LETTER: I am responding to the letter, "The need for alternative products" by John Soosai (Nov 2, 2020), which presents a one-sided view with skewed arguments to promote tobacco and nicotine-containing products.
Firstly, while he claims to share findings from the conference he attended, he cherry-picked the information he shared, with some glaring omissions. For example, he does not let readers know that the conference was sponsored by large tobacco companies and others selling nicotine-based products. [...]
The hype of the past few years around nicotine delivery systems such as vapes and e-cigarettes has overshadowed the fact that it is inhaling smoke from burning tobacco, not nicotine, that causes most smoking-related cancers.
Electronic vapour products (EVPs) were developed as a tobacco harm reduction tool and offer an alternative way to consume nicotine without the smoke produced through the burning of tobacco.
Hype and ignorance about EVPs persists, however, even among those involved in public health legislation. This is despite increasing international research in support of EVPs.
Stakeholders have strongly criticised a recent EU study on electronic cigarettes for being selective in its findings when it comes to their health implications. The European Commission, though, insists that the study was based on the latest and up-to-date evidence.
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) published on 23 September its preliminary opinion on novel tobacco products as part of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) assessment due next year.
LETTERS: Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death the world over. However, even with the prevalence of alternatives to smoking, many are sceptical of their benefits and are wary of their long-term detriment.
One of the concerns with using alternatives is the gateway effect that it may have on non-smokers.
Similar to how marijuana is considered a gateway drug, it is feared that alternatives to smoking, such as vapes and e-cigarettes, due to their pleasant flavour compared with cigarettes, will have the same effect on non-smokers.
Sometimes defining an iron rule or governing idea and reorganizing our understanding of the world around it can be immensely revealing. Einstein developed the special theory of relativity from an assumption that the speed of light in a vacuum is unwaveringly constant. The most surprising results follow from that. Darwin showed that a simple mechanism, variation and natural selection, could explain much of the astonishing complexity of the natural world. Governing ideas are found everywhere: supply, demand and prices in economics; innocent-until-proven-guilty in criminal justice; [...]
Our simple ask is that you consider reclassifying vape shops as essential outlets for both the forthcoming lockdown and any subsequent lockdowns thereafter as they are doing in such countries as France and Germany where new tougher restrictions are also being imposed. Whilst we are incredibly proud of the responsible approach that our members have taken during this difficult time by continuing to provide online services where stores cannot otherwise open, physical vape retail outlets are equally crucial as smokers and vapers rely on the specialist advice that they receive at these shops.
Since merging with Big Tobacco company Altria, Juul Labs has lost credibility as having harm reduction at heart and has been at the receiving end of incessant scrutiny and multiple lawsuits. To this effect the firm has been attempting to engage with the public health community.
Last Summer, the manufacturer announced findings from a new study at the Academy Health 2020 Annual Research Meeting linking the Juul System’s market entry to decreased cigarette sales in Canada.
JUUL is a popular electronic cigarette (e-cig) that is capable of delivering nicotine similarly to a cigarette. While known to deliver high doses of nicotine, there is little systematic evidence to show how the nicotine delivery of JUUL translates to user dependence. Purpose: The purpose of the study was to evaluate self-reported dependence of JUUL users and examine the relationship of dependence to user behaviors. Methods: Current JUUL users were recruited via Amazon Mechanical Turk to complete an online survey about their use of JUUL. [...]
PETALING JAYA: A consumer group today called for increased taxes on cigarettes and urged the government not to bow to demands to lower taxes and mandated prices so as to counter cheaper, smuggled smokes in the market.
The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) said the tobacco industry had called for the lowering of prices in claiming that 60% of the cigarettes smoked by five million Malaysians were smuggled, with 456 million sticks smuggled in the first half of this year.
Session: Public Health Policy and Regulation - what is expected in the future?
