Working with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), the Government has launched a campaign to encourage battery safety following rare incidents of the devices exploding or causing fires potentially linked to the power source. Many vapes and e-cigarettes are powered by 18650-style batteries, which are slightly larger than the common AA battery. While this size of battery is widely available to purchase, the bodies have said consumers should only use those recommended by the manufacturer as 18650 batteries can vary in chemistries and voltages.
Vapers, vape shop owners, and harm reduction advocates in British Columbia attended two rallies on Saturday—one in Victoria and the other in Vancouver—to call on the B.C. provincial government to protect the rights of vapers and adult smokers to choose a less harmful alternative to smoking. RegWatch caught the Vancouver rally and grabbed great interviews with Dr. Mark Tyndall, Saadiq Daya, and more. Here’s our report hot off the presses.
Patients who smoke tobacco are likely to experience more complications with anaesthesia during operation compared to non-smokers, says a report by World Health Organisation. According to the international health agency, tobacco smokers are at a significantly higher risk than non-smokers of post-surgical complications, including impaired heart and lung functions, infections and delayed or impaired wound healing. The joint study by WHO and University of Newcastle, shows that the nicotine and carbon monoxide, both present in cigarettes, can decrease oxygen levels and greatly increase the risk of heart-related complications after surgery. “Smoking tobacco also damages the lungs, making it difficult for the proper amount of air to flow through, increasing the risk of post-surgical complications to the lungs,” says the study.
According to Khayat, the role of oncologists is not to eradicate tobacco but rather eradicate cancer and today's alternative are heated tobacco and e-cigarettes. (...) "As an oncologist, I encourage my patients to quit. But if they can't, I must offer them alternatives. Even when people know that smoking is bad for their health, they continue to smoke. 64% of people with lung cancer continue to smoke," he said. He added; "When you tell your patient to eat less fat, you do harm reduction. When you put your seatbelt in a car, you do harm reduction. New technologies have given us the tools to do so."
The vaping industry has been in the news quite a lot over the last few months, and unfortunately, it hasn’t been for good reasons, at least as far as vapers are concerned. Right now, we’re dealing with new legislation that bans flavored e-liquid cartridges, in addition to an increase in the age requirement for obtaining nicotine products. Now, more and more states are suggesting raising the taxes on vaping products, and all of this supposedly influenced by a need to curb teen vaping. Or, so legislators say. So, what’s going on with the taxes on vaping, and does it impact your state?
The two sides periodically break into open hostilities. The claim by PHE that vaping is 95% safer than smoking tobacco, frequently quoted by e-cigarette manufacturers and sellers, has been criticised as misleading by anti-smoking campaigners in the US. Matt Myers, who heads the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids in Washington DC, the biggest anti-smoking organisation in the world, has called the 95%-safer figure “mere fiction”. Prof Ann McNeill of King’s College London, a tobacco and addiction expert who advises PHE, defends its position. “We are battling against misinformation on a massive scale,” she says. McNeill acknowledges there has been a rise in vaping among kids in the US and Canada, but does not see it as a reason for panic. “I don’t think it merits discussion of an ‘epidemic’. That word is overblown,” she said.
This is the latest study from a Keck School of Medicine of USC research team to show e-cigarette users develop cancer-related molecular changes similar to smokers. Biologically important changes in DNA seen in smokers are also being found in people who vape, according to a new study published in the journal Epigenetics. A team of scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of USC have found people who vape (...)
Local vaping groups criticized the World Health Organization for publishing “an atrociously erroneous” question and answer page on electronic cigarettes.
“The Q&A has nine questions and every answer the WHO provides is filled with false, misleading or simplistic information,” said Peter Paul Dator, president of The Vapers Philippines.
“Stubbornly clinging to their myopic belief that the only way to reduce smoking is for smokers to ‘quit or die,’ the WHO conveniently ignores the science supporting e-cigarettes as a less harmful alternative to conventional cigarettes and shamelessly stoops to the level of falsity, propaganda, and fear mongering,” Dator said.
NY Mag’s 6,000-word article isn’t just a mess—it’s much more insidious than that. Journalist Jacob Grier has already critiqued the piece, calling it “A one-sided mess that fails to convey the complexities of the issue and pays virtually no attention to the needs of current and former smokers whose lives are risk.” He’s right. But NY Mag’s 6,000-word article isn’t just a “mess”—it’s much more insidious than that. It stands in a long, sordid tradition of journalists participating in drug panics that spread misinformation and confusion, demonize drugs, ignore evidence and support the passage of harmful legislation. Like the journalists who signed on for the crack panic in the 1980s, whose work fueled massive stigma against people who used crack and directly led to racist mass incarceration.
Vapers in the USA – and potentially around the world – are facing the threat of shortages as the coronavirus epidemic continues to paralyse swathes of the Chinese economy. Meanwhile a new study of US sales data shows that high taxes on vapour products are pushing ex-smokers back to harmful tobacco – just as harm reduction advocates have warned for years. This doesn’t seem to matter to lawmakers, though, as they continue to push for taxes and bans using ever more dishonest methods.
NEW YORK — Philip Morris International (PMI), maker of the IQOS heat-not-burn tobacco device, is expanding its smoke-free initiatives with a partnership to market products from South Korean company KT&G outside of South Korea. KT&G, based in Daejeon, South Korea, has a portfolio of smoke-free products including heat-not-burn tobacco systems with brands such as Lil Mini and Lil Plus, plus hybrid technologies that combine heat-not-burn tobacco and e-vapor technologies. The agreement will run for (...)
As Australians have weaned themselves off tobacco, one part of the country has become more addicted to cigarettes and smoking. The federal budget. So addicted is the budget to the revenues gleaned from smokers that if this year the government delivers a surplus, it will be solely due to the nation's smokers. Two specific measures, announced in the 2016-17 and 2018-19 budgets, are pivotal to the government's surplus pledge. And both measures depend on smokers and their habits. In the 2016-17 budget, handed down by then treasurer Scott Morrison, the government unveiled its plan to sharply lift the excise on tobacco. Every September for the next four years (...)
Since electronic-cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are considered less toxic than conventional tobacco smoking, the use of e-cigarettes has increased, and the market for e-cigarette liquids (e-liquids) is continuously increasing. However, many studies showed that e-cigarettes may cause various harmful effects in lung, oral and heart. In this study, we investigated the effects of e-liquids on otitis media (OM) using human middle ear epithelial cells (HMEECs).
The primary public health policy goal should be the reduction of disease: trying to stop people dying in agony of cancer, collapsing with heart attacks and living in misery with COPD. In practice, this means concentrating on the goal of smoking cessation, especially among middle-aged adults – the population most at risk. Article (..) consists of about 60 questions and builds on a brief Q&A that I submitted to a consultation, a critique of an absurd anti-vaping Q&A by the WHO and my critique of numerous false and misleading claims made by Professor Stanton Glantz. It mostly focusses on nicotine vaping as an alternative to smoking, but most of the argument also applies to heated tobacco products, modern smokeless tobacco and new oral nicotine products.
The tobacco group Swedish Match (SWMA.ST) will increase production capacity again for its new and fast-growing tobacco-free nicotine pouch product, it said on Wednesday, as it reported an unexpected drop in fourth-quarter earnings. Operating profit was 1.1 billion crowns (87.81 million pounds) against 1.2 billion a year earlier. Adjusted for an impairment charge related to Swedish Match’s European chewing tobacco business, profit did, however, grow slightly more than expected, as did turnover.