea as being an example of “woke” culture, the domain of the “social justice warrior”, but in fact words are important. The use of a label such as “smoker”, “addict” or “illegal” divides people up into “us” and “them”. [...]
Minister of State Ossian Smyth has defended the proposed ban on disposable vapes, saying they are “very wasteful” and making the world “a worse place”.
The Minister for the Circular Economy said a public consultation will be carried-out before any ban on the disposal nicotine products is finalised, but it could be introduced under the EU single-use plastics directive.
The Green TD said the popularity of disposable vapes has increased greatly in the last two years and a recent study found that “50pc of young people who were vaping were choosing to use disposable vapes”.
Currently, only one EU country has legalised recreational cannabis – and despite popular misconception, it is not the Netherlands, where the sale of cannabis is tolerated at licensed coffeeshops, but cultivation, supply and possession of cannabis still remain criminal offences. In December 2021, Malta became the first EU country to legalise cannabis for recreational use – and Czechia may be well on its way to becoming the second. If national anti-drug coordinator Jindřich Vobořil’s proposed plan comes into effect in 2024 as he hopes, Czechia could become the second EU country to legalise the recreational use of cannabis. [...]
While an intense ideological battle continues globally led by well-funded anti-smoking NGOs, some national governments, as well as the World Health Organization (WHO), a steadily increasing amount of research, is proceeding on new harm reduction technologies for smokers. Ultimately, they have the potential to save many lives – and support public health more effectively- than coercive measures aimed at direct prohibition of smoking, which clearly remains a utopian objective. At the beginning of September, a Spanish NGO launched a petition to ban nicotine consumption in Europe for all those born after a certain year. [...]
The US Department of Justice took legal action against six e-cigarette manufacturers Tuesday, seeking permanent injunctions against the manufacturers on behalf of the US Food and Drug Administration. The flurry of complaints marked the first time the FDA has taken this step against e-cigarette manufacturers to enforce its premarket review requirements for new tobacco products. The six manufacturers failed to submit the necessary premarket applications for their e-cigarette products “and have continued to illegally manufacture, sell, and distribute their products, despite previous warning from the FDA that they were in violation of the law,” the FDA said in a statement.
From Lab Bench to Clinic Bedside Investigating Inhalation Toxicity of E cigarettes - Dr. Maciej L. Goniewicz
On October 6, the day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data showing a modest uptick in youth vaping amid a longer-term decline, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made an announcement of its own. The agency said it had issued marketing denial orders (MDOs) for 32 disposable vaping products through its premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) process—all of them manufactured by Magellan Technology, Inc. and sold under the popular Hyde brand. Many tobacco harm reduction proponents interpreted this as a fairly transparent move by the FDA to appear to be doing something, assuming the new data would be sure to set off the prohibitionist camp. [...]
The Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry, has included vapes and heated tobacco products or HTPS in the list of consumer goods subject to mandatory certification to ensure they conform to the Philippine National Standards (PNS).
In a public orientation on the Updated List of Products under Mandatory Certification held virtually on October 13, 2022, BPS representatives said the agency had issued technical regulation on vape products which is governed by Republic Act No. 11900 or the Vaporized Nicotine and Non-nicotine Products Regulation Act (Vape Law).
According to the Rhode Island Youth Risk Behavior Survey, in 2021, among high school students, only 11.9% reported ever-use of combustible cigarettes, and a minute 3% were currently using combustible cigarettes, defined as having used a tobacco or vapor product on at least one occasion in the 30 days prior to the survey. [...] Unfortunately, in Rhode Island, and other states with flavor bans, there has been an increase in smoking rates among young adults. According to the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, in 2021, 7.4% of 18- to 24-year-olds in Rhode Island were currently using combustible cigarettes, [...]
China has banned the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes as part of a wide-ranging crackdown on the industry. The new rules mean vapes that have flavourings other than tobacco – such as those that taste fruity or sweet – cannot be sold on the domestic market.
But they can still be manufactured in China to be shipped around the world, including to the UK, where Chinese-made brands such as Elfbar, known for its range of flavoured disposable vapes, are popular.
On Sunday, the Observer published a very negative editorial which repeated all the tired arguments put forward by ideological anti-vaping activists. It ignored the recent comprehensive review by the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities, instead choosing to amplify cherry-picked science, half-truths and hypothetical risks. It has been criticised by public health community experts in harm reduction for smoking cessation and is a perfect example of the irresponsible journalism that many public health groups have blamed for the poor perception of vaping and other lower-risk products amongst the public.