In Monaco, quitting smoking is a team effort. The Prince’s Government is encouraging smokers to sign up to the “Moi(s) sans Tabac” initiative – a pun on the French words for me (moi) and month (mois) – which challenges smokers to quit their habit for just one month. [...] Even remotely, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, midwives, masseur-physiotherapists, nurses, osteopaths, psychologists are all running initiatives to help smokers quit.
The vast majority of studies conducted in the U.S. conclude that perceptions of the relative harmfulness of SLT versus cigarettes amongst the public, are inconsistent with those derived from scientific research and typically confused with those of cigarettes. Conducted in Norway, where the use of snus is highly prevalent, the current study tested whether such inaccuracies existed also locally. The researchers compiled data over a period of 16 years (2003–2018), from 13,381 respondents (aged 16–79 years). The respondents answered questions about the risk perceptions in Norway’s nationally representative survey of tobacco behavior. [...]
Burning Issues: The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) 2020 published by UK public health agency Knowledge Action Change (KAC) demonstrates an urgent need to scale up tobacco harm reduction, which enables smokers to switch to safer nicotine products, eliminating the smoke that causes death and disease.
In a world-first, the report reveals that an estimated 98m people use these products globally: 68m vapers, 20m using heated tobacco products and 10m using US smokeless or pasteurised oral snus – showing the huge demand for safer alternatives.
One issue that has been contested for years is the legalization of marijuana. It is already legal to some degree, whether medical or recreation, in many states across the country. But this November, five more states are set to vote on its status.
In 2019, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act, or MORE Act was introduced by Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in the Senate, but is still awaiting action. According to a recent poll conducted by Data for Progress, 60 percent of Republicans support the proposal.
Ninety percent of smokers start as teens and consequently, youth are one of the tobacco industry’s primary targets. Fortunately, over the last several years, there has been a dramatic decline in youth cigarette use, but those gains have been challenged by the introduction of e-cigarettes. In a matter of just a few years, adolescent use of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed, with more than 25% of high schoolers reporting use in 2019.
People who smoke are more likely to successfully give up the habit if they live near green spaces, research suggests. Scientists have also found that those residing in leafy neighbourhoods are less likely to smoke.
The research, published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, is based on Health Survey for England (HSE) data from more than 8,000 adults.
“This study is the first to investigate the association between neighbourhood greenspace and smoking behaviours in England,” said Leanne Martin, from the University of Plymouth, the lead author on the study.
A measure intended to hike taxes on tobacco products and put taxes in place on vaping products has passed.
Measure 108 increase taxes on tobacco products and "inhalant delivery systems," namely e-cigarettes, and puts the money toward health programs under the Oregon Health Authority umbrella. The measure increases tobacco taxes at the following rates:
Cigarette tax at 16.65 cents per cigarette, which is an increase from $1.33 to $3.33 per 20-pack of cigarettes;
E-cigarettes and other nicotine inhalants at a rate of 65% of the wholesale sales price; [...]
JAPAN Tobacco International Bhd (JTI Malaysia) has called for concrete policy actions against the illegal trade of cigarettes such as a ban on the transshipment of cigarettes and by designating a single point of entry to support enforcement efforts better.
MD Cormac O’Rourke [...] said in addition to RM5 billion in revenue shortfall each year, Malaysia should also take into account income losses from illegal vaping, which is estimated at RM2 billion annually.
He said the government should continue the moratorium on tax excise increase for at least two more years to prevent further losses.
Health officials have outlined how nicotine for vaping, if it was to become regulated by the TGA, would be a smoking cessation aid, not a consumer good – but retailers are still attacking the pharmacy model
Appearing before the Community Affairs Legislation Committee, [...] Adjunct Professor John Skerritt was asked by Senator Hollie Hughes whether e-cigarettes and vaping products were harm reduction products.
“I think the evidence is that vaping is less harmful than tobacco smoking, but I don’t think the harm is trivial, and I don’t think it’s 95%, or any figure like that, less harmful,” Dr Skerritt said.
Session: Tobacco Control Policies - Do they work? Lion Shahab: How are we addressing youth appeal and access?