Teen vaping continues to be a public health crisis. For evidence, look no further than new data released by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on youth e-cigarette use. The study, drawn from the 2022 National Youth Tobacco Survey, found that an alarming number of adolescents regularly use these harmful, addictive products. The FDA will need to respond forcefully. According to the paper, 9.4 percent of middle and high schoolers — more than 2.5 million young people — reported using e-cigarettes in the month before taking the survey. [...]
People could die because of Thérèse Coffey’s “ultra-libertarian ideological” reluctance to crack down on smoking and obesity, a Conservative ex-health minister has warned.
The strongly worded criticism of the health secretary came from Dr Dan Poulter, a Tory MP and NHS doctor who served as a health minister in the coalition government from 2012 to 2015.
Poulter claims Coffey’s “hostility to what the extreme right call ‘nanny statism’” is stopping her from taking firm action against the “major killers” of tobacco and bad diet.
It’s hard to imagine how Canada’s new excise tax on nicotine vaping products won’t drive scores of people back to smoking. [...] Ian Irvine, Professor of Economics at Concordia University and Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute, is joining us today to discuss the economic and social consequences of the new excise tax. Hear about the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue Canadian vapers are sending to Ottawa and the colossal damage facing the Canadian vaping industry after a half-billion-dollar revenue loss.
A dose of nicotine, equivalent to that found in a single cigarette blocks estrogen production in women’s brains. This may explain several behavioural differences in women who smoke, including why they are more resistant than men to quitting smoking. [...] Lead researcher, Associate Professor Erika Comasco (Uppsala University, Sweden) said:
“For the first time, we can see that nicotine works to shuts down the estrogen production mechanism in the brain of women. We were surprised to see that this effect could be seen even with a single dose of nicotine, equivalent to just one cigarette, showing how powerful the effects of smoking are on a woman’s brain. [...]
Spliffs, blunts, mokes, mole bowls, skofes, and slaps are just a select few of the unbelievably silly names stoners have given to the various methods of ingesting cannabis and tobacco at the same time. Thus far, no one has managed to combine the two because cannabis is oil-based and nicotine juice is water-based, which means they won’t mix.
[...] Co-CEO Rick Avila told High Times that every cartridge they sell comes with a removable mouthpiece, allowing the user to either use the cartridge as is or to essentially stack vaporizer chambers on top of one another and hit them at the same time.
Anti-smoking charity ASH Scotland says schoolkids are risking their health puffing on the £5 disposable e-cigs. Each contains around 600 drags — the equivalent of smoking 45 ciggies.
Pupils as young as six have been caught with the gadgets in classrooms — with use among kids up by nearly 4,000 per cent in four years.
An estimated 13.6million disposable vapes are bought in Scotland annually. ASH Scotland chief executive Sheila Duffy said: “The huge upsurge of children using disposable vapes is alarming as these products are not harmless and are age-restricted for good reason.
No estoy seguro de dónde saca la OMS la idea de que las estadísticas sobre muertes y enfermedades cardiovasculares, respiratorias y cáncer son ‘invisibles’. Existe una gran cantidad de datos de fuentes académicas, médicas y de salud pública nacionales e internacionales, incluidos los informes anuales de la carga mundial de morbilidad y la propia Agencia Internacional para la Investigación del Cáncer de la OMS. Luego, no es invisible, pero ciertamente vale la pena resaltarlo nuevamente. Y las cifras permiten una lectura sobria.
Hong Kong may reverse its ban on the re-export of e-cigarettes and other heated tobacco products by land and sea transport by the end of this year as part of efforts to ignite growth, the Post has learned.
But an economist on Monday warned the move would undermine the credibility of city authorities if they backtracked on their promise to curb tobacco use and also weaken the promotion of public health.
“Senior officials are mulling over the relaxation of the transshipment ban on re-exporting the alternative smoking products from Hong Kong, given the significant values of the re-export,” a government insider said.
A randomized, controlled study with over 1,500 US teen participants from across the nation tested the effectiveness of digital vaping prevention ads. Researchers from UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center discovered that Real Cost ads lowered the extent to which teens were open to vaping. The vaping prevention video ads, produced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), also lowered openness to cigarette smoking